Leeds today: homes, enterprise, delicious, talking, cake, Pudsey, eid & explore.

Morning!

Over 15,000 homes in Leeds stand empty while 28,000 people are on the housing list, reports the YEP. The homes are in the hands of public and private landlords, and to make headway towards reducing both numbers a landlords event will take place on Friday at the Carriageworks. BGL wonders if the empty flats in the City Centre will be a sticking point.

It’s against this sort of backdrop that houses need to be built, however. And carefully planned. So residents in Horsforth and environs have appealed to the Government to uphold LCC’s rejection of a planned housing development at Riverside Mills.

Also in the YEP: The Princes Trust awarded the RBS Enterprise award to a chap from Beeston. Ryan Austin, who had twice been made redundant, set up his own business using a grant from the Trust and now has five employees. Other Leeds residents get honourable mentions at the awards too. Well done!

After long delays, the promised refurb of Middleton Park’s visitor centre is now underway. The demolition crews started work on the Lakeside centre and it is hoped that all will be finished by August next year.

The deliciouslyyorkshire awards were held on the 14th, showcasing the best that Yorkshire has to offer in terms of food and produce. The event, held at Rudding Park, crowned Tim Bilton, chef at The Butcher’s Arms in Hepworth, as “Champion” with Leeds’ own Swillington Farm taking away the “Best fresh meat” gong for their organic chicken. The winners list is interesting reading.

Leeds fast talking evening Bettakultcha has announced ticket sales are open for its Christmas event. BGL will certainly be there (and possibly presenting) as this is one of the most consistently high-quality entertaining shows Leeds has to offer. Dec 20th; I’d blow off the office party for this.

Children in Need is nearly here; of course our region has close links to the fundraiser and many people will be raising money in offices and shopping centres all over Leeds. Bake Lady has been getting into the spirit of things by making Pudsey Bear stem ginger cake which looks fantastic.

South Leeds Life are also in the Pudsey Bear spirit, with a family event happening at Belle Isle Family centre. Are you doing anything for Children in Need? Get in touch and we’ll publicise it!

Also on South Leeds Life is a writeup of last Saturday’s multicultural Eid event the Jamia Masjid Abu Huraira Mosque in Beeston Hill. Speakers from many faiths gave talks on tolerance and unity in what was a really positive and inclusive afternoon.

East Street Arts were commissioned to place local art in the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road and Compton Centre in Harehills. This commission will be opened to the public on Nov 23rd at the Reginald and should be exciting work.

Exploring Leeds has written up last weekend’s Culture Hack from a participative perspective.

Fancy taking part in a digital treasure hunt across the city? My Life in Leeds has the details of what could be a great way of exploring the city (in real life, not behind a computer screen) using smartphones, barcodes, torches, and sturdy shoes.

Finally today, the Guardian reports on the return of Mr Gay UK after a three-year absence. The finals will be held at Mission in Leeds in December, and the contest has many fabulous prizes. The Graun takes a closer look at the finalists.

And that’s it! Elly will bring you all the news tomorrow, and Mark will be working out what your weekend could contain on Friday. If you have anything you’d like to say on these or any other stories in the area then please do get in touch, and we’ll see what we can do. Thanks for reading!

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