Slideshow: Holbeck residents’ walkabout surveys the area


Holbeck residents yesterday turned out for a Sunday afternoon stroll around their community.

The residents were walking around the area to look at areas which were ripe for development and which should be left alone.

Areas touched upon included the ormer Matthew Murray School site, which is currently earmarked fior housing. One resident suggested the derelict site – which is currently occuopied by hundreds of wild  ‘Butterfly Bushes’ – be turned into a ‘Holbeck Urban Farm’.

The walkabout was part of the new ‘Holbeck Neighbourhood Plan’ initiative to gather information and ideas about hhow Holbeck should be developed in the future. The plan is being put together by Holbeck residents in conjunction with the council.

The fact finding walk lasted for about an hour and the 20 or so residents who attended  were asked to record their perceptions and ideas that will eventually feed into the plan for Holbeck.

The government recently approved a bid for Holbeck to be one of the first inner-city areas in the country to prepare a neighbourhood plan earlier in the year, and this was the latest in a succession of community events to move the plan forward.