Thursday, 1 July 2010

Forget England – these football crazy kids make it all the way to the finals

Caption: The top two teams from the North East Leeds Mini World Cup Tournament display their medals

The World Cup may be over for the England team, but that didn’t stop youngsters in north east Leeds taking part in their own festival of football.

Organised by local PCSOs, the North East Leeds Mini World Cup Tournament included youngsters from seven local primary schools

The tournament was held at Wigton Moor Football Ground. Free refreshments were provided by the local Sainsbury’s store at Moor Allerton throughout the day and East North East Homes Leeds sponsored medals for the event.

The tournament was won by pupils from Highfield Primary School, while the runners-up were Wigton Moor.

The local PCSOs for Moortown are Sian Joynes and Claire Burton.

Angelena Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
“It was obviously disappointing to see England go out of the World Cup, but these youngsters showed they could stay the course and make it to the finals!
“It was a fantastic way of demonstrating how you can bring neighbouring schools and partners together to host such an event, all the kids that attended the day thought it was and excellent event.”

Notes to editors:
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

Final push for votes for Leeds council worker

Caption: Beverley Yearwood

Final votes are being sought for a Leeds City Council employee who is a finalist in the council worker of the year awards.

Beverley Yearwood, community safety coordinator in the area management service, has been nominated for the community engagement award category and with the closing date on July 8 2010 there is still time left for more votes.

Beverley was nominated for her tireless work in helping to reduce crime in the north east part of the city and success in bringing people together to tackle the issues important to residents living across the area.

Five other candidates have been short listed in Beverley's category each vying for votes to crown them the winner. There are three ways you can vote for Beverley – visit the website, email or text in your vote. The winner will be announced on July 8 2010 at the awards ceremony in Bournemouth.

Rory Barke, east and north east area manager for Leeds City Council said:
“It is fantastic that Beverley has reached this stage in a national awards competition, she thoroughly deserves the award and it would be great if she could bring the award back to Leeds.”

Beverley is well known by the residents she works with who describe her as a “true friend”, someone who is always there and someone they can rely on. She is respected as someone who is determined to help those who want to make a difference and for her can-do attitude.. Her success in helping improve the community’s trust in the council and its partners makes her a perfect candidate for this years awards.

Voting will continue right up to 12pm on 8 July 2010, when the winners will be announced.

You can vote for Beverley via the website or via SMS to 80039 quoting ‘LGATV 1BeverleyY’

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

Major fire at Garforth- multi-agency statement

Joint Statement from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorskhire Police, West Yorkshire Health Protection Agency, Yorkshire Water and Leeds City Council.

One hundred and fifty firefighters have been battling overnight to contain a blaze at a Garforth company which cast a huge plume of smoke which could be seen for miles around

The fire is now under control but 15 appliances are still at the scene.

At its height up to 30 fire appliances were involved in the incident with West Yorkshire being supported from the South, North Yorkshire and Greater Manchester brigades.

Fire broke out just after midnight at the WasteCare recycling and processing plant in Wakefield Road and the brigades had to use water jets and foam to prevent the blaze spreading to nearby homes.

Neighbours and the residents at the Holiday Inn were evacuated. Three firefighters were admitted to hospital for a precautionary check-up.

“We were faced with a rapidly escalating fire which was contained very successfully and I would like to thank all the agencies for giving us such excellent support,” said Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling.

Police evacuated residents from nearby Hawthorne Terrace to the Gaping Goose public house as well as other alternate accommodation.

Staff and guests were evacuated from the Holiday Inn in Garforth to Oulton Hall and other nearby hotels.

A number of road closures have been put in place to assist emergency services dealing with the incident and these road closures are expected to remain in place for the remainder of the day.

These road closures that are currently in place are:

Junction 46 of the M1 at Colton is closed at both the entry and exit points.

Selby Road (A63) is closed from Lidgett Lane to the junction with the M1

Wakefield Road (A642) is closed from Main Street to Leeds Lane

Dr Mike Gent, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at West Yorkshire Health Protection Unit, said: "Residents in areas affected by the smoke should stay indoors and keep their doors and windows closed as a precautionary measure.

