Today the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal our readers’ biggest concerns about life in Leeds after thousands of people took part in an unprecedented survey by this newspaper.
Shocking figures reveal that nearly 80 per cent of readers actively avoid certain parts of the city for fear of becoming a victim of crime.
Three-quarters of readers have told us that traffic is a major problem in Leeds - and they believe it is an issue that is only getting WORSE.
The YEP’s Voice of Leeds 2014 Survey also reveals that nearly 70 per cent of readers said council chiefs made the wrong decision to charge for weekend and evening parking in the city centre.
More than half of respondents said they were not in favour of the controversial Trolleybus scheme with just 24 per cent of readers backing the plans to transform the city’s transport network.
Despite their concerns about crime more than half of the YEP’s readers have said they think Leeds is safer than many other cities in the country.
And readers have also shared their concerns about their personal finances and spending.
Around 60 per cent of people have not had a pay rise this year and almost half of readers, who responded to our survey, have thought about using a foodbank to help them put food on their tables.
Shocking figures reveal that hundreds of readers have even been forced to turn to a pay day lender just to help make ends meet.
More than 2,000 readers took part in the YEP’s Voice of Leeds 2014 Survey earlier this year to help create a snapshot of life in Leeds.
You have shared your thoughts on the cleanliness of your communities as well as telling us your thoughts about crime and safety.
You have also told this newspaper whether you think there should be more cycle lanes in the city and whether changes to your bin collections have affected you.
Today the YEP is calling on authorities across the city to listen to what matters most to our readers in a bid to shape the future of our city.
We are calling on those in power to use the results of our survey to help influence future policies that will affect the lives of people living in Leeds.
Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, said: “We’re always interested to hear what people in Leeds think of their city.
“The results of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s survey give a real insight into how passionate residents are about where they live.
“As we continue to strive towards our goal of being the best city in the UK, it’s vital for us to know what people love about the city as well as what they think we can improve on in the future.
“We are actively working with others to address the important issues that have been raised.”
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, added: “The voices of people living in the heart of our city are the most important tool when it comes to shaping the future landscape of where we live.
“The YEP has carefully examined your responses to lift the lid on life in Leeds.
“We hope that by working with the authorities you can help to shape this great city for generations to come.”
This week the YEP will feature a series of features looking at a variety of different issues affecting our readers.
We will look at safety in the community, traffic and transport as well as work that is being done to tackle poverty.
The YEP will also reveal what readers think to the city’s cultural offerings and how they rate leisure and recreational facilities.