Monday, 8 March 2010

Bridge safety works

Essential safety works are to be carried out on Station Road railway bridge in Cross Gates.

The bridge, which carries the A6120 Station Road over the Leeds to Selby railway line and is located next to Cross Gates Railway Station, needs work to remove loose concrete to the bridge beams over the railway line. These works can only be safely carried out overnight.

The works will take place on the following dates and times:-

• Saturday 13 March from 10pm until 8am on Sunday 14 March
• Saturday 20 March from 10pm until 8am on Sunday 21 March
• Saturday 27 March from 10pm until 8am on Sunday 28 March

Breaking tools will have to be used to remove the concrete, which unfortunately will generate some noise. We will endeavour to carry out the works as quickly and as quietly as possible, and apologise in advance for any disturbance caused.

If you require any further information about these works, please contact Martin Jackson on 0113 247 6193.


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

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: New council houses and new jobs for east Leeds

The first spade-full of earth is to be turned on a development that will see more than 60 new council homes built in east Leeds.

Sites at St Wilfrid’s Avenue and Easterly Mount in Gipton will see the creation of 63 new council homes – the biggest single number of new council homes for decades.

The scheme will provide 22 three-bedroom houses, 27 two-bedroom houses and 14 two-bedroom flats, all for rent. It is likely new tenants will be moving in during the summer next year.

The development is being led by the council’s regeneration service and is part of the major EASEL (East and South East Leeds) regeneration scheme.

The opening of work will be assisted by Peter Riaak, one of two local young apprentices who will be working on the site, showing that EASEL is supporting local jobs as well as providing new homes.

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WHAT: Councillor Les Carter, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing will join developer Bellway Homes’ Managing Director Paul Miller in turning a ceremonial spade-full of earth. They, and new apprentice Peter Riaak, will be available for interview
WHERE: Construction site on Easterly Mount, Gipton, LS8 3PH
WHEN: 11.30am, Tuesday 9 March

The EASEL project team was one of the first in the country to bid successfully into the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) scheme to help local authorities build social housing. This is also one of the first such schemes in the country to begin building work.

The £3.5million from the HCA’s Local Authority New Build funding matches a similar amount from Leeds City Council, helping EASEL fulfil its commitment to creating high quality mixed tenure housing.

Once completed, the homes will be managed by East North East Homes Leeds, the Arm’s Length Management Organisation that manages Leeds City Council properties in the east of Leeds.

Construction Leeds has supported the recruitment of Bellway Homes’ new apprentices by promoting the opportunities and coordinating the applications. Candidates were interviewed by Bellway Homes in mid-February with Peter Riaak and Linval Fearon, both Leeds College of Building trainees, becoming the successful apprentices.

Peter is an 18-year-old apprentice bricklayer who lives in Gipton, He’s into football and basketball and starts his Level II training in September. Linval comes from Harehills and is pleased to have the opportunity to move on from claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance, complete his level II joinery training and begin level III. At 24, Linval is a qualified community sports leader who volunteers at his local sports centre.

David Curtis, regional director of the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“This start on site is excellent news for local residents who will be able to move into such high quality new homes.”

Councillor Les Carter, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, said:
“Being recognised as the first authority nationally to get started on site using Homes and Communities Agency funding for new council homes is a good result for Leeds City Council officers who have pulled out all the stops to make sure we can spend this money by the deadline.
“Having new apprentices shows the potential EASEL regeneration has for improving local employment figures, especially for young people.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the new homes let to council tenants next year.”

Paul Miller, Director of Bellway Homes, said:
“We are really pleased with the partnership work that’s made it possible to get moving with this development, especially since it means we’ve been able to recruit new apprentices.
“Our site manager Bob and his team will be working even harder than usual to finish the work by next March.”

Bob Lyons, site manager, said:
“We’ve designed the building programme carefully so that neighbours can get back to normal quickly.
“Obviously the priority is to keep both residents and workers safe while building work carries on.
“So though we’ve had to close Easterly Mount to traffic, the walkway through the site is intended to allow people as much access as possible.
“We’ll put up posters with contact details for site management queries when we start, as part of our ‘Considerate Contractors’ scheme.”

Note to Editors:
• EASEL works in partnership to create sustainable communities where people want to live and work, now and in the future: for further information please contact the team on 0113 2143487
• The Homes and Communities Agency is the Government’s new single housing and regeneration agency for England. It brings together the development and regeneration expertise of English Partnerships, investment functions of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities with major delivery programmes of Communities and Local Government.
• Its role is to create opportunities for people to live in high quality, sustainable places. It provides funding for affordable housing, brings land back into productive use and improves quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment.
• East North East Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. It is wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents. East North East Homes Leeds manages 19,000 council-owned residential properties in Boston Spa, Burmantofts, Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Collingham, Gipton, Halton Moor, Harehills, Linton, Meanwood, Moor Allerton, Moortown, Seacroft, and Wetherby.

For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937

Students take on social responsibility in Woodhouse

Students and staff will join forces this week to give an estate in the Woodhouse area of Leeds a makeover in a project organised by the University of Leeds and Leeds Ahead.

Student volunteers and employees from three private companies will spend a full day in the Holborn estate in Woodhouse, giving the area a facelift by painting fences, picking up litter and cutting back overgrown shrubs.

Working with Groundwork and West North West Homes, the Social Responsibility in Action project brings students, employers and the local community together to discuss social responsibility, and look at voluntary activities that can be undertaken together. Staff from Pinsent Masons, design and communications agency Logistik, and Arup will take part this year.

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Media are invited to attend the Chemic Pub, 9 Johnson Street, Woodhouse, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2NG at 12 noon on Wedneday, 10 March to take pictures of the students and private partner employees taking part in activities, and talk to them about what they are doing and why.
Please confirm your attendance with Claire Macklam on 0113 395 1578.
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Aletheia Bligh Flower, volunteering officer from the University of Leeds said:
"We are delighted that so many students are engaging with the local community in such a positive way. This event is a fantastic demonstration of their commitment to the area and their desire to support and engage with local initiatives."

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader of the council and executive member with responsibility for the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering said:
"Students make a huge contribution to Leeds through their volunteering, and initiatives like this are a fantastic learning experience for them as well as being of tremendous value to the local community.

"The 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering is all about celebrating the amazing volunteering that is already happening in the city, as well as trying to get more people involved.

"Volunteering can be a one-off activity or a more long-term arrangement, so whatever time you have to spare there's sure to be an opportunity to suit."

The project kicks off with an evening for private sector partners to present their views and activities on socially responsible business practice to students, who then have the opportunity to question their methods, reasons and the impact of their work.

Ten team leaders will be trained in basic health and safety requirements, publicity methods and the skills that they will need and be developing on the day.

After the event, the students will prepare presentations about what they have learnt from the day and the skills they have developed. They will give feedback about the event and make recommendations to businesses about what they could do in the future and the impact of the work carried out.

Additional info

For more information about volunteering opportunities please call into Volunteer Centre Leeds, 12b St Paul's Street, Leeds LS1 2LE, telephone 0113 395 0405, or visit our website

Organisations who have volunteering opportunities can get information on how to register via the website or by contacting Volunteer Centre Leeds.

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