Author: Ed Carlisle

Ed's originally from Sheffield, had the misfortune to grow up down south, but has lived in Leeds since the 90s and Beeston since 2002. He’s involved in various local projects, including: Beeston Festival, the Holbeck viaduct scheme, community hiking and camping events, youth work, local green/growing projects, and South Leeds Life. He dabbles in local politics, and co-runs Leeds-wide charity Together for Peace. He's married with a young family.

Former sex workers to speak out at public forum this weekend

South Leeds campaigners against the Holbeck ‘Managed Approach’ (also known as the ‘Managed Zone’) are encouraging local residents of all opinions to attend a forum event this weekend at Leeds Civic Hall, entitled ‘A Different Approach’ – which will look at sex work in this city and across the world,

Family fun days at Hunslet dentists this half-term

Hunslet Dental are throwing open their doors this half-term, and inviting local families to join them for two days of free Super Hero and Disney themed activities and treatments on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February 2019. These activity days will feature face painting, fancy dress, games and competitions, raffles

Community rallies to rescue Hunslet skatepark

People from across Leeds and the region are rallying to rescue the former Works Skatepark in Hunslet, with the centre set to reopen this week. As previously reported, the skatepark charity ceased trading and closed at the start of the month, due to financial difficulties. But the immediate outcry online

Park and Ride decision postponed as councillors slam plans

The decision on the major new Park and Ride scheme proposed for Stourton has been postponed, after councillors on the City Plans panel blasted the Council’s own presentations – and local campaigners have vowed to battle on against the project. The cross-party panel – which decides on whether or not

Young leaders celebrate – but will it continue?

Last week (Saturday 15 December 2018) saw a packed-out event at the Hamara Centre in Beeston Hill, to celebrate the conclusion and successes of the local ‘Play the Game’ youth leadership and sports project. The project has run over the course of 2018 – and saw over 100 local young

Last day of the Beeston Christmas Trail today: see you at the Lantern Festival!

The Beeston Christmas Trail is here, running between Saturday 1 December and Friday 14 December – and below are the daily clues so far! This fortnight-long ‘treasure trail’ challenge will see giant letters of the alphabet appear each day, somewhere in Beeston. Your clues as to how to find each

New resources for Holbeck sex work zone – but is it working?

Senior members of Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police today (Thursday 13 December 2018) announced their latest plans to reboot the under-fire Managed Approach (also known as the Managed Zone) – a sex-work tolerance zone in the light industrial zone alongside Holbeck. The latest plans – which the leaders

Beeston Lantern Festival is here – and you can help!

The popular annual Christmas Lantern Festival – now in its sixth year – is back, this Friday (14 December) in Cross Flatts Park in Beeston. Join hundreds of local residents for an evening of carols, craft (this year featuring lanterns made from old plastic bottles), hot food and drinks, animal petting,

Hunslet shopkeeper on a Christmas mission: can you help?

Hunslet shopkeeper Steve Barron is inviting the community to help him collect warm clothes, to be shared out amongst people who are homeless in Leeds this Christmas. Steve runs Leasowe Stores and Cafe in Hunslet Carr, and – despite himself suffering multiple break-ins in the past months – is looking