Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Leeds Kirkgate Market management changes

Leeds City Council’s markets manager, Chris Sanderson, has announced today that later this month he is leaving the council to pursue other interests.

Senior councillors and officers have expressed their support and gratitude for his 12 years of service at the helm of one of Europe’s biggest, most diverse and historic indoor markets. Chris is also responsible for other council-run markets at Pudsey, Yeadon and Otley.

Over the past few weeks, the council has begun discussions with the traders over how it can help improve business at the market and provide support for them during the recession. The council is looking at a range of options and an announcement on this support will be made later this week after officers have met with a group of traders’ representatives.

Councillor Andrew Carter, deputy leader of Leeds City council and executive member responsible for markets, said:

“Leeds Kirkgate Market is a vital part of the city centre and Chris has worked extremely hard over the years to deliver a range of improvements. He has always shown dedication, professionalism and commitment to his job and we are sorry to see him go, but we wish him well in future plans.

“These are difficult economic times and we recognise that we need to do all we can to help the market and its diverse businesses not just weather the recession, but to thrive and grow.

“We know that the market is an important part of this city’s heritage as well as a vital and much-loved shopping destination and we will continue to work to support its success.”

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For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602
Email sara.hyman@leeds.gov.uk

Wildcats makes bid to become city’s first 24-hour lapdancing club

A lapdancing club in Leeds could become the first in the city to be open 24 hours a day.

The Wildcats club on The Headrow in Leeds has applied to Leeds City Council to alter the terms of its licence.

The club’s licence currently allows music, dance, entertainment and the sale of alcohol from 10am to 6am, and is allowed to serve hot food and hot beverages from 11pm to 5am. It is officially open from 8pm to 6am.

However, the club has now applied to extend its licence to allow it to open 24 hours. If successful, it would become the first lapdancing club in the city that could be open all day.

The period for residents to lodge objections to the application runs out on 18th November.

The Wildcats chain also has clubs in Harrogate and Wakefield, but describes Leeds as its “flagship” club. Opened in 2007, the two-floor venue includes a restaurant, two bars, private dance booths and “up to 60 girls working”.

Details of how to object can be found on the council's website at www.leeds.gov.uk in the 'Licences and street trading' section.

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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

Bin experts dismiss union claims about ‘unachievable productivity’

A team of independent refuse collection experts have dismissed union claims about ‘unachievable bin emptying rates’ in Leeds.

Integrated Skills works with local councils to help improve services and make them more efficient.  It specialises in planning bin collection routes in order to achieve maximum productivity.

Leeds City Council wants to modernise its own refuse collection service, which is currently being disrupted because of a strike.

During negotiations to bring the industrial action to an end, the council offered new salaries for staff in return for them working more of their contracted hours, increasing productivity and helping the service to become more efficient.

Part of that involves the need for more bins to be emptied.  It would be achieved with the redesign of current collection routes in Leeds, not by making staff work harder or faster.

Many other local councils across the country empty an average of 1400-1500 bins per day based on an average seven-point-four hour day.  Crews in Leeds only manage an average of 1250 bins based on a nine-and-a-quarter hour day.

Claims by the GMB and Unison that the Leeds City Council target of 1570 bins-per-day is not achievable have been rejected by Integrated Skills.  Its most recent work with the authority shows a target of 13 seconds per bin can be achieved.

Integrated Skills says ‘it is absolutely confident that an hourly collection rate Leeds wants to meet is achievable’.

Councillor James Monaghan, executive board member with responsibility for refuse collection in Leeds said:

“Once again, union claims that we are setting unrealistic targets have been blown completely out of the water.

“We can get to where we want to be with new collection routes, so our proposals are totally achievable.

“We’re not asking crews to work harder or faster – just a few more of their contracted hours which they are getting paid for anyway.”

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Andy Carter, Leeds City Council press office 0113 395 0393
Email: andy.carter@leeds.gov.uk

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Lord Mayor leads tributes for Remembrance Sunday

The Lord Mayor of Leeds will join hundreds of people across Leeds this Sunday (8 November) as she pays tribute to those who lost their lives in conflict.

Lord Mayor Councillor Judith Elliott will lay a wreath at a service at the War Memorial in Victoria Gardens to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.

A procession will leave Civic Hall at 10.50am and head to Victoria Gardens where a number of wreaths will be laid, including one by the Lord Mayor on behalf of the people of Leeds.

The wreaths will commemorate lives lost in wars since World War One, including World War Two, the Falklands, the two Gulf Wars, and conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda and Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ex-service men and women plus members of ex-service organisations will form up outside the Morrisons store on Woodhouse Lane at 10.15am before marching down to the Cenotaph.

At 11am there will be two minute silence after which a bugler will sound the Last Post.

After the service the Lord Mayor and civic representatives will proceed to the steps of the Town Hall where a salute and march past will take place.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time to reflect upon and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, so it fills me with pride to be laying a wreath on behalf of the city in memory of those killed in battle.

“Many different races and religions have been involved in conflict since World War One and this weekend is an opportunity for everyone to stand side by side and remember those who have died.”

Amongst those joining the Lord Mayor in the parade include the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire – Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire – Jeremy Burton, and the political party leaders from Leeds City Council.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Andrew Barker will attend the laying of wreaths at the Otley Remembrance Day Parade followed by a service All Saints RC Church, Bridge Street, Otley.

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Notes to editors

Other Remembrance Sunday services are taking place across Leeds. For details of local services contact the Royal British Legion on 0113 256 4477.

Amongst those who will be on parade are Royal Naval Reserve, Leeds University Officers' Training Corps, RAF Linton on Ouse and Leeds Sea Cadets.

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