Thursday, 24 June 2010

Leeds City Council buys Farsley Celtic ground

Leeds City Council has today announced it has completed buying Farsley Celtic’s Throstle Nest ground from the administrator to help secure the club’s future.

Local community and sports facilities will also be protected under the deal, which was negotiated with administrators Mazars. Farsley Celtic went into administration in June 2009.

The Council has also completed a deal to sell on the main part of the football ground to FC2010, the holding company for the football club, which is now known as Farsley AFC. However, the council has retained the ownership of the sports hall and land proposed for new football pitches as assets for the local community.

Cllr Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure, said:
“We are delighted that we have been able to safeguard Farsley Celtic’s facilities- especially the use of the sports hall by the local community and football coaching for young people in West Leeds.

“Completing this deal also allows Chartford Homes to move on with plans for their proposed housing development, which includes making funds available for improvements to the sports hall and the creation of two new junior soccer pitches, improving the leisure facilities for the local population.

“We look forward to following the re-formed club in the league next season and wish them the very best of success in doing the city proud.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office, 0113- 224 3335
Email donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk

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Watch England v Germany live on the square


Caption: Millennium Square will be full again to see England take on Germany

England’s World Cup second round clash with Germany is to be shown live on the Leeds big screen in Millennium Square.

Gates will open at 1:30pm on Sunday 27th June ahead of the 3pm kick-off as the old foes face each other again for a place in the quarter-finals with the game expected to attract another 8,000 capacity crowd to the city centre arena.

Admission is free but fans are advised to arrive early to secure their places as admission will be on a strictly first-come first-served basis until the capacity is reached. No tickets will be issued or required, and the arena features a fully-licensed bar and food outlets.

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

“The atmosphere on Millennium Square has been fantastic for every England game so far and now the tournament has reached the knockout stages it is likely to be even more electric.

“England against Germany is always a massive occasion so get down early and ensure your place in front of the big screen.”

Aside from England’s games, all World Cup matches on the BBC will be shown on the big screen along with their usual daily mix of news, weather and local information. Further information will be given on a game-by-game basis.

Anyone requiring further details should contact Leeds City Council’s Events team on 0113 395 0891 or visit www.leeds.gov.uk.

Media access to the square will be by prior approval only. To arrange access, please contact Roger Boyde at roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk or phone 0113 247 5472.

Notes to editors:

In the interest of public safety, the following conditions will apply on Millennium Square :
• Admission is on a strictly first-come first-served basis. No persons in excess of the safe capacity will be admitted.
• Strictly no glass, cans, alcohol, or food may be brought into the venue
• CCTV will be in operation at the event with images recorded for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety.
• Event stewards will be entitled to search all spectators &/or their possessions on entry to venue. Staff will not take any responsibility for any prohibited items.
• The organisers reserve the right to cancel transmission for any game and/or or refuse admission for whatever reason.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Learning and Leisure Media Relations Officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk

Stereo equipment seized from house of noisy neighbour

Council officials have seized stereo equipment and eight large speakers from the house of a man whose playing of loud music led to a barrage of complaints from his neighbours.

Leeds City Council is now planning to prosecute Ian Allen, 28, of Cardinal Walk, Beeston, after he breaching a legal notice forbidding him from playing loud music that made life a misery for residents.

The first complaint against Allen was made in February 2008, a few months after he moved in to his council property on Cardinal Walk. The problem was dealt with by a verbal warning and nothing more was heard for two years.

But then complaints about excessive noise began to flood in from February this year. Loud music was heard at all hours of the day and night, ranging from lunchtime to past midnight. Allen received verbal and written warnings on 19, 23 Feb and 1 June.

On 17 May, he was served with an Noise Abatement Notice, which forbade him from causing further noise nuisance. However, breaches of the order were witnessed by council officials on 9, 10 and 16 June.

Council officials executed a warrant on Tuesday and seized a large amount of audio equipment from Allen’s one-bedroom flat, with officials and police removing eight huge large stereo speakers.

The council now plans to prosecute the tenant for breaching the abatement notice.

Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council’s executive board member with responsibility for noise nuisance, said:
“Noisy neighbours make everyone’s lives a misery and we are committed to using whatever powers we have to tackle it.
“Seizing equipment like this is necessary when such people fail to respond to warnings and hopefully this sends out the message that excessive noise will not be tolerated.”

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

And the winners were…..

The ninth annual Otley Road Safety Quiz took place on Thursday 17 June.

