It’s true, there are big things in the pipeline for Leeds, but are they what people want?
Last week, we told you about 5 big things coming to Leeds in the next 10 years – the response was overwhelming and we had more people on the site than ever before. But it seems, you’ve got a few ideas of your own about what you’d like to see added to the city.
1. A Major Leisure Destination
This one was a biggie. Folk came out in force to ponder why Leeds doesn’t have a major leisure destination. Swimming pools were high on the list, and not just the bog-standard kind – we’re talking water slides and wave pools – and ice rinks were popular too. Admittedly, the latter will soon be found at Elland Road, but a one-stop leisure centre like The Dome in Doncaster would make Leeds a more attractive proposition, especially for families.
2. A Premier League Football Team
It’s fair to say we’d all love to see Leeds United back in the Premiership, but whether or not it’s on the cards is harder to call. Right now they’re lingering around the middle of the league, but surely 10 years is long enough to turn things around…
3. Better Public Transport
Public transport is the word on everyone’s lips right now. The trolleybus scheme isn’t a popular solution and many think we would be better off holding out for something better, but as the city grows, so too will congestion and we need to get a public transport system that can support that.
4. An Airport that Can Compete with Manchester
If we’re going to attract more people and more business into Leeds, we need to make getting here as easy and stress free as possible – and when it comes to internationals, that’s down to our airport. We need more routes and more terminals, but we also need to improve connections between the airport and the city centre. There’s been talk of a new rail link to Leeds-Bradford Airport, but quite how quickly that will come about is yet to be seen.
5. Job Bolstering Developments
Strengthening our retail proposition is great – it’ll help to bring thousands of tourists into the city, along with their disposable income. But we also need to create jobs. To a certain extent, Victoria Gate will do that, but we should be looking to other sectors to bolster our job market. Suggestions have included going back to our industrial roots, developing a creative hub like Media City or an international-quality exhibition space like NEC.