It’s with a heavy heart that I see once again the Parnaby estate in Hunslet must bear the brunt of further ‘development’ in the name of progress or sacrifice to the motor car. The eyesore of what looks like landscape open heart surgery at the bottom of the estate where we played as children in the late sixties.
We witnessed the first wave of destruction when the ‘Leeds Motorway City of the 70s’ M1 was built tearing out the heart of the adjoining Westburys, demolishing beautifully built, at my guess Edwardian homes.
There is nothing of more value and importance in today’s society than the motor car nothing must be allowed to impede or stand in its way. Multi vehicle ownership has deemed it unsafe to step off a kerb or cross a street in every town and city in the UK.
It’s a misdemeanour to be a pedestrian now!
My guess is that this latest ‘Park & Ride’ will be little more than an eyesore, prove ineffective, and another sacrifice on the altar to the motor car.
My condolences to the Parnabys and not forgetting the genocide that was also visited on the nearby Stourton community again in the name of progress.
This post was written by Tony Callaghan
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Photo: Parnaby Crescent 1967 (demolished when the M1, now M621, was built). © West Yorkshire Archive Service, via leodis.net