Morning! Today’s weather outlook: take an umbrella and wear shorts. Forget the Higgs Boson, I’d like to know what science is doing about our climate turning into the same as Vietnam’s.
The huge, and sad news today is that the children’s heart unit in Leeds is to close. This story is being covered by everybody.
- The BBC: “Every single person in this room will keep on fighting for this unit.”
- YEP: “This decision seems almost perverse in light of the information which became available during the course of the consultation process”
- Guardian: “Before making our decision, we carefully considered the responses to public consultation and all the available evidence and advice.”
- Post: Opponents pledged to refer the decision to Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
Over the last 12 months we have been vocal supporters of the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and we will remain so. As we understand it all the regional MPs will be making an approach to Andrew Lansley in coming days and we look forwards to finding out how they get on.
In other news, Leeds is one of eight large cities in the UK to be given more powers by Whitehall over spending and funding decisions. The status quo is that large projects that require central funding can take years to get off the ground; is is hoped that project funding will be better managed if it’s in the control of those who use it but the payoff is that these projects need to create jobs and boost the local economy. Hopefully, that won’t be a problem.
A collection of Jimmy Savile’s bikes will be going up for auction later this month. Sir Jim was an avid cyclist for many years – even a professional at one point, taking part in the first Tour of Britain – and gathered up quite a few road racers in his time. The auction will be at Saviles Hall on July 30th (and features many items from his estate, not just the bikes). Viewing days on the 26th-29th.
A pensioner was duped by a man claiming to be from the police in Tingley, says the Morley Observer. Crimewatch Roadshow has put out an appeal for help and information.
A season ticket between Leeds and Wakefield will cost nearly £1000 from next January, reports the Wakefield Express. It currently costs £908 (which still seems like a lot).
ITV news notes that Network Rail are installing spoken alarms at level crossings in Leeds and York to try to reduce the number of incidents where people drive over crossings when trains are approaching. Near Leeds the alarms will be installed at crossings in Wressle and Eastrington.
The weekly roundup of news in South Leeds has been published. This week it’s all about Holbeck in Bloom, Cottingley TRAC, the White Rose Resident’s Association and a much-needed footpath in Westwoods.
And finally today, a couple of jobs are on the table. West North West Homes Leeds is looking for a new independent board member; if you want to shape social housing in Leeds this could be the way in. Secondly, Leeds City Museum needs someone to photograph their natural history collection and do LOTS of other exciting things too, including a workshop series and judging a photo comp that’ll be coming next year.
That’s it for today. We hope to see some of you at ILWL on Sunday – keep an eye out for people wearing BGL badges! – but in the meantime thanks for reading and as always, if there’s something you’d like us to mention please get in touch.