South Leeds Roundup: Experimental viruses and Nuclear reactors


Here’s your regular roundup of what’s making South Leeds tick on other websites, blogs and across Facebook.

Skelton Grange virusWe start this week with some very worrying photos on Skelton Grange Environment Centre’s Facebook Page. It looks like something’s gone wrong at the Experimental Viruses division of The Skelton Corporation. Could this have anything to do with their Zombie Apocalypse event on Thursday and Friday (30 October & 1 November)??

Those of you on Twitter might like to follow @PeopleofLeeds. This account is run by a different person each week, who talks about their view of our city. This week it’s Helen from Beeston, you might know her from South Leeds Community Radio’s book club.

John Cockburn isn’t convinced about the Elland Road Park & Ride scheme, which looks set to get the go ahead next week. In his view the Council aren’t too bothered about South Leeds: “If Leeds City Council were going to build a nuclear reactor, LS11 would be their preferred location… Over on his blog What Can I Do About It? he publishes the Council’s view on the scheme’s impact so that we can hold them account if it doesn’t pan out as they predict.

Did you know that your MP, Hilary Benn, writes a weekly blog on his website. This week he talks about the opening of BITMO’s GATE and the Rugby League World Cup Festival at South Leeds Academy amongst other things.

Over on the Hunslet Hawks website we learn that they’ve launched a free iPhone app. So to get all your Hawks news on your phone, go to the Apple App Store and search for Hunslet.

There’s free football coaching for women and girls aged 13+ this Saturday (2 November). The details are on Middleton Park FC’s Facebook page.

Leeds South Foodbank is now up and running. They are asking front line agencies to get in touch about referring people for help. You should contact They also have details of when and where you can donate food.

There’s a plea on Cottingley TRAC’s Facebook group for the Fish & Chip shop to be re-opened in Cottingley. Good to see healthy debate. With Halloween almost upon us, there’s a request for Trick or Treaters to be respectful of older residents on the estate.

They are back up and running over at South Leeds Community Radio following their recent building work. They are also looking for volunteers make programmes, but also people who can help with graphic design, web content, promotion, engagement and fundraising.

And finally, congratulations to frontline cleansing staff in the South & Outer East Locality Team who have won an award for “working with communities”. Well done! If you’ve got a community project you need their help with why not get in touch with them?

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