Leeds today: Royal Park meeting, carnival steel band ban and Bramley action

Good morning, Leeds!

I’ve really missed writing those three early morning words – and it’s an honour to be asked to write a guest post for this blog while the wonderful Mike’s taking a well-earned break from his Beyond Guardian Leeds duties. So…

What’s making the city tick today?

The future of a long-running community campaign to transform the former Royal Park Primary School in Hyde Park into a community facility will be discussed at a special public meeting on Tuesday 6th September at Headingley HEART. The Royal Park Community Consortium had been given an August deadline by the council to find the cash to finance their plans by the city council. Check out RPCC’s blog here or go to their Facebook page.

The Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market Group – which caused a stir with a recent blogpost attacking the council over its plans for the future of the market – is due to meet on Wednesday 24th August at the Wrens Hotel at 6pm. New members welcome. Meanwhile, the first Sunday lunch in a bag competition winner is revealed over at The Source blog.

Paul Robinson at the YEP reports council bosses have refused a request from Leeds United for financial support for the club’s ground redevelopment plans. The paper also reports the Leeds West Indian Carnival has banned traditional steel band music from its parade this year in response to “unrest” in parts of the city. Knee-jerk reaction or wise move? Or does it water down what the carnival should be celebrating?  Have your say in the comments below.

Fish& also go by the name @NoFishyBusiness and are a bit of a Twitter sensation. Our paths have crossed at a number of events – the Dock Street Market, Kirkstall Festival and even Bettakultcha one time. Now that they have a regular spot in the city centre of Leeds it’s definitely time to write about them here on EL.
– Check out Exploring Leeds blog’s report on a Leeds fish and chip van with a difference.

The Guardian’s Northerner blog also featured @nofishybusiness as part of the Leeds Loves Food event last month.

It’s all happening in Bramley – a new Friends of Bramley Baths group, an active Friends of Bramley Park and a new petition to create a skatepark in the area. Check out the latest at Bramleydom.

Lizzie Coombes and her trio take to the streets of Leeds for a bit of a home tourist adventure. Check out more at The Culture Vulture blog and don’t forget to follow the #hometourist hashtag on twitter.

On the food blogs, Katie at Leeds Grub reviews the LS6 Cafe in Hyde Park and enjoyed a great meal but wasn’t impressed with the service. Leeds Food Leads was at Carluccio’s in the city centre and enjoyed better service.

Horsforth in gloom or Horsforth in Bloom? You decide over at Horsforth Let Down By Leeds blog.

Local blog Holt Park Today looks at the rich history of High Farm pub, while South Leeds Life blog is asking its readers in a poll whether they want to see an Aldi pub built on the site of the landmark Middleton Arms. So far 45% of respondents say no.

Jimi Heselden, the millionaire owner of the Segway company who fell from cliffs while riding one of the scooters, has left an estate of more than £340m, reports the BBC.

The latest issue of Kirkstall Matters magazine is now available at Kirkstall Online.

Check out a guide to the history of cricket in Leeds over at My Life in Leeds blog.

Don’t forget to add your events, comments and opinions below or tweet us @beyondgdnleeds. Be great to hear from you! Tomorrow’s guest post will be by @ebsnare.


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2 Responses to Leeds today: Royal Park meeting, carnival steel band ban and Bramley action

  1. Ellie says:

    As you’re aiming to support independent media, you might like to know that the ‘Leeds United/Leeds Council loan’ story was actually researched and broken by independent Leeds Utd fanzine The Square Ball on Friday: http://www.thesquareball.net/leeds-united/2011/08/18/leeds-city-council-turned-down-uniteds-20m-loan-request/

  2. Hi Ellie – thanks for the heads up and link regarding the United/council loan story. Apologies for missing the link on Friday at The Square Ball. I’m a little out of practice!
    – John B

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