South Leeds Roundup: Views, Viaducts and Vehicles


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

Holbeck Cemetery viewWe’ll start with sad news from Friends of Holbeck Cemetery who report on the removal of their viewing platform. The platform provided possibly the best view in Leeds, but suffered from vandalism and became a focus for anti-social behaviour. The photo was taken before the platform was constructed and shows a different skyline from today with the five blocks of Holbeck Towers and without the ‘Dalek’ Bridgewater Place.

Middleton-based charity Health For All’s website is buzzing with news – arts students working with different groups, a crowdfunding approach to Community First grants and a junior reporters course running at South Leeds Youth Hub.

Sticking with Health For All, young people at The Cupboard project have a blog called Teen Time Travellers, which is exploring past and present teenage health issues. They are working with the Thackray Medical Museum towards producing a public health campaign.

Hunslet Hawks’ Lazenby Cup win, Leeds United’s management shambles and holocaust memorial day all feature in Hilary Benn MP’s blog this week. Plus concerning news of potential job losses at Peglers in Hunslet.

The Holbeck Viaduct project has moved forward this week. Following a weekend workshop with volunteers from the Good For Nothing project, it’s changed its name to Holbeck Highline and created a blog.

Meanwhile Lucy Potter has been doing more research to support the project. She describes her trip to Paris to look at their ‘linear park’, Promenade Plantee, on her Lucylines blog. New York, Paris? It’s tough work but someone has to do it!

There’s lots on the HUGO Family blog this week. HUGO is the Leeds Federated project that is Helping yoU Get Online. As well as their base in Burley they are going mobile and bringing their first vehicle to Belle Isle next week. The HUGO Family are also busy on Facebook, so whether you want to job search or sell something on eBay or talk to your granddaughter in Australia get along and find out how.

Are you worried about the winds around Bridgewater Place? The Leeds Guardian reports that the developers’ plans for huge baffles will be on show in the building’s atrium on Saturday (8 February 2014) from 10am to 5:30pm.

Local blogger John Cockburn has a follow up piece to his article about policing prostitution suggesting that many police forces are failing to follow ACPO’s evidence-based guidance. It’s on his blog What Can I Do About It?

Holbeck Working Men’s Club’s struggle for survival features on the BBC news website. You can find out how they’re getting on at their Annual General Meeting which will be on Sunday 16 February at 11am.

It’s the closed season at Middleton Railway, which means they can get on with maintenance, such things as ‘jacking and packing’. Passenger services resume on 29 March 2014.

And finally, SLATE’s Feel Good Café at Hillside in Beeston is worth a visit. They’ve been making some changes, but still have great food and if you like the table you’re sat at you can buy it!