Policies: Community spaces
Central and Outer Leeds Green Party believes in fostering a sense of community and ensuring that decisions made about redevelopment are taken with the needs and wellbeing of local people firmly in mind. Community spaces are vital for everyone in Leeds and we believe that these resources should be protected so that everyone can access and enjoy them.
Our priorities for communities in Leeds are:
- Protecting outdoor spaces for the health and enjoyment of local residents by minimising encroachment onto greenfield sites and ensuring green spaces are correctly classified and protected. These spaces are not only important for people’s wellbeing, but also act as ‘green lungs’ and may help prevent problems like flooding.
- Supporting allotments both through maintenance of existing council allotment sites and by working closely with the Leeds & District Allotment Gardeners Federation.
- Supporting community events throughout Leeds each year, including Beeston Festival, Pudsey Carnival & Leeds Pride. We want the Council to help these events to continue to thrive, given their importance to bringing people together and building a sense of community.
- Utilising existing resources by developing disused and derelict buildings and brownfield sites for the benefit of the local community, in consultation with the community and in line with their needs. For example, we believe that the Council should campaign for greater powers to purchase a derelict building site on Chapeltown Road in Chapel Allerton and develop it into affordable housing or a community space.
- Keeping our communities unique by encouraging local businesses and protecting communities against the homogenisation that comes with multinational chains.
- Supporting community resources such as libraries, public art and literature schemes, community centres and parks. We also believe that youth provision should be strongly encouraged across Leeds.
- Protecting local sports facilities that enable the next generations of sporting stars to flourish. Sport can provide a strong sense of community and we are proud of the sporting achievements of our city.
We support community campaigns and groups across Leeds working towards these aims. If you are involved in a campaign and would like to discuss working together, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about national Green Party policies in these areas see Local Planning and the Built Environment and Culture, Media and Sports.
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