Leeds today: trains, solar, Bramley, printworks, empty homes, and things to do.

Morning, all. There’s a bit of a shortage of news today because it’s all about the impending birth of some kid. Anyway.

The project director of the Leeds and Manchester branches of HS2 is visiting affected areas to see if a strong enough case can be made for changing the route. People are sceptical about changes being made, however. Saying that, people are also sceptical about it actually still happening. Anyway, arguments for timetabling of HS2 and existing lines have been put forwards to form a more integrated transport network. Let’s see how that pans out.

A legal case over access for the disabled at new southern entrance to Leeds rail station has begun. Campaigners want a pick-up-and-drop-off site at the southern entrance.

The Leeds City College will be opening its new campus at the Printworks in September and the City Talking has a look at it. Interesting stuff; the Printworks is a great building and deserves to be well used.

Proposals for a 33 acre solar farm in Tingley have been given a cautious nod by LCC. The farm could provide energy for 2,100 homes in the area, but could still be axed after the Ramblers Association and local residents complained about the plans. Layout changes are being made.

Bramley Carnival went ahead yesterday with many thousands of people showing up to celebrate life in the town, despite the threat of rain. Well done, guys.

A new “Empty Homes Doctor” service is starting up in Leeds, with the first session on Wednesday. The idea is to help people who have an empty property in Leeds but don’t know what they can do with it; this is a one-to-one support session to discuss options and hopefully bring more empty homes back into use.

There’s an outdoor performance of “As You Like It” at Harewood House on Thursday, which, if the weather stays nice, should be lovely.

Finally today, if you or someone you know has broken up for the summer South Leeds Life has a roundup of things for you & yours to do over the next few weeks (some fun stuff there!) and City Varieties is having a Summer School of performance, film-making, dj-ing, animation and dance.

Almost makes me want to be a kid again. Almost.

Thanks for reading; we’ll see you on Wednesday.

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