This year's results were
Winners Yeadon Westfield Primary School - who received a shield, a silver salver, individual trophies, and book tokens worth £25 each
Second Ashfield Primary School - individual trophies and tokens worth £20
Third Adel Primary School - individual trophies and tokens worth £15

All the other children that took part each received a token worth £8.

Rebecca Prosser, road safety manager for Leeds City Council, said:
“The Otley and district road safety committee put on another fantastic event this year and everyone had a great time. We were delighted with the children’s expertise and eagerness, which is a credit to the very strong programme of road safety training and education that we promote in schools throughout Leeds. Congratulations to everyone that took part and especially this year’s winners Yeadon Westfield Primary School.”

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

Council disappointment at Leeds arena court ruling

Council chiefs in Leeds have expressed their disappointment at a High Court decision not to reject a legal claim relating to the new Leeds arena.

The council had asked the court to throw out part of a case brought against it by Montpellier Estates Ltd.

A Leeds City Council spokeswoman said:

“We are disappointed that the High Court has ruled against the council’s application to strike out certain aspects of Montpellier’s claim.

“However, we welcome the judge’s confirmation that there is little likelihood of Montpellier being granted an injunction against the council to stop it agreeing a contract for the development of an arena. It is absolutely vital that this development proceeds without further disruption or delay from the company’s actions.

“The council had concerns that Montpellier Estates might try and get an injunction preventing us from signing a contract with a developer – that’s why we took the decision to go to court.

The spokeswoman continued:

”The council’s view is that this is not in the city’s best economic interests and could lead to significant disappointment for all those in Leeds who have wanted an arena in the city for many years.

“This arena will bring over 500 construction jobs to Leeds - many of these for local people - and a £25.5m boost to the local economy, both extremely important in these difficult economic times.

“We will vigorously contest this case. In the meantime we want to reassure Leeds people that it is still very much business as usual and work to build the arena will continue as normal.”

Following a public hearing of the case at the High Court last week, The Honourable Mr Justice Eady reserved judgement and his decision has been made public today, Thursday 24 June.

Mr Justice Eady said in his ruling that he could “see the force” of the council’s arguments “in relation to the wide scope of a public authority’s discretion to terminate a procurement process”.

However, in the light of developing law in this area, he concluded that Montpellier should have the opportunity to argue its case at trial.

Mr Justice Eady noted that it was “very difficult to imagine circumstances in which the court would be in a position at trial to grant this form of relief” (an injunction) which would prevent the council entering into contracts relating to the Leeds arena.

He also noted that Montpellier “accepts that no such order (injunction) could bite in respect of contracts already entered into” and added that there would be “powerful arguments why the court should not put a spoke in the council’s freedom of action in the context of procurement”.

Notes to editors:
1. Montpellier’s legal claim relates to the terminated procurement competition for the selection of a developer for the Leeds arena which began in July 2007.

2. In November 2008, the council terminated the procurement competition as bids from short-listed companies were not affordable and did not provide value for money.

3. Following the termination of the competition, the council’s executive board decided that the city council develop the arena off Clay Pit Lane in Leeds city centre.

4. The Clay Pit Lane site had become available after the Castlemore bid for the Clay Pit Lane site, part-owned by Leeds City Council and the Leeds Metropolitan University, was cancelled earlier that year.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602
Email sara.hyman@leeds.gov.uk

Take it Breezy



Photo Caption: A member of Breakers Unify performing at Briggate for the Breeze International Youth Festival 2009

Talented young people are gearing up to dazzle crowds from a huge open-air stage on Briggate - the centre of Leeds’ shopping district - this Saturday.

The massive free event staged by Leeds City Council will play host to 6 hours of music as well as performances and the people of Leeds are being urged to come and show their support for the city’s future stars.

Breeze International Youth Festival Live kicks-off at 11am Saturday 26th June when spectators will be able to see The Hunslet Club and Cassidy School of Irish Dancers open the show.

A raft of performances by young people will run right throughout the day including steel-band Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows playing a fantastic rendition of Coldplay’s hit Clocks, Leeds Youth Choir performing popular and classical song as well as up-and-coming indie outfit The Scandles who hit the stage for the grand finale.

Leeds City Council’s Executive member for Leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The young people taking part in the Breeze International Youth Festival have been working extremely hard so I am sure that will wow the crowds on Briggate on Saturday.

“Breeze is a great opportunity for young performers to get a taste of performing in front of a live audience. Hopefully the young people will enjoy the experience and I know that shoppers have a real treat in store.”

Performers will be available to chat in the Arts Infozone after they come off stage so other young people can be inspired and get involved in some of the fantastic arts programmes taking place around Leeds as well as meeting arts gurus who will be able to signpost them to year-round activities.

