Leeds today: parking, report, 0844, trains, post, lunch, voting, Cornex, lights and xmas.

Hello all! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and managed to make the most of the cold but very sunny weather yesterday. And it’s back to work…

As ever, Leeds residents are busy fighting various different battles. The City Council is coming under mounting pressure to scrap the proposed Sunday and evening parking fees plan. Almost 650 people have now signed the online petition against the move. The protest is being led by independent businesses in Leeds who are concerned about the impact of Sunday and evening parking fees on trade.

Campaigners have united against ‘bedroom tax’ that was implemented in April of this year. The group of protestors handed a report to the United Nations in a bid to highlight the negative impact of the tax on homeowners. The spare room subsidy penalises council house and housing association tenants if deemed to have a ‘spare’ bedroom.

There has been anger over hospitals’ use of controversial 0844 telephone numbers to raise revenue. Patients ran up high telephone bills after calling the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. David Hickson, of the Fair Telecoms campaign, said that the charging of patients for access to NHS services by GPs and hospitals was against NHS principles and that it should be stopped “immediately”.

Council chiefs have said that they will do whatever it takes to help Leeds residents who are affected by the proposed HS2 rail link through the city, but said that their hands were tied and that the plans for the rail link would proceed.

Postal services are to resume on a west Leeds estate after deliveries to 162 addresses were put on hold for the past month, due to a postman being attacked by a dog on the estate. Residents who were affected had to trek more than a mile to a depot in Bramley to collect their mail.

With one in six couples enduring problems with fertility, a new support group has been set up in Leeds to help couples affected by fertility issues. The group aims to offer emotional support, physical healing and practical advice and information.

The City Council is asking all school in the city to get involved in a competition which invited children to design their own healthy and fun school lunch, which could see one of the pupil’s meal plans be included on the menu for all schools catered for by Catering Leeds.

Leeds-list brings an insight into the ongoing battle of Motorist vs Cyslist, shining light on why so much bad blood runs between the two opposing sides.

Unrelated to Leeds but worth a read given the lively debate that has sprung up after Russell Brand appeared against Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight, this article debates the motion: Russell Brand: Idiot or Pioneer? We’re presented with the arguments for and against.

With the recent closure of Anthony’s Piazza and Rib Shakk on the bottom floor of the Corn Exchange, attention turned to what might by in the pipeline. Leeds-list investigates the issue.

The Culture Vulture gives its two cents on how to make Leeds a more “walkable city”. It presents various schemes and ideas for improvements to encourage more people to take to their feet.

And so the bombardment of reminders that Christmas is around the corner commences. Window displays come alive with Christmas lights and jazzy festive decorations once again. If you’re starting to dread the momentous task of preparing Christmas dinner for all the family, then perhaps you should consider the easier, stress-free option of dining out. But where is this possible? Here’s a round up of some eateries in Leeds preparing to serve up Christmas dinner.

We’re also treated to a round-up of all the best place to go in Leeds if you’re keen on great customer service.

I’ve saved the best ‘till last. Finally, the German Market has returned to Leeds, looking and tasting as glorious as ever. Hurrah! If you haven’t already paid it a visit, then you absolutely must.

That’s about it for now, folks. I leave you with a suitably festive video of the Christmas lights switch on for those who missed it.

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