City parks are key plan for Leeds council

Meghan (7) and Bethanie (4) Senior from Farsley, enjoy the new pop-up park in Cookridge Street in Leeds city centre.
10th August 2016.
Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
Meghan (7) and Bethanie (4) Senior from Farsley, enjoy the new pop-up park in Cookridge Street in Leeds city centre. 10th August 2016. Picture : Jonathan Gawthorpe
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More areas of Leeds could be turned into pop-up parks and places to relax as the city council considers extra pedestrianisation of the city centre.

It follows the success of a summer project around the Greek Street area which saw Cookridge Street grassed over and deck chairs put out for city workers and shoppers to enjoy at lunch time and evenings and the removal of a cut through at Briggate.

Cllr Richard Lewis, member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning said: “At Briggate we put up a couple of barriers and altered that use straight away but was very much done cheap and cheerful.

“We did it in Greek Street and created a different vibe.

“And now we are looking more and more at where we have changed the road network over the years and ended up with roads that don’t do much - why is it still a road?

“Why don’t we do something more interesting and make the city a better place to walk around?”

The city’s transport strategy and public realm areas were the focus of a council document produced last year and which are among the key priorities for the future of Leeds.

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