YEP Says, May 7: Playing field row at odds with city’s child-friendly aim
For children to thrive and lead healthy lives it’s important that they have access to open spaces where they can play in safety.
It’s why this newspaper launched its Let Us Play campaign a few years ago, which called on more opportunities for young people to get out and enjoy fun physical exercise – something experts agree is key to every child’s development.
So it’s hugely disappointing that children at a local primary school stand to lose their sports day and be left with precious little grassed space to play on because land at the back of their school is being developed.
Parents say Leeds City Council has gone back on its word to give the adjoining school in Moortown a sports pitch area which would be fenced and gated, then shared with the community out of school hours.
It’s especially sad given that pupils have had access to the site for the last 50 years. It also seems totally at odds with Leeds’ aspirations to be a child friendly city.
If city leaders are serious about giving youngsters the best possible start in life they should be fighting tooth and nail to make sure they have sufficient access to places where they can play in safety.
Well done to the parents of those children who stand to be affected by this move for mobilising opposition to it. Let’s now hope common sense prevails and the school is given the space it was promised.
Awards for those who give five-star service
Those who are employed in the hotel industry often work long and unsociable hours, but still go the extra mile to make sure their guests have a pleasant stay.
And it’s these unsung individuals that the YEP-backed Leeds Hotels and Venues Awards look to recognise.
Now in their seventh year, they celebrate an industry that is an important part of the Leeds economy, bringing around £170m into the city and attracting business and tourists from across the country and the world.
With visitors set to pour into Leeds for the Tour de France, we’re sure our fine hotels will do us proud.