Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Don't have time to read the news? We've got you covered
Don't have time to read the news? We've got you covered

Don’t have the time to read the news in the morning?

No worries, here’s a review of the key headlines in Leeds today.

1. United fans plan protest after latest ‘corruption’ allegations

Leeds United fans opposed to Massimo Cellino’s running of the club are set to stage a protest after the Italian businessman was caught up in the corruption scandal engulfing English football. Video footage released by the Daily Telegraph appears to show Cellino explaining to representatives of a fictitious Far East firm that they can circumvent FA and FIFA rules on third-party ownership by becoming club shareholders in order to receive a portion of player sell-on fees. United have dismissed questions raised by the footage - obtained as part of the same Telegraph investigation that led to the downfall of England manager Sam Allardyce - as a ‘non-story’. The Time to Go Massimo fans’ group has seized on the newspaper’s findings, urging cellino to “end his association with Leeds immediately”.

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2. Fare achievement by dedicated driver Des

Harold Wilson was in 10 Downing Street, the Beatles released Rubber Soul and Leeds United reached their first ever FA Cup final, it was 1965. That same year, Des McGee was just starting to work as a conductor at Leeds’s Torre Road bus depot. He made the step up to driver in 1968 and is still happily earning a living on the buses. He has now been given special recognition by his bosses for his 50-plus years of service to the industry.

Read more in today’s Evening Post

3. Sale of land to fund Headingley revamp opposed

Controversial plans to part fund a £28.5m transformation of Headingley Carnegie Stadium by selling off two plots of greenbelt land in Leeds will come under the spotlight at a planning meeting next week. Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire County Cricket Club want to sell land they own at Tetley Field, Weetwood, and off Thorpe Lane, Tingley, to housing developers to help fund an expansion plan at Headingley. Plans include the replacement of the existing shared North-South Stand and the replacement of the existing South Stand to the rugby ground. The stadium redevelopment plans along with outline planning applications for the two proposed housing sites will be discussed by members of Leeds City Council’s city plans panel next thursday.

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4. City lags behind in Sats shock

Leeds had the joint lowest level of seven-year-olds getting to the expected standard in reading and writing in Yorkshire this year, according to new Sats figures. A third of pupils did not make the grade in reading and almost half fell short of the new benchmark in writing, tables from the Department for Education have revealed. An education boss said the City Council was surprised at these results which are the first since a tougher key stage one curriculum was introduced. The results were unexpected as Leeds has more good primary schools than anywhere else in Yorkshire, according to Ofsted.

Read more in today’s Evening Post

5. Flats plan for former YEP site

Plans to create a massive city centre apartment development on the former site of the old Yorkshire Evening Post building have been confirmed. Contracts have now been exchanged for the delivery of the first phase for the development on the former gateway site on Wellington Street in Leeds City Centre. The landowner, Stirling Investments, aims to develop an 18-storey block of 242 apartments along with some ancillary commercial spaces on the ground floor. The new building will occupy a prime south-facing riverside plot on the five-acre site, which also has outline planning consent for a further three blocks earmarked for office headquarters.

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