Any motorists travelling through smoke should keep their windows closed and turn off air conditioning and keep air vents closed.

"Any smoke can be an irritant and as such, if people need to be outdoors, they are advised to avoid areas affected by any smoke or ash, or to limit the time that they spend in them.

"Chemicals in the smoke can worsen existing health problems like asthma. Some of the substances present in smoke can irritate the lining of the air passages, the skin and the eyes.

Respiratory symptoms include coughing and wheezing, breathlessness, sputum (phlegm) production and chest pain. If symptoms occur, people should seek medical advice or call NHS Direct 0845 4647.

"The Fire and Rescue Service and other agencies involved will continue to monitor the situation and issue advice to the public, businesses and organisations affected as necessary."

Yorkshire Water can confirm that drinking water has not been affected by the fire and the only effect local residents may notice is low pressure due the water demand of the fire service.

Leeds City Council's Emergency Planning Team were at the scene to co-ordinate the council's response and the evacuation of 20 local residents and 100 guests from the Holiday Inn at Garforth.

Highways staff worked with the police to help minimise traffic disruption and supply sand bags to help avoid pollution to the water course and the land drainage section also provided advice.

Schools were made aware of Health Protection Agency advice and advised about the impact of traffic disruption in the area. The council is continually monitoring the situation and is in liaison with the Met Office to keep watch on wind direction in the area.

iPhone ‘app’ lets you see stars when looking for somewhere to eat

A new iPhone application is making it even easier to find out how clean a restaurant or takeaway in Leeds is – whether you fancy a quick snack or a night out.

And those with an iPhone 3GS or above can now find out how many stars a food business has got – by simply pointing their phone at the premises.

The Scores on the Doors website lists restaurants and takeaways across the city that are inspected by Leeds City Council’s Environmental Health officers. It also includes those schools which cook food on site or those premises that sell ready-to-eat food.

These premises are scored from one to five stars, with five being the top award.

Previously, to find out a score, people could either log on to the website or they could use a wap or text service on their mobile phones. These services are still available but in addition the company behind the website has developed a new iPhone application

iPhone owners can now simply point their phone at a food business and it will tell you how many stars it has.

During the first six months of 2010 over 118,000 requests for information were made on the website to find out where to eat in Leeds, and there were 7,541 hits on the site from people wanting to know of places near their postcode.

Councillor Tom Murray, Leeds City Council's executive board member for Environmental Services, said:
"This is a great new way that makes it even easier for people to find out how their favourite restaurant has scored.
“More and more food premises are reaching five stars which means standard of hygiene and maintenance are improving all the time."

To download the app for free go to the iTunes appstore and search for Food Hygiene under the lifestyle section or go to

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

Cyclists track through Wetherby

Caption: Riders at the start of the ride in the Wilderness car park, Wetherby.

Thirty riders took to the track to test out a new cycle path between Wetherby and Bramham.

Aged between four and 54 the riders enjoyed scorching summer temperatures as they tried out the new A1M cycle track, provided by the Highways Agency, as part of the new A1M widening works completed last year.

The route is suitable for cyclists of all ages and abilities and is mainly a traffic-free alternative for getting between Wetherby, Boston Spa, Clifford and Bramham.

The route links to quiet roads and an extensive bridleway network in the area allowing longer and more challenging routes to be created.

The ride was organised by Leeds City Council’s TravelWise team as part of the Leeds Summer Festival of Cycling and Team Green Britain Bike Week, a national campaign to get more people cycling for everyday journeys.

Andrew Hall, transport strategy manger for Leeds City Council said:
“This new cycle route linking the villages around Wetherby is a fantastic addition to the growing network of cycle paths available for people across the city as a whole. It will be particularly useful for commuters wanting to get to work or the shops without using the car and school children attending Boston Spa and Wetherby High Schools. Choosing to use the route regularly will help people save a bit of cash and take some gentle daily exercise at the same time.”

Mark Lee, Highways Agency construction manager, said:
“We’re pleased the cycle route has been welcomed. Our work to upgrade the A1 to motorway standard between Bramham and Wetherby has brought benefits to road users, but, as with many of our upgrade schemes, cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders have also benefited.”

For further information about Bike Week locally or nationally visit and

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