IT’S no secret that proposals to create a trolleybus network in Leeds have been far from universally popular.
Yet the number of formal objections to the scheme – equivalent to more than 25 a day during the course of the 42-day official window – must offer its backers serious food for thought.
It also raises the question as to what should happen next – particularly as up to 1,000 representations from the public are still to be processed, meaning the final tally of objections is likely to be significantly higher.
Certainly it opens the door to a potential public inquiry that would independently assess the merits of the scheme and weigh up the benefits its supporters claim it will deliver.
There have been loud calls for such an inquiry – most notably from the Federation of Small Businesses in West Yorkshire – and even trolleybus’s most ardent proponents accept one is all but inevitable.
While it will slow down the progress of the scheme – and possibly bring it to a grinding halt altogether – the level of opposition presents a strong argument that it is the right step to take.
Given that trolleybus will cost a total of £250m, its pros and cons should be subject to the closest scrutiny.
And, if a public inquiry concludes that it will deliver the benefits it promises, then it will be time for everyone to fully get on board.
Rugby World Cup comes home to Leeds
AS the venue for the sport’s first international fixture way back in 1908, rugby league could be said to be coming home as Headingley hosts World Cup holders New Zealand’s clash with Papua New Guinea tomorrow night.
And if there was any doubt as to the city’s passion for rugby then it is certain to be dispelled when the two teams take to the field.
With the game beamed around the world, a lot of hard work has gone on behind the scenes to show Leeds at its very best on the global stage.
Now let’s hope the game – and next week’s quarter-final – offer local fans plenty to get excited about.