Make you voice heard to help shape future of Leeds

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Readers are being urged to make their voices heard in a bid to help shape the future landscape of Leeds.

Nearly 2,000 people shared their thoughts to create a snapshot of life in the city as part of a Yorkshire Evening Post survey earlier this year.

Now readers are being invited to join in a public debate at the YEP’s office in two weeks to put their questions directly to five influential people.

The YEP has also teamed up with the Leeds Community Foundation to run a series of summits next year to highlight and debate the key issues that need to be addressed in the city.

YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “It is clear the people of Leeds want to have a fuller voice in the way their city is managed, which is why we have decided to extend the life of the survey by setting up a series of public debates 
that we hope will help influence decisions and the decision makers.”

The YEP’s Voice of Leeds Survey recently revealed that three-quarters of respondents think traffic is a major problem in Leeds - and they believe it is an issue that is only getting WORSE.

Nearly 70 per cent of people who took part in the survey said council chiefs made the wrong decision to charge for weekend and evening parking in the city centre.

More than half of respondents said they were not in favour of the controversial Trolleybus scheme with just 24 per cent of readers backing the plans to transform the city’s transport network.

The first YEP Voice of Leeds debate will be held at the YEP’s offices on Whitehall Road, in Leeds city centre, on Thursday, November 13, at 6pm.

CHANCE TO JOIN THE BIG DEBATE AND MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN

The Yorkshire Evening Post will be hosting a special public debate next month.

The event, which will take place on November 13 at 6pm, will give readers the chance to submit questions to authorities in Leeds.

To book a free ticket email jayne.lownsbrough@jpress.co.uk with Voice of Leeds in the subject.

Or you can apply for a ticket by post to Jayne Lownsbrough at YEP, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.

Please include a question in your submission for tickets.

The deadline for requests is Friday, November 7.

The debate will be chaired by five leading figures from the Leeds community.

Mark Burns-Williamson

Mark Burns-Williamson was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire on in November 2012.

He is accountable for policing and community safety across West Yorkshire.

Councillor Mark Dobson

Councillor Mark Dobson is Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities.

He is also a local councillor representing the Garforth and Swillington ward.

Councillor James Lewis

Councillor James Lewis is the chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee.

He is also a local councillor representing Kippax and Methley wards.

Sally-Anne Greenfield

Sally-Anne Greenfield is the chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation. The Foundation was launched in 2004 and brings together local philanthropists with organisations who need funding and other resources.

John Battle

The former MP represented West Leeds for more than 23 years. He was the national director of Church Action on Poverty and works closely with the West Leeds Debt Forum. He is also the chair of Bramley Baths.

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