Friday, 20 November 2009

Cash injection to boost Burley shops

A tired shopping area in Burley is set to be transformed thanks to a £65,000 cash injection.

Funding from the inner north west area committee, ward members and Groundwork Leeds has been secured to regenerate the area around the shops on Woodsley Road.

In response to the concerns of local residents work is shortly to begin on highways improvements to solve parking problems, new street lighting, resurfacing, new paving and public seating and other visual improvements.

Highways improvements to solve parking problems around the shops, which was causing access and road safety problems is to begin this month. New signs and lines will be installed as part of a new Traffic Regulation Order to make sure that parking is available for residents and shoppers at all times and to try to combat commuters leaving cars there during the day and then catching the bus to work or university. Some stretches of road will be reserved for resident permit holders whilst others will be time limited to allow shoppers to park there. In some areas there will be 'no waiting at any time' in order to illuminate the dangerous and obstructive parking.

Also this month street lighting along Woodsley Road and the stretch of Hyde Park Road which meets the shopping centre will be replaced with new lamp posts which will be able to hold hanging baskets and festive lights in the future. This new lighting will create a greater sense of safety for residents and shoppers during the hours of darkness.

Further improvements are to be made on Woodsley Road in April next year, when the highway will be resurfaced and new paving, benches and planting will be installed. The funding will also be used to provide new hanging baskets and festive lights for the area.

Councillor Ben Chastney, chair of the inner north west area committee, said:
“We are very happy to be supporting this regeneration work. The concerns of the local residents and been listened to so I’m sure this road will become the vibrant, modern and accessible shopping area they need.”

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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713

Work starts on £5 million youth hub for south Leeds

Picture Caption: "Wates Construction Manager, Mark Wainhouse (l) and executive member for Children's services Councillor Stewart Golton (r), look over the plans with a local youngster.

Building work has begun on the multi-million pound next-generation youth centre for south Leeds.

The South Leeds Youth Hub, which is being built on the site of the old Merlyn Rees High School in Belle Isle, will provide a range of exciting activities and helpful services like motorbike and go-kart workshops; a hair and beauty zone; job and careers advice; a music and media studio; health clinics and an allotment garden.

Construction firm Wates moved onto site this month to begin the transformation. The project involves some refurbishment of the existing building and construction of an additional two-storey building to create a state of the art youth facility built around a central communal area. This will comprise 11 key zones including creative areas, a café, chill-out area and specialist work zones.

A group of young people from south Leeds will tour the site with Wates on Friday (30 October) to look at the building plans and learn more about the construction schedule for the new hub as work commences.

The centre will look to open 10am – 10pm 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and an around 100 to 150 young people are expected to attend on any day from across the south Leeds area. The centre will be up and running by November 2010 and is being funded by ‘myplace’ - a government scheme run by the Big Lottery Fund.

The 11 zones which make up the South Leeds Youth Hub are:
Music and media (recording, performing, animation, film-making etc)
Performance and dance (big screen cinema, theatre etc)
Chill out and kitchen
Hair and beauty
Outdoor (allotment garden/plaza)
Sport (multi-use games area)
Workshop (pushbike/motorbike/go-kart mechanics and maintenance)
IT and teaching
Talk (counselling, advice, job shops, health clinics etc)
Adult area/ office space

Young people from south Leeds, members of the Leeds Youth Council and Reach Out And Reconnect (ROAR) were involved in the planning and design of the new centre right from the very beginning and were instrumental in putting together the bid to the Big Lottery Fund.

Leeds City Council and Wates will continue working with young people in the local community throughout the development of the hub, working towards a fully-fledged young people’s management group for the centre that will make decisions on everything from the name and logo to the carpets, colour and the actual activities that take place.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive member responsible for youth services said:
“It is great to see work starting on site for what we hope to be the first of many ‘next-generation’ youth centres for Leeds.

“The ongoing input from young people is vital to the success of this project so we really want to encourage young people to let us have their ideas about what they feel will help make the centre great.”

Construction Manager for Wates, Mark Wainhouse said:
“It is always rewarding to be involved in a project that will improve the lives of young people and this new youth hub for south Leeds will do exactly that. We’ve got a brilliant team in place who are eager to get cracking; not only building new facilities, but building solid relationships with the local community to further extend and enhance the positive opportunities we can offer them throughout the course of construction.”

