Park & Ride – Environmentally friendly?

By Amy Goodall


Stourton’s proposed Park & Ride scheme is being opposed by thousands of campaigners.

Signatures are being gathered from residents who are objecting the plans by Leeds City Council to build a new Park & Ride.

The facility would be adjacent to Hunslet Cemetery, close to Hunslet Park Primary school.

Park & Ride proposed look. (Copyright – Leeds City Council)

An action group has been set up on twitter under the handle @stopstourton in a bid to get more people involved.

They are opposed to this being built on the green space and would rather chose another site that would not cost as much and wouldn’t increase congestion.

Representatives from the action group met with Hilary Benn, Labour MP for Leeds Central on 27th April to discuss their concerns.

Benefits of the park and ride would include easy access to M621, departure lounge and benefiting the environment.

Ian Thornton, 35, agrees that the plan would benefit the city by saying: “It would be really convenient for me as I work near the site, I’m not sure why people are so against it when there are plenty of other green spaces.”

This opposed plan would be in the middle of the Elland Road and Temple Green Park and Rides.

In connection with the proposed plans, Leeds City Council would also work on improvements to the A639 Low Road.

The StopStourton action group are worried of increased pollution and attracting anti-social behaviour on an evening.

No decision has been made yet, further consultation with the community will be made first.

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