Thursday, 10 June 2010

Statement regarding cuts to government grants

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said:

"The government promised these cuts would be modest and not hit front line services but we have so far been notified of grant reductions for this financial year of £15.4m – and believe there will be further major reductions to consider.

“Over £5m has been cut from grants which the previous government provided to support services which are vital to young people who would otherwise not access education, employment or training. These cuts will hit our schools and undermine support for families in some of our most deprived areas. We are still looking at the detail but it is apparent the cuts will have implications across all our services, affect young people and impact on our work with the voluntary sector.”

Winners celebrate at west Yorkshire building excellence awards

Caption: Outstanding winners in Leeds. From left Rick Sharp (The Fairhursts Design Group,David Price and Michael Gorman(Wates Construction) won an award for the Broadgate development.

Winners are celebrating in local authorities today after being crowned with various titles at the building excellence awards last night.

This year’s prestigious black tie “Local Authority Building Control (LABC), West Yorkshire Building Excellence Awards 2010" was hosted in Leeds this year in conjunction with Leeds City Council, and the four other West Yorkshire local authority building control services.

The awards are for excellence achieved through building standards, technical innovation and sustainable designs from a local level. The categories incorporate every class of building from domestic extensions, social housing, apartments, schools, hospitals, commercial and retail to industrial properties.

The ceremony was held at The Village Hotel, Otley Road, Leeds with the master of ceremonies, Phil Deacon, senior building control surveyor at Calderdale building control overseeing the presentations. This year’s awards were attended by over 150 people from a broad selection of developers and architects to celebrated high quality and innovative building projects in the West Yorkshire region.

These awards differ from others in the industry. They acknowledge the often unseen contribution that building control makes towards the built environment. By ensuring that projects comply with the building regulations, Local Authority Building Control provides safe, sustainable and accessible buildings across England and Wales.

This year’s ceremony featured 24 awards across nine categories, that recognised the excellent building quality of projects in diverse sectors including volume housing developments, education, commercial, sports and leisure. The nominations represented every corner of the West Yorkshire region.

This year’s winners showcased the benefits of working with Local Authority Building Control.

The 2010 LABC Building Excellence Award Winners were:

Domestic Extensions: The Woodlands

New Dwellings - Single: Ashley Croft, Farnley Tyas

New Dwellings -Multiple: Development at The Beeches

Commercial Development: Development at Broadgate

Community: The Ridge Medical Centre

Restoration and Conversion: Overtown Grange Farm

Major Restoration and Conversion: Halifax High School

Education: Hillside Primary School

Partnership: Wm. Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

The outstanding winner in Leeds was the £42m major refurbishment, of the former Alders store now know as Broadgate on The Headrow in Leeds City Centre. The development boasts 300,000 sq ft of mixed use development comprises four floors of office space and an exclusive suite of penthouse offices together with four flagship retail units.

The regional winners will be invited to the LABC National Building Excellence Awards in London later this year.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development and regeneration said:

“This is an excellent opportunity to recognise the great work that goes on within local authorities.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners, and encourage all the attendees of the awards to continue the good work.

“Building control is very important for both builders and developers and their customers. It ensures that projects are completed to a safe, sustainable and accessible standard throughout the UK.

This year’s ceremony was sponsored by Kingspan Insulation and LABC New Home Warranty and also featured a fund raising event and raffle on behalf of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

LABC are always looking for future award winners. If you have a project completed within the next 12 months which you feel deserves to be one of next year’s finalists, have a word with your local authority building control surveyor expressing your interests and they will put your project forward for nomination.

Notes to editors:

LABC is the member organisation representing all local authority building control departments in England and Wales. It employs 4,000 professional surveyors and support technicians and has a 70% market share of building control in these sectors: domestic conversions and improvements; new homes and apartments; commercial offices, workshops, industrial and warehouses; education; healthcare; care homes; retail; leisure and entertainment; and stadiums.

LABC promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with the Building Regulations. LABC builds awareness of local authority building control amongst the public, developers, designers and contractors. It also works with trade organisations, manufacturers, distributors, research establishments, test houses and professional institutions to support innovation in building.

