Leeds tower blocks given face-lift

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Tower blocks on a west Leeds estate have been given a new lease of life.

The Rycrofts area of Swinnow has undergone a series of work in recent months including new carpeting and improvements to communal areas which have helped to transform the space for residents.

Other improvements include new gardens, fencing along the border with Stanningley Road, tarmacking and work to make parking areas better.

One of the final pieces of work - improvements to the parking area at Rycroft Place - is nearly complete, with new tarmac already laid.

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Pudsey Councillor Josie Jarosz said: “The Rycroft blocks are getting a new lease of life - it really shows what a lick of paint, some tarmac and other simple improvements can make.

“As councillors we know that people really love their homes in Swinnow, so we have to make sure that the outside of the properties matches the inside. Getting the work on the gardens, garages, communal areas and car park completed means people will have a more welcoming and better place to live.

“Seeing this come together has been really pleasing, especially as the Rycrofts High Rise Residents’ Association is now back up and running. We hope they will thrive and we look forward to continuing to work with them.”

Cllr Jarosz, Cllr Richard Lewis and Cllr Mick Coulson helped to secure funding from Leeds Council’s Environmental Improvement Fund for the work.

The communal and outdoor areas were in need of restoration and councillors felt the improvements were needed to help ensure the Rycrofts were brought back to their past glory.

Councillor Jarosz said: “Doing this work now will ensure we are making a great environment for people in the Rycrofts to live in.”

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