Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Armley to receive £1.4million for historic regeneration

An exciting scheme to invest up to £1.4 million into revitalising the historical commercial centre of Armley is being unveiled today.

The Armley Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) targets key properties on Branch Road and Town Street and is jointly funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as attracting private investment.

The five year regeneration scheme will build upon Armley’s strong commercial legacy, renovating buildings which date from the late Victorian and Edwardian era and providing a much needed economic boost to local shopkeepers and traders. It is this sense of a deep rooted trading history that makes Armley unique amongst the other areas that make up the city of Leeds.

The THI improvements will be complemented by the forthcoming Town and District Centre scheme which is a package of ‘public realm’ improvements that includes Yorkstone paving, installation of heritage style furniture and public art.

Armley already has a lively shopping centre with a loyal base of local customers. However it is envisaged that with the close proximity to the city centre and excellent transport links the success of THI scheme, alongside the public realm improvements, will encourage visitors and shoppers from further a field as news of historic renovations spreads.

The 48 eligible properties from within the recently designated Armley Conservation Area have been hand picked as having the most potential to regain the special architectural character from when they were first built.

The THI will provide grants towards the cost of high quality restoration to heritage standards including reinstatement of architectural features, shop front repair and renewal. There will also be grants to bring historic floor space back into use with particular emphasis placed on repairing several properties as part of the same scheme contract. Group applications from owners of properties within a ‘block’ will be encouraged to reduce costs and to provide a stronger visual impact.

Councillor Andrew Carter, council leader and Executive Board member for Development, said:
“I look forward to seeing these properties returned to their original splendour.
“Using historic regeneration as a way to revitalise the economic centre of Armley will benefit business owners, traders and the community as a whole.
“It is crucial that we act now to ensure some of the finest examples of Victorian and Edwardian properties in Leeds will be there for future generations as well as supporting local businesses now.”

Fiona Spiers, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Yorkshire and the Humber, said:
"Historic townscapes and landmarks give areas such as Armley their distinctive character, so we're passionate about helping preserve them for future generations.
“Through the THI scheme we are also helping local communities to breathe new life into the buildings, ensuring they can play a role in society and laying firm foundations for long term regeneration."

The Armley THI is funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund and the council will administer grants from a pot worth around £1.4 million with private sector contributions. Business organisations and specialist council services will work with owners and tenants to help support new and existing enterprises.

The THI launch will be followed by the Armley Business Forum. This forum will focus on the Shop Local campaign and Keep Armley Tidy initiatives which are two of the campaigns dedicated to supporting local businesses in the area. Police officers will also be on hand to discuss any security or crime issues traders may have.

The Armley THI is within the newly designated Armley Conservation Area. It encompasses Branch Road and parts of Town Street, Wesley Road and Gelder Road. It also includes Armley Park Court, St Bartholomew’s Church, Armley Moor and Pasture Hill.

Details of the Armley THI and Armley Conservation Area can be found on www.leeds.gov.uk/thi

To speak to someone about the scheme please ring 0113 395 0608 and ask for Tom Stenger or e-mail projects@leeds.gov.uk

Notes for editors
Using money raised through the National Lottery , the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, it invests in every part of the country’s diverse heritage. HLF has supported more than 28,000 projects, allocating over £4.3 billion across the UK www.hlf.org.uk

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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

Changes to the trading arrangements at Pontefract Lane Sunday market and car boot sale

As a result of the increasing amount of counterfeit and illegal products on sale at the Sunday market, Leeds City Council will be introducing new management measures to reduce or elimate such illegal activity. This has become increasingly important as a result of criminal charges being brought against market operators who fail to manage their events effectively.

Following advice and assistance from the police and trading standards, the council has decided that although many traders* already hold a permit, from 1 April 2009 all traders will need a trading permit to enter the market.

Prior to these changes the cost of a permit was £24 a week but payable as a lump sum six months in advance, and irrespective of how often a trader actually came to the market. The new compulsory permit will only cost £20 a week, payable on the day of attendance.

In addition traders taking up a permit will be adhering to a customer charter whereby they agree to comply with a number of essential good trading practices agreed by Leeds City Council, the police and trading standards.

Pitch fees for traders have increased by between 4.5% and 9% depending on location.

Casual sellers** having a clear-out at home who attend on an infrequent basis will not require a permit to trade, and continue to pay an unchanged £17 entry fee.

Information for all traders which sets out their obligations under consumer protection law as well as trading standards and police requirements has been circulated since December 2008. Any trader with questions or queries were invited to contact the markets service.

