Leeds today: Leeds to be UK’s best city? Children’s heart surgery decision, Lumiere, butchers, and Bates out?

Good morning Leeds. How are you? So far today I (I being Tom or @tomas311 as I like to referred to whenever possible) have scrubbed Weetabix off the floor of our kitchen following a flinging incident from my son and watched my cat toy with a dying bird. It’s been a good morning so far.

On the plus side I have coffee infront of me and The Rolling Stones on the stereo. Thus, I am ready to round up stuff what is happening in Leeds today.

I shall begin, as it traditional, with the news.

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Council CEO Tom Riordan has told Culture Vulture about the council’s Commission on the Future of Local Government and the plans to make Leeds the best city in the UK (even better than that London!). It’s well worth a read.

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(I shall stop being light-hearted now for two paragraphs as I report on serious matters)

We’re expecting a decision today on whether Leeds’ children’s heart surgery unit will survive cuts. The YEP reports that the decision on whether the unit will continue to exist will be made in London today. Obviously this could have serious implications for children in the area and their families. If the news is bad for Leeds, there will still be an option for the local authority to lodge an objection. It’s also worth noting that while it would be great news for us in Leeds if the unit stays open, it will just mean another area gets its unit closed instead. So it’s not really good news whatever happens.

In other news affecting Leeds’ health service, The Independent are running the story of a 6’5″ woman who is suing Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust for £2m after they failed to spot her growth condition – a misdiagnosis she says has “grievously affected” her life. The Trust admits negligence but disputes the damages due.

(I’m going to return to light-heartedness now)

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The YEP have revealed the new plans for the Lumiere site. Loiners may remember the rather daft idea of building two massive towers on Wellington Street, which was scrapped in the summer of 2008. Now instead of two towers of 54 and 32 storeys, we’re looking at one 11 storey office and hotel development. Sounds sensibly dull to us.

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The following story is from meatinfo.co.uk – which is real. A Leeds butcher and pork pie specialist (I would like to meet this man) by the name of Andrew Green, of Wilsons Butchers in Crossgates, has been appointed the new president of the Confederation of Yorkshire Butchers Councils. Hurrah!

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South Leeds Life are reporting that Holbeck Mills – magnificent Grade II listed building-cum-carpet retailer – may soon add flats to its rather odd mix.

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And in music news, Leeds band I Like Trains – who were once post-rock and are now a bit electro, apparently – have announced a new EP entitled Beacons (due out 15th October) and will play a gig at Leeds City Museum on 13th October to launch it. More info on that is up at Leeds Music Scene.

And now, over to Tom with the blogs news.

Culture Vulture are telling us that the rather ace new art gallery The Hepworth are looking for new volunteers. If you have the time you should well do it, it’s a lovely gallery.

Over at Leeds Online that Wendy Denman has been rounding up things to do and see in Leeds this week.

Leeds United blog The Scratching Shed are reporting on another day of takeover frustration at the club. JUST GIVE US SOME BILLIONAIRES PLEASE – HOW HARD CAN IT BE TO FIND RICH MAN READY TO THROW ALL THEIR MONEY AT NEIL WARNOCK?!

There’s a bit of spice over at Real Ale Reviews and Breadsticklers who have reviewed Indian restaurants Mumtaz and The 1875 respectively.

Finally, we’ve another new hyper-local blog to tell you about with the launch of pudseylife.co.uk – guess which area of Leeds it’s about.

And one last note, go follow @_allhandsondeck for updates on barge trips from Bramley on the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

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