Five things you need to know in Leeds today

The Townhouse is returning to Leeds nightlife scene this weekend
The Townhouse is returning to Leeds nightlife scene this weekend

If you didn’t read the paper this morning - we’ve got you covered. Here are today’s top stories.

1. Appointments and surgery postponed after Leeds hospital IT problem

Problems with Leeds Teaching Hospitals’ pathology IT system has caused some surgeries and appointments to be postponed. NHS Trust deputy chief executive Suzanne Hinchliffe said it was unable to report on patient test esults, but x-rays and scans are not affected. The issue is said to be city-wide but NHS spokesmen cannot give an exact number of how many people are affected. Hinchliffe said the problems with the system does not allow them to report on patients’ test results. The tests are still being processed but they are taking longer to report. The hospital is prioritising those with “urgent or emergency needs.”

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2. The Townhouse returns to Leeds nightlife scene

The popular Leeds nightclub that closed down eight years ago will be making it back to the city nightlife scene this weekend. The Townhouse was known for its famous clientele in the 90s and early noughties. The venue is now set to reopen on Saturday night after being taken on by Newcastle-based firm Tokyo Industries which also operates 32 other bars and clubs across the UK. The news of the club’s revival has been the topic of interest among old customers. The venue will even bring back some of the same DJs they hosted back in the day.

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3. New charity to improve parks in Leeds proposed

Leeds’s parks and green spaces may be set for some improvements if a proposed Parks Trust is approved. Leeds City Council chiefs say the Leeds Park Trust would give people the opportunity to support parks they love through donations. The City Council executive board is set to discuss the proposal at today’s meeting. The trust would be run by Leeds Community Foundation. Leeds City Council’s aims to meet Green Flag standards for all 62 community parks by 2020.

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4. Campaigners plea to keep Seacroft care home open

Thousands have signed a petition to keep The Green care home in Seacroft open after Leeds City Council’s executive board is expected to approve it for closure on Wednesday. The Seacroft home is one of the three council-run facilities the city is planning to close. Among the 4,522 people who signed the petition is Lindsey Cannon whose mother-in-law currently lives in the home. Mrs Cannon is asking councillors to monitor the home for the next few years before making the decision to close it.

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5. Wilkinson and Strachan set to mark anniversary of Leeds United’s 1992 title win

Howard Wilkinson and Gordon Strachan will be returning to Elland Road for the 25th anniversary of Leeds United’s 1991-92 title-winning season. Former manager Wilkinson, will be speak at the ground’s Centenary Pavilion on Friday, October 28. Current Scotland boss Strachan will be appearing at a similar event in the same venue on Friday, November 4. Tickets for the Wilkinson event will cost £30 and the Strachan evening will cost £55.

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