Tuesday, 27 October 2009

OPERATIONAL NOTICE: media briefing regarding plans for day care centres

** NOT FOR PUBLICATION OR BROADCAST AT THIS STAGE **

You are invited to attend a media briefing regarding future plans for day care centres in Leeds. During August and September this year, adult social care services conducted a wide consultation among carers and users from Otley, Holbeck, Naburn Court (Whinmoor), Doreen Hamilton, Bramley Lawn and Woodhouse day centres.

The consultation was over the future of the six centres after falling attendances across the city left some of them only one-third full.

The briefing will take place in Civic Hall at 1230 on Thursday October 29th. Council leader Richard Brett, Councillor Les Carter, executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing and Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member for adult social care will be present and available for interview.

Please confirm your attendance by email to robert.clayton@leeds.gov.uk

Council recruiting bin workers to help deliver disrupted collection service

Leeds City Council is recruiting extra staff to provide refuse collection services to the people of Leeds during the current strike.

 

Recruitment adverts have appeared on the council’s website calling for applicants to help deliver the council’s waste collections on a temporary basis.

 

The council provides refuse collection and street cleaning services to over 325,000 households – the current dispute has resulted in contractors collecting bins, with moves being made to provide households across the city with at least one black bin collection every two weeks.

 

Councillor Richard Brett, the leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“We are determined to do all we can to provide a bin service for the people of Leeds, despite the strike and ensure that disruption for residents is kept to a minimum.

“As a major employer in the city, we are committed to providing fair pay for fair day’s work for all our employees. That’s why we are extremely disappointed the unions rejected our offer to address the pay gap for refuse collectors, which was the primary reason given for the strike in the first place.

“The council has done everything it can to bring this strike to an end and by making sure our own staffing is up to full capacity, we are determined to providing as normal a service as we can.”

 

Notes to editors:

The rates advertised for these posts are not the rates employees would receive if the council’s current pay offer is accepted. All new employees to the service receive rates in line with the outcome of the pay and grading review and employment market rates in general.

 

 

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Posted via web from Leeds City Council

Get out and about this winter

The clocks have gone back and the evenings are drawing in so treat the family to a variety of outdoor activities across Leeds parks and countryside and have fun outdoors this Winter.

Pick up a copy of the new Leeds City Council “Out and About” leaflet from a park or library near you to find out the fun you can have through the winter months.

Days out such as learning about Hibernation Homes, survival skills for the wilderness, planting seeds and hedgerow management amongst many others will provide fun for all the family over the coming months.

Join Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside team on Friday 30th October at Middleton Park from 1pm, to learn how to help the local wildlife by building hibernation homes for the animals in your garden to sleep in during the winter months.

Learn about the skills needed to survive in the wilderness on Sunday 1 November at 10am at Chevin Forest Park, including shelter building, fire lighting and foraging.

Have a fungal foray of a time at Meanwood Woods on Sunday 15th November from 10am, and learn about the fascinating kingdom of fungi, and why they are an essential part of woodland life.

Traditional hedgerow management at Townclose Hills will be happening on Saturday 14th November, from 10am-3pm. Using small axes and saws, learn the art of hedgerow management, and take part even if you have no previous experience.

On Sunday 29th November, between 10am-3pm, join the Parks and Countryside Rangers to learn about the theory and practice of coppicing. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management that has great benefits to wildlife. This event is suitable for people over 16, and under18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Guided walks are available throughout October to March next year, ranging from the lighter four mile rambles to the seven mile walks around areas such as Meanwood Valley up to Golden Acre Park.

Finally join the Parks and Countryside service on Saturday 5th December, from 10.30am-2.30pm, as they try and set a new Guinness World Record for planting the most tress in one hour in multiple locations. As part of National Tree Week, the aim is to plant a million trees across Britain, beating the current record of 653,143 trees.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“The parks and countryside of Leeds can be as beautiful and interesting in the colder months as they are in the summer. It’s great that all these events are available so families can get out, enjoy, and learn about our wonderful green spaces this winter.”

Booking for all events is advised, and is essential for the Bushcraft events at Chevin Forest Park. For further information on any of the events contact the Parks and Countryside Rangers on 0113 237 5312.

Notes to editors

The Out and About leaflets can be picked up from Roundhay Park, Temple Newsam, Lotherton Hall, Golden Acre, Nursery at Redhall and Kirkstall Abbey visitor centre or by calling 0113 237 5312 or emailing countrysiderangers@leeds.gov.uk

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For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn,
Learning and Leisure Communications Assistant,
on 0113 247 8285
Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Dazzling displays to light up Leeds


Caption: Fireworks at Roundhay Park

Leeds will be set alight with a bang next week when firework displays take place across the city to celebrate Guy Fawkes night.

The annual events which occur across six sites of the city will celebrate the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ failed 'Gunpowder Plot' to blow up the Houses of Parliament ,with community bonfires and firework displays lighting up the night skies.

Fireworks won’t be the only thing sparkling at Roundhay Park, one of the largest bonfires in Yorkshire, as the Super League Trophy , which the Leeds Rhinos retained for a record third consecutive year will be making an appearance along with Ronnie the Rhino. The celebrated win for the Rhinos saw them beat long-term rivals St Helens to secure a place in history, and bonfire night will be another chance to celebrate this victory.

The event at Roundhay, organised by Leeds City Council, is the largest event in Leeds, attracting around 70,00 people of all ages. The night will start with a music set from Glen Pinder, from Magic 828 with the bonfire being lit at 7.30pm and fireworks commencing at 8.00pm.

Thursday 5th November will also see bonfires across the other sites, Springhead Park in Rothwell, East End Park, Middleton Park, Woodhouse Moor and Bramley Park with bonfires being lit at 7pm and fireworks starting 7.30pm.


Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“Leeds hosts some great bonfire events across the city for people of all ages to enjoy. The atmosphere is always brilliant at all the events, with huge crowds enjoying the free entertainment.

“It is great to host one of the largest bonfires in Yorkshire and provide events that offer a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy bonfire night.”

Glen Pinder from Magic 828’s Breakfast show said:
“When people in Leeds think of bonfire night they automatically think of Leeds' biggest event... Roundhay Park!

“I'm looking forward to joining my home crowd for a fantastic evening with a roaring fire and a fantastic fireworks finale again this year on Soldiers Fields.”

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For media enquiries please contact:
Catherine Milburn,
Learning and Leisure Communications Assistant,
on 0113 247 8285
Email: catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk