Monday, 19 October 2009

Playtime again after £135,000 makeover

A children’s playground in Tingley is to be officially reopened this week after a £135,000 revamp by Leeds City Council.

The playground at Hesketh Lane has been moved and rebuilt by the council’s Parks and Countryside Service in a project funded by The Big Lotto and donations by hotel group Village Hotels and developers Sterling Capitol.

The new playground features swings, a see-saw, roundabout, multi-games unit, safe reactive surfacing, seating and dog-proof fencing and is designed for young people up to 14 years old.

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Media are invited to the reopening of the playground at Hesketh Lane at 11am on Wednesday 21st October. Representatives of Leeds City Council, Village Hotels, Sterling Capitol and pupils from Westerton Primary School will be attending. Hesketh Lane is located in Tingley, Wakefield, WF3 1AR.

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It replaces the existing playground which had become run down, leading to discussions between councillors and local residents where it was decided to move the site to the centre of the park to allow greater access to the brand new play area.

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

“As part of our ongoing commitment to improve play areas all over the city we are delighted to officially open this wonderful new playground at Hesketh Lane.

“We are grateful to all the residents and users who told us what they wanted to see as well as everyone involved in helping us provide this site which I’m sure is going to prove very popular.”

Chief Executive of Sterling Capitol Martin Croxen said :

“As the developers of Capitol Park in Morley, we are always looking at ways in which we can support the local community. We have already provided new changing rooms and sports facilities at Glen Road and we are very happy to have helped the playground in Hesketh Lane.

“We are delighted that the Village Hotel South Leeds, based at Capitol Park, have supported us in this very worthwhile project. We are both proud to be in Morley and are committed to providing first-class recreational facilities where we can. This was an ideal opportunity to create a positive focal point for young people.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email:

OPERATIONAL NOTICE: Bin Strike Press Briefing



Members of the media are invited to attend a press briefing on the on going industrial action, which is affecting street scene and refuse collections in Leeds.


It is so the council can update you on the offer which has been put the unions which it is hoped will resolve the bin strike.


The briefing will take place at 1115 tomorrow (Tuesday 20th October) at Civic Hall in Leeds.


Joint leaders, councillor Richard Brett and councillor Andrew Carter and councillor James Monaghan, executive board member with responsibility for refuse collection will be available for questions and interviews.


Please indicate your interest in attending by emailing  You will need to report to the main Portland Crescent entrance of Civic Hall at 1100 in time for a prompt 1115 start.

Posted via web from Leeds City Council

Spooktacular events across Leeds this Halloween

Spooky events will be taking place across Leeds on the lead up to Halloween this year with haunted hunts and ghoulish tours.

To kick start the haunted festivities the Haunted Hunt for the Golden Chalice will be taking place at Kirkstall Abbey from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November. Abbot Ralph has lost his golden chalice and needs help on his haunted hunt to find it and claim a prize.

Scary masks are the fright of the day at Lotherton Hall on Tuesday 27th October and Wednesday 28th October, as children can go along and create their own spooky masks for Halloween, along with a ghostly tour around the house.

A double dose of the fright factor can be had at Kirkstall Abbey and Abbey house with a Spooky activity day on Wednesday 28th October and an afternoon of Halloween fun at Abbey House museum on Tuesday 27th October with an unlucky dip, apple bobbing and a prize to be awarded to anyone who comes in fancy dress.

Finally test your nerves at a Spooktacular event on Halloween at Temple Newsam House. Dare to enter the darkened mansion and farm and get the chance to dress up in spooky outfits and trick or treat to collect some ghoulish delights on 31st October. Children who planted their pumpkin seeds back in May are welcomed back to the Walled garden at Temple Newsam along with all other children to a pumpkin carving day at the estate on 28th October.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“Halloween events are always fun for all the family and there is a great selection available at each of our sites across the City. “

Notes to editors:

For further information on the events visit or pick up a what’s on guide. Booking is advised for all events.

The Temple Newsam Spooktacular on the mansion and farm tickets are on sale from 1st Sept from the Courtyard shop.
Prices: £5.75 (adults), £3.50 (children 1 - 16 years), £14.50 (family ticket). For further details, please call 0113 264 7321.


For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office,
on 0113 247 8285