Concerns Government ‘Bedroom Tax’ may force families into flats

Hundreds of Leeds families could be forced to move into high rise flats. The warning comes following the Government’s controversial welfare reforms – dubbed Bedroom Tax – which may force tenants to downsize their homes. [04/02/2013 YEP]

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South Leeds – Trolleybus Consultation Events – Have Your Say

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Computer Generated Image of the Trolleybus in Leeds City Centre

Residents across South Leeds will be able to attend two consultation events about ambitious plans for the new Leeds trolleybus scheme.

Costing £250m, the New Generation Transport (NGT) network will link park and ride sites at the north and south edge of Leeds with the city centre. Leeds is the first UK city to get a modern trolleybus. It will be in place by 2018 subject to a public inquiry. [31/01/2013 Southleedslife.com]

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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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Olympic Legacy Sport Grants

Grass roots sports clubs across Yorkshire have reeled in the riches of the Olympic legacy with grants totalling £1.4m from Sport England. [24/01/2013 DCMS]

Bids will be accepted for the fourth round of funding from March 4. For more information visit www.sportengland.org/inspired.

SPORT ENGLAND LOTTERY FUND

SPORT ENGLAND LOTTERY FUND (Photo credit: Leo Reynolds)

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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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