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New clubhouse plan would ‘help restore pride in a forgotten area’

A West Leeds rugby club is aiming to build a new community clubhouse and changing facilities after losing access to its previous facilities.

West Leeds Eagles want to convert the existing temporary portacabin changing rooms in Redshaw Road, New Wortley, into a permanent changing facility and community club annexe.

Their proposals include a kitchen, viewing area, toilets and storage area, as well as providing additional off-street parking to reduce the impact on neighbouring properties.

West Leeds Eagles operates a number of teams from under sevens to open age and also supports the activity of many other groups in the community. They used to meet in the adjoining West Leeds Sports and Social Club until it closed.

A design statement accompanying a planning application, submitted to Leeds City Council to decide, states:

“Since the closure of the working men’s club, the area has become a wasteland attracting litter, vandalism and crime. By placing a key community facility on the site, this will restore some pride in this area and give purpose to a forgotten location.

“It is felt that providing this building on this location will benefit the entire community and have a positive impact on local children and adults whilst also enhancing views along Redshaw Road.”

In January developers West Leeds Working Men’s Club withdrew plans to demolish the club  next door and build ten houses in the area. The withdrawal followed concerns by the council over the loss of a building used by the community. The club currently sits empty and unused and has been subjected to vandalism.

West Leeds Eagles’ plans can be viewed in full here.

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