Tickets will also be available for BIYF LIVE! at the Carriageworks where the action continues with inspiring dance, drama and film once the Scandals have closed the Briggate stage.

To find out more about these performers and how you can join their group go to www.breezeleeds.org./BIYF.

Saturday’s performers in order of appearance:

11am – The Hunslet Club & Cassidy School of Irish Dancers

12.10pm – Elev8

12.45pm – Ralph Thoresby School Soul Band

13.15pm – Katie Richardson from Ralph Thoresby School.

1.45pm – Leeds Youth Choir

2.40pm – Leeds Silver Steel Sparrows

4.15pm – The Scandals

Notes to Editors:

• Photographs available on request. Please contact Ann Wishart.
• Press reviewers and photographers are welcome to attend the festival.
If you would like to cover the festival, please contact Ann Wishart
in advance to arrange appropriate access.
• To help festival goers plan their weekend, Leeds City Council have produced
a full colour brochure, containing information about all the projects, a
full schedule of events, a map and venue, discounts and booking information.
A downloadable programme are available at www.breezeleeds.org/BIYF.

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For media enquiries please contact Ann Wishart , Leeds City Council Arts & Regeneration Unit, on 0113 2478049, Email: ann.wishart@leeds.gov.uk

Learning Disability Awareness Week


An example of art from the Imagine exhibition at Leeds Central Library. Seascape by Barrie Nelson


Susan Hanley delivering a training session


This week is Learning Disability Awareness Week, and the focus this year is improving the NHS by encouraging healthcare organisations to sign up to the Getting it Right campaign.

Mencap, with its partners, have produced the Getting it Right charter for healthcare professionals, which will help them to work towards better health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with a learning disability, who often experience poorer health and healthcare than the general population.

There have been a number of awareness raising events in Leeds this week, including the Imagine art exhibition at Leeds Central Library, which runs until 29 June. This is a unique exhibition of art work which showcases some of the talents that people with learning disabilities have to offer. Entry to the exhibition and the twice daily workshops, where members of the public are invited to create artwork and pottery of their own, is free. For more information, please contact Martin Cree on 0113 262 6549.

Also this week is the annual Yorkshire Women Achievers of the Year event, which takes place at the Royal Armouries on Friday. The joint chair of the Leeds Learning Disabilities Partnership Board ,Susan Hanley, who herself has learning disabilities, has been nominated for the Jane Tomlinson Award. Nominees for this award have ‘shown courage or determination in the face of adversity or personal difficulties. They are an inspiration to others as a result of their actions or attitude’.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member for adult social care said:
"Learning disabilities are lifelong and usually have a significant impact on a person's life, making it harder for them to learn, understand and communicate.

"This week gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of some of the issues people with learning disabilities face and celebrate their achievements against the odds.

“I would like to wish Susan Hanley all the best for the awards ceremony on Friday; she is an inspiration to so many people and deserves to be recognised by winning an award.”

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Additional info
Susan Hanley has Down’s Syndrome and attended a day centre for people with learning disabilities in Morley. Through the centre, she went on to a series of work placements, working as a waitress, an administrator and a shop assistant.

In 2004, Susan seized the opportunity to make a more direct impact on improving the lives of people with learning disabilities by securing a job at ‘Change’, a national campaigning organisation for people with learning disabilities. Here, she worked on many important projects including one called ‘Making Partnership Boards Work’, which looked at the issues facing people with learning disabilities getting their voices heard at a strategic level. The results were recommendations for making improvements. Susan went on to work to help partnership boards work better all across the country.

Susan has also done a lot of work making information accessible for people with learning disabilities, including the use of Easywords and Pictures. She has delivered training on this to many organisations including the (then) Commission for Social Care Inspection. She has worked on several DVDs for people with learning disabilities and for staff training on subjects as diverse as better health and saving energy.

In 2009, after a formal interview process, Susan took up the position of co-chair of the Leeds Learning Disabilities Partnership Board alongside Derek Thomas. This is the strategic board that aims to make improvements in the lives of people with learning disabilities in Leeds. Her role is to challenge prejudices and ensure the voices of people with learning disabilities are heard.

Susan was nominated by colleagues in the Leeds Learning Disability Partnership. In the citation, one colleague said, ‘Her positive attitude, her natural enthusiasm and her great sense of humour make her a truly inspirational person’.

The Leeds Learning Disabilities Partnership Board is made up of people with learning disabilities, family carers and partners from the public, private, community and voluntary sectors. Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds are the main funders of work commissioned by the board.

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