Leeds today: LMU, tech, school, Hinault, Holbeck, bedrooms, party and books.

Hello! Hope you had a nice long weekend and came back to work all refreshed and ready to roll. If you had to work on Monday then you have our sympathies.

Two from the Leeds Citizen today. Firstly, Leeds Met is planning on changing its name and have narrowed it down to three options, but the idea of a name change is not universally loved. If you want to know what the options are then read the article, but it seems like a shift to Beckett’s Park is on the cards. Pretty soon there won’t be any of City campus left…

Also from the Citizen, a look at how technology is increasing participation in Council meetings:

This is the council using Twitter and Facebook to listen. And not just to listen, but to take note(s) and feed back what it’s heard on a particular topic to the people who need to hear it.


Because it’s Wednesday it’s Wendy’s day to report Things to see and do in Leeds this week on The City Talking. As ever, there’s some brilliant things on this week.

LCC’s Have your say programme seems to be on the ball, this time on primary school expansion. There are plans in place to make Pudsey Primrose Hill, Guiseley Infant and Nursery School and St Oswald’s Church of England Junior bigger, and LCC needs parents to make their thoughts known.

Tour de France champion French Bernard Hinault visited Leeds as part of the build-up to the Grand Départ next year. He visited several schools in the area and answered questions put to him by inspired children.

The oldest working men’s club in the country, in Holbeck, needs help. Holbeck WMC is under threat of closure – staff are working there for free at the moment – and are having a Family Fun Day on Saturday to get more people into the club.

The Bedroom Tax is affecting hundreds, if not thousands of families across the city and LCC has decided to act in order to minimise the impact by reclassifiying bedrooms. The Yorkshire Post reports on the reclassification of bedrooms in an interesting manner. If you read the proper release from LCC it explains that the type of bedroom being reclassified includes downstairs bedrooms.

In other news, the first acts for Party in the Park have been announced.

The Big Bookend pre-festival events continue, with Anthony Clavane at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery on 4 June at 5.30pm (free). Also, don’t forget that Leeds Loves Food continues.

And we’re done for today. See you Friday!

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