Leeds today: lap dancing, brass goggles, tower works, canal basin, kirkgate market and road closures.

Wednesday! Gosh, this week is moving swiftly.

First, there’s two road closures that might affect your commute: the A65 Commercial Road, Kirkstall, between Savins Mill Way and Bridge Road, and Boar Lane, will both close overnight. Don’t forget to drive carefully in the fog! When I can’t see Broadcasting Tower from my office (which is quite close) I know it might be a bit murky out there.

Wendy rounds up things to do in Leeds this week – always an interesting list and this week is no exception.

Big news yesterday was the details of the Kirkgate Market revamp. It seems that if all goes well there’s going to be £12m spent on redeveloping the market; a new roof, some central space, other bits & pieces but – and this is a crucial element – “there is no proposal to reduce the size of the market buildings”. The YEP has more info to digest. At time of wtiting there is no reaction from the Friends of Kirkgate Market on their website yet (http://kirkgatemarket.wordpress.com/), but they’re having a meeting on Thursday to discuss it. Leeds Online has spoken to traders who have given a mixed opinion. Has the council got their sums right? Some people think it’s all moving too quickly, some think change is needed urgently.

We also heard this week that Alea Casino at Clarence/New Dock is to close. I can’t say I’m bothered that the supercasino idea might fade away, but another empty commercial property will be a blow to the area. What should be done to revitalise the dock? Thought Bubble can only do so much!

Also on a watery theme, Culture Vulture has a post on the Leeds waterways. What’s interesting at the moment is that what our waterfront lacks at Granary Wharf is, well, water. Keen-eyed people have noticed that the canal basin is empty outside the Doubletree – apparently work is taking place but there doesn’t seem to be anything on CRT’s website.

The Leeds Citizen has been rather busy this week. First up, news of possible limits on lap-dance clubs in Leeds. Frankly, I’m amazed that the market supports as many as there are already.

Second, the planned transfer to the Council of landmark listed buildings on the Tower Works site. Now, this is interesting, especially if you have concerns about what a local authority will do with heritage sites that don’t make any money. Like Stank Hall Barn, for example.

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday. If your mum is local, My Life in Leeds has some restaurant suggestions. Or you could take her to Leeds Steampunk Market. I know plenty of mums who’d love a new pair of brass goggles and a bowler hat to attach them to. There is also a Mother’s Day/Easter event at Fabrication in The Light (http://www.fabric-ation.co.uk/) tonight, from 6pm. It involves chocolate. Need I say more?

And that, I think, is that for today. Thanks for reading, and if you have any news you’d like us to mention then please, as always, feel free to get in touch. See you Friday!

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