Monday, 18 January 2010

Give us your views on the future of Leeds

Residents across Leeds are being invited to contribute to plans on how natural resources and waste in the city will be managed in the future.

The Natural Resources and Waste Development Plan will identify where land is needed to manage the city’s resources like minerals, energy, water and waste in the future. It will also identify actions and sites that will help us use our natural resources more efficiently.

The aim of the document is to:
• ensure the responsible use of natural resources such as minerals, water and energy;
• predict future pressures on resources, such as climate change and development, and plan for these by reducing flood risk, improving air quality and increasing renewable energy provision;
• ensure that sufficient sites are provided to enable us to manage our waste,
• increase waste recycling and processing so that less waste goes to landfill; and
• encourage more use of those resources that don’t run out, such as solar and wind energy.

The council is carrying out informal public consultation on the plan for six weeks from 18 January to 1 March 2010. Officers will be at the events listed below to hand out the documents and answer any queries or comments

Wednesday 20 January Kirkstall - Morrisons (10am – 2pm)
Tuesday 26 January Killingbeck - ASDA (10am – 2pm)
Thurs 28 January Crossgates Shopping Centre (10am – 2pm)
Friday 29 January Seacroft – Tesco (10am – 2pm)
Saturday 30 January Merrion Centre – Leeds city centre (10am – 2pm)
Tuesday 2 February Hunslet – Morrisons (10am – 2pm)
Friday 5 February Otley – Waitrose (10am – 2pm)
Wed 10 February Moor Allerton – Sainsbury (10am -2pm)
Thursday 11 February Headingley Library (10am – 2pm)
Saturday 23 February White Rose Centre (10am – 2pm)
Thursday 25 February Wetherby Library (10am – 2pm)

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of the council and executive member for development, said:
“This important strategy will eventually provide us with a framework for managing the use of natural resources across the city.

“In these challenging times, it is important that we have a longer term planning strategy for the whole of Leeds, in order to demonstrate confidence and commitment to the city and its communities.

“The strategy has serious implications for future generations and, amongst many other things, will focus on the long term consequences of resource use, waste management and climate change. The consultation is an opportunity for all residents and interested parties to put forward their views and contributions, and I would urge them to do so.”

The results of the consultation will be taken into account as the council progresses the document towards the publication stage in late 2010, at which point there will be another chance to comment. Following examination by an independent inspector, it is anticipated that the plan will be adopted in 2011.

Comments and queries on the plan are welcomed, and can be submitted by email to nrwdpd@jacobs.com or by post to Natural Resources and Waste DPD, Jacobs UK, 1 City Walk, Leeds LS11 9DX. More information is available at www.leeds.gov.uk/ldf or you can call us on 0113 247 8075.

The full report and supporting documents can be viewed at the Development Enquiry Centre, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HD, Monday-Friday 8.30am - 5 pm, (Wednesdays 10am – 5pm) and at local libraries and one-stop centres across Leeds.

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Additional info

The Natural Resources and Waste Development Plan is part of the Local Development Framework, the new development plan for Leeds.

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

In just three years, 80% of council waste now recycled

The world may have been a blanket of white, but Leeds City Council is becoming increasingly green – thanks to a massive increase in recycling rates.

The amount of waste from Leeds City Council buildings that is recycled has gone from 20% to almost 80% in just three years.

Recycling rates have been boosted by the introduction of paper and card recycling bins in every office, followed swiftly by plastic bottle and tin can recycling bins. Some larger offices are now sending half of all their waste to be recycled.

However recycling bins are not the end of the process. Even when waste is put into normal bins destined for landfill it is sorted prior to disposal at a plant that achieves a 70% recycling recovery rate.

And for the first time, waste from skips used by the council is now collected and 73% of it eventually is recycled.

All together, it means that 80% of all council waste is recycled.

The council receives a rebate on segregated recycling, which is invested back into improving facilities in offices to encourage staff to recycle even more.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for environmental services, said:
“I’m pleased that we have been able to achieve such high levels of recycling in our offices and workplaces.
“This has been both staff taking the time to sort rubbish themselves and also using innovative means to deal with rubbish that would otherwise be consigned to landfill.
“We’re asking the public to recycle more and more, so it’s only fair that we put our own house in order.
“It’s clear that the council is leading the way on recycling and, if we can reach 80%, then all commercial businesses in the city should also be able to reach that target.”

Figures for all council buildings showing percentage of building waste sent to landfill:
2007/08 80%
2008/09 24.6%
2009/10 (current) 23.4%

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

Mayor for a day presents her manifesto to Leeds’ councillors


Caption: Charlotte Annakin, Mayor for a Day 2009

The winner of this year’s Mayor for a day competition, Charlotte Annakin, will present her manifesto to 99 councillors at this week's meeting of Leeds council.

Sixteen year old Charlotte, of Brigshaw High School, was declared the winner of this year’s competition after gaining huge support for her ideas about what could be done to improve access for the city's wheelchair users. Her manifesto proved most popular out of entries from seven secondary schools across the city.

Mayor for a day is an annual competition organised as part of Local Democracy Week, which is a national initiative to encourage young people to get more involved in local government to understand what it does and how it affects their lives.

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Date and time: Wednesday, 20 January 2008, 1pm
Venue: Council Chamber, Leeds Civic Hall
Event: Mini Mayor for a day, Charlotte Annakin, presents her manifesto to 99
councillors at a full council meeting.
Please contact Claire Macklam on 0113 395 1578 or email claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk to arrange attendance.
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Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader and executive member with responsibility for democratic services said:
“This competition is a great way to encourage young people to take an interest in local government and come up with some great ideas of their own for the future of the city.
“We are delighted to give Charlotte the opportunity to share her manifesto at the full council meeting this week. Her ideas will then be taken forward to our executive board, and will be responded to accordingly.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott said:
“This is a great opportunity for Charlotte to put forward her ideas, and for leaders in the city to find out how young people think and what their priorities are. We’re always really interested in what youngsters have got to say – their views are just as important as the adults.”

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Notes to editors

As part of her prize, Charlotte accompanied the Lord Mayor to the switch-on of the Leeds Lights last November, where she had the opportunity to mingle with stars such as Pixie Lott and Lorraine Kelly.

The slogan for Charlotte’s manifesto is ‘You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a difference’.
Campaign summary:
1. Give a voice to people with disabilities and empower them to make changes by listening and acting.
2. Create a wheelchair experience on Briggate so that everyone can understand the problems faced by wheelchair users.
3. Improve access to shops and public buildings with ramps, extra spaces around fixed seating and remote controlled access to parking spaces.

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