The recent announcement about an ice rink near Leeds United Football Ground started me wondering where the proposed Park and Ride scheme for the area would be and what impact these developments would have on the area.
A permanent ice rink for the city is long overdue. It is a long time since the rink on Kirkstall Road closed down, which I remember going to in my younger days. The proposed new rink, if it goes ahead, will be built on land on Elland Road opposite the new police station and next to the railway line. It looks an impressive place if the architect’s sketches are anything to go by.
Plans for the development can be found at Ice Rink Plans
Presumably the Park and Ride scheme for Elland Road will be situated next to the ice rink, although, since last year, I have not heard anything more about it. A council report dated 28 November 2012 states:
Work is also ongoing in Leeds to bring forward a number of bus-based park-and-ride schemes. This includes a 500 – 1000 space site at Elland Road and a 600-1,000 space site in the Aire Valley off the A63 East Leeds Link Road. It is hoped to have at least one site operational within the next three years.
It would appear, therefore, that the Elland Road scheme is still on the cards.
If both these south Leeds developments are given the go ahead, traffic around the stadium and surrounding areas will, in my opinion, increase considerably. Parking for Leeds United supporters on match days is likely to become more difficult since the existing car parks will be reduced in size and it is likely that street parking in the surrounding areas will increase – particularly if Leeds United ever return to the Premier League.
I believe that the council should be keeping everyone informed of the situation and must listen and act on the concerns of local people before embarking on schemes that are potentially detrimental to their well being.