Your Leeds local election 2018 A to Z: Hunslet and Riverside

15 March 2018......  Leeds South Bank residents team up with the Canal & River Trust, the  Environment Agency and Leeds City Council to carry out a litter pick on the River Aire. Plastic waste has collected in the stretch between Leeds Dock and Hunslet, creating a giant ��plasberg�" �' an eyesore that everyone wants rid of. Picture Tony Johnson.
15 March 2018...... Leeds South Bank residents team up with the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency and Leeds City Council to carry out a litter pick on the River Aire. Plastic waste has collected in the stretch between Leeds Dock and Hunslet, creating a giant ��plasberg�" �' an eyesore that everyone wants rid of. Picture Tony Johnson.
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THE CANDIDATES

Carlisle, Ed - Green Party

Goncalves, Eunice Helena Dos Santos Almeida Barbosa Vicente - Green Party

Hall, Alaric Timothy Peter - Green Party

Iqbal, Mohammed - Labour

Nash, Elizabeth Anne - Labour

Salt, Richard Mark - Conservative

Saunders, Kenny - Independent

Smith, Scott David Ian - Conservative

Spencer, James Michael - Liberal Democrats

Wheeler, Michael Edward John - Conservative

Wray, Paul Ian - Labour

HUNSLET AND RIVERSIDE - KEY ISSUES AND NUMBERS

This is another ward which has seen its boundaries reshuffled. The ‘city’ part of the former City and Hunslet ward has now been split up, with some of it going over to join Little London.

Local election turnout in the ward - in its previous guise - has traditionally been very low, floating round the 25 per cent mark.

The ward shake-up sees the creation of a ‘Riverside’ element, which takes in Brewery Wharf, the area around the Ibis Hotel and much of the space which comes under the ‘South Bank’ banner.

Voters will want reassurances that any development potential and benefits will filter down into local communities, rather than just creating big new 
shiny buildings in the headline sites.

On the campaign trail, focus has been put on the area’s big roads, and the need for big transport improvements to match. Quality of housing is also a big talking point, with some of the local election hopefuls emphasising that the ward is full of poorly-insulated homes which need updating with energy efficient methods.

The ward is hugely diverse, and has a proud industrial heritage. But it also has some of the worst health inequalities in the city. Renewed commitments to address this will no doubt be welcomed.

The park and ride at Stourton is one issue that is popping up again and again on the campaign trail, and there is a social media campaign brewing to protest it. Some locals are worried about the knock on effect on local traffic and congestion. In Beeston Hill, also part of the ward, talk has been about the lack of clarity on plans to regenerate parts of Dewsbury Road. The focus is on trying to slow down traffic and stop accidents, of which there have been many in recent years.

With the city’s riverside being a key part of the new-look ward, new emphasis will have to be put on keeping it well maintained and clean, as well as continuing to lobby for better flood defences.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is facing fresh questions this week over his decision-making.

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