Chance to shape future of Leeds

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Yorkshire Evening Post readers will tonight (Nov 13) quiz people in power in Leeds to help shape the future of our city.

Nearly 2,000 people shared their thoughts to create a snapshot of life in the city earlier this year.

And tonight (Nov 13) readers are being given the opportunity to put their questions directly to some of the city’s most influential speakers.

Major findings from the Voice of Leeds Survey revealed that three-quarters of respondents believe traffic is a problem in Leeds and that it is only getting worse.

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents said they actively avoid going to certain parts of the city for fear of being a victim of crime.

Concerns over multi-million pound public transport projects and poverty were also voiced in the study.

YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “We have been delighted with the interest and reaction from city leaders and readers to the Voice of Leeds survey findings.

“It is clear the people of Leeds want to have a fuller voice in the way their city is managed, which is why we have decided to extend the life of the survey by setting up a series of public debates that we hope will help influence decisions and the decision makers.”

The YEP has teamed up with the Leeds Community Foundation to run a series of summits next year to highlight and debate the key issues in the city.

Sally-Anne Greenfield from Leeds Community Foundation added: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Yorkshire Evening Post to run a series of 10 summits next year.

“We live in a fantastic city but there are key issues which need to be addressed.

“With over 3,000 community groups and charities in Leeds we think it is vital that the third sector is included in city focused discussions.

“By bringing together representatives from a variety of sectors and allowing the public to share their views, we hope we can drive the conversations that will drive positive changes in Leeds.”

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