Work starts to improve west Leeds tower blocks



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Work has started on the replacement of boundary fencing along a stretch of the busy Stanningley Bypass as part of a programme of improvements around four tower blocks in west Leeds.

The scheme is part of an initiative to improve environmental and highway safety measures around the Rycroft multi-storey flats in Swinnow.

As part of the improvement scheme parking areas have been extended and the communal areas of the flats are currently being re-decorated.

There are also plans for the streets surrounding the flats to become part of a new 20 mph zone in the early Summer.

Coun Richard Lewis (Labour, Pudsey) said: “Residents have often commented that we don’t pay enough attention to the grounds around tower blocks. Although the era of councils building high rise flats was short-lived, the hundred-plus blocks in Leeds will continue to provide homes for many decades to come. I hope these measures will encourage them to come up with other ideas as to how we can improve their surroundings.”

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