Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Take a tour of Leeds allotments

Anyone interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables in Leeds will be able to take a tour around three allotment sites this week as part of National Allotment Week.

From Monday 10th August to Sunday 16th August, allotment sites at Greenthorpe in Bramley and Reservoir and Haigh Road in Rothwell will be open for public viewing to anyone keen to have a plot of their own around the city. The allotment on Lidgett Lane in Gledhow will also be open all day on Thursday 13th August for visitors.

The popularity of allotments has enjoyed a major boom nationwide in recent years, and in Leeds this has led to waiting lists across many of the 97 sites owned by Leeds City Council’s Parks and Countryside Service. To try and meet the demand, work has been carried out to bring former allotments back into productivity at Cobden Road, Red Road and Shafton Lane while new plots have also been created in Pudsey, Rawdon and Bramley. A programme of further improvements is also planned for a number of other allotment sites throughout the city.

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

“Leeds City Council is committed to raising the standards of existing allotments and will continue to work hard to provide allotments wherever they are needed, so that more families can enjoy the satisfaction of growing their own fruit and vegetables.”

Chair of the Allotments Working Group in Leeds Councillor Stewart Golton said:

‘In the last 12 months major clearance work has been carried out on a number of sites throughout Leeds including the creation of seven new plots at Tofts Road in Pudsey, 30 half-plots at Victory Garden in Rawdon and six new plots at Westover Road in Bramley. We are determined to do our best to meet the high level of demand so further improvements will also be carried out to offer even more plots for people to use.”

Also as part of National Allotments Week, the BBC’s 'Dig In' bus will be on Millennium Square in Leeds City Centre on Friday 14th August and Saturday 15th August from 10am-5pm. As well as advice and tips for anyone keen to start growing their own food, there will also be cooking activities, competitions and discussions with members of the local allotment community and food growers.

The visitor sites open the public at Greenthorpe in Bramley is located off Henconner Lane while the site at Reservoir and Haigh Road in Rothwell is off Mill Pit Lane. The third site, on Lidgett Lane in Gledhow, is opposite Allerton Grange School.

Those wishing to visit the site at Reservoir and Haigh Road in Rothwell need to make an appointment in advance by calling the Allotments Section of Leeds City Council on 0113 395 7400. The team can also be contacted by anyone looking for further information on allotments in Leeds or National Allotment Week.

Notes to editors:

There are approximately 3,000 individual plots in Leeds allotments. The majority of these are managed by Leeds City Council either directly or through allotment associations. The remainder are run by parish and town councils.

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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

Proposals to crackdown on anti-social drinking in Farsley

Residents of Farsley are being asked for their views on proposals to give the police more powers to crackdown on alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhood.

Leeds City Council's West North West Area Management team has been working with West Yorkshire police to develop the final proposals and boundaries to create a new Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) covering Farsley Town Street and surrounding area.

DPPOs give police, PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) and other authorised persons the power to request anyone in the designated area to stop consuming alcohol and hand over their drink.

Those who do not comply will be committing a criminal offence, and could face arrest and a Fixed Penalty Notice of £80 or a £500 fine, should the matter be taken to court.

Councillor Richard Brett, leader of Leeds City Council and executive member responsible for licensing, said:
"We are committed to making the lives of local residents as safe and peaceful as possible and these orders, which have had a positive impact in other parts of the city, are an excellent way of helping to achieve this".

Councillor David Blackburn, chair of the Outer West Area Management Committee, said:
"The council is working closely with police, local landlords and shop keepers to reduce alcohol-fuelled disorder, and these orders help to reassure residents and visitors that anti-social behaviour, of any kind, will not be tolerated".

The views of local residents and all interested local parties are being sought, including licensees, businesses, landowners and other community groups.

People can view the proposals and map at Farsley library, Pudsey Town Hall and Pudsey police station and also online at www.leeds.gov.uk. The views of local residents and businesses are being sought through questionnaires and surveys.

Once a wide-ranging consultation is completed, a decision will be made whether to recommend to the council's licensing panel that a DPPO should be applied for in this area.

If the order is approved, compulsory signs will be displayed in licensed premises in prominent positions around the affected areas, warning the public that they are in a designated alcohol free zone, and detailing the conditions.

The consultation period ends on 10 September 2009, and if approved the DPPO zone could be established as soon as November 2009.

For further information, please contact the area management office on 0113 3952827.

Notes to editors:

The order will not affect legitimate outdoor drinking in beer gardens, street cafes etc or during authorised public entertainment events.

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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

Consultation to discuss the Garnets and Dewsbury Road area of Beeston

Local residents and businesses who live, work or have an interest in the Garnets area of Beeston are invited to a consultation evening this Thursday (August 13).

Held at the Pavilion Children’s Centre on Dewsbury Road between 4pm and 7pm, the evening will be an opportunity to discuss a range of issues including the local environment, the development of new housing, traffic on Dewsbury Road and local shops and facilities.

Officers from Leeds City Council, Aire Valley Homes, the Leeds Federated Housing Association and a local councillor will be on hand to talk to those attending about their concerns and hopes for the future of their area

Residents and businesses will also be asked to consider whether they would like to form a community group which could hold its first meeting in September at the Dewsbury Road One Stop Centre

Food and refreshments will be available at the event.

To find out more or to discuss any issues if you are unable to attend, please contact Ian Mackay on 0113 2478090 or email ian.mackay@leeds.gov.uk

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For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577
Email: jon.crampton@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds launches new ‘travel trainer’ scheme for disabled people

A new scheme of one-to-one support for disabled people who want to use public transport has been launched in Leeds.

The Travel Trainers service can be used by anyone over 18, who has a physical or sensory impairment, mental health issues, learning disability, or who needs to gain the confidence to travel on buses or trains.

The aim of the scheme is to help people learn to travel independently.

People who use the scheme will have their own personal travel trainers who can accompany them on orientation journeys around the Leeds area. The trainers can also assist them with planning accessible routes using public transport, identifying and overcoming potential challenges and developing their skill and confidence.

The travel trainer scheme is just one element of a new disability outreach service also being launched. This will provide people with support to use a range of services and activities, such as local leisure facilities, shopping, education, and voluntary work.

Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member for adult social care said:
“This excellent scheme will help many people in Leeds with disabilities to develop the skills to get out of their homes and take advantage of the city’s public transport network.

“Travels trainer schemes provide one-to-one support that can make a real difference to people who may need to build the necessary confidence.”

Travel trainers can help people to access community resources and venues, paid and voluntary work placements, college or education courses and leisure facilities.

People can contact the service directly, and do not need to be referred by a doctor or social worker.

Leeds City Council’s Disability Outreach and Travel Trainer Support Service can be contacted on 0113 247 8987, voice/minicom 0113 247 7352, email dotts@leeds.gov.uk.

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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