Trolleybus construction will leave north Leeds firms ‘fragile’

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The proposed trolleybus will make already under-pressure businesses in North Leeds even more “fragile”, local councillors have told the public inquiry on the NGT plan.

In a written submission, Weetwood councillors Jonathan Bentley, Sue Bentley and Judith Chapman (Lib Dem, Weetwood) warned that local businesses will face severe disruption and loss of trade whilst the new route is being built and that the economic benefits to the city of the finished project rest on shaky assumptions.

The public inquiry is due to take place on Tuesday, April 29, with a pre-inquiry meeting on March 4.

Coun Chapman said: “The many unique small businesses between Weetwood and the city centre help define the area. Even those that have kept their heads above water during the recession are nonetheless fragile, despite the improving economy.

“Several years’ construction and disruption along the route could have dire consequences for many of them.”