Council could fund £10k play equipment honouring ice cream seller Mr Rossi

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Councillors will next week discussing spending over £10,000 on new park play equipment honouring a former West Leeds ice cream man who passed away earlier this year.

As reported by WLD in March, Bramley mum Alison Arnison started an online crowdfunding appeal to build a new piece of play equipment in the shape of Mr Rossi’s iconic ice cream van in Bramley Park. The crowdfunder raised more than £260.

Now, councillors sitting on the inner west community committee will next week consider spending £10,506.72 of their wellbeing fund budget to fund the play item.

An artist’s impression of the proposed equipment.

Mr Rossi – his full name was Vittorio Di Mascio – was well-loved in the West Leeds area, and for more than 40 years drove his trusty ice cream vans around the Bramley and Pudsey areas.

His passing led to hundreds of tributes on social media at the time.

A variety of other projects are also requesting funding. These include a new art group for Bramley & Stanningley, money towards a celebration of 40 years of New Wortley Community Association and a community youth project in Kirkstall.

The inner west community committee is made up of nine councillors from Armley, Bramley & Stanningley and Kirkstall wards, along with community representatives.

It next meets on Wednesday 13 July, at Room 6/7 Civic Hall, Leeds. LS1 1UR at 6pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The meeting agenda can be found here.

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