To facilitate elements of the A61(s) road improvement scheme, I'm sorry to say seven trees and a number bushes had to be cleared on the junction of Church Street - Low Road. Overall, based on up to date information from Connecting Leeds, 34 established trees will be removed in Hunslet and Riverside Ward across the length of the A61(s) improvement works.
These improvements will lead to better local bus provision and to a more integrated cycle network. These will help to take cars off the road, reducing harmful air pollution locally and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. However, replacing the trees is a must do otherwise any environmental gains would be reduced by the loss of carbon capture from the established trees.
I'm happy the location for 49 replacement mature trees has already been found very near to Church Street slightly further along Low Road, in both directions. I've made it clear I expect a 3 for 1 ratio of replacement for all these trees with mature specimens to account for those established ones lost, and for all of these to be planted nearby.
Connecting Leeds have agreed to work towards this and I'm working with them and Leeds Parks and Country to identify locations in and around the residential areas of this section of Hunslet. This will take some time as we need to make sure the land we plant these on is suitable and sustainable for the new trees. I'm confident we can do this and have the planting done in the next tree planting season later this year. The current tree replacement sites are below.
On Thursday I attended this resident meeting. Here is my report:
Path behind the Northcote Drive/Crescent: Resident asked if there had been any progression regarding making this path better to use. I advised the path isn’t on the register of paths and Cllr Nash had now started the process to have this added. Once this done, the path can be adopted. Until this was done, nothing could be done to the path as there is no clear owner. Residents expressed frustration at this as it has been used for nearly forty years. I fully appreciate this but if the path was not registered when the estate was built, the council must follow a process to officially create it as a path and take ownership.
Last night I attended this community forum and gave an update on the following:
School Parking: I had contacted Leeds Highways to ask what work had been done on this. They said a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) was already in place and this allowed enforcement to happen but this couldn’t be done full time and Leeds Highways advised extending the TRO would just displace the parking into the nearby estate. I suggested a meeting was held between myself, the school and the RA management committee to look at what to do next. In the meantime, I had sent a request for more information on behavior based parking schemes. Some residents expressed a concern over some teacher parking habits. I said would raise this but once the building work at school was done, the teachers car park would be back in use and this should stop being an issue.