A full list of the buildings earmarked for demolition to make way for the Leeds trolleybus scheme can today be revealed by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Around 20 properties are set to be fully or partially flattened during the construction of the congestion-busting £250m New Generation Transport (NGT) system.
Sites due to receive a visit from the bulldozers include:
* A parade of eight shops and a former petrol filling station at Hyde Park Corner;
* A former stable block and lodge building on the old Leeds Girls’ High School campus, off Headingley Lane;
*A terrace block within Headingley Business Park, between Headingley Lane and Victoria Road;
A “brick-built villa” on Wood Lane, Headingley, that is currently in residential use;
* The former First Church of Christ Scientist building in Headingley, which at present is being used as offices;
* Changing rooms and a groundsman’s cottage on university playing fields in Lawnswood.
All of the buildings earmarked for demolition work stand on the northern section of the proposed trolleybus route.
A number of the sites already belong to West Yorkshire passenger transport authority Metro or Leeds City Council, the joint promoters of the NGT scheme.
Those properties were acquired during preparations for the ultimately-abandoned Leeds Supertram system.
If all goes according to plan for the NGT team at Metro and the council, the rest of the buildings will be subject to compulsory purchase deals.
A spokesman for Metro told the YEP: “The properties owned by the promoters are let on short-term lets which allow the promoters to obtain vacant possession upon notice. All occupiers are aware that these properties are earmarked for demolition to facilitate the NGT scheme hence the nature of the lettings.”
The demolition list is set out in a report on the progress of the trolleybus project that has been compiled for a meeting of a council plans panel tomorrow. (October 17)
Civic leaders say the network will slash journey times and boost the economic output of Leeds by more than £175m per year.
However, the scheme has come under fire from some residents in and around Headingley, who argue that it will deprive the area of green space and create traffic disruption on Otley Road.
The YEP revealed last week that notices giving information about the plans had been ripped down or vandalised in a suspected ‘dirty tricks campaign’ in one part of the suburb.
TRAMS TO TROLLEYS
Labour government ministers controversially pulled the plug on Leeds’s £500m Supertram light rail scheme in 2005 amid concern over rising costs.
The city’s trolleybus proposals were drawn up as a cut-price replacement for Supertram and were given the green light by the Coalition in July last year.
Under present plans, trolleybuses powered by overhead cables will run on a nine-mile route from Holt Park in the north of the city to Stourton in the south.
Construction work on the system is due to start in 2017 or 2018.