Leeds today: flats, guts, and high lines.

Morning chaps, Reporter Snare here! Not loads of news today but interesting nonetheless.

The BBC reports that seven council housing blocks in Wakefield are to be ‘adopted’ by local community support officers. The officers will monitor activity round and in the flats, including enforcing alcohol exclusion zones. All residents will have a photo and contact details of their new adoptive police parent in the scheme between Wakefield and District Housing and West Yorkshire Police.

South Leeds Life has a poll for its readers asking if they want to see a supermarket – Aldi, to be exact – built on the grounds of the old Middleton Arms. The intention is to knock down the historic building, which originally opened as a hotel in 1925, and replace it with an Aldi store. Have your say over on their website – there’s already been a mixed reaction with several letters of objection.

On top of everything else, the government is facing pressure to release papers from confidential discussions of Thatcher and her cabinet during the Hillsborough disaster, reports the YEP. The 1989 football disaster saw 96 Liverpool fans crushed to death. An e-petition has been set up to ask for the release of confidential papers and so far as 63,000 figures – not too far from the 100,000 signatures required to make it into an issue eligible for a Commons debate.

A TV presenter/doctor from the always ethically sound and not at all morally abhorrent show, Supersize vs Superskinny, is targeting overeating in a Sheffield campaign to coincide with the pleasantly named Gut Week. The campaign is too encourage people to eat slightly less and exercise more, due to the health problems that can occur with oversized portions: “eating too much and avoiding exercise could lead to future health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.”

The 23rd September will see a huge fundraising party at the Irish Centre, Orlagh’s Fest. The event is to mark the 1st anniversary of the death of Orlagh Windle, a young girl who passed away last year after over a month’s battle with meningitis. The festival is to raise money for a new machine for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in the LGI where Orlagh was looked after by the wonderful staff and has been organised by Orlagh’s family. Tickets are £10 and for more information the Facebook event is here.

Exploring Leeds, after rambling over Holbeck Viaduct, asks if there could be the transformation of the space into a green ‘high line’ of the city. The high line project, which aims to reclaim forgotten architectural spaces and make them green again for the benefit of the public, has already gained support, with examples from NY High Line and the proposed Mexico City High Line. Maybe one for the guerrilla gardeners?

And a quick reminder about a cool and charitable event happening tonight: the Flashmob Iftar. Sound interesting? That’s because it is – check out their Facebook group!

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