Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Festive cheer in Chapel Allerton

Christmas festivities will get underway in Chapel Allerton this week with an event to switch on the Christmas tree lights.

The iconic tree at the junction of Stainbeck Lane and Harrogate Road has been decorated with lights to celebrate Christmas, and local residents are invited along to an event at Angel’s Share Bar on Thursday, 19 November at 5.30pm, for the grand switch on.

Local musicians and children from Chapel Allerton Primary School will provide entertainment and get people singing along to Christmas carols. Free mulled wine and mince pies will be available.

The event has been organised by the north east inner area committee and is sponsored by Chapel Allerton Residents Association and Angel’s Share. It aims to promote community spirit in Chapel Allerton and support local shops in the run up to Christmas.

Councillor Matthew Lobley, chair of the north east inner area committee said:
“This is a great opportunity to bring local people together, and remind them of what the shops and bars in their community have to offer during the festive season. We want to support local businesses, especially in these times of the credit crunch, and hopefully lots of residents will get behind them when they see what is on offer right on their doorsteps.”

Councillor Les Carter, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods said:
“The area committees are in place to support neighbourhoods, and an event like this is a great way to bring people together and promote local businesses.”


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

Residents invited to make Oakwood blooming marvellous

Calling all green-fingered residents in Oakwood! How would you like to be part of a group looking at ways to improve the local environment?

Local gardening enthusiasts and horticultural experts are invited to a meeting organised by the North East Inner Area Committee, who are looking at forming an ‘in bloom’ group for Oakwood. The meeting will take place on Thursday, 19 November, 7pm in the Ryder Suite at Roundhay High School Technology College – all are welcome to attend.

If enough people show an interest, an Oakwood in Bloom group could be set up to work on projects to improve the local environment including better floral decorations and planting days to make the area more attractive and help to stimulate local business.

Councillor Matthew Lobley, chair of the North East Inner Area Committee said:
“We’re keen to get local residents involved in making Oakwood more attractive. Its amazing what a lift flowers and plants can give to an area, and we want to encourage as many people as possible who have an interest in gardening to come along and share their expertise and ideas with us.”

Please contact Nicola Denson on 0113 214 5876 for more information.


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

It’s D-Day for community projects in Wood Lane

A community is to get the chance to vote on projects it would like to see take a share of £15,000.

Residents from the Wood Lane Estate in Rothwell area will listen to presentations from projects that are requesting funding. They then get to vote on the projects they think should receive a share of £15,000.

'Decision Day' will be on 21st November 2009 at Rothwell Children's Centre, Rose Farm Day Centre, Rothwell from 10.30am to 12.45pm.

The projects to be decided between are:
• Wood Lane Youth Project: providing young people with issue-based and fun activities aimed at diverting their energy into something positive and reducing youth nuisance and reports of anti social behaviour.
• Wood Lane Junior Wardens and Groundwork Leeds: a 12 week programme of activities for young people aged eight to 14, aimed at encouraging young people to take an active interest in their environment and community.
• Wood Lane Tea Time Club / Mothers Pride Teatime Club: provide a healthy nutritious meal on a weekly basis, at a venue on the Wood Lane Estate.
• Joseph Priestley College: assist young people in choosing the right career for them and teach them best ways to present themselves to a prospective employer.
• Neighbourhood Policing Team: allow Police Officers and Community Support Officers to travel around the estate more efficiently, allowing better access to residents of the estate and deal with anti-social behaviour more effectively.
• Wood Lane Residents Association: provide benches for residents who have to walk up the hill from the supermarket and other local outlets with their shopping.
• Rose Farm Day Centre Carers Forum: undertake a short feasibility study to ascertain the number of interested carers.

The 'You Choose for Wood Lane' Participatory Budgeting Project is supported by Leeds City Council’s Outer South Area Committee and Aire Valley Homes, Participatory Budgeting is a way of getting local communities involved with decision making in their communities, to spend public money in their area on community focussed projects.

