Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Have your say about parking in Pudsey

Residents in Pudsey are invited to have their say as plans for a parking strategy in the area move forward.

The building of a new bus station provides a perfect opportunity to review access into Pudsey town centre. Staff from Leeds City Council will be on hand at three public involvement events at Pudsey Leisure Centre on Thursday 15 October 12-7pm, Friday 16 October 10-6pm, and Saturday 17 October 9-2pm, to listen to local views.

The responses will be used to develop a new parking strategy for the benefit of shoppers, commuters, residents, visitors and businesses. Information from recent surveys will be on show, which include suggestions about converting some long-stay parking to short-stay to increase passing trade.

So if you have an opinion about parking in the area, this is your chance to put your views across and feed into the strategy.

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader and executive member responsible for development said:
“I would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in improving Pudsey's town centre trade to come along and discuss their experiences of parking in Pudsey.

“It’s the best possible way to make sure that your views are taken into account and that they are used to shape the new parking strategy that is being developed for the area".

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Additional info

Leaflets are available from the One Stop Centre at Pudsey Town Hall, the library and the Post Office from 12 October.

Online responses can also be made at www.leeds.gov.uk/pps until 30 October.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

£12,000 fine over accident that left worker without sight in one eye

The company whose serious health and safety failings led to a worker losing the sight in an eye and suffering severe facial injuries has been fined £12,000 by magistrates.

Paul Ramsey was working on an overhead roller shutter door at Kwik Fit on Low Road, Hunslet, when a cable bolt sheared, smashing him in the face. He lost 99% of his vision in his left eye, suffered serious facial injuries, and lost several teeth.

Yesterday the Bradford company that employed him, Pearl Services (UK) Limited, was fined £12,000 at Leeds Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to three breaches of health and safety rules over the incident. Leeds City Council was also awarded costs of £7,233.

The refurbishment work to cut two tension cables running down either side of the shutter door was carried out incorrectly so that when a worker cut the cable on one side of the door, the tension on the other cable caused a bolt to shear. Mr Ramsey, who was working next to the uncut cable, was struck in the face. He was rushed to hospital and remains off work.

An investigation into the incident revealed serious health and safety failings. Pearl Services (UK) Limited pleaded guilty to failing to carry out a suitable and sufficient risk assessment, and failing to provide adequate training.

The company has since taken steps to improve its ways of working, including using a specialist company to remove roller shutter doors, and appointing their own health and safety officer.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for health and safety, said:
“The safety of workers should be paramount and the court clearly agreed with us that there were serious failings in this case. The gentleman hurt in this incident suffered severe facial injuries and remains off work.
“Firms should take greater care to ensure the health and safety of workers and we will take action against those who do not.”

Notes for editors:
The defendant, Pearl Services UK Limited, is registered at Pearl House, Commondale Way, Euroway Trading Estate, Bradford BD4 6SF.

The incident site was at Kwik Fit at 69-73 Low Road, Hunslet, Leeds LS10 1RH.

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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

Fungus weekend at the estate



Caption: An Earthball mushroom that can be found in the grounds of the Temple Newsam Estate.

This weekend at Temple Newsam there will be the chance to learn to tell your Shaggy Ink Cap from your Meadow Wax-Cap on tours of the estate grounds.

A Fungas Foray will be the order of the day on Saturday 10th October and Sunday 11th October across the Temple Newsam Estate. Tours of the estate will be taking place looking at and identifying the wide variety of mushrooms that grow around the grounds.

The grounds at Temple Newsam are full of wide varieties of species of fungus and the rangers will be teaching simple identifying techniques for all the major fungus groups so as to ensure that everyone can identify each one by the end of the walk.

The tours will start at 2.00pm at the main house and will last until 5pm with a two mile walk around the estate.

Tickets will cost £4 for adults and £3 for children and can be bought from the Temple Newsam Estate booking line on 0113 264 5535.

For further information about Temple Newsam visit; http://www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsam/

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For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office, on 0113 247 8285
Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Deutsch Days celebration of 40 year city partnership

Have you ever wondered why one of our city centre squares is called Dortmund Square?

