Leeds today: straw houses, slippy roads, solar-powered street maps and sports centre.

Good morning, readers. It’s Sophie here with your daily dose of Leeds goings ons. Fingers crossed I don’t miss anything blindingly obvious as i’m actually at home in the sunny South at the moment. Anyway, let’s get cracking…

It’s not exactly roasty toasty down South but even so, i’m finding the bleak and blizzardy Yorkshire weather rather hard to comprehend! The Met Office have issued a yellow warnings across the county. The BBC has this morning’s traffic report and road closures and South Leeds Life promise to keep us informed if the conditions worsen. Here’s hoping the chilly snap passes soon.

Solar-powered street maps will be popping up around the city centre this spring. The jazzy, eco-friendly maps are thought to be the first in the UK. The first signs will be installed around the bus and train stations and Leeds’ main shopping area – keep your eyes peeled!

An environmentally friendly, community housing project is under way in Bramley. Residents will be involved in every stage of the construction of the dwellings which will be insulated with straw bales. After five years of planning, the 20 house project is expected to be completed by November.

The SPLASH campaign to reopen the South Leeds Sports Centre hosted a mock Olympic torch run on Sunday. You can find out about this and their upcoming events over at South Leeds Life.

Campaigners are calling for the formation of a parish council to protect a local beauty spot from the city council’s developments. Rawdon Billing, which has been a recreational area since 1936, has been listed by the city council as one of their sites for future development. Find out what villagers are doing to protect their green space over on the YEP.

The Culture Vulture interviews their April banner designer and local artist, Oli Bentley. He raves about Leeds’ thriving creative hub and gives us his views on art vs. design. The interview also links through to the Yorkshire Graphic Design exhibition which will take place in Cafe 164 during May and June.

Has anyone tried the newly-opened Giraffe restaurant on Greek Street? ‘Leeds Grub’ blogger Katie gives us the lowdown.

That’s all from me today – I hope it warms up soon, take care on those icy roads. Only 2 days until the big Easter break – enjoy! See you next week.

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