As well as being a great place for young people to take part in activities and meet their friends it will also be a base for supporting vulnerable young people facing challenging relationships, emotions, schoolwork, health issues, drug abuse, career decisions etc. Advice, counselling and guidance in these areas will be a key part of the hub’s services.

The hub is being developed together with a large number of partners from all sectors and areas including education, youth offending and anti-social behaviour, health, youth work, extended services, housing and regeneration, sport, employment and training, volunteering, local business, art and enterprise. Interest and support from any organisation is welcomed.

Notes to editors:
Wates is one of the UK’s largest family-owned construction services and development companies. Established in 1897, it remains privately owned by the Wates Family. Wates employs more than 2,200 people and had a turnover of £1,009 million in 2008.

The company works across a range of sectors, including education, prisons, affordable housing, retail fit out and refurbishment, office interiors, land development and commercial buildings.
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Past and future World Cup hosts back the bid

Caption: Pictured are (front) Gerd Kolbe, project manager for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Dortmund, and the Mayor of Dortmund, Ullrich Sierau with (back) Thilo Danielsmeyeon and Rolf-Arnd Marewski of ‘Fan-Projekt Dortmund’.

Past and future World Cup host cities have backed Leeds’ bid to be a host city for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Leeds’ partner cities of Dortmund in Germany, which hosted group matches and a semi-final in 2006, and Durban in South Africa, which will host matches in 2010, have both sent their support for the Leeds bid.

In a letter to FIFA and the Football Association, the Mayor of Dortmund, Ullrich Sierau, praised Leeds’ ‘proud footballing history and warm and inviting environment’ claiming the city would be ‘the perfect destination for football fans from across the globe’.

The Mayor of Durban, Obed Mlaba, has also written to FIFA in support of Leeds’ bid.

Both cities have also committed to advising Leeds in preparing for the World Cup should the bid be successful.

The boost comes days before Leeds submits it final bid to the FA at Wembley on Thursday (26 November). The successful cities will be announced on 16 December.

Leeds’ has also received international support from its Chinese partner city of Hangzhou. Its French partner city of Lille and Romanian partner city of Brasov have both praised the warm reception that the French and Romanian national teams received during their group matches in Leeds at Euro 96.

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‘Stop, block and tell’ to help beat cyberbullying

Caption: Above are the posters sent to the city's primary and secondary schools highlighting the issue of cyberbullying.

Children and young people in Leeds have learnt to ‘stop, block and tell’ this week as schools and Education Leeds have tackled cyberbullying.

Cyberbullying uses ICT - particularly mobile phones and the internet - to bully someone and the theme of this year’s Anti-Bullying Week is what to do to tackle it.

Education Leeds has created the ‘Get the Message’ campaign which teaches children and young people to recognise cyberbullying and to ensure they know what to do if they witness or suffer from it.

As part of the week, some of the city’s anti-bullying ambassadors - which are made up of around 70 children and young people who have volunteered to address bullying in their schools - attended an anti-bullying event yesterday (Thursday) at the Ghandi Hall, Beckett’s Park, where they learnt about cyberbullying and other issues such as homophobic bullying, disability bullying and positive breaktime activities.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member for education at Leeds City Council, said:“We want schools to be safe places for children and young people and Education Leeds are constantly working with teachers and staff to ensure bullying is targeted and dealt with.

“‘The Power of Me’ anti-bullying campaign has been a huge success and our anti-bullying ambassadors making clear that everybody can challenge and stop bullying wherever and however it happens.”

Chris Edwards chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“Education Leeds and our schools are committed to ensuring that every young person is happy, healthy, safe and successful at school. Anti-bullying week highlights the excellent work that goes on in schools to tackle bullying and make our young people aware that help and support is always available.

“This year’s focus has highlighted what can be done to stop computers, the internet and mobile phones being used as tools for bullying which is vital as technology becomes an ever increasing part of children and young people’s lives.”

Schools, libraries and leisure centres are displaying posters and advice cards giving information about how children and young people can prevent and protect themselves from cyberbullying using the ‘stop, block and tell’ message.

A DVD has also been produced, using young actors from Cockburn College of Arts, to accompany the ‘Get the Message’ campaign.

For more information about how you can prevent and tackle cyberbullying, contact Hilary Farmery, anti-bullying communications champion, Education Leeds, South Pudsey Community Centre, Kent Road, Leeds LS28 9BN.


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