This is in recognition of the strong partnership between Leeds and Dortmund, one of the oldest and most established in the UK.

This year, Leeds and Dortmund celebrate the 40th anniversary of their friendship. Since 1969, the relationship has gone from strength to strength with the two cities working together on business, education and cultural projects, as well as sharing good practice between council services and other organisations in each city.

To celebrate this and the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Leeds are holding a cultural celebration called ‘Deutsch Days’ from 9 to 11 October. A delegation, led by Burgermeister Miksch, a Deputy Mayor of Dortmund, will be in Leeds to join the fun.

Councillor Richard Brett, council leader and executive board member with responsibility for international relations said:
“We are delighted to welcome this delegation from Dortmund to celebrate the highly successful partnership between our cities for the past 40 years.

“The relationship continues to flourish with the two cities working together on business, education and cultural projects.

“We hope that people will join the celebrations by coming along to some of the events taking place this weekend.”

People are invited to join the celebrations at the following events:
Art Walk - This walk will celebrate the opening of two art exhibitions on Friday, 9 October. It starts at 3pm at Project Space at ESA Patrick Studios, St Mary’s Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH. From here the walk will go to St John’s Church at 3.30pm, then onto 42 New Briggate Gallery. The two exhibitions are:
 Dortmunder Gruppe - St John’s Church, 23 New Briggate on 9 and 10 October. Opening times: 9 October 3-8pm, 10 October 12-4pm.
 Kattke and Liebig - 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds on 9 and 10 October. Opening times: 9 October 4-10pm, 10 October 10am to 4pm.
To reserve a place on the walk please email Jodie.driver@leeds.gov.uk .

Visit Dortmund Square on Light Night for entertainment and information with a German twist – Friday, 9 October, 6.30-8.30pm.

Concerts featuring the Florian Singers from Dortmund and Upper Harmony from Leeds on:
Saturday, 10 October, 8pm at Leeds Parish Church – admission free
Sunday, 11 October, 7pm at Leeds Civic Hall - tickets £5
Monday, 12 October, 7.30pm at Pudsey Civic Centre - tickets £5
For concert tickets contact Josephine Douglas on 01924 363736 or 07801 146658.

The Florian Singers will also be performing from 11am to 1pm in The Light Shopping Centre on Saturday, 10 October (free event), and at 3pm at St Richard’s Church, Kentmere Avenue, Seacroft, LS14 1BX, 3pm – tickets £5.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk

Confirm election register details or risk missing out on the chance to vote

Residents are being reminded that they must confirm their electoral registration details or risk losing the chance to vote in upcoming local and general elections.

Forms were delivered to homes during August and residents were asked to complete them to ensure that the correct details are published on the 2010 register of electors. People who have not registered will not be able to vote.

The council is working hard to ensure all eligible residents can have their say on polling day, but there is still a large amount of residents who are yet to respond - despite being sent reminders. If these properties fail to respond, they will be visited by canvassers, meaning additional, unnecessary cost that could be spent on other public services.

There are a number of ways to respond to the form including text message, a free phone number or online. Residents are urged to respond as soon as possible.

Alex Meek, Electoral Services Manager for Leeds City Council, said:
“We are working hard to update our electoral register and ensure that every resident, who is eligible to vote, can have their say on polling day, but we are unable to do so if residents do not respond to their canvassing forms.

“People who are not included on the register won’t be able to vote in elections or referendums. The register we are compiling now will be used for the next general election - which will be held no later than June 2010 – and we don’t want people to miss out. By completing and returning the form, Leeds’ voters will be making sure they have a say on what matters to them.

“It is easy for residents to register to vote and providing that details are unchanged, people can use text messaging, the free phone number or go online to confirm their details. Amendments must be made by returning the form via post.”

The number to send the text message to is 07797898767; the free phone number to call is 08000251067; and the website address to visit is www.elecreg.co.uk/leeds.

Students in the city are reminded that they can register at both their home and term-time address and are legally required to provide the information, even if they are simply responding to say they do not wish to be registered at their term-time address.


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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