Friday, 6 March 2009

'Your community - Your priorities' event in Horsforth

Residents in Horsforth are being given the chance to attend a drop-in session to meet the people that provide services in their area.

The ‘Your Community – Your Priorities’ event, organised by the West North West Area Committee, will give residents the opportunity to have their say on how local services are being delivered. This is a real opportunity to influence local decision making in their area.

People can attend the drop-in session on Tuesday 10th March, at any time between 3:00pm -7:00pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Horsforth.

Horsforth residents will get the chance to discuss their area’s priorities with local ward councillors, Leeds City Council staff and staff from other local organisations, such as the neighbourhood policing team and also the council’s environmental action team, who will be on hand to listen to and take action on their suggestions.

Councillor Chris Townsley, chair of the outer north west area committee, said:
“Events like this are an important way for us to meet with local people and discover what they think of the services the council provides in Horsforth and what their priorities are for the future.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive member with responsibility for neighbourhoods said:
“These sessions are a great opportunity for local people to influence the decisions being made about the future of their areas so I hope that residents will take the chance to voice their concerns and priorities for their town.”

This is the first of 12 events taking place across the west and north west of Leeds over the next two months.

For further information about the drop-in sessions please contact the West North West Leeds Area Management team on 0113 3950978 or via email at west.north.west@leeds.gov.uk.

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

Local youngsters 'KICK' out anti-social behaviour in Boston Spa

An award winning programme called ‘Karate for Inner City Kids’ continues to build upon its success to KICK out anti social behaviour in the Wetherby area, with a new class in Boston Spa.

Young people are invited to come along to the Deepdale youth centre in Boston Spa to take part in the programme, which is run by police youth and schools officer Dave Brook, in his own time. It combines the respect and discipline of karate with a structured curriculum of citizenship and lifeskills. The programme is free and open to anyone aged ten or over and is supported by local youth workers from Leeds City Council’s youth services.

Organiser Dave Brook says:“Kick is delivered to nearly 200 young people each week across the city, many of whom were previously at risk of offending. It is great to see a significant change in students’ behaviour and attitudes, with many taking an opportunity to make a fresh start.

“The programme helps the young people divert their energy into a positive lifestyle whilst reducing crime and anti-social behaviour in the local community. The new class at the Deepdale youth centre is already underway but more young people are welcome to join us."

Since the KICK programme began at the Barley Fields youth centre in September 2008 anti-social behaviour in Wetherby has reduced by nearly 50%.

Cllr Alan Lamb, Leeds City Council’s lead member with responsibility for youth services, said:
“The great thing about the KICK programme is that it not only benefits the young people, by giving them the skills and discipline required of karate combined with social skills and increased self esteem, but has also been proved to benefit the community as well with the significant reduction in anti-social behaviour.”

Taking part in KICK also helps to raise self esteem as the young people are rewarded for positive behaviour and upon graduation they receive a number of accredited diplomas and join the Kick ‘team’ - which stands for ‘truth esteem attitude motivation’.

During the 12 week programme the young people will also be educated about gangs, drugs awareness and weapons awareness, which is supported by West Yorkshire Police firearms support unit.

KICK was delivered in Wetherby following funding from Leeds East North East Outer area management and ward members.

Young people aged ten or over are welcome to come along to join KICK at Deepdale youth centre Boston Spa every Tues from 7pm.

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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713
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Bramley conservation area under review

People from Bramley are being asked for their views on the future of the town’s conservation area; what they think is special about it and how they think it could be enhanced.

The centre of Bramley currently has two conservation areas which helps safeguard the special architectural and historic character of the town and protect important buildings from demolition. It has been protected by conservation legislation for over 20 years, and now Leeds City Council is looking to update it with the help of local people.

The two existing conservation areas; Bramley Hough Lane and Bramley Town Street, currently cover Bramley Park, the historic core of Town Street and many of the stone terrace housing and municipal structures in and around Hough Lane.

As part of the proposed alterations the two conservation areas would be joined together to form one large conservation area by incorporating Warrel's Road and Warrel's Grove. In addition it would be extended to include the ‘Station’ and ‘Henley’ groups of terrace streets and the industrial structures on Stanningley Road (formerly Victoria Foundry).

Members of the public who are interested in the future of the conservation area are being asked for their comments on the proposed alterations, which will be available to view at Bramley Library from Monday 9 March until the consultation period ends on Friday 10 April. A Leeds City Council conservation officer will also be on hand at the library on Monday 30 March from 3pm to 7pm to answer any questions people may have on the review.

Councillor Andrew Carter, executive board member responsible for development, said:
“These parts of Bramley were designated as conservation areas by the council to protect the town’s special character, and we have a responsibility to ensure that as the town develops the conservation area designations are up to date and clearly defined.

“The opinions of local people are an integral part of the process and this public meeting is an opportunity for people to speak to a conservation officer and make their views on the issue known to the council.”

