Leeds today: furnace, half term, strike, mock guns, greenfield, air ambulance and mini park.

Hello, hello, hello! It’s Friday, but it’s going to be a cold weekend with warnings of snow up near Ribblehead. Keep your gloves close – and don’t forget to move your clocks back an hour on Sunday!

It’s a bit news-centric today here on BGL. We start with the YEP revealing details of a proposed park on Sovereign St in Leeds. The park will be on the site of what was going to be Criterion Place and will “only” cost £2.5m. And it looks a bit suit-y. Still, it’ll be somewhere nice to sit and eat your lunch, assuming there will be benches. An interesting aside in the article was the mention of a larger piece of city centre green space south of the river; we’ll have to see where that leads.

The Deliciously Yorkshire Awards were last night and the winners are listed in this article. Some interesting winners; a granola from Driffield and marmalade from Black Sheep as well as Swillington Farm’s box scheme getting a nod.

York journos are going on strike over a pay freeze. Newsquest, who make the York Press and the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, have frozen pay in 3 of the last 4 years in some sites but not others – and it looks like the T&A could be following their York brethren in industrial action.

The Ilkley Gazette reports that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance is moving from Leeds-Bradford airport to a site in Wakefield next summer. The YAA have been granted permission to build a dedicated site near Nostell Priory.

Were you wondering what all the fuss was about in Gotts Park earlier in the week? A man tried to commit “suicide by police” by calling the services claiming to have seen an armed man in the park and then threatening the police with a pair of binoculars modified to look like a handgun. Instead of being killed the man was instead brought down by a rubber bullet, thought to be the first time the West Yorkshire Police have used such rounds.

LCC gave the go ahead for two greenfield sites to be built on near Morley last week. Despite arguments put forwards by residents the planning departments agreed to let the builds go ahead.

South Leeds Life took a walk around Holbeck recently with a group of residents and a neighbourhood forum has been set up to try to map out what will happen to Holbeck in future developments. A list of good and bad things about the area was drawn up and it is hoped that a plan that can be presented to councillors is on its way. Holbeck was improving after years of neglect, and the hope is that with Tory-led service cuts (by people who have no conception of what that means to people on the ground) Holbeck won’t return to how things were in the 80s and 90s.

It is half-term next week and Leeds Inspired has a list of things that are going on with a bonfire and hallowe’en theme. 53 events at time of writing, for kids and adults. It’s a lot of things.

This weekend also sees Furnace at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, a new work programme featuring artists and writers and performers from across the region. Of particular note is Saturday’s Summer Sublets Showcase where four of the seven groups who were given space at the Playhouse during the summer get to show some of the work they put together and developed.

And I think that’s it for this week! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on Monday!

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