Rodley and New Wortley set for ‘local centres’ cash


Improvements to Rodley Town Street and the ‘gateway’ to New Wortley are among 12 schemes across Leeds to win a slice of a £5 million pot of council cash to improve local centres.

Councillors on the decision-making executive board will next week approve the first batch of projects to improve town and local centres in Leeds.

Schemes announced for West Leeds include:

– Rodley

£150,000 has been earmarked for Rodley Town Street. The money will be spent on upgrading and enhancing the area through improved on-street parking, rationalising bus stops and new pedestrian facilities. A council report added:

“The scheme will improve the public realm and support the vitality of the local centre.”

– New Wortley

£76,000 has been set aside for the ‘New Wortley Gateway’. Improvements include green space and public realm enhancements to the corner of Green Lane and Tong Road £76,000.

A council spokesperson said:

“Whilst not a traditional town and local centre, ambitious plans have been put forward for New Wortley, and the recommendation to approve this project is recognition of this ambition.”

Specific details about both schemes are not available at present.

Announced last year, the overall programme will support a variety of public realm enhancements, supporting local communities as centres of economic, social and leisure activity.

A second round of bids for funding from the LCP will be announced in due course.

Councillor Richard Lewis (Lab, Pudsey), Leeds City Council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said:

“Town and local centres are at the very heart of our local communities, and we believe it is absolutely vital that a package of meaningful support is provided to ensure that they can continue to thrive and be in the very best position to meet the many economic and social challenges that currently exist.

“The introduction of our £5m LCP programme that will deliver a variety of meaningful public realm improvements is one of the ways that we have set out to meet this ambition.

“The projects will make real improvements in areas from infrastructure and public realm, to renovation and businesses, and I look forward to seeing the different elements of work started and also welcoming a second round of bids in the future.”


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