Monday, 1 June 2009

Fashion drive for young riders

A competition has been launched as part of a drive in Leeds to encourage young scooter and motorbike riders to wear protective clothing.

Scooter riders aged between 16 and 20 form a large proportion of the killed and seriously injured figures of riders of powered two wheelers in Leeds. Although crashes are usually at a relatively slow speed, riders get serious injuries because they are not wearing protective clothing.

The council’s road safety team have teamed up with commercial clothing manufacturers ‘Bulletproof’ to launch the competition, which gives students at Leeds College of Technology the opportunity to design some fashionable but protective clothing for this group. The students were set the brief last week and have until October to submit their ideas. The lucky winner will have their designs put into production.

The competition will be judged in November at a special fashion show where the budding fashion designers will be able to show off their creations.

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader and executive board member responsible for travel and transport said:
“Young riders have contributed too highly to the casualty statistics for the past few years, often because they are not wearing good protective clothing.

“We need to do everything we can to encourage young riders to protect themselves on the roads. If there is an issue with a lack of fashionable protective clothing, then getting other young people to design some is the next logical step. We hope that this competition will provide a range of clothing for young riders that is appealing, protective and affordable.”


Additional info

Across Leeds in 2008 there were 22 young riders aged between 16 & 20 killed or seriously injured on machines of less than 125cc.

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

Leeds: The Housing City - Cross Green to get early say on affordable housing plans

Plans for new affordable homes in Cross Green are to go before residents at a consultation event this weekend.

The event is intended to ask local people what they think about a scheme for new housing, which would replace existing terraced and back-to-back properties as part of Leeds City Council’s Strategic Affordable Housing Partnership.

The consultation day, which will also give them a say on the design of the new affordable homes, will be held at Fewston Avenue, Cross Green, on Saturday 6th June, between 11am and 3pm

The event will be staffed jointly by council officers and members of Cross Green Village Residents Group, who have been working with the council to prepare for the event.

The draft plans for the scheme would provide safer, well designed energy efficient homes with private gardens. Officers will be working in partnership with a Housing Association to develop this and a number of other sites across the city. It is proposed that affordable homes are provided on this and other council-owned sites.

Once this consultation has taken place the council and its development partner will consider the responses and then draw up a detailed scheme as part of an outline planning application to be submitted later in the year. The identity of the housing association will be revealed once the decision has been ratified by the Affordable Housing Strategic Partnership’s board this month.

An announcement will be made regarding the identity of the Housing Association partner once the decision has been ratified by the Leeds Affordable Housing Strategic Partnership Board on June 4th.

Everyone who takes part in the event will have their comments responded to directly in a consultation feedback report which will be produced after the event.

For those unable to attend the event on Saturday, the consultation material will be exhibited on the Cross Green Community Notice board, near to St Hilda’s Church.

Refreshments will be available at the event on Saturday.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937

Leeds launches new fund for community action against extremism

A new scheme to fund projects aimed at tackling violent extremism in Leeds is launched by Leeds City Council today (1 June 2009).

Organisations and community groups throughout Leeds are being invited to bid for a share of £200,000 from the city’s Prevent programme.

The scheme will support new and innovative approaches to tackle the causes and effects of violent and hate inspired extremism within communities and bring about improved cohesion, tolerance, and understanding.

The fund will support schemes which will run between 1 September 2009 and 31 March 2011. There will also be funding available for smaller scale projects of up to £500.

Examples of possible schemes could include:
• Raising awareness of how violent extremists use radical and often misinterpreted views to encourage hate and intolerance of others
• Engaging young people in discussion and debate about issues such as identity, citizenship and extremism using creative media.
• Leadership development programmes.
• Workshops within neighbourhoods looking at violent or hate inspired extremism.

Councillor Richard Brett, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“This excellent initiative will fund activity which challenges the ideology of violent and hate inspired extremists who seek to undermine our way of life in Leeds.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member for community safety and chair of Safer Leeds added:
“I urge groups and organisations across the city to apply for funding for schemes which support this aim. We are determined to confront extremists’ ideas head on, as well as to support individuals who might be vulnerable to their messages, and to strengthen the bonds and values which unite all people in Leeds.”

The commissioning period for the Prevent fund will start on 1 June 2009, with a closing date of 5pm on 3 July 2009 for larger grants. There will be three rounds of funding for the smaller grants of up to £500, and the closing date for the first of these rounds ends on 10 September 2009.

Anyone interested can find registration information on the Leeds Initiative website, from 1 June, or by telephoning (0113) 224 3361 or emailing for further information.

• Safer Leeds is the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) dedicated to tacking drugs and crime in the city. It is a partnership organisation between a number of local agencies including Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police, NHS Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and West Yorkshire Police Authority.


For further information contact:
John Donegan
(0113) 247 4450 (mon-wed am) (0113) 395 1510 (wed pm-fri)