Tributes paid to community stalwart dubbed the ‘mother of Middleton’

Dot Mounteney, former chair of Middleton Community Group, pictured in 2013.
Dot Mounteney, former chair of Middleton Community Group, pictured in 2013.
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A passionate community activist dubbed the ‘mother of Middleton’ has passed away at the age of 66.

Dot Mounteney, who spent most of her life living in Sissons Road, was a key member of Middleton Community Group for more than a decade.

The late grandmother, who had four children, dedicated her later life to making Middleton a better place for her family and the wider community.

Having played a major part in getting speed humps and a pedestrian crossing installed in Middleton Park Avenue among other things, Dot succumbed to terminal lung cancer at Leeds St James’s Hospital on Thursday.

Lisa Jones, 32, who is Dot’s daughter, said: “She’s done so much for Middleton. It got to the point where Middleton wasn’t a very nice place and mum got behind the community group and they changed it – it’s 10 times better than it was.

“She loved Middleton, she was a Middleton girl.”

As the long-standing chair of Middleton Community Group, she also played a pivotal role in backing improvements at Middleton St Mary’s C of E Primary School and supported the idea of having a ‘Welcome to Middleton’ sign at Middleton Park Circus before she stepped down in 2013.

Her son Darren, 46, from Rodley, said: “She was very strong willed – she knew what she wanted and was willing to fight for what she wanted.”

Dot’s funeral is yet to be finalised but it is hoped that she will be buried in Middleton.

Speaking on behalf of Middleton Park ward’s three Labour councillors, Coun Kim Groves described Dot as one of many community champions working tirelessly for the area.

“There was never a community group meeting that Dot didn’t attend,” she said. “She was a voice of the community, she led the campaign on the crossing at Middleton Park Avenue and was constantly working towards making Middleton a better place to live.”

Rev Andy Myers, of St Cross Church in Middleton, added: “I knew Dot as a really incredible community campaigner, she was really dedicated to the people of Middleton.”