Nominations are now open for Leeds Compassionate City Awards 2021

Nominations are now open for Leeds City Council’s Compassionate City Awards. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 01 December 2021. Now in their fifth year, the awards celebrate the positive and compassionate work that individuals, community groups and organisations do every day to make their local communities and wider city a great…

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New Leeds Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress officially announced

Councillor Asghar Khan has become the city’s 127th Lord Mayor of Leeds after unanimous support from members of all parties at the council’s annual meeting. Taking over the role from the previous incumbent Councillor Eileen Taylor, who served an unprecedented two years in the role, Councillor Asghar Khan will be accompanied during his time…

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Tracy Brabin wins first-ever West Yorkshire mayoral election

On 9 May Tracy Brabin was elected the first Mayor of West Yorkshire. With specific powers on transport, housing, regeneration, finance and policing, the Mayor will work with the Mayoral Combined Authority, council leaders, business representatives and partners for the benefit of the region. The Labour candidate was declared winner of the county’s history-making mayoral…

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Statement on the BBC’s plan to move jobs to Leeds

BBC announced it plans to relocate a number of its national journalism roles from London to Leeds. Two BBC News teams will move to Leeds; the Learning and Identity team and some of the new UK Insight team. The move is part of the wider “BBC Across the UK” plan and aligns with the…

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Leeds City Council approves funding to improve public realm outside the city’s iconic Corn Exchange building

Leeds City Council’s executive board has formally approved funding to improve the area directly outside the city’s Corn Exchange building. In September 2020, it was announced that Leeds City Council successfully secured £8.6m of match funding from the government’s Getting Building Fund which would be added to Leeds’ £12.2m Grey to Green programme. The…

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Long-serving Leeds parachute regiment become first military unit in over 40 years to be recognised with city’s highest civic honour

The 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (4PARA) has been awarded the city’s highest civic honour in recognition of their many years of devoted service and historic association with Leeds. Established in 1942, 4PARA are the first military service unit to be bestowed with Honorary Freedom of Leeds since HMS Ark Royal received the honour…

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Remembrance Sunday Commemorations 2020

Our annual Remembrance Sunday commemorations will look very different this year, due to the ongoing impact of the pandemic. Due to the risks posed there won’t be the usual service or military parade at Victoria Gardens in Leeds. People are being urged to undertake their own acts of remembrance at home by observing the…

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Competition launched for the redevelopment of Leeds City Square

Experienced design teams are being encouraged to enter a competition to transform Leeds City Square as part of plans to make the city centre more vibrant, dynamic and inclusive. The competition has been launched by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on behalf of Balfour Beatty and Leeds City Council and will appeal…

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