Children unveil Leeds housing site's art

A sculpture and schoolchildren's stone artwork have been unveiled at a housing development in Little London.

As the largest site on Leeds City Council’s housing regeneration project nears completion, members of the school council from Little London Community Primary School were joined by councillors, contractors and the project team to reveal the work.

With 68 new flats, 45 new houses and a range of environmental improvements on track to be finished by the end of the year, the area has been transformed.

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The centrepiece of a new circular open, green space is a stone sculpture depicting two Ls.

Two stone columns, which are surrounded by stones painted by Little London Community Primary School pupils, also welcome people to the Carlton Gate area.

Jill Wood, the school’s headteacher, said: “We’ve seen the area change before our very eyes and it’s been great to be active participants in the process and be really involved. This has been fundamental in helping our young people understand the part they play in our community.”

As well as the new properties, the council’s partners sc4L and Keepmoat have refurbished 848 homes.

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The flagship housing regeneration project is on schedule to provide 388 new properties and refurbish 1,245 homes across Beeston Hill, Holbeck and Little London.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said: “You can’t miss the improvements we’ve made in Little London; visually the impact is impressive. The addition of the sculpture and columns are just the icing on the cake.

“We don’t just want to create eye-catching properties or give buildings a face lift. We’ve been absolutely clear that we want to create lasting benefits for residents by rejuvenating their communities.”