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.

Near miss for Holbeck cladding flat block fire?

A riverside flat block by Leeds railway station suffered a dramatic exterior fire this week (Tuesday 8 June 2021), raising concerns once again about dangerous cladding and related building defects – but West Yorkshire Fire Service were on this occasion able to contain the fire, and all residents escaped safely.

Cladding: the nightmare continues

Thousands of local residents remain locked in a bitter and urgent battle for major safety renovations on their flat blocks – and to avoid having to foot the punishingly high costs themselves. Earlier this month (10 February 2021) saw the government’s long-awaited £3.5bn Building Safety Fund (BSF) announcement, to tackle

New-look Lantern Festival lights up the community

Last Saturday (12 December 2020) saw LS11 residents out in (socially-distant) numbers, to enjoy the spectacle of Christmas carols and festive cheer blasting out from an illuminated open-top bus and bicycle procession – as a Covid-safe alternative to the popular annual Lantern Festival. Over two hours, the bus wove its