Note:
• *People are considered to be traders at the market if they: attend car boot sales and markets regularly; buy or acquire items specifically to sell them; use car boot sales or markets as an additional outlet to their normal business; are a catering trader.
• **People are considered to be casual sellers if they only attend car boot sales when they need to clear out at home or in the garage/garden and do not purchase or acquire items specifically to sell.

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For media enquiries please contact:
John Donegan, Leeds City Council Press Office (0113) 247 4450
email John.Donegan@leeds.gov.uk

Snow White coming to Leeds ? Oh yes she is...

Date: 31st March 2009

It will be a case of ‘Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s off to panto we go!’ at The Carriageworks this Christmas as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been announced as this year’s festive entertainment.

Organisers Leeds City Council and producers Paul Holman Associates (PHA) have revealed the timeless fairytale will be coming to the Millennium Square theatre from Friday 4th December to Saturday 9th January 2010.

Advance tickets go on sale from Monday 30th March from The Carriageworks box office or by calling 0113 224 3801. They can also be booked online by visiting the carriageworks website at www.carriageworkstheatre.org.

Snow White is one of the most popular fairytales of all time and has become a firm favourite amongst pantomime audiences. The original story was translated into English by the Grimm Brothers in the 1820s, but it was the release of the Walt Disney cartoon in 1937 that made the story a classic. It was this version that gave us the iconic image of Snow White’s dress as well as the immortal songs ‘Whistle while you work’ and ‘Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it’s off to work we go’.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be produced by London-based pantomime experts Paul Holman Associates, who enjoyed great success at The Carriageworks last Christmas with their performance of Aladdin.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“We are delighted to announce that we will once again be working with Paul Holman Associates to put on a fantastic pantomime for people of all ages to enjoy at The Carriageworks.

“Last year’s performance of Aladdin proved very popular, so we are confident that we can put on another great show this year and help spread the Christmas spirit.”

Further announcements will be made during the year as to the star names taking part in the production.

For further information on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, go to www.carriageworkstheatre.org or contact Suzanne David at Paul Holman Associates on 0208 845 9408 or email suzanne@paulholmanassociates.co.uk.

Notes to editors:

The Carriageworks is a thriving theatre at the heart of Leeds’ Millennium Square. It showcases the best new national and regional performance with a dynamic programme of theatre, dance, comedy and film. At the same time it provides support to young and emerging theatre makers, offering them a key platform to develop their work.

The Carriageworks also gives opportunities for members of the local community to take part in a variety of high quality arts activities, and is home to the Leeds Civic Arts Guild. This is an umbrella group of performing societies offering the opportunity for local people to experience making theatre in a fully-functioning professional venue.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472 Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

60,000 households to benefit from garden waste collection services

Thousands of green fingered residents are set to receive a collection service for garden waste at their door step.

An extra 60,000 properties will be added to the city’s garden waste collection services taking the total number of households benefiting from the scheme to around 188,000 by August 2009.

New collection routes are being planned to include suitable properties in parts of Horsforth, Bramley, Stanningley, Pudsey, Farnley, Wortley, Morley, Middleton, Belle Isle, Temple Newsam, Seacroft and Chapel Allerton.

Latest figures reveal that during 2008/09 over 14,500 tonnes of garden waste was collected from households, which is around 18% if the total volume of recycled and composted waste in the city.

The specialised collections are designed to convert resident’s garden waste into compost rather than putting it in black bins which will lead it to being buried in landfill, releasing harmful gases into the atmosphere.

Councillor Steve Smith, executive board member for environment services, said:
“Our garden waste recycling scheme is proving popular with residents whilst at the same time successfully increasing recycling rates and diverting waste from landfill.

“We’ve set the city a target to increase the city’s household recycling and composting level to achieve 34% over the next 12 months and we hope that providing an extra 60,000 households with a regular collection of garden waste will go a long way in helping us reach this goal.”

Delivery of the new brown, garden waste bins will be phased over the next four months (April – July). Those properties identified for the scheme will receive a letter inviting them to take part with details about the collections and explaining what can and cannot be collected.

Households taking part in the collections will receive their new bin one to two weeks before their first collection date is scheduled. The first homes can expect to receive them during the week commencing 20 April.

The brown bins will be collected fortnightly during spring and summer – Easter to October - and monthly during winter, and can be used for grass cuttings, hedge clippings, leaves, dead plants, and windfall fruits as well as weeds and small branches.

Residents who do not have the brown bin collection scheme are being urged not to dispose of their garden waste in their green or black bins, but to take it to one of the 11 household sort sites across the city.

The council must meet tough recycling targets set by the Government and European Union, by reducing the amount of waste going to landfill, particularly biodegradable waste such as garden and food waste and paper.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
Email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk