Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Refurbishment works on Inner Ring Road

Work to restore safety fencing on bridges along sections of Leeds Inner Ring Road will start in February.

This is part of a programme of ongoing essential maintenance work to upgrade bridge parapets and safety fences to retaining walls on the Inner Ring Road.

Maintenance work will take place at Woodhouse Lane, Westgate, the Wellington Street canal and river area, Ivy Steet Bridge, Eastgate and Regent Street, and is expected to last for about 24 weeks.

Extensive traffic management arrangements will be put in place whilst the work is being completed, including lane restrictions and occasional lane closures at off peak times (8pm to 5am Monday to Saturday) and at weekends (8pm Saturday to 5am Monday).

Significant maintenance work will also take place on Ivy Street Bridge, which carries the A64 dual carriageway over Ivy Street roundabout at Richmond Hill. This includes replacing the existing steel parapets on both carriageways of the A64 with new steel ones, resurfacing the verges and footways and other general maintenance.

Again extensive traffic management arrangements will be put in place whilst this work is happening, including lane restrictions at off peak times (9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday) and occasional temporary road closures at weekends (8pm Saturday to 5am Monday).

Vehicle, pedestrian and emergency services access through all of the above works and to adjoining properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of the council and executive board member with responsibility for highways said:
“We appreciate that any disruption to this busy section of road is inconvenient for road users, which is why we have chosen off-peak times for the necessary traffic restrictions to take place.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding whilst these essential works are taking place.”

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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
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Rothwell residents to benefit from trial of improved recycling services

As part of the council’s plans to recycle over half of Leeds waste by 2020, a new trial recycling scheme is set to begin in Rothwell this month.

Over 8,000 households in Rothwell are to take part in the six-month trial of improved recycling collections designed by Leeds City Council to help the city step up its recycling and composting rates and reduce the amount of waste buried in landfill.

The new recycling scheme includes:
fortnightly collections of paper, card, cans and plastic in a green bin;
fortnightly collection of garden waste in a brown bin except in December, January and February when it will be emptied every four weeks;
fortnightly collection of the black general waste bin; and
• a weekly collection of food waste.

Council research has shown that up to 40% of the total weight of Leeds households’ black bins is food waste. This could be as much as 40,000 tonnes a year. This waste is currently sent to landfill sites where it rots releasing harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

Under the new scheme residents will be able to put any food waste straight into a convenient small kitchen caddy inside the house, and then transfer it to a larger food waste bin outside, which will be collected weekly. As part of the trial, households have been given a choice of sizes of outside food waste bin to meet their needs.

The bins will be delivered to homes in the Rothwell trial area from 15th February. The trial will be closely monitored and evaluated before any longer term decisions are made about future recycling services.

As well as receiving a detailed information pack on how to use the new services, four brand new council 'waste doctors' will be available to visit properties to answer any questions about the new services and provide practical support to residents to help them to recycle more. The first of the new collections will take place in Rothwell on 22nd February.

Councillor James Monaghan, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for environmental services, said:
“Whilst we’re encouraged that residents in Leeds are recycling more than ever, we want to find ways to be recycling over half of all household waste by 2020, by providing a range of services that work well for residents.
“We know residents are keen to recycle as much as they can, so we’ve chosen to trial increased recycling collections and separate collection of food waste in Rothwell.
“Over the coming weeks we’ll be working closely with residents in Rothwell to show them how these exciting new recycling services will work and answer their questions. Rothwell residents are among the best recyclers in Leeds and we know that they will help to make the trial a great success and to help Leeds to reduce the amount of waste buried in the ground.”

Notes for editors
The European Union and the government are demanding that councils reduce the amount of waste that they bury in landfill sites. If this is not done, Leeds could face fines of up to £200 million between now and 2020.

More information about the new recycling collection trial can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforleeds

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Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937
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Heated competition for young people


Caption: Councillor John Procter with the winners

Students from primary and secondary schools in Leeds shared their heated thoughts and understanding on global warming through art as part of a recent competition.

Funded by Europe Direct Leeds, which is part of Leeds Library and Information Service, the competition saw a wide variety of high quality entries, including collages, t-shirts, rap, poems and 3D objects all centred on the idea of global warming, entered into the competition.

Representatives from Europe Direct Leeds, Education Leeds’ Sustainable Schools, Leeds City Council’s Sustainable Development Unit and Leeds Museum and Galleries made up the judging panel.

The two winning schools, Five Lanes Primary School from Wortley, and Benton Park High School from Rawdon each received a digital camera , with the highly commended Hawsworth Church of England School winning £100 worth of book tokens, as well as the eight individual winners who also received book tokens.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:
“The project has been a great success, and the entries were of a very high standard. It is great to see young people sharing their ideas on global warming and presenting it in some very imaginative ways.”

Prize winners and guests were invited to attend the opening of Leeds City Museum’s exhibition ‘A Greener City,’ where their work is currently being displayed.

The ‘Greener City’ exhibition is free and is running through to the end of the year. The free exhibition includes a collection of short films on the big screens in the museum’s central Leeds Arena.

Notes to editors:
The individual winners who received book tokens were:
• Laura Hulley, Benton Park High School,
• Nadine Smith, Westerton Primary School, Tingley
• Joanna Tobbell and Rory Scott Weetwood Primary School,
• Lyba Hussain and Andrew Fincham Weetwood Primary School
• Jacob ‘K’ and Charlie from Five Lanes Primary
• Tee Shirt designers – Angel, Ellie May, Beja Five Lanes Primary
• Collage – Luke, Luke, Ben, Kate and Connor Five Lanes Primary
• Joe Howcroft and Cody Gray Otley the Whartons Primary School


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Tropical World temporary closure


Caption: One of the new Morelet crocodiles at Tropical World

Tropical World in Roundhay will close for a week in February to allow for planned maintenance work to take place.

The popular visitor attraction, which gained a number of new snappy and slippery inhabitants at the end of last year, will be closed from Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February 2010.

The work will be completed in time for the school half-term holidays, with Tropical World open again as usual from 10am on Saturday 13th February.

The work will include essential maintenance on some of the public areas, with no disruption to any of the animals.

With the three new three young Morelet’s crocodiles, Burmese python and ever popular Meerkats, Tropical World will be open again and able to entertain the children again over the half term holiday.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor John Procter said:

“This work needs to carried out as it is part of the continued running and essential maintenance of Tropical World.. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to anyone, and hope that visitors will enjoy visiting the centre from the start of half term.”

For further information on Tropical World and it’s opening hours visit; http://www.leeds.gov.uk/page.aspx?pageidentifier=e1eb55661be2af8480256e1b0036cbde or call 0113 214 5715

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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