Five years on from Storm Eva: flood defence schemes bring hope as part of city’s response against climate emergency

It was a storm that devastated homes and businesses, costing Leeds an estimated £36.8million. Five years on, a £112.1million scheme to better protect the A65 Kirkstall Road corridor and areas of Apperley Bridge is offering hope to 1,048 homes and 474 businesses, following a successful first year installing flood defences along the River Aire…

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New Connecting Leeds transport strategy for everyone to enjoy healthy, affordable, low carbon travel choices

Universal access to accessible, affordable and sustainable travel choices will be considered by senior councillors next week. Leeds City Council’s draft ‘Connecting Leeds Transport Strategy’ aims to tackle the climate emergency, deliver inclusive growth, and improve the health and well-being of Leeds residents. The six ‘big moves’ outlined in the strategy act as an…

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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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Budget proposals for next financial year announced

Early budget proposals for 2021/22 presented to Leeds City Council’s executive board next week detail efforts to address a £119m deficit, but the tough decisions presented won’t be finalised until February. The funding gap for the next financial year was first reported to the board in September through a medium term financial plan. Thanks…

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Give safe gifts this Christmas

Parents and guardians are being asked to ‘Give Safe Gifts’ by setting the security settings on smart phones, laptops or games consoles before giving them to children for Christmas. The Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, West Yorkshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are launching their ‘Give Safe Gifts’ campaign on…

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Hospital charity to give £1 million for NHS staff wellbeing

Hospital charity Leeds Cares is due to give at least £1 million for initiatives to support NHS staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust during the second wave of the pandemic. The charity will invest nearly £900,000 in a clinical psychology programme for frontline health workers, including those who are treating patients with covid-19.…

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