Thursday, 12 March 2009

Council staff to do their bit for charity

Dozens of council staff, their friends and family members will give up their time for free on Friday (13 March) to join in the fundraising for Red Nose Day.

Workers at Leeds City Council’s call centre have volunteered to stay on the phones until midnight to answer calls from people ringing to donate to Comic Relief.

80 incoming telephone lines have been put aside to cope with expected demand.

It’s not the first time the council’s call centre has been used to support a charity event and like in previous years it will form part of a UK wide network of centres taking donations.

It’s estimated the donations handled by council workers in Leeds exceeds £150,000 for all the events they’ve been involved in.

To keep morale as high as possible into the small hours, Emmerdale actors Dominic Brunt and James Hooton, who play Paddy Kirk and Sam Dingle in the soap, have agreed to visit the call centre on Red Nose night and perhaps even give a helping hand and answer the phone.


You are invited to send a reporter and/or photographer to meet Dominic and James at 2100 on Friday 13 March. Please call the press office on 0113 395 0393 to arrange your attendance.

Cllr Richard Brett, joint leader and executive board member with responsibility for the council’s call centre said:

“I’m really pleased we’re able to help a cause like Comic Relief and its Red Nose Day.

Once again, a great many of our staff have agreed to give up their time for free and that says a lot about the generosity of the people who work for us.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Andy Carter, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 395 0393

Travel information in Leeds

“Very informative information used by family and friends. Leeds is leading the way forward”. “It’s a cracking site … keep it up” - just two of the many positive comments made in a survey of how people use the Leedstravel info web site.

The increasingly popular website aims to give the traveling public as much information as possible to make journeys in Leeds less stressful and more efficient. It offers live CCTV images, up-to-date roadwork information, locations of taxi ranks, live train and airport arrivals and departures, cycle routes and much more. Icons appear on the map as and when congestion is reported. Information can be accessed at home or whilst on the move via PDAs and mobile phones.

A recent online survey confirmed the public’s massive appreciation of the information. In fact, they find it so useful that 80% of people actually change their journey route or time to avoid problems. To see the survey results visit

Continuous improvements are planned to make sure that commuters in Leeds continue to be the best informed in the country.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader and executive member for travel and transport said:“We are delighted that so many people are using the Leeds travel information website, and finding it so useful. It is quickly establishing itself as an invaluable resource to commuters into and around the city, who are able to put the regular updates about traffic and travel conditions to good use when planning their journeys. The proposed improvements to the site will only serve to increase its usefulness.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 395 1578

‘Your community – your priorities’ event in Pudsey

Residents in Pudsey 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 Management team, 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 Wednesday 18 March, at any time between 3:30pm and 7:30pm at Pudsey Leisure Centre.

Pudsey 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 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 one 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

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713