Hunslet ‘public square’ improvements take shape

Cllrs Mohammed Iqbal and Paul Wray (Labour, Hunslet & Riverside) have announced the initial landscaping work to improve the paved area in between Hunslet Community Hub and Library and The Penny Hill Centre, as part of the plan to create a new public space, has been given the go ahead.

This element of the project will see a significant greening and softening of the currently paved space and should be completed by March 2024.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal said:

“This project has been a long time coming and to be finally able to say we’re starting work on it is a great relief for both me and Paul. There have been so many false starts, initially due to the pandemic, so we’re looking forward to spades in the ground. It will make this area so much better looking for residents and be a real focal point for this part of Hunslet.”

Other improvement work is still planned as part of the initial phase of work, such as the creation of a public mural on the boundary wall with Morrisons in partnership with the University Centre at Leeds City College, the installation of dynamic lighting to illuminate the Community Hub, installation of thermoplastic play markings, and market equipment. But some of the allocated funding for these is taking longer to be released than expected.

However, Councillors Iqbal and Wray didn’t want the landscaping work, which can be done separately, to be delayed, as the funding for this is already on hand from a number of different grants.


This post is based on a press release issued by Cllrs Iqbal and Wray


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4 Replies to “Hunslet ‘public square’ improvements take shape”

  1. Another example of a waste of time space and effort to “improve” an already paved area that is only used as a car park for takeaway cars.

    1. This space has no official access as it is a pedestrian area – so anyone caught parking on it will be ticketed. The aim is to make it a used space and improve the area. Having a large slap of unused pavement does little for the area and a bright and clean public space will make a positive difference.

  2. Should be more concerned with improvement of people they’re housing in south leeds

    1. This is funding specifically applied for public realm project from the government and can’t be spend on housing developments or repairs – which are dealt with via different funding streams.

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