Hunslet round-up: building sales, sandwiches, schools + more

The former Hunslet Gate Centre – a former school on Sussex Gardens – is due to be sold by Leeds City Council, at auction on 15th September. It is expected to fetch £225,000+. Click here for further info (lot 94).

The Hunslet Gate Centre, in better times (image courtesy of wikimedia, via Creative Commons)
Hunslet Gate Centre, in better times (image: wikimedia, via Creative Commons)

Until recently a school, it has been empty for some time, and become a derelict eyesore in the heart of the local community. So residents will no doubt be glad to see something happening at last on the half-acre site – whether as offices, housing or something else.

On the same stretch of road, the postbox which was in front of the former Thwaite Gate Post Office has now been removed. The shop itself is now occupied by The Pow Wow cafe and caterers, who do a great range of sandwiches, food, and drinks – well worth a visit.

Also on the subject of Post Offices, the Church Street Post Office is proposing to move 50m along the road – to the larger shop on the end of row at the front of the Penny Hill Centre, formerly occupied by the St Luke’s Cares charity shop. This should make for less queuing outside in the cold of winter!

Across the road from there, the St Mary’s Primary School extension is well underway. As previously reported, the school is expanding to take in 45 children per year, up from 30. This will hopefully ease the overcrowding which has come from the rise in Hunslet’s young population, whilst continuing its tradition of providing good education.

Finally, just next door to the school, Marshall Waddington’s funfair is back this week, Thursday to Sunday on the Grove Road recreation ground… And that’s your lot!


This post was written by Pat Jackson using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.