Monday, 22 February 2010

Migration and Citizenship in a Changing Community - conference in Leeds

A conference looking at the challenges of migration and citizenship at a local, national and European level will be held in Leeds next week.

Migration and Citizenship in a Changing Community has been organised by the Leeds Social Care Community Forum, in partnership with Europe Direct, and will be held at the Ramgarhia Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday 2 March, 9.30am to 4pm.

The conference will bring together a panel of people to discuss better ways of working with our European neighbours to tackle the challenges of changing societies. It will highlight the key issues for Leeds; access to services, community cohesion, dedicated support programmes and education, and consider these as part of the European Commission’s role in promoting communication with cities across Europe facing the same challenges.

The conference is free and open to all diverse communities, stakeholders, practitioners and partners, from the private, public and voluntary sector. Lunch will be provided and will include halal, vegetarian and kosher options.

Councillor Peter Harrand, executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:
"Leeds has a growing migrant population who make a significant contribution to the city's economy, It is important that we help immigrants to settle into their new environments as quickly as possible so that they feel comfortable and can start to play their part in their local communities.”

The day will include panel discussions, workshops, question and answer sessions, and an informative quiz session. The conference is delighted to welcome the following speakers to the panel:

Clinton Cameron MBE – a Jamaican-born prominent community activist in Chapeltown and Harehills, formerly the chair of the board of governors of Leeds Met and founder member of the Chapeltown/Harehills Law Centre. Clinton currently chairs REEMAP, a charity whose aim is to raise educational aspirations and improve achievement amongst young people. His other current activities include service on the North-East Leeds Primary Care Trust, the Leeds Initiative and the West Yorkshire Enterprise Partnership.

Almamy Taal – exiled investigative journalist from West Africa with a long history of campaigning on issues of asylum, migrants’ rights and human rights. He is a member of the UK Exiled Journalists Network (EJN); co-founder and vice chair of the West Midlands Exiled Journalists Action Group (EJAG); co-founder and vice chair of MARCO – Migrant, Asylum Seeker and Refugee Community Organisation); British Refugee Council West Midlands’ communication representative from 2006 to 2008 and a board member of West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership and the Regional Refugee Forum.

Christian Krappitz – European Commission representative in the UK. Christian will discuss the European view of migration and citizenship and what this means for people in cities like Leeds.

John England - deputy director for adult social care at Leeds City Council. John has worked for Leeds council since 1979. He is a qualified social worker and received his MBA in 1992. He takes a lead on planning and strategy for the directorate, and the wider scope of Leeds City Council. John develops joint strategic direction with various partners with a wider focus on the health and wellbeing of the people of Leeds. John, amongst other responsibilities, takes a lead on equality and diversity and acts as one of a number of senior equality champions across the council.

Participants will be encouraged to take part in one of the following workshop options:

• Health and social care – ‘making it real’ - community solutions through community involvement
• Migration Partnership – Migrant Hub Access Point
• Valuing diversity guidance – children and young people
• Sharing experience – communities view of real life experiences
• Hidden communities: removal of social barriers – community cohesion

The conference will be held in the Ramgarhia Sports and Leisure Centre, Leeds, LS7 3AP from 9.30-4pm.

The conference is free and open to all diverse communities, stakeholders, practitioners and partners, from the private, public and voluntary sector. Lunch will be provided and will include halal, vegetarian and kosher options.

For tickets or further information please contact Howard Beck on or 0113 247 6957.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Important information regarding gritting the city’s road network

Motorists in Leeds are being warned to take extra care when driving as many roads will be untreated as the cold weather continues to stretch the council’s salt supplies.

From today (Monday 22 February) Leeds City Council will only grit around 300 miles of ‘A’ roads and emergency service routes to hospitals, fire and police stations in order to conserve stocks for as long as possible.

The decision comes after the worst winter for 30 years which has meant salt stocks are now at a critical level in the city. The government has taken over the allocation of salt deliveries and Leeds, like every other local authority, is now receiving a rationed supply rather than the volumes it has ordered

Through careful planning and management of salt stocks, Leeds City Council has continually gritted around 800 miles of the city’s priority network of roads during the recent cold weather.

However, the combination of this weekend’s snow, rationed deliveries and potentially further snowfall this week means this is no longer possible.

