Leeds today: Valentine, library, Gaskell, council tax, housing & regen, Car Club and mental health.

Hello! We do hope you enjoyed your pancakes. Given austerity at the moment Lent isn’t really likely to feel that much different, though.

There’s going to be a new library for the University of Leeds. It looks like it’s going to go on the car park between the two churches on Woodhouse lane.

More on books, in Manchester (sorry). However, Gaskell – one of my favourite authors – is such an important writer on the industrial Northern cities. Her house is to be restored thanks to a Heritage Lottery grant, and “as well as being open to the public, the building will also be used for concerts, and available for corporate hospitality to help pay for the running costs.”

The Guardian Northerner also asks if there’s a north-south divide in music. It’s an interesting question.

Council tax is to be frozen this year, which is a surprise to us – the assumption was that in the face of the cuts Council Tax would rise.

Leeds writer Kay Mellow is backing the Mental Health SOS campaign, something we feel quite strongly about here at BGL Towers.

Leeds-based retailer Republic is expected to announce that it’s going into administration. We have to ask: where is the high street heading? Or, is the current economic climate being used as an excuse for people to bail out of the market?

On the other hand, there’s some excellent news for City Car Club as they turn a profit.

One area of Leeds is to get an £8 million regeneration programme. Cross Green & the Nevilles will see housing and environment improvements over the next three years. However, government support for other regeneration projects has been pulled, leaving LCC to seek other ways of funding the already delayed (and much needed) schemes in Beeston, Holbeck and Little London. As always, The Leeds Citizen has written a good precis of what’s been going on.

The latest Arena act to be announced is Boyzone, who will be there in December. Hm.

In case you’ve forgotten, tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. Many people would like to run screaming from the room at this point, but far be it for me to deny all you romantics…

Things to do in Leeds this week, from Wendy, has a particular focus on Valentine’s Day, but should you wish to hole up indoors (and some snow is forecast, so this isn’t a bad plan), Leeds List has a romantic film selection, as well as articles on other Valentine’s Day suggestions. Film-wise, I’d recommend Amelie. Leeds Inspired has an excellent list of things to do and places to go for singles and couples.

Finally, a single young man seeks valentine via Twitter. Shows initiative, I grant you.

Enjoy your nights out and nights in, couples and singletons alike. Until Friday!

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