Five things to know about today’s news in Leeds

Don't have time to read today's paper? We've got you covered
Don't have time to read today's paper? 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. Nursery fees hike

Nursery fees are set to be increased by £4 a day at Leeds City Council run children’s centres. Council chiefs are proposing to increase childcare costs from £41 a day to £43 a day from January before a second hike to £45 a day next September. Leeds City Council’s director of children’s services is due to make a decision on the proposed price rises by November 2. The proposed increases have led to strong reactions from parents on the YEP Facebook page.

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2. Mental health in the spotlight at pioneering event

Personal experiences with mental health were in the spotlight at a pioneering event - aimed at improving awareness and understanding for business leaders in Leeds. The Leeds Leads: Healthy Minds for a Thriving City event last night included speeches from former Downing Street press secretary Alastair Campbell and ex-Leeds United footballer Clarke Carlisle, who have both battled with depression. They shared their experiences with mental health in front of more than 100 city business leaders during the night, organised by the Leeds Community Foundation, in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post’s new #SpeakYourMind campaign to combat stigma surrounding the issue. It also featured a speech from Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan, who has been affected by mental health issues within his own family and is the council’s mental health champion.

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3. End in sight for latest phase of city’s cycle superhighway

It has been a long and at times frustrating journey, but work on the latest stage of the Leeds cycle superhighway is finally set for completion. The multi-million pound route’s extension from the eastern edge of Leeds city centre to Seacroft along the A64 has been running months behind schedule. Now project bosses have announced that the main phase of work on the A64 is due to be done and dusted in the next few weeks. Reasons for previous delays include the damage done to Leeds’s roads by the Boxing Day floods.

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4. Parents’ anger at school delay

A letter is being sent by a group of Leeds parents calling for the Government to put pressure on Leeds City Council following the delay of a free school. The Roundhay Park Primary free school had been given the initial go ahead to open next September but has been delayed because it has no site. Roundhay Park Primary would have provided 60 much needed places for next year but there have been issues with the preferred location, which is owned by Leeds City Council. Now a parents’ letter is being sent to the Department for Education calling for it to put pressure on the council to resolve the issue.

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5. Safety scheme at playgrounds

Councillors are considering stepping up safety at playgrounds in Morley in an effort to curb anti-social behaviour. The new safety proposals include CCTV being introduced at Hesketh Lane and Millbeck Approach playgrounds in the town. It comes after both playgrounds have been subject of anti-social behaviour, litter and vandalism. The proposals are being drawn up by Morley Borough Independent councillors.

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