Bid to attract investment in South Leeds is welcomed

Belle Isle is one of the areas that could benefit from private sector investment. Photo: John Baron

An initiative to help attract investment and support regeneration across a large area of South Leeds has been welcomed by the chairwoman of a local residents’ forum.

Chair of the Beeston Hill Residents Voice community group Freda Bates told a recent meeting that the Investment Partnership for South Leeds aims to attract public and private sector investment to south Leeds in a bid to regenerate the area. She said:

“It’s basically about getting businesses to invest in South Leeds – it looks very interesting and it sounded very good for the area. I would like to see how it progresses before I say that this is brilliant, but if it comes off it will be.”

The strategy covers Beeston, Beeston Hill, Holbeck, Hunslet, Belle Isle, Middleton, Cottingley, Churwell and Morley.

The partnership’s aims and priorities include:

* Improving bus services

* Create jobs for local people

* Deliver new homes and improvements to existing homes

* Improvements to local parks and the creation of new allotments.

* A higher standard of cleanliness and maintenance across south Leeds.

* Better entertainment and leisure facilities.

* Regeneration – Major developments at Elland Road, expansion of White Rose Shopping Centre and office park, ore office accommodation and regeneration of key centres in south Leeds.

* Support for local enterprise, stronger business and community links, training facilities, more jobs.

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