By John Baron
Delayed plans to breathe new life into an unofficial car park on waste land next to Pudsey Parish Church have been given the green light.
As reported last year, the council wants to replace the parking area off Church Lane with a pocket park featuring planting and two commemorative benches marking the late Queen’s platinum jubilee.
The £24,000 pocket park will be maintained by volunteers from the Pudsey in Bloom group.
The scheme has the approval of all three Pudsey councillors.
Cllr Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) said: “It’s fantastic news. It will tidy up an unloved area that has been left for a long time and will be a useful stop for people walking from Chapeltown to the town centre.”
Some local residents and businesses objected to the proposals, saying it would increase parking problems in the area. A petition with almost 200 signatures opposing it was handed into the council.
Each council ward in Leeds has been allocated funds by Leeds City Council as part of a programme to support local town centres.