The independent review into the managed area in Holbeck recently published its report. It’s worth reading, although I found parts of it rather frustrating. In particular, I was genuinely puzzled as to why there was such an apparently low response rate to the questionnaire that the independent review circulated to
First things first. Many congratulations to Leeds United on winning the Championship and being promoted to the Premier League. It’s been a long wait, but a bright future beckons now that the club is back where it belongs. I recently watched a television programme on the career of Marcelo Bielsa.
As I write this, I’ve just remembered that today I should have been at the Beeston Festival which is always one of the highlights of the year. It’s a reminder of just how disrupted normal life has been by this pandemic. And yet we have found new ways to support
Looking at my diary at the start of each day has presented a whole new world since lockdown began. Where once there were meetings that involved travel, near or far, and papers I had to remember to take with me, now there are Zoom, Skype, Teams and Webex video meetings.
Firstly, a big thank you to all the council staff, voluntary organisations and volunteers who have been doing so much over the last month to help others. The theatre company Slung Low has been delivering meals to people in Holbeck and Beeston supported by the Real Junk Food Project. Holbeck
When I finished writing my column for South Leeds Life at the end of February, I could scarcely have imagined that so much would change so quickly in the following four weeks. As the coronavirus has spread across the globe with no vaccine yet available – although lots of scientists
Storms Ciara and Dennis have reminded us once again of the risk of flooding in Leeds and across the country. The flood defences in the city centre, including the movable weir at Crown Point Bridge which can be lowered when the water level rises, have made a difference, but there
At the end of this year, world leaders will gather in Glasgow for a big climate change conference as the scientific evidence of our changing climate accumulates. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is predicting that the average global temperature in 80 years’ time is likely to be between 3°C
The legacy of the terrible Grenfell tower tragedy still echoes across Leeds. Having identified all the blocks in our city with AMC cladding – the type used at Grenfell – a search has now begun for buildings clad in HPL following the serious fire at a student accommodation building in
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a very interesting presentation at a local GP surgery on social prescribing. It’s all about trying to help patients with the illnesses and problems they have in a new and different way rather than by writing out yet another prescription. One GP said