Open spaces in Leeds spruced up with cash injection

As part of improving open green spaces in Leeds, three projects have just been awarded almost £400,000 to boost facilities and improve the areas for local communities.

Queen’s Park, Rodley Park, and a community garden in Woodhouse have been allocated funding to develop the areas through money that has come from housing developers as part of the open space improvement contributions they make on new developments.

Queen’s Park will receive an increase in its range of play facilities with the provision of two new play areas, one for toddlers and one for older children. Along with this, a new multi-use games area will be installed with new wider pathways across the park and additional tree planting and park furniture will also be provided. The project will cost just under £290,000 and will start on-site in the Spring.

Rodley Park will also undergo improvements this year including the removal and relaying of the pathways, new entrance gates to both entrances, drainage works, and the installation of new benches, picnic tables and bins. As part of the £77,217 project, the bowling green will be removed and remodelled to blend into the park landscape with new planning and footways.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“It is important that developers in the city, who do not, or are unable to provide sufficient open space as part of their development pay a financial contribution which can then be pooled with other monies and used to improve the quality and range of facilities at the city’s open spaces.

“These projects will make a big difference to the areas that are being refurbished and will give the communities further facilities to enjoy.

“Leeds is a very green city and therefore ensuring our open spaces are kept in good condition is a priority. I would like to thank the ward members in each ward for their continuing support.”

Works to create community gardens around Marlborough Towers in Woodhouse will also begin shortly as part of a project designed and co-ordinated by Groundwork Leeds. Two concrete areas will be ripped up and replaced by community gardens, including orchards of fruit trees and bushes, new furniture and timber planters. This project is funded by over £30k of developer contributions and with additional grant funding from the Groundwork Project Support Fund (£16k), GrantScape Caird Bardon Community Programme (£20k), West North West Homes Leeds (£20k) and Inner South Area Committee Well Being Fund (£6k).

Notes to editors:

The council has collected almost £12 million from housing developers over the last 10 years. This money has been invested in a wide range of improvement projects from woodland planting, new paths and park furniture such as bins and benches, new play areas, skate parks, playing pitch drainage and hard surfaced games areas.

Developer contributions can only be spent on certain projects. They are secured by a legal agreement under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) between the local planning authority and developer. Developer financial contributions are often referred to as S106 monies.

All waste that goes to landfill is subject to Landfill Tax. A percentage of this levy can be used to fund environmental and community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The Caird Bardon Community Programme was, therefore, established in 2007, enabling Caird Bardon Limited to work in partnership with GrantScape, who manage and administer the grant programme on their behalf.

The Caird Bardon Community Programme supports projects delivering significant environmental benefits and providing new and better community amenities. To be eligible for a grant, projects must be located in Leeds Metropolitan District Wards.

The Programme has approximately £350,000 available per annum, and there are two rounds each year. Grants are available for amounts between £5,000 and £60,000.

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Liz Payne

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Tel: 01282 603842

Email: liz.payne@grantscape.org.uk


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