Buildings within the conservation area are protected from unauthorised demolition, and new development has to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission is needed from the council for certain activities such as tree felling.

The inner west area committee, which is made up of local councillors for Bramley and Stanningley and Armley, have made this work a priority and allocated money from their ‘Well Being Fund’ to ensure the Bramley conservation area is up to date.

The public consultation will begin on Monday 9 March and run until Friday 10 April and posters will be on display across the town to inform people of their opportunity to comment. The document is hoped to be approved by council officials in May.

During the consultation period there will be a display in Bramley Library and the draft appraisal document will be available on-line at:
www.leeds.gov.uk/Environment_and_planning/Conservation/Conservation_area_appraisals.aspx.

People can also request a copy of the draft appraisal from the Conservation Team at: Sustainable Development Unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD

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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713
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Big clean for Brackenwood neighbourhoods

A big clean up will be taking place on the Brackenwood estate this March and residents are invited to come along and help.

East North East Homes Leeds has teamed up with Groundwork Leeds to organise a week of environmental schemes and projects on and around the Brackenwood estate in Roundhay from the 9th - 13th March.

The clean up supports East North East Homes Leeds’ clean up campaign which aims to encourage residents to take responsibility for their waste. It will focus on painting, cleaning up litter, gardening and other horticultural works.

Anyone who can assist for a couple of hours with any of the above will be more than welcome. During the same period there will also be the judging of an art competition at the Open Door Project.

There will also be consultation on a 'masterplan' for the estate, which will give local people the opportunity to give their opinions and thoughts on their area and suggestions as to what they would like to see in the future.

East North East Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council.

For more information about the clean-up, contact Bryan Robinson on 0113 247 6106.

Angelena Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
“This is an opportunity for the community to come forward with suggestions for improvements on both a large and small scale and hopefully get involved with the event to improve the environment and the surroundings, making Brackenwood a better place to live.”

Notes for editors:
East North East Homes Leeds
is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. It is wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.
East North East Homes Leeds manages 19,000 council-owned residential properties in Boston Spa, Burmantofts, Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Collingham, Gipton, Halton Moor, Harehills, Linton, Meanwood, Moor Allerton, Moortown, Seacroft, and Wetherby.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk

'Your community – your priorities' event for Hyde Park and Woodhouse

Residents in Hyde Park and Woodhouse are being given the chance to attend a drop-in session to meet the people that provide services in their area.

The ‘Your Community – Your Priorities’ event, organised by the West North West Area Committee, will give residents the opportunity to have their say on how local services are being delivered. This is a real opportunity to influence local decision making in their area.

People can attend the drop-in session on Monday 16th March, Wranghthorn Church, Hyde Park, at any time between 2:30pm and 6:30pm.

Residents will get the chance to discuss their area’s priorities with local ward councillors, Leeds City Council staff and staff from other local organisations, such as the neighbourhood policing team and also the council’s environmental action team, who will be on hand to listen to and take action on their suggestions.

Councillor James Monaghan, chair of the inner north west area committee, said:
“Events like this are an important way for us to meet with local people and discover what they think of the services the council provides and what their priorities are for the future.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive member with responsibility for neighbourhoods said:
“These sessions are a great opportunity for local people to influence the decisions being made about the future of their areas so I hope that residents will take the chance to voice their concerns and priorities for their town.”

This is the second of 12 events taking place across the west and north west of Leeds over the next two months.

For further information about the drop-in sessions please contact the West North West Leeds Area Management team on 0113 3950978 or via email at west.north.west@leeds.gov.uk .

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

Horsforth ready for weekend of environmental action

Horsforth is the first of four towns in north west Leeds to be targeted by a team of Leeds City Council officers for a weekend dedicated to crack down on environmental crime.

Four environmental action officers, two dog wardens and two parking attendants will take to the streets of Horsforth, Guiseley, Otley and Adel and Wharfedale for a weekend each, over the next month, to crackdown on offenders who commit littering, parking offences, dog fouling and advertising crimes.

The initiative has been funded through the Outer North West Area Committee well-being fund and will be organised by the West North West Area Management Team and the West North West Environmental Action Team.

Horsforth will be the first town to benefit from the action, which will see the officers take action against people who drop litter, park illegally on double yellow lines, and shops and businesses which have put up advertising boards without permission. Overflowing commercial rubbish bins and stray dogs will also be investigated.

They will also check retailers’ records to ensure rubbish is being disposed of correctly and advise businesses where increased refuse collections are necessary. Any members of the public who are eating or drinking will be reminded to always put their rubbish in the bins provided and will be told about the minimum £50 fine for dropping litter.

Councillor Chris Townsley, chair of the outer west area committee, said:
“The high profile presence of enforcement officers should help remind residents and visitors alike of their responsibilities to help keep Horsforth clean and hopefully make them as proud of the town as we are.”

The remaining three ‘Weekends of Action’ in Guiseley, Otley and Adel & Wharfedale will take place afterwards.

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