BECKETTS PARK RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
The Association was started in 2009 when yet another property on Becketts Park Drive was bought by a landlord who then submitted a planning application which would have extended the property to become a house of multiple occupancy (HMO). We leafletted the houses on Becketts Park Drive asking people to submit an objection to the planning department, which many people did. Having been told that having the support of the local Residents Association would carry more weight, we set up an email address and called ourselves BPRA!
The support we received at this time from residents and from the Weetwood Councillors & Leeds HMO Lobby was so helpful that we wanted to be able to use the knowledge that we had gained to help anyone else in a similar situation. So BPRA continued and joined the Leeds HMO Lobby. Over the years we have been able to provide a forum to support each other during periods of unsocial behaviour, to share news and information of interest to local residents and to maintain and improve our community by support with local issues such as traffic, local developments and the park. We have been able to support the work of the Leeds HMO Lobby who were so helpful to us when we needed them, and contributed the Far Headingley, Weetwood & West Park Neighbourhood Design Statement Neighbourhood Design Statement and to the ongoing development of the Headingley Neighbourhood Plan.
In 2014 a few of us got together and The Friends of Beckett Park began. Through this we have been able to work with Parks to improve the Park significantly during the short time that we have been in existence. We held our 4th Annual Picnic on the Park in July and considering that it was the World Cup final that afternoon as well as the tennis, was very well attended and a lovely afternoon.
It was around 2014/15 that some members wanted to increase membership of BPRA to be truly representative of the whole community and to be more inclusive, communicating on paper and in person rather than email only. John Dammone of Salvo's kindly hosted a meeting for us in their Salumeria to which all members were invited; we agreed to become a fully constituted association and elected our first committee.
As the demographics of the estate have changed significantly over the past 5 or 6 years, (it's great to see so many new young families moving back onto the estate) we wanted to increase awareness of the Association before holding our first Annual General Meeting (AGM). In 2017 our members delivered leaflets to the whole estate to increase awareness of the Association and increase membership. At the subsequent AGM the request was for a social event for the winter which was held in the New Headingley Club at the end of February and was a great success.
Our current Committee members are Alison Barclay (Secretary) Lesley Cook-McKay (Treasurer), Margaret Crowe, Paul Hallam and Helen Kirk (Chair)
What happens next depends on you, the residents - we welcome suggestions as to the future development of BPRA.
If you live on the Becketts Park estate and would like to join Becketts Park Residents Association please email your name and address to and we'll add you to our mailing list. Membership is free.