Leeds today: market meeting, cultural happenings, dancing, neglected houses, retro records and family days out.

Good morning, readers. It’s Sophie here with your Leeds and Yorkshire news round-up. I hope this news-filled delight finds you well and not too glum as a result of this unwelcome chilly snap.

Jon Howe has the outcome of last night’s market meeting over on The Northerner blog. The Friends of Kirkgate Market revealed ideas to the 200-strong crowd to help save the market. Plus find out how the Council’s privatization plans went down (clue: not well). Let’s hope a viable solution is found soon – the market is a true Leeds gem that employs over 2,000 people on 600 stalls – to say it would be a shame to see it go is an understatement.

In the wake of recent news about the closure of several Northern evening newspapers, The Northerner blog looks at the effects on local communities and discusses what’s coming next for local news.

Plans for a levy on council tax in order to fund a £1bn overhaul to local transport are revealed on the Yorkshire Post.

Maybe take your mind off of the pants weather with something a little more inspiring? Take a look at the rather snazzy and brand spanking new Leeds Inspired website – your guide to the many, many cultural goings ons in our city. There’s an interview over on the Culture Vulture with the lady behind the project as well as info on this week’s events . Don’t forget you can let us know about your upcoming events too (we hate being left out)!

Fan of vinyl? Keep it old-school this Saturday at Jumbo and Crash, Leeds’ independent record shops, where they will be celebrating the 4th UK Record Store Day. The Culture Vulture have the lowdown.

With half-term fast approaching, check out Jon Howe’s guide for family friendly days out in and around Leeds over on the My Life in Leeds. From beaches to ball pits these excursions are guaranteed to keep the sprogs happy (hell, they’d keep me entertained and i’m 24)!

Over on South Leeds Life is a little piece on next month’s meeting in Beeston to tackle Leeds’ empty housing situation. You can find out more about this sad situation and what you can do to help on the Leeds Empties blog.

Also on South Leeds Life is a report on the Strictly Come Dancing competition that took place last Saturday night. There’s also a rather fab and racy little video that goes with it. Clearly they’re an active bunch – they’ve also got details of their Wednesday night “Legs, bums and tums” class (back by popular demand).

That’s all from me for now. Thanks for reading – hope i’ve set you up for a good day!

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