Five things you need to know in Leeds today

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1. Dead puppies and kittens found in recycling bins in Wakefield

Wakefield Council Chiefs say about three to five dead pets turn up at the household recycling plant every week. Cats, dogs, hamsters,rabbits, and a bearded dragon are among many of the dead pets that have been found in the bins. The recycling plant staff have also found other items such as needles, false teeth. knives, and old gardening tools. The Council is now asking residents to ensure items are being disposed of properly as wrong items can potentially be a danger to the staff.

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2. New community of 1,100 new homes proposed in east Leeds

Templegate Developments LTD are looking to build 1,100 new homes in Skelton Gate near Temple Newsam in east Leeds. Yesterday, Leeds City Council’s plans panel discussed a programme for development at the site which revealed 100 houses a year are proposed to be built starting in 2017.

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3. ‘Green bus system can work around the clock to reduce pollution in Leeds.’

Volvo Buses recently said Leeds could have a “green” bus system working around the clock aiming to reduce pollution. The president of Volvo Buses took part in a roundtable discussion and said the system could potentially be put in place by bringing key stakeholders together.

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4. Lack of mention in flood report is ‘sickening’

Leeds was one of the worst areas affected by the Boxing Day floods but a new Government report shows the city is hardly mentioned in the plans for the £12.5m temporary defences. Dozens of businesses and homes were seriously damaged by the floods and now business owners have expressed their anger toward the lack of answers in the National Flood Resilience Review.

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5. Sign up today: First ever Be A Hero Day urges residents to back donor drive

The Be A Hero campaign is urging people all over Yorkshire to join the lifesaving NHS Organ Donor Register in the first ever Be A Hero Day. The campaign, that is backed by The Yorkshire Post Newspapers, was first launched in 2015, encouraged more than 52,600 people to sign up in the first six months and 48 families have consented to organ donation in one year.

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