Yorkshire News Stories You Might Have Missed (September 2018)

The world is a big place, and a lot goes on in it. So, it just might be that you may have missed out on some local news this month that will be affecting the Yorkshire area. From the restoration of old properties to the building of new ones, here are just two of Yorkshire’s biggest breaking news stories from this month.

Cash Boost for Historic Building Rescues

As you may well know, especially if you’ve read our history of Yorkshire series, this county is absolutely packed with places and events of historical significance. But not all of this heritage is as well looked after as you would think. However, this week two venerable and old Leeds buildings have got some news that may see a reprieve in sight.

Firstly, the First White Cloth Hall, a Grade II listed former industrial building first built in 1771, has received a million-pound restoration grant. Half them money was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and then that sum was matched by Historic England, through a scheme called Buildings Risk and Repair. Private funding was ruled off the table, after several developers pulled out of the project citing the high costs of renovation compared to the expected value of the building afterwards.

Secondly, St Mary’s Convent Church (Mount Saint Mary) in Richmond Hill, Leeds has also received some public backing from an influential campaign group. The Grade II listed building has been placed on The Victorian Society’s annual list of UK buildings most in need of renovation and assistance. “These are pieces of the history of the Victorian era and its industrial, spiritual and cultural beliefs” said the society’s famous actor and comedian president Griff Rhys Jones. Hopefully this report will bring the building to the attention of the proper authorities who can give it the help it deserves.

Leeds Airport Set to Expand

The owners of Leeds-Bradford airport, expected to be one of the UK’s fastest growing airports over the next decade, have this month revealed a £12 million investment plan. Culminating in the completion of an entirely new terminal building, construction is expected to be complete within a year of it beginning. The new facilities will streamline arrivals and immigration processes as well as providing over 200 jobs for local people.

Leeds-Bradford airport’s chief executive officer, told the Yorkshire Evening Post that the upgrade was about creating ‘an airport Yorkshire can be proud of’. He also said that the expansion will send “a message to the airlines that we have the facilities and infrastructure to cater for 300 to 400-seater aircraft and take this airport to a whole new level.”

However, the final decision on whether this plan is viable or not rests with local council. They will decide the fate of the idea in the next few months. If it passes developers want the building up and running by 2022.