Have say on blueprint for south Leeds regeneration

PEOPLE in south Leeds are being urged to have their say over a regeneration blueprint that could change the face of their neighbourhoods.

An exhibition focusing on the challenges that the area faces and the opportunities that there are for investment - which could bring new jobs, homes and improved community facilities - has begun at seven locations.

A draft investment strategy document, prepared by consultants David Lock Associates for the Leeds City Council-led Investment Partnership for South Leeds (IPSL), will be exhibited as part of the public consultation.

The aim is to produce an investment strategy to attract further public and private sector cash and help shape a long-term vision for south Leeds.

The exhibitions will be held at St Matthew's Community Centre, Holbeck, 10am to 7pm tonight; White Rose Shopping Centre, 10am to 7pm on January 21; St George's Centre, Middleton, 10am to 7pm on January 24; Morrisons supermarket, Church Street, Hunslet, 10am to 7pm on January 25; Hamara

Healthy Living Centre, Beeston, 10am to 7pm on January 26; and Morrisons supermarket, Morley, 10am to 6pm on January 28.

Coun Richard Lewis, the council's executive member for development and regeneration, who chairs the IPSL steering group, said: "We have reached a very important stage in the process where the thoughts and views of local residents, people who work in south Leeds and others who have an interest in the area, can help shape the way forward.

"I would urge as many as possible to take time to visit the nearest exhibition to their area and have their say, by letting us know what they want to see happen in the short, medium and longer term.

"South Leeds has many assets including its people and its buildings, but it also has many issues that need to be addressed if Leeds is to achieve its full potential as part of the United Kingdom's third largest city."

Visit www.investsouthleeds.co.uk for more information.

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