North Leeds: Scout group’s plea for votes

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A trouble-hit north Leeds scout group has issued a plea for votes to help it win vital funding for much-needed improvements to its facilities.

Cookridge Village Scout Group is in desperate need of cash to revamp its 40-year-old toilet facilities after being forced to divert funds to clear up a spate of vandalism.

Bosses at the group have recently had to repair damage and graffiti caused by the vandals using savings which had been earmarked to improve the club. The Pinfold Lane building – which was built in 1975 – currently has limited toilet facilities which are not accessible by a wheelchair and there is no shower, despite being used as a campsite. So plans are in place to expand an existing store room into a shower room and include disabled access so more camps can be run at the site – including other scout clubs.

The group has now applied to the Aviva Community Fund for up to £5,000 but need public votes to reach the judging panel.

Chairwoman Anne Foggitt said last year thieves also stole a memorial tree planted in memory of former scout leader David Rollett. She said: “The more we can use the site, the more it’s going to deter people from coming onto the land. The better facilities are going to enable us to use it more often and would encourage other scout groups to come and use it too. That will generate more income and makes us more sustainable. This group was established in 1949 and we want to make sure it will still be here in the next 65 years.”

To vote, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/2518.

Each voter will receive 10 votes to use. Other north Leeds projects vying for votes – in different categories – include OPAL’s bid to refurbish its soon-to-be new home of the Old Bedford Arms pub in Ireland Wood and Caring For Life’s plan to restore a nature conservation area at Crag House Farm.