YEP Says, March 21: Trinity success is only part of city’s winning formula

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ALTHOUGH today marks its second birthday, such is the scale of its success that in some ways it feels as though Trinity has always been part of Leeds city centre.

ALTHOUGH today marks its second birthday, such is the scale of its success that in some ways it feels as though Trinity has always been part of Leeds city centre.

There was some understandable cynicism about how well this major new development would integrate into the already crowded streetscape around Boar Lane and Briggate but the design and execution silenced any doubts.

Attracting the biggest names in British and international retail, the footfall seen since the very first day it opened its doors has more than justified the decision by owners Land Securities to take what, in the near depths of recession, was a calculated risk.

And Leeds has also gained immeasurably from that show of faith. As the city seeks to compete with the likes of Manchester, developments of this scale, ambition and quality are essential.

Combined with the Leeds Arena and forthcoming Victoria Gate development, it is a signal of Leeds’s ambitions and a magnet for further investment.

However, where the city does need to exercise caution is in recognising that as vital as these landmark projects are, the whole city centre must be seen as a shopfront.

Trinity may be a big part of the forward-looking Leeds we want to create, it is only that – a part. It’s important we get the other pieces in the jigsaw right too.

Public united in bid to find rapist

THE footage of the vicious rape of a teenage girl in Beeston has not only rocked this city, it has shocked the country. Viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media, the horror of the images remains undimmed.

In Beeston itself a meeting is being held tomorrow to discuss the attack and ideas such as improved street lighting and community watchdogs in order to make the streets safer.

Policing is at its best when it is done in partnership with the public and there can be no questioning the desire to bring this woman’s attacker to justice.

Someone must know who he is – and it’s time they came forward.

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