New community hubs open in Pudsey and Moortown

Two new community hubs have officially opened in Leeds this month. Residents of Moortown and Pudsey will now be able to access a range of important local services under one roof as part of the community hubs, which already have proved to be an invaluable resource in other areas of the city. Services at…

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New proposal for an innovation district for Leeds

Senior councillors will, next week, hear proposals to create an innovation district in Leeds which could provide a catalyst for productive, sustainable and inclusive economic development for the city. At the meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on Wednesday 27 July, members will be asked to support the formation of a partnership between…

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Annual free youth arts festival Breezes in to Leeds

The biggest arts festival for young people in West Yorkshire takes place in Leeds this week with the start of the Breeze Arts Festival. The festival is back and bigger than ever, with over 40 events over eight days, and runs from Saturday 23 July to Saturday 30 July. The festival, for 11-19 year…

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Full steam ahead for Leeds’ visitor economy performance

If you want to know what makes Leeds special and why more tourists than ever come to visit. Then look no further than the recent data from STEAM survey that measures the economic impact of the tourism industry. The City saw 26.21 million tourism visits in 2015, a 5.3% increase from 2013. The visitor…

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Series of events show that communities can

A series of events will be taking place next week to show what the council and communities can achieve when they work together to improve neighbourhoods. The Communities Can week, organised by Housing Leeds, includes a host of fun activities aimed at demonstrating the importance residents play in improving their communities. The week kicks…

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Take a step back in time at Home Farm this weekend

Visitors to a popular Leeds farm will be able to take an exciting trip back in time this weekend. As part of two special days of activities and events held at Temple Newsam Home Farm from 10am-4pm on Saturday 23 July – Sunday 24 July, there will be the chance to see what life…

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Bizarre Customs collection to be revealed in Leeds

A weird and wonderful collection of objects seized from smugglers is being revealed in an exclusive museum Twitter tour next week. The bizarre array of exotic items includes a crocodile head ashtray and a stuffed mongoose in the grip of a hungry snake and was mainly found during raids and searches by UK customs…

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Plans for transport improvements on key Leeds commuter route

A new £2.61m project aimed at making the Whitehall Road area an easier place to travel for busses, bikes, cars and pedestrians will go before senior councillors in Leeds next week. The improvement scheme, which will be entirely funded by contributions from local developers, will include new pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and widening of…

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City’s response to Brexit to be debated by executive board

A report setting out the preparation work being undertaken by Leeds City Council to assess and meet the challenges and potential opportunities resulting from Brexit are set to be discussed by senior councillors next week. As part of a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on 27 July 2016, members will have the…

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Object of the week- The Somme medal

Presented to a Leeds First World War veteran, The Somme Medal is a moving reminder of the immense courage shown by those who fought in one of history’s bloodiest battles. The medal recently went on display as part of Leeds City Museum’s In Their Footsteps exhibition as the city commemorates 100 years since The…

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Idea blooms into city centre oasis for Leeds

An idea sown eight years ago to create a new green space for everyone to use in busy central Leeds has bloomed into a stunning city centre oasis. Families, office workers and anyone passing through the city centre can now enjoy the elaborate water features, lush grass and relaxing seating areas of the Sovereign…

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Statement re Burberry from Leeds City Council Leader Cllr Judith Blake

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “We have received strong assurances from Burberry that their plans for their new operation in Leeds are very much still on track. We remain committed to fully supporting those plans and enabling the development of their ambitious and prestigious new manufacturing facility in Leeds, along…

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