Leeds Arena – all claims against Leeds City Council rejected

A High Court judge has rejected all claims against Leeds City Council over allegations of deceit and procurement breaches over the ending of the development competition to build Leeds Arena.

See http://www.leeds.gov.uk/news/Pages/Judge-dismisses-arena-court-case-claims-against-Leeds-City-Council.aspx [06/02/2013  LCC]

West Leeds – Open spaces spruced up with cash injection

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As part of improving open green spaces in Leeds, three projects have just been awarded almost £400,000 to boost facilities and improve the areas for local communities.

Queen’s Park, Rodley Park, and a community garden in Woodhouse have been allocated funding to develop the areas through money that has come from housing developers as part of the open space improvement contributions they make on new developments.

Queen’s Park will receive an increase in its range of play facilities with the provision of two new play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children.  Along with this, a new multi-use games area will be installed with new wider pathways across the park and additional tree planting and park furniture will also be provided.  The project will cost just under £290,000 and will start on-site in the Spring.

Rodley Park will also undergo improvements this year including the removal and relaying of the pathways, new entrance gates to both entrances, drainage works, and the installation of new benches, picnic tables and bins.  As part of the £77,217 project, the bowling green will be removed and remodelled to blend into the park landscape with new planning and footways.

Works to create community gardens around Marlborough Towers in Woodhouse will also begin shortly as part of a project designed and co-ordinated by Groundwork Leeds.  Two concrete areas will be ripped up and replaced by community gardens, including orchards of fruit trees and bushes, new furniture and timber planters.  This project is funded by over £30k of developer contributions and with additional grant funding from the Groundwork Project Support Fund (£16k), GrantScape Caird Bardon Community Programme (£20k), West North West Homes Leeds (£20k) and Inner South Area Committee Well Being Fund (£6k). [23/01/2013 LCC]

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Beeston – Asda & Tesco’s Big Plans

In Beeston both Asda and Tesco hope to unveil huge stores in the near future. But that all depends on planning chiefs at Leeds City Council saying yes. [28/01/2013 YEP]

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Community Cash Grant Scheme of £100,000

The Red Nose Day Community Cash is a grant scheme in Leeds of £100,000 with grants ranging between £500 to £1,000 available to small organisations that are workWebsite - Red Nose Community Cashing to help local people living tough lives in the city.  [31/01/2013 YEP]

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