Notes to editors:
If you would like to come but have transport issues, please contact Nicky Greening (South East Area Management Team) on 0113 395 1658 or 07751 633 020 or e-mail nicky.greening@leeds.gov.uk

Residents can let the council know their views on its Talking Point database: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Council_and_democracy/Consultations.aspx

About Area Management: Leeds City Council has three area management areas – each covering a defined part of the city – which help to manage the council's work across this large and diverse area. Their main role is supporting Area Committees, which make sure the planning and delivery of council services responds to the needs of local communities. Area Committees also have direct responsibility for local budgets, for some services including community centres and wardens, and for the council's community consultation and involvement work. The Area Management teams also co-ordinate the council's partnerships with the police, health, employment, housing and other services in their areas and support the council's regeneration programmes.

About South East Area Management
The Outer South Area Committee covers the Morley North, Morley South, Ardsley and Robin Hood, and Rothwell wards.
The Inner South Area Committee covers the Middleton Park, Beeston and Holbeck, and City and Hunslet wards.
The Outer East Area Committee covers the Temple Newsam, Crossgates and Winmoor, Garforth and Swillington, and Kippax and Methley wards.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk

One-off collection of brown bins to begin in Leeds

A one-off collection of brown bins (garden waste) across Leeds will begin on Monday (Nov 23).

The whole operation will take a fortnight.

It’ll be the first time that garden waste has been collected since strike action began in the city at the beginning of September.

Since then the council has been concentrating on emptying black bins, but because of the overwhelming response to a job advert for temporary staff, there are now enough people in place to extend services further.

Green bin collections have already resumed with nine crews dedicated to the work.  Waste for recycling will now be collected at least monthly.

Now, attention is turning to the contents of the city’s brown bins.

Residents are being told to put their brown bins out on Monday morning (Nov 23) and to leave them out until they are emptied.

Up to 10 refuse crews will be dedicated to the operation.

The council has been given assurances by the contractor which handles garden waste from Leeds, that it will still accept material, despite the length of the strike.

It means the contents will be composted as normal and nothing will end up being sent to a landfill site.

Once the one-off collection has taken place, the brown bin service will be suspended until further notice.  However, any additional garden waste that residents generate can be taken to the council’s household waste sort sites.

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

“We’ve been able to organise this collection of brown bins because of the fantastic response we’ve had to our recruitment adverts.

“Despite the length of time since the last collection it is also great news that none of the contents of these brown bins will have chucked away on a landfill site.
“The fact that we’re also collecting black and green bins now proves how hard the council has been working to get services back to normal despite the disruption caused by the strike.”


For media enquiries please contact:

Andy Carter, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 395 0393
Email: andy.carter@leeds.gov.uk

Laura Ferris, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 224 3335
Email: laura.ferris@leeds.gov.uk


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Tackling fuel poverty the ‘green’ way

Keeping older people warm this winter has just turned green – thanks to a new heating system that literally sucks heat out of the air.

The first of their kind in these parts of Leeds, West North West Homes Leeds has installed innovative Air Source Heat Pumps into homes in Burley and Bramley in Leeds.

This innovative technology generates heat by acting like a fridge in reverse – drawing heat from the air outside and converting it into hot water for radiators in the home.

It provides controllable, full-house central heating and hot water – and even works in sub-zero temperatures.

They have been proven to reduce residents’ energy bills by up to 42%, depending on the heating usage and the style of building, and are also roughly four times as efficient as a standard electrical bar fire.

They’re green too – releasing up to 58% less greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, so having an Air Source Heat Pump means residents are actually helping the environment.

Running on electricity rather than gas, they provide cheaper heating for those not on the mains gas network and take a maximum of two days to install. West North West Homes Leeds is now extending and improving the scheme.

The Air Source Heat Pump Installation project was managed by Investment Planning and Delivery Team Project’s Manager Pat Gildea and Project Officer Stuart Roberts. Stuart worked with Leeds City Council’s Property Management Services, British Gas and Community Energy Solutions. The scheme has earned excellent feedback from a recent tenant survey carried out by Project Officer Dr Karen Oughton.

Cathy Clelland, chair of the West North West Homes Leeds board, said:
“At this time of year especially, a lot of elderly people will be worrying about keeping warm while also keeping their fuel bills down.
“The great thing about this innovative technology is that it does both – and reduces each house’s carbon footprint by using a lot less electricity.
“We are now looking to expand and improve this scheme, so that it can offer these benefits to even more people.”

If residents don’t have access to the gas network, and want to be considered for a survey to see if their home would benefit from an Air Source Heat Pump, they can contact the Investment Planning and Delivery Team on 0113 2143508.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk