Hunslet campaigners have called a public meeting – on Tuesday 20 February 2018 - to discuss the controversial Park and Ride scheme pencilled in for Stourton.
The proposed scheme will see a carpark with space for 1100 cars built on fields just off junction 7 of the M621, behind Hunslet Cemetery - then buses will make 70+ journeys each day ferrying people into the city centre along Low Road, which would be extensively altered.
Champions of the scheme argue that it will reduce congestion, and therefore help reduce air pollution.
There was a public consultation last year, but – with the scheme yet to be approved - local resistance has continued to brew.
This month’s event is being jointly coordinated by Kenny Saunders – the chair of Hunslet Carr Residents Association, and members of the local Hunslet and Riverside Green Party.
“There are better locations for a Park and Ride than this proposed site at Stourton. I think it’s especially inappropriate to have a Park & Ride bordering onto Hunslet Cemetery. This venture needs to be looked at again. Join us on the 20th to find out more, and to see what we can all do about it.”
Mary Spencer, a Hunslet resident and Green Party member, added:
“Park and Rides can be great, but this one makes no sense – and it’s of no benefit to local people. It will gobble up local green space, cause years of disruption as they build it, reduce the capacity of our roads, and actually increase congestion. “The council talk about clean air for the city, but once again don’t care about our air. Hunslet’s been a dumping ground for Leeds City Council for too long: we deserve better.
“We need a public meeting, to get this idea out from behind closed doors – and for our community to come together and speak with one voice.”
The meeting will be held on Tuesday 20 February, from 7pm at the Parnaby Tavern on Middleton Road in Hunslet Carr, LS10 2AB. All welcome.