Councillor Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said:
“Regrettably, until further notice, we will only be able to grit ‘A’ roads and emergency service routes. This decision was taken after much consideration but we have to accept that, with salt supplies being rationed by central government, we are unable to grit as many roads as we would like.

“I would urge all motorists to drive with even more care and attention than usual, regardless of the road they are on. We will continue doing our best to keep the city moving and will be urging the government to increase supplies to us.

“We started the winter with more than 21,000 tonnes of grit – more than we used for the whole of last winter. We have lent grit to other authorities which needed our help but because the government has rationed supplies, we have no alternative but to make this decision. We will grit more and more roads as and when we are able to.”

A full list and map of roads which will be gritted is available at


For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577

Civic reception for Gillette World Club Challenge competitors

Super league back-to back winners Leeds Rhinos will be attending a Civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Leeds on Friday 26 February.

The Rhinos will be joined at the reception by opponents Melbourne Storm. The Civic reception is being held to celebrate the Gillette World Club Challenge which is being contested between the two teams at Elland Road on Sunday 28 February.

The Gillette World Club Challenge is one of the showcase fixtures in the international rugby league calendar with the game taking place every year between the European Engage Super League Champions and the Australian NRL Premiers.

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Media are invited to attend the Lord Mayor of Leeds’ Civic reception for the Leeds
Rhinos and Melbourne Storm on Friday 26 February at 4.30pm in the Civic Hall’s
Banquet Hall. Please contact the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.
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Leeds Rhinos played against Melbourne Storm in 2008 and won by 11 points to 4, but in the same fixture last year against Australia’s Manly Sea Eagles they just missed out in their attempt to become the first team to retain the World Club Challenge title, as Manly scored a 28 – 20 victory at Elland Road.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Elliott, said:

“Leeds Rhinos are continuing to enjoy the most successful period in their history, and they are a true sporting asset to the city. It gives me great pleasure to congratulate them on their success on behalf of everyone in Leeds, and to welcome their opponents in this weekend’s Gillette World Club Challenge match – Melbourne Storm.

“I wish both teams the best of luck for the match this weekend.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds will be attending the match on Sunday at Elland Road with the Trophy Presentation following the match.

For further information or to buy tickets for the match visit

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Locals asked for their views on conservation area review in Guiseley

People in Guiseley are being given the chance to share their views on the town’s existing conservation areas, which are currently being reviewed.

Locals will be asked for their views about the conservation areas and about what they think is special about the town and any way that they think it could be enhanced.

The conservation areas aim to safeguard the special architectural and historic character of the town and protect its important buildings from demolition. Guiseley currently has two conservation areas, both designated in 1985; Guiseley Town Gate and Guiseley Park Gate. Both boundaries have been reviewed and it is proposed to extend the two areas into a single, expanded ‘Guiseley Conservation Area’. The current proposals will make sure that all areas of special architectural and historic interest are included in the new conservation area.

A draft conservation area appraisal and management plan has been produced and is now available for public consultation. Members of the public are being asked for comments on the draft appraisal and the proposed boundary changes. The draft appraisal document will be available online throughout the consultation at:

An exhibition about the review can be viewed at Guiseley Library from 22 February to 19 March. A public meeting will be held in the community room of Aireborough Leisure Centre on Saturday 13 March starting at 2pm with a presentation and question and answer session, followed by a more informal drop-in session until 5.30pm.

Buildings within conservation areas are protected from unauthorised demolition, and new developments have to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission from the council is needed for certain activities such as tree felling.

Councillor Andrew Carter, council leader and executive board member with responsibility for development, said:
“It is important that we are able to safeguard the special architectural nature, historic character and environment of Guiseley, and protect its important buildings. The best way for us to do this is by updating its conservation areas.

“We are keen to involve local people in this process, and the public meeting is a great opportunity for them to speak directly to a conservation officer, and make sure that their views on the matter are known and taken into account by the council.”

The outer north west area committee, with the support of the ward councillors, have made this work a priority and allocated money from their ‘Well Being Fund’ to ensure that Guiseley has up-to-date conservation area protection.

The public consultation will begin on Monday 22 February and will run until Friday 19 March.

For further information contact the conservation team at: Sustainable development unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD. Tel: 0113 2224409 or email:


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578