City reacts to Leeds being the best of Britain

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The city of Leeds has been reacting to the news that it has been named as the best city in Britain for quality of life.

It ranked above London, Manchester and Edinburgh in the poll by global consultancy firm Arcadis earlier this week.

The Yorkshire Evening Post revealed how the report had put Leeds at 26 out of 100 cities in the world after considering factors such as health, education, income, work-life balance, income and crime.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “We have known for a long time that Leeds is a fantastic city to live and work in, as well as to visit, so we are absolutely delighted that it has now been recognised globally as the best city in the UK for quality of life.

“Everything we do and every decision we make is with the aim of creating a strong economy in a compassionate city, so it is great news that this is becoming a reality for the people who live here.”

Her sentiments were echoed by the Leeds Chamber of Commerce which also stated Leeds must not rest on the accolade and continue to push to make things better still.

Chamber president Gerald Jennings said: “I moved to Leeds to work 30 years ago and have seen what has happened and the difference through all those years.

“Was it a surprise to see Leeds where it was in the report? Not really. The transformation has been huge.

“But a report like this shows we still have work to do and there is a call to action as a city to see what we can do to continue the success.”

Mr Jennings made particular reference to building more better quality housing and addressing the transport infrastructure both within the city centre and external link roads to York, Harrogate and Manchester.

Mike Cartwright, the Chamber’s policy executive added that these issues were already being addressed with the council and the Local Enterprise Partnership.

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