Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Locals asked to have their say on Kirkstall

Residents of Kirkstall, business owners, tenants and local organisations will have the chance to comment on proposals to improve Kirkstall district centre.

The consultation will take place on Wednesday, September 24 2014 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Kirkstall Leisure Centre, Kirkstall Lane, LS5 3BE.

Proposals will centre on the junction of Kirkstall Lane (B6157) and Kirkstall Road/Abbey Road (A65) primarily in the vicinity of Kirkstall Leisure Centre.

Council officers will be on hand to discuss the following proposals using plans, maps or photos:

• Kirkstall Leisure Centre corner site landscaping
• Artwork ideas representing the historic and architectural features of Kirkstall
• Public realm improvements to Kirkstall junction e.g. banners, hanging baskets and bins
• Conditions survey , market testing and option appraisal for investment in Abbey Mills

The programme is one of three town and district planning programmes in Leeds that have been identified as part of tackling economic decline in town, district and local centres. The programmes aim to help with the economic regeneration of local centres, while addressing key council priorities.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy said:

“We want people who work or live in Kirkstall to come forward and have their say on the proposals.

“The council’s aim is to improve the visual appearance and develop a distinct character for area.

“Through the town and district centres programme we want to continue to improve the economic regeneration of the area, repeating successes of these programmes in other parts of the city.

For further information contact
Press Office, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 395 0244

New phone number for Leeds Community Equipment Service

From Monday 29 September 2014 the Leeds Community Equipment Service (LCES) will have a new phone number.

LCES, a provider of nursing and daily living equipment, is moving from Roundhay Road to a new site at Leeds Dock in LS10 in early October. The new building is called Assisted Living Leeds, and a range of services will be moving there over the coming weeks.

From 29 September there will be a new telephone number for people who want to contact the service to pick up equipment or to report a repair or breakdown. This number replaces the current contact number that is on the yellow label attached to every piece of equipment.

The new telephone numbers can be used from 29th September:

LCES enquiries: 0113 378 3282

Faults / repairs: 0113 378 3302

LCES provides a wide range of nursing and daily living equipment to people at home as requested by their nurse, therapist or social worker. The equipment is provided free on loan and each item has a yellow label providing the contact details if it needs collecting or repairing.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:

“It is important people are aware of this change of phone number, and that it will be in place as of next Monday (29 Sept).

“We will be writing individually to people who have more specialist items to tell them about the changes, and we have already started to inform social care and health staff who are in contact with people using this equipment, as well as providing information at GP surgeries and one stop centres.”

The old phone number (Leeds 0113 247 7387) will be answered until 3rd October, after that the line will remain live with a recorded message for the new number.

For further information contact
Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team
Tel: 0113 247 4450

Monday, 22 September 2014

Get ready to Ride Further with new free guided cycle routes

Caption: The Ride Further series builds on the success of events like Sky Ride Leeds

Cyclists in Leeds will be able to take part in a series of new free guided rides in and around the city starting this week.

Guided rides on two new routes are being introduced as an extension to the successful Sky Ride Local programme delivered by British Cycling in partnership with Leeds City Council.

The new ‘Ride Further’ rides are aimed at cyclists who wish to challenge themselves on the roads or those who have been inspired to take up cycling by watching the Tour de France Grand Départ in Leeds in July and are now getting more confident to take on longer distances on the roads.

The rides in Leeds begin on Sunday 28 September, meeting at Golden Acre Park off Arthington Road at 9am. The free rides are all led by British Cycling-trained Ride Leaders, with the first guiding riders on a 40-mile loop through Wharfedale and North Yorkshire taking in Harewood, Wetherby, Sicklinghall and Weeton. Among the spectacular views on show will be the Arthington Viaduct, Armscliffe Cragg and Chevin Country Park.

This route will repeated on Sunday 12 October and Sunday 26 October, again starting at Golden Acre Park at 9am.

The second route focuses on exploring north of Leeds, with rides taking place on Sunday 19 October and Sunday 2 November, meeting at 9am at the Lakeside Café in Roundhay Park.

The 45-mile loop heads from Roundhay Park to Wetherby and then to Spofforth, Harrogate, Norwood and Otley. Among the highlights will be the views across the reservoirs at Lindley Woods and Eccup.

The sessions are free to take part with anyone wishing to do so able to register at goskyride.com/Leeds. All participants must use road bikes, bring a basic repair kit and be competent and confident over the distance.

Leeds City Council executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“It is great that these new rides will be taking place in and around Leeds, and they will be ideal for any cyclists keen to push themselves on, meet new people and enjoy seeing some fantastic scenery at the same time.

“This continues our fantastic relationship with British Cycling which helped us deliver another brilliant Sky Ride event this year plus the Sky Ride Local events and also the amazing Tour de France Grand Départ. We are sure these new rides will prove very popular with experienced cyclists and relative newcomers alike.”

British Cycling’s Director of Recreation and Partnerships Stewart Kellett said:

“The beauty of these rides is that they allow a bit more of a test to those people who are seeking to take their cycling further, while still providing a supported environment, led by our excellent Ride Leaders.

“We have seen such a huge growth in regular cycling in Britain over the last few years, and we realise that a key to this is being able to provide appropriate opportunities to everyone, whether that is an easy-going and gentle introduction or something more challenging over a longer distance.”

The ‘Ride Further’ series includes other rides in Manchester, Birmingham, London, Southampton and Bournemouth, and British Cycling’s Operational Support Manager Craig Myers said:

“‘We are really excited to introduce the Ride Further series to help us add an extra level of challenge, both for those who already cycle with us and those who maybe want to join a ride and find out more places to ride.”

