Three years ago, Headingley and Hyde Park councillor Jonathan Pryor was keen to restore Cinder Moor to grass so that the youth of the surrounding area could have somewhere to play sport on. He calculated that there was £400k available to spend on the Moor and that in addition to restoring Cinder Moor, the money could be used to replace missing trees, repair tarmac paths etc. Three years on and nothing has been done. What’s changed? Why has Councillor Pryor lost interest in a project that once seemed so dear to his heart? What’s changed is that Councillor Pryor was promoted to the council’s Executive Board, and now has much bigger fish to fry. His title is, “Executive Member for Learning, Skills and Employment.” And what about the £400k? Isn’t that still available to be spent on the Moor? Maybe some of it is. A good chunk though is likely to have been spent “scalping” Cinder Moor just before Christmas, so as to double its car parking capacity. Cinder Moor is in Cllr Pryor’s ward of Headingley and Hyde Park. When he and his fellow councillors Neil Walshaw and Al Garthwaite agreed to the scalping of Cinder Moor, were they aware that the council’s own figures show that the death rate from respiratory disease in the surrounding area is three times the Leeds average? Were they also aware that the area is chronically short of sports fields, and that Cinder Moor was used as a sports field until 1953? I don’t know about the other two, but Cllr Pryor was aware. I know, because I told him more than three years ago.