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Leeds transport bosses vow to end ‘phantom’ buses epidemic and reverse plunging passenger numbers

Transport bosses have today vowed to end the problem of “phantom” buses failing to turn up, as part of a wider drive to radically improve Leeds and the wider region’s bus services and reverse plunging passenger numbers.

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Aisha Iqbal: Create a National Childcare Service and watch the gender pay gap evaporate

The publication of gender pay gap figures for all major companies is a real eye opener, and a welcome and necessary move in the journey towards genuine pay parity.

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DESPICABLE ACT: The wrecked books of remembrance at Lawnswood Crematorium

‘Priceless’ books of remembrance destroyed in Leeds crematorium break-in

Vile thieves broke into a Leeds crematorium and destroyed its cherished, historic Books of Remembrance.

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Fears that Leeds Clean Air Zone levy could damage ‘backbone’ of city’s economy

A cross party plea has been made for more Government funding to ensure Leeds’s efforts to tackle air pollution don’t harm small businesses.

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How do we get Leeds’s falling recycling rates up?

Fresh calls have been made for a more “ambitious” approach to Leeds’s recycling policy, after rates in the city tumbled from an initial 10 year high.

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Campaign to relocate Leeds war hero’s statue gathers pace with fundraising bid

Campaign to relocate Leeds war hero’s statue gathers pace with fundraising bid

Campaigners who want to see a war hero’s statue relocated from Leeds city centre to his Roundhay birthplace - and in a spot with a rich military and aviation significance - are launching a fundraising bid to pay for the move themselves, subject to getting the go-ahead from the council.

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Prostitute Andrea works the red light area in Holbeck in 2004, 10 years before the managed zone was created.  Picture: Tony Johnson/YPN

Renewed pledge on reducing negative impact of Leeds ‘legal’ red light zone on local families

A Leeds council chief has insisted that “progress has definitely been made” in making the country’s first quasi-legal prostitution zone work - and in reducing adverse impact for families living in the surrounding area.

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Better Leeds transport links ‘are vital to closing the wage gap’ and stemming soaring living costs

BETTER public transport links and more opportunities for workers to raise their wages are vital to narrowing the gap and pushing the Leeds economy to success, despite the pressures of rising living costs which are hampering thousands of families.

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Marathon Man: Ex-soldier Danny Walker who will be running the Manchester marathon in army combats and a 44kg weight on his back.

Leeds ex-soldier Danny has completed 40 fitness fundraisers...but he’s not done yet

Ex soldier Danny Walker more than lives up to his surname.

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An artist's image of plans for the Globe Road site - bridge view. Images courtesy of Get Living.

London 2012 Olympics village firm unveils plans for 756 flats on flagship Leeds city centre site

The firm which created a flagship London housing development in the former 2012 Olympics athletes’ village has now unveiled a major new homes vision for a key waterside site in Leeds city centre.

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Rail chief pledges to keep Leeds and the North moving as two-day strike looms

A rail boss has pledged to keep Leeds and the North moving as a fresh wave of train strikes looms next week.

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Leeds ‘recycled heat’ project could spark a revolution in cheap and efficient energy

Leeds can spark an energy revolution, leading the drive for cities to “decarbonize” and becoming a champion for cheap and efficient home heating.

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Work begins on ‘pioneering’ 520-home eco-village in Leeds’s South Bank

Work has begun on a major new eco-housing project which, it is hoped, will speed up Leeds’s drive towards becoming a zero carbon city and transform the concept of city centre living.

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Double boost for Leeds city centre cultural and heritage buildings

Double boost for Leeds city centre cultural and heritage buildings

Two major regeneration projects which will transform Leeds’s oldest building and help revitalise important cultural and historic areas of the city centre have received a £1.25m boost.

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Leeds Civic Hall golden owl. Picture: Ian Heszelgrave

Leeds council cabinet meeting today - six things to watch out for

LEEDS City Council’s cabinet will meet later today (Wednesday) for its monthly meeting at Leeds Civic Hall.

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Leeds City Council elections: Will Leeds voters show some independent spirit this May 3?

IN just six weeks’ time, Leeds voters will be asked to go the polls to elect a new city council.

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Date: 11th November 2017. 'Picture James Hardisty. The 'Leeds Grand Quarte in New briggate. Pictured The Howard Assembly Room at Opera North.

£12m Leeds theatre district regeneration plan includes a little extra help from the taxpayer

A major £12m regeneration project in the area around a flagship Leeds theatre is to get a boost from the taxpayer.

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Leeds bin yard ‘dumping grounds’ set for radical overhaul

Leeds bin yard ‘dumping grounds’ set for radical overhaul

Leeds Council has launched a radical new drive to clean up hundreds of ‘problem’ bin yards which are turning inner city areas into flytipping hotspots.

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Aisha Iqbal: We’ve gone from ‘Paki bashing day’ to ‘punish a Muslim day’ - but there’s only one, correct, thoroughly British response to hate

Aisha Iqbal: We’ve gone from ‘Paki bashing day’ to ‘punish a Muslim day’ - but there’s only one, correct, thoroughly British response to hate

The first time I heard the phrase ‘Paki bashing day’ I was about 10 years old.

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Approval for unique new Leeds Beckett University building with rooftop track

Approval for unique new Leeds Beckett University building with rooftop track

A new teaching and research building at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley campus has today (Thursday) been approved by planning chiefs.

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