More Leeds playgrounds to reopen following Rachel Reeves MP letter to Leeds Council

Many Leeds playgrounds across Leeds are set to reopen this week according to an MP - after she wrote to both the government and Leeds Council to urge them to be accessible.

Monday, 24th August 2020, 7:21 pm

Rachel Reeves - MP for Leeds West - posted on social media to highlight the announcement.

She said it was 'crucial' that families and children have a 'safe, fun space to enjoy' after a 'difficult few months of lockdown restrictions'.

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Last week, she said: "Unfortunately, only seven out of two hundred parks have now reopened in Leeds, and playgrounds in key areas such as Armley are still out of bounds.

"I will continue to push Leeds City Council to reopen more playgrounds to support local families and children who want to enjoy their outdoor spaces again."

Now, it has been announced by the MP that many parks in West Leeds would reopen this week.

The full statement on social media by the MP read: "I’m very pleased that playgrounds across Leeds West will be able to reopen this week.

Bramley Park

"It is crucial that families and children have a safe, fun space to enjoy, after a difficult few months of lockdown restrictions.

"With 26 blocks of high-rise flats across my constituency and many homes without gardens, it is vital that children have access to their local playgrounds for their physical and mental health.

"Central government have not given councils, including Leeds, the support they need over the last few months and councils are struggling financially.

"That’s why I wrote both to government and Leeds City Council about the re-opening of our local playgrounds and I am glad that they have now taken these positive steps."

According to Rachel Reeves, the following playgrounds are set to reopen this week:

Farnley & Wortley

• Farnley Hall Park, Hall Lane, LS12 5HA

• New Wortley Recreation Ground, Oldfield Lane, LS12 4DX

• New Farnley Park, Low Moor Side, LS12 5DZ

• Western Flatts Cliff Park, Green Hill Lane, LS12 4TE

Kirkstall

• Burley Park, Burley Road, LS4 2NY

• Wolseley Road Playground, Wolseley Road/Kirkstall Road, LS2

• Sandford Road, Sandford Road, LS3

• Cragside Recreation Ground, Crag Road, LS18

• Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Walk, LS5 3EH

Armley:

• Armley Park – Stanningley Road, LS12 3DG

Bramley:

• Bramley Fall Park, Leeds & Bradford Road, LS13 1HL

• Bramley Park, Westover View, LS13 3PG

• Rodley Park Recreation Ground, Town Street, LS13 1HW

• Stanningley Park, Half Mile Lane, Ls13 1BH

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