Elland Road Park & Ride used by travellers during lockdown

Leeds City Council has suspended its Park & Ride schemes at Elland Road and Temple Gate for the duration of the Coronavirus lockdown measures.

A Covid-19 testing facility is being set up at Temple Green, whilst Elland Road has been designated a temporary stopping site for Gipsies and Travellers.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Communities told South Leeds Life:

“We are facing unprecedented challenges due to the global Covid-19 pandemic in a fast-moving situation and need to ensure we are supporting our communities in the best way possible.

“Leeds is a compassionate city and we work hard to prioritise our most vulnerable families and individuals.  We are fortunate in having a strong partnership way of working which has been developed across communities, voluntary sector organisations and the public sector. This has enabled us to be able to work effectively together in this time of heightened need for the benefit of all.

“The Elland Road Park and Ride site was used for a couple of weeks to support a group of travellers who have now relocated to a more suitable location in the city. It may be used as such again during the pandemic or for other purposes as needs require. We will do all it can to minimise the impact on local residents at this time.

“Having reached good solutions to enable people to stay put during this health crisis, it is important that others do not travel into Leeds or attempt to join the settlements.  We are urging all communities to obey the rules to minimise contact with others through this period.”

Helen Jones, Chief Executive of Leeds GATE, commented:

“The use of the Elland Road park and ride as a negotiated stopping camp for Traveller and Gypsy families is a temporary measure to ensure safety, security and healthcare during the Covid-19 lockdown. We hope that local people recognise that this is the right decision at this time. Leeds City Council are acting directly according to government instruction to keep all our communities safe.

“The policy of negotiated stopping in Leeds has already saved thousands of pounds in public money which can now be used for public good at this extremely difficult time. Having leaders and officers already familiar with negotiating stopping has enabled Leeds to act quickly to keep our communities safe.”



4 Replies to “Elland Road Park & Ride used by travellers during lockdown”

  1. While in principle I don’t have a problem but yet again. South Leeds selected. Travellers setting up next to houses is not a sensible action and would be much better in the more isolated temple green. Is there a dumping policy at LCC of anything anti social, troublesome or controversial let’s put it in south Leeds. Local councillors colluding in the desecration of local south Leeds communities.

  2. Surely we are all in it together and the main thing is about supporting each other and not just during this pandemic . Is Mary Spencer s reply suggesting that Travellers are anti social troublesome and contraversial ? What does this stem from? Ignorance perhaps?

    1. Who knows why people are like that but, it is especially disheartening and concerning to come across such awful prejudice toward fellow human beings at this particular time. It’s very upsetting.

  3. Well said Mary spence! The problem with South Leeds is the majority of councillors don’t live anywhere near the area they just use it as a dumping ground for everything they wouldn’t want in their back gardens

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