Leeds today: Burns, Bees, Trains, Carbon, Fines, Lights and Festivals.


The new high-speed train network HS2 is going ahead. The Yorkshire Post has the story (as do many other papers); the proposed branches to the North are still not finalised and probably won’t be open before 2032 at the earliest, and cynics will be saying that these projects always slip even when the deadline is pretty close to when I’ll be eligible for a senior citizen’s railcard. Opinion on social networking site Twitter included “Won’t we have teleporters by 2033 though?” and bets were being taken on whether the branches north of Birmingham would even be started.

West Yorkshire Police are keen to trace a man who stepped in to prevent the abduction of a 12-year old girl in Middleton on Monday (BBC). DI Mark Waine said:

The actions of this man were commendable and we believe information he could provide us with would assist the investigation and I would ask him to get in touch.

The police arrested a man from Heckmondwike and is asking for other women who may have been approached under similar circumstances to come forward.

The YEP has more details on the Leeds Symphony Orchestra stolen instruments story that we featured on Monday. Apparently the van was used to steal copper form the engineering yard that the instruments were found in; the value of the instruments was considerably more than the stolen metal (but much harder to fence, one would imagine).

LCC put up some floodlights in Belle Isle without planning permission, reports the YEP. So far so normal, except these floodlights have caused local residents to complain as they are intrusive. The Local Government ombudsman has been highly critical of the incident and it seems that retroactive planning permission is not just a formality in this case.

The University of Leeds has topped a table of money claimed in fines for overdue library books (YEP); £1.8m over the last six years. It can be very frustrating for students who try to use the library to find that a book is out on near-permanent loan, and the money raised goes towards improving services and increasing the number of books available.

Bruce Davies of Basement Arts has written a guest blog for South Leeds Life, asking “Do we get the culture we deserve in South Leeds?” This is a thoughtful, well-researched article highlights several art projects that seem to be a little below the radar in Beeston and Holbeck.

It is hoped that this year’s Hunslet Festival is the best yet, and the organiser – who also has a full time job and two teenagers to raise – is asking for people to get involved (YEP). One of the things BGL is hoping to do this year is attend the local festivals across Leeds, so would like them all to be brilliant!

The Guardian Northerner comments on a Low Carbon City study put together by the Universities of Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield (this is the same report that we mentioned on Monday). It appears that the region could cut its energy bill substantially if the right capital investment is found; the paper acknowledges that this is the hardest part of any such scheme.

A couple of dates for the diary:

Burns night is going to be celebrated in style! Beer tastings, whisky tasting and food are all part of Jan 25th and the Cross Keys and Veritas are both having special events to celebrate the life & works of Rabbie Burns (Culture Vultures). The Cross Keys will be having a tutored whisky tasting evening – sounds interesting – wheras Veritas are having a five-course menu with beer tasting.

Thursday 19th at the Otley Courthouse sees a showing of “The Vanishing of the Bees”, an award winning documentary film from 2010 that examines the alarming disappearance of honey bees across the world, followed by a Q&A discussion with a panel including the region’s Bee Inspector.

The Grassington Festival Fringe has opened up its call for submissions (also CV). The Fringe, now in its third year, is encouraging artists, performers, community groups or anybody who would like to get involved to come forwards. And remember what I said earlier about BGL attending festivals!

That is it for today; Elly will be back tomorrow and Mark will be wrapping up the week on Friday. Please do get in touch if you’d like anything featuring or highlighting, and thanks for reading.

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