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Leeds Schools Tag Rugby Final

Picture caption: Leeds School Years Five and Six Tag Rugby final winners Drighlington Primary School with Councillor Adam Ogilvie.

Pupils from Drighlington and Morley Newlands primary schools could be in with a chance of adding their names to the list of rugby heroes who have graced the historical pitch at Twickenham.

They were winner and runner up in the Leeds Schools Years Five and Six Tag Rugby Final held at John Charles Centre for Sport. Awarding the trophy and certificate respectively was Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie.

Despite pouring rain 20 schools took part in the nail-biting final of the competition – now in its second year. They saw off challenges by over 170 primary schools from across Leeds.

Now Drighlington and Morley Newlands will go on to play against the best in the region to win a chance of playing at Twickenham.

Farsley Farfield, St Bartholomews, Bramley St Peter's, Castleton, Alwoodley, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic, Drighlington, Queensway, Otley All Saints, Motley, East Garforth, Gledhow, Fieldhead Carr, Shire Oak, Chapel Allerton, Strawberry Fields, Hill Top, St Josephs, Rawdon St Peters and Morley Newlands primary schools all took part in the showdown.

Mixed gender teams of nine and 10-year-olds battled it out at John Charles Centre of Sport on Tuesday 8 June.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“Good luck to both teams in the regional heats I know they are very excited by the thought of playing at Twickenham.”

“I’m honoured to have been invited to this event. All the teams fought admirably, but special praise must be given to Drighlington who took the title in the end.

“This form of rugby is an excellent way for children to enjoy the game and I hope it brings even more youngsters to this exciting sport.”

Tag Rugby is a non-contact team game where each player wears a belt with two sticky tags attached. Play is similar to rugby league with attacking players attempting to dodge, evade and pass a rugby ball while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by "tagging" – removing a tag attached to the ball carrier.

This unique partnership involving both rugby codes has provided over 5000 year five and six primary school pupils with the opportunity to have coaching within schools.

Richard McEvoy, Physical Education Co-ordinator at Drighlington Primary School, said:

“It has been a fantastic day for the children and they are very pleased to win. They are delighted to be going on to the Yorkshire finals. They’ve played in a fair manner and with great sportsmanship.”

Steven Wingfield, Physical Education Co-ordinator at Morley Newlands Primary School, said:

“We’re looking forward to winning the competition next year. The day was really well organised and the kids had a lot of fun. They had a strong competitive streak, but conducted themselves well.”

Third and fourth place winners will go on to represent Leeds at the West Yorkshire Youth Games soon to be held at Leeds Metropolitan University on the 26th June.


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Party in the Park tickets gone in record time

High demand for Party in the Park tickets has seen them snapped up in record time and very few remain for Opera in the Park.

Tickets were only released on Saturday morning, but as of last night there are none remaining for Party in the Park – all have been handed out to the public free.

Music fans queued on Millennium Square, in Leeds City Centre, from 7am to claim one of the hottest tickets in town and due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, the allocation was reduced to two per person to ensure as many people as possible were given the chance to enjoy the event and also reduce the number of unused tickets.

Opera in the Park tickets are still available, but are in short supply and people are being urged to claim tickets soon to avoid disappointment.

Leeds City Council executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

"The demand for tickets this year has been the highest we've ever seen and highlights what great free events these are for Leeds. All Party tickets have now been snapped up in record time and only a few remain for Opera. We would therefore urge anyone who wishes to attend Opera in the Park to claim their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

Last remaining Opera in the Park tickets can be obtained from the City Centre Box office in Carriageworks (0113 224 3801), the reception of Magic 828 (0113 283 5500) and the Yorkshire Post reception (0113 243 2701). Anyone wanting tickets should contact the respective venues before travelling.

Disabled applicants can still apply in writing for for both events by sending a stamped self-addressed envelope and proof of status to: Leeds City Council Events Team, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD.

Anyone without Party in the Park ticket s should also continue listening to 96.3 Radio Aire for any last chance / returned tickets.

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