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Latest News February 2016

Trust 50th Anniversary Plaque

92 Kirkgate regenerated!

KPMG's New HQ Sovereign Street

Trust's 50th Anniversary Celebratory Events

The Trust was founded on 25 October 1965. We have celebrated our 50th Anniversary in a number of ways this year but the most notable recent events have been the unveiling of a celebratory blue plaque at our Wharf Street headquarters on 21 October and an extra-special AGM at Leeds Civic Hall on 24 November.

We were particularly delighted that the blue plaque celebrating the Trust's foundation and the founding gift of £50,000 by Charles Crabtree was unveiling by Liz Dalziel, the granddaughter of Charles Crabtree. Our AGM was both an excellent social event attended by over 100 members and the Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Chapman and a purposeful event looking to the future of Leeds. Our principal speaker was Gerald Jennings, President of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, who talked about his aspirations for the city as an economically successful place which was  also a great to live and work in. 

Planning and Development

Leeds Railway station

In the last few months the Trust has been working hard in partnership with Leeds Chamber of Commerce to promote imaginative thinking about the future form of Leeds railway station. Our aspiration has been for a single station which accommodates local, regional, national and HS2 and HS3 trains. We are therefore delighted that our approach has been accepted by Sir David Higgins in his new report 'The Yorkshire Hub: An interim report on the redevelopment of Leeds Station' published on 30 November. His report is critically important in settling the uncertainty about the location of the HS2 station. Further details about the precise route of the HS2 line coming into Leeds will be given in 2016; meanwhile further detail work will be done on the design of the station.

Crabtree Memorial Bursary 

We have been delighted to be able to award our bursary £1000 to the Leeds Ambassadors who do great work in meeting, greeting and helping visitors to Leeds when big public and sporting events take place in Leeds. The grant will assist them in developing their work.

Heritage Matters

Future of Kirkgate

We have been very pleased to see progress made on the Lower Kirkgate Townscape Heritage Initiative with the renovation of No. 92 Kirkgate as a bar. The façade of the building now looks first rate and shows just how good the street will look when all the frontages are renovate.

We were alarmed by the fire at Hills Furniture Shop in mid-November. Happily no one was hurt but sadly we have lost an important building. Most striking of all has been the revealing of the charred remains of a late Tudor timber-framed building behind Hills and what may well be medieval stonework at the basement level.  All this demonstrates just how important it is that the open areas of Kirkgate and the car park behind should be subject to and archaeological excavation.

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Kevin Grady