HOLLYWOOF

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THE HISTORY OF THE OLD CRICKET CLUB

THE SITE FOR HOLLYWOOF ONCE HOMED THE OLD HIGHBURY CRICKET CLUB ON LAND THAT ONCE BELONGED TO THE OLD TANNERY. THE TANNERY BUILDING AND LAND WAS DEVELOPED IN THE LATE 1990'S AND THE CRICKET TEAM CARRIED ON PLAYING UNTIL 2004

 

AS PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT, THE CRICKET PITCH WAS PROTECTED FOR THE HIGHBURY TEAM SO THAT IT COULDN'T BE DEVELOPED ON...THE IDEA BEING THAT THEY WOULD HAVE USE OF THE PITCH FOR AS LONG AS THEY WANTED IT. 

 

Two other small sections - not part of the cricket club - were designated open spaces with ownership and maintenance funds due to be transferred to leeds city council after initial landscaping was completed. the council failed to ensure these obligations were met. 

FOR WHATEVER REASON, THE CLUB PLAYED IT'S LAST MATCH IN 2004 AND, SINCE THEN, THE SITE HAS DETERIORATED AND THE CLUBHOUSE is DERELICT.

you can view a copy of the s106 plans here

abandoned and left to rot, interest peaked after travellers set camp on the site in around 2012. following eviction, the owners were petitioned to secure the land so that the travellers could not return.

A small community group had attempted to take control of the land but were adamant that the then owners, avant homes, fully restore the site and gift it to them as a Charitable incorporated organisation. Due to the huge cost involved, the owners refused however did offer the land to the group for free on several occasions. 

Without any clear funding stream and having refused the offer of the land, the community group stalled for several years and the land continued to decay. It was not granted charitable status despite their claims to the contrary.  

Teds.dog Ltd acquired the land in july 2016 from avant homes with a clear ambition to bring a new use, investment and jobs to meanwood. 

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