Leeds & West Yorkshire

Cash boost of £400k for Leeds community areas

Three open spaces have received almost £400,000 in funding from housing developers to improve areas in Leeds for local communities.

Queen's Park in Pudsey, Rodley Park, and a community garden in Woodhouse have all been allocated money.

Queen's Park will get two new play areas and a new multi-use games area in a make-over costing £290,000.

Rodley Park will get a £77,000 grant and the community garden at Marlborough Towers more than £30,000.

'Financial contribution'

Leeds City councillor Peter Gruen, 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..."

The council said it had collected almost £12m from housing developers over 10 years.

It said the money had been invested in a wide range of projects including woodland planting, new paths, park furniture, skate parks, and hard-surfaced games areas to improve facilities.

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