The Voices of Leeds have spoken and now it is time for the city’s leaders to listen.
Thousands of people took part in a survey by this newspaper earlier this year.
Last week we presented the findings of the YEP’s Voice of Leeds 2014 Survey to reveal a snapshot of life in the city.
And now we are set to hold a public debate to invite readers to put their questions directly to the people in power.
The YEP has also teamed up with the Leeds Community Foundation to run a series of summits next year to highlight and debate the key issues that need to be addressed in the city.
Jeremy Clifford, editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, said: “We have been delighted with the interest and reaction from city leaders and readers to the Voice of Leeds survey findings.
“It is clear the people of Leeds want to have a fuller voice in the way their city is managed, which is why we have decided to extend the life of the survey by setting up a series of public debates that we hope will help influence decisions and the decision makers.”
Nearly 2,000 people took part in the YEP’s survey and now we are giving YOU the chance to say how life in Leeds can be improved.
Sally-Anne Greenfield, chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the Yorkshire Evening Post to run a series of 10 summits next year.
“We live in a fantastic city but there are key issues which need to be addressed. With over 3,000 community groups and charities in Leeds we think it is vital that the third sector is included in city focused discussions.
“By bringing together representatives from a variety of sectors and allowing the public to share their views, we hope we can drive the conversations that will drive positive changes in Leeds.” Three-quarters of respondents have told us that traffic is a major problem in Leeds - and they believe it is an issue that is only getting WORSE.
Nearly 70 per cent of people who took part 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. The first YEP Voice of Leeds debate will be held at the YEP offices on Thursday, November 13, at 6pm.
CHANCE TO JOIN THE BIG DEBATE AND MAKE YOUR VIEWS KNOWN
The Yorkshire Evening Post will be hosting a special public debate next month.
The event, which will take place on November 13 at 6pm, will give readers the chance to submit questions to authorities in Leeds.
To book a free ticket email firstname.lastname@example.org with Voice of Leeds in the subject.
Or you can apply for a ticket by post to Jayne Lownsbrough at YEP, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE.
Please include a question in your submission for tickets.
The deadline for requests is Friday, November 7. The debate will be chaired by five leading figures from the Leeds community.
Mark Burns-Williamson was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire on in November 2012.
He is accountable for policing and community safety across West Yorkshire.
Councillor Mark Dobson
Councillor Mark Dobson is Leeds City Council’s executive member for cleaner, stronger and safer communities.
He is also a local councillor representing the Garforth and Swillington ward.
Councillor James Lewis
Councillor James Lewis is the chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s transport committee.
He is also a local councillor representing Kippax and Methley wards.
Sally-Anne Greenfield is the chief executive of Leeds Community Foundation. The Foundation was launched in 2004 and brings together local philanthropists with organisations who need funding and other resources.
The former MP represented West Leeds for more than 23 years. He was the national director of Church Action on Poverty and works closely with the West Leeds Debt Forum. He is also the chair of Bramley Baths.