Bramley: Vandalised Hunters Greave substation will be demolished

Newlay Substation. Photo: Mark Stevenson

An abandoned electricity substation which has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour will be demolished.

Leeds City Council wanted to demolish Hunters’ Greave substation and flat off Pollard Lane in the Newlay area of Bramley as it was acting as a haven for vandals and other anti-social behaviour.

A council document published with the decision to demolish the building says the area will be sown with grass seed following the demolition and returned to nature.

Newlay Substation. Photo: Mark Stevenson

The council’s parks and countryside department will put up an information board and install nature trails in the area.

The Newlay area has a rich history. In Victorian times it contained a variety of industries such as dyeworks, mills, tanneries, quarries and glue factories between the river and canal bridges.

During the first world war in 1916, a National Ordnance Factory opened in Newlay, manufacturing shells. It was situated down Hunters’ Greave, which lies between the river and canal and covered five acres. Such was the urgency of the time it only took six months to erect.

Part of the Hunters’ Greave site is still used as a Scout camp.






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