Leeds today: meat, elsie, Inkwell, Brudenell, radio stations, waste, funding and stilts.

Hello hello hello! It’s FRIDAY, which is frankly awesome. And have we got some stuff for you today! Let’s get to it.

Some of us at BGL Towers like to get out and explore the countryside. However, even we’re not barking enough to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks on stilts. Paul Waugh from Brotton did the route in six hours, mostly on stilts or barefoot in places where that was a bit too daft. It takes Mike about eight hours just to do the route on foot, so to Paul (who raised money for charity doing so), we say chapeau.

What would you say if it turned out that senior figures at LCC were funded by private companies? The Leeds Citizen was alerted to this and it’ll be debated next Tuesday. Some people think this is a tax avoidance scheme. I think I’d be more concerned if the private companies were related to PPIs going on in the city (although we don’t subscribe to conspiracy theories here at BGL). Keep an eye on this one.

Oh, and look: Veolia has agreed the contract with LCC for a new waste management plant in East Leeds. Whether this is shown to be value for money remains to be seen, but people have been against this 25-year project since it was first suggested.

Leeds Trinity’s Richard Horsman writes about broadcasting stations he has known and been moderately fond of, especially their reception areas – as in the place where you sit and wait for people, not where you can pick up a broadcast. He says, about commercial radio stations:

Now these places echo with the ghosts of the past; still fulfilling the role of postroom, with parcels and leaflets awaiting collection or dispatch, but otherwise as forgotten as the ten year old commercial production gongs (Is there any station, anywhere that doesn’t have a New York Advertising Award?) and the blue plaque from Investors in People.

We’re plugging away at this, but it needs a long lead time: Leeds Book Club is looking for people to tell them their favourite poem (and why it is so!) for World Poetry Day next year. Go tell them!

Free this evening? Why not head down to the Brudenell for the launch of Revolution brewery’s Blackout Stout with an evening of tunes from Sam Airey? A free bottle of the beer and an EP for everybody who shows! Lord knows we like stout here and Sam has been getting into the public eye with aplomb this year. Should be an outstanding gig.

South Leeds Life has news on the new supermarkets in Beeston story that’s been kicking around BGL’s newsroom for months now. Councillors have chosen to ignore the planning officer’s recommendations and as for a new report that ignores the (ridiculous, in my opinion) notion that the crossroads on Dewsbury Road by Tommy Wass’ is classed as “town centre”. This one will rumble on – but it’s fascinating to watch.

We’ve not mentioned ELSIE for a while, but the Leeds Community Enterprise Accelerator project has a new batch of training starting on Nov 12 where you can find out more about the project, who it is aimed at, who it has already helped and how you can be advocates for projects happening in the community.

Inkwell Arts is starting their Saturday Cafe tomorrow; the space, part of Leeds Mind and situated on Potternewton Lane, is a safe, creative environment that is used as an integral part of recovery for those with mental health concerns. The Saturday Cafe is a new, exciting idea which could take off in a big way! Good luck, guys.

Finally today, do you like meat? Leeds food blogger Lay The Table has a competition where you could win £100 of meat from Swillington Farm! Take a look, find out what’s what, and enter – it’ll sort you out with Sunday lunch for a while 🙂

And that’s us for the week. Thanks for reading, and emailing in and tweeting your news to us. We really appreciate it – have a lovely weekend!

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