Chapeltown ‘Welcome’ Plaque Unveiled
A new sign recognising the diversity of Chapeltown has been unveiled as part of a £258,000 redevelopment of the area.
Councillors Mohammed Rafique, Eileen Taylor and Jane Dowson (Labour, Chapel Allerton) unveiled the new ‘Welcome’ plaque outside the Reginald Centre, built by Leeds based engravers Clark Memorials Ltd.
The plaque, financed by the Leeds City Council Town & District Centre Regeneration Fund, says ‘welcome’ in 12 different languages and is part of creating a public ‘piazza’ in front of the Reginald Centre. The plaque is intended to recognise the diversity of Chapeltown and give out a message of community cohesion.
Local Councillors were joined at the event by community groups and there were performances from Hillcrest, Holy Rosary and Bracken Edge Primary Schools.
The Council has improved 17 town and district centres over the last 6 years through the Town & District Centre Regeneration Fund and is currently investing in three other centres across the city. Councillors across the city are working closely with officers to ensure that all town and district centres are attractive to visitors, shoppers, businesses and local people.
Councillor Mohammed Rafique (Labour, Chapel Allerton) said:
“Chapeltown is one of the most diverse communities in Leeds which is evidenced by the large number of cultural events that take place in the area, most notably the Leeds Carnival. The new ‘Welcome’ plaque recognises this diversity and will welcome everyone to the new ‘piazza’ and the Reginald Centre.”
Arthur France MBE (Chapeltown Development Trust) said:
“Chapeltown is the best part of the city where you find diverse people who work, live and play together in harmony. The event was fantastic and I am delighted we have a new plaque welcoming people to Chapeltown.”