Revealed : Metro’s plan to tarmac even more of Woodhouse Moor

swiss built h Little Moor, with Woodhouse Cliff on the right, and the existing school access road on the left

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It’s bad enough that Metro and Leeds City Council want to run trolleybuses across Monument Moor. Now, thanks to the efforts of a vigilant local resident, we have learnt that they also plan to tarmac sections of Cinder Moor and Little Moor, and possibly also the gardens of numbers 5, 6 and 7 Woodhouse Cliff.

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Under their plan, Metro would :

  1. Widen Cliff Road all the way from its junction with Woodhouse Lane to Woodhouse Cliif. This would be done at the expense of Cinder Moor and Little Moor.
  2. Widen Woodhouse Cliff in order to carry traffic to and from City of Leeds School. This would be done at the expense of Little Moor, and possibly also the gardens of number 5, 6,and 7 Woodhouse Cliff.
  3. Instal traffic lights at the junctions of Cliff Road with Woodhouse Lane and Woodhouse Street.
  4. Close the existing road giving access to City of Leeds School from Woodhouse Street.

The reason Metro want to swallow up more of the Moor is because junction alterations required by the NGT trolleybus scheme at Hyde Park Corner will divert traffic along Cliff Road, which is currently too narrow to cope with the expected volume of traffic.

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swiss built h Little Moor, showing trees that would be cut down as part of the proposed road widening

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The first anyone outside of Metro and the Council knew about any of this was when a local resident witnessed two surveyors at work in the area. Subsequent enquiries revealed that they were employed by the Metconsultancy Group, carrying out work on behalf of Metro.

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This is just the latest Leeds City Council assault on Little Moor. The last one was in 1972 when they tried to build a hostel on the green space. Here is Audrey Marlow’s account of the battle to save Little Moor.

1 comment to Revealed : Metro’s plan to tarmac even more of Woodhouse Moor

  • Paul Hudson

    All this secrecy and underhanded activity is typical of the people behind this really stupid idea. It was exactly what happened at the “consultation” (laugh here) I went to- you can see the maps for an hour if you attend an out of the way, crowded room. The Vorgons must be behind this.
    Paul Hudson, Headingley

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