The upcoming rides in Leeds: Wharfedale & North Yorkshire Loop – Sun 28 September at 9am, starting from Golden Acre Park, off Arthington Road, Leeds.

Wharfedale & North Yorkshire Loop – Sun 12 October at 9am, starting from Golden Acre Park, off Arthington Road, Leeds.

Explore the Wonders of North Leeds – Sun 19 October at 9am, starting from Lakeside Café, Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Wharfedale & North Yorkshire Loop – Sun 26 October at 9am, starting from Golden Acre Park, off Arthington Road, Leeds.

Explore the Wonders of North Leeds – Sun 2 November at 9am, starting from Lakeside Café, Roundhay Park, Leeds.

To find out more about the Ride Further series and sign up for a place visit: goskyride.com/Leeds


For more information, please contact:

David Ardill
Marketing and Communications Executive – Recreation and Partnerships
British Cycling, National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester, M11 4DQ
Telephone: +44 (0)7720 593689 | 0161 274 2000 – ext 2287

About Sky Ride
British Cycling and Sky have come together to help get even more people riding their bikes and falling in love with cycling. However you ride, we've created a whole range of ways for you to get involved – from big traffic-free events, to local guided rides; from women-only rides and support, to tips, ideas and great routes. In 2012 we achieved our joint goal (a year early) of getting one million more Britons on their bikes and cycling regularly (once a month) by 2013.
Sky Rides are big, celebratory cycling events which take over a town or city centre so lots of cyclists of all ages and abilities can ride safely together on a traffic-free route. With a real festival atmosphere, they’re a fun, free day out for families and friends to enjoy, with loads to do both on and off a bike.
Sky Ride Locals are free, local bike rides guided by friendly British Cycling trained Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes. With different levels, there’s something for everyone – whether you’re building your confidence or already comfortable on a bike and looking for a challenge. For more information, visit goskyride.com.

About British Cycling
British Cycling is the national governing body for cycling as recognised by the UCI – the international federation for the sport. Based in Manchester at the National Cycling Centre, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport (BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-Cross, Road, Track and Cycle Speedway), from providing the support and encouragement people need to get riding their bikes for the first time, to being home to the hugely successful Great Britain Cycling Team. Continued success at the highest level is inspiring a boom in participation across the nation. There have never been more opportunities to ride a bike, be it for fun or sport, and British Cycling is at the heart of this growth. For more information, visit britishcycling.org.uk.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Nominations needed to recognise all that is child friendly about Leeds

People are being asked to nominate the organisations and individuals who they think epitomise child friendliness in Leeds, for the city’s second Child Friendly Leeds Awards.

Children and young people will be at the forefront of the awards, which are being organised by Leeds City Council in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post and Leeds City Varieties.

A group of young people will be selected to plan and run the prestigious awards, which will take place on 29 January 2015. Young people will also form part of the judging panel.

The awards will showcase the talent, achievements and energy of the city’s children and young people, as well as highlighting and celebrating what individuals, places and organisations are doing to make Leeds a child friendly city.

The Child Friendly Leeds awards also recognise the lengths that people go to to make Leeds a great place to grow up, especially for those children who may have additional challenges – including children who are looked after by the council, or are particularly vulnerable, and those who have disabilities or additional needs.

People across the city are now being asked to nominate places, people and organisations in Leeds they think are particularly child friendly or make a big difference to the lives of children in Leeds. Nominations can be made at http://childfriendlyleeds.wordpress.com/awards and the deadline for nominations is 31 October.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“We are delighted with the amount of support we’ve received so far for our child friendly Leeds ambitions, especially from our ambassadors and partners, and now is the time to celebrate all that people and organisations do, to make Leeds the best place to grow up.

“Becoming a child friendly city is not something, we, as a council can do alone. There are so many people across the city, who have really taken on board what we are trying to achieve, and these awards are a great opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate their great work and achievements.”

The awards are being sponsored by British Gas.

The awards will be split in to five categories:
Best place in Leeds for children and young people: This is the award for the places and spaces that children and young people love spending their time: it could be a shop, a venue, a school, a youth club or a local café that always makes children and families welcome - places across the city that set an example to others.

Children’s Champion (two awards – under 11 years old, and 11 to 18): This is the award to celebrate a child or young person who has done or achieved something exceptional. Whether it’s someone who makes a big contribution to their local community, or caring for a friend or loved one who needs extra support, every day our children and young people do amazing things and the council wants to hear about, recognise and celebrate their contributions.

Looking after children and young people: This is the award that recognises the people who care for, support and inspire Leeds children and young people every day. Nominees could include: a kinship or foster carer who has transformed a child’s life; a teacher who inspires the imagination of their pupils; or a parent who has done something incredible for their children. The awards will celebrate what adults do every day for individuals and groups of children, all of which help to make Leeds the best place for children and young people to grow up in.

Best overall contribution to making Leeds a child friendly city: This is the award for the business, organisation, team or individual that has shown true commitment and made a meaningful contribution to making Leeds the best UK city to grow up in. It could be a business with an exemplary apprenticeship programme, a school that has made a major contribution to improving the local community, a sports club that welcomes and celebrates children and young people, or a team from a public sector organisation that demonstrates outstanding results by improving outcomes for children. The council wants to hear about the numerous activities and initiatives across Leeds that give children and young people opportunities, inspiration and optimism for the future.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk