Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Row of shops to become green homes in £4million regeneration

A row of empty shops is to be transformed into 22 environmentally friendly homes for people from an area of Leeds.

Work has begun on the £4 million pound regeneration scheme at Chapel Hill in Morley Bottoms, which will completely regenerate shops and flats dating from 1908 to provide the much needed two-bed apartments by March next year.

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WHAT: Representatives from the agencies involved will take part in a ceremonial ‘sod turning’ at the site
WHEN: Friday 30th July at 11am
WHERE: Chapel Hill, Morley (the site compound can be accessed from both Bank Avenue and Bank Street)

The new development – built through a partnership between Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Housing, Aire Valley Homes Leeds and the Homes and Communities Agency – will be built to extremely high environmental standards. The roof will be built with Solar Voltaic roof tiles that will generate electricity for the homes, also exporting energy back to the National Grid.

There will also be a Local Lettings Plan designed to help local people rent a home, as there is a need in the area for such accommodation. It is hoped the development will free up under-occupied council housing in the area.

As well as providing the site for the development, the council has also provided gap funding of £415,436 to enable it to go ahead. Yorkshire Housing was successful in bidding for a £1.398m grant from the HCA.

Cllr Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said:
"Chapel Hill further demonstrates the commitment from both the council and our partners to deliver more affordable housing across Leeds, even in these difficult economic times.
“These new apartments will compliment the overall regeneration of the Morley Town Centre area and are designed to have a minimal impact on the environment.
“They will be aimed at customers who are under-occupying larger family sized homes which will assist in increasing the number of family sized homes available to customers in the Morley area. That way everyone wins."

Mervyn Jones, Chief Executive at Yorkshire Housing, said:
“We are delighted that work on the site is well underway and we have had a really positive reception from the local community.
”These properties are a wonderful example of how through partnership working, Yorkshire Housing is able to deliver modern and environmentally-friendly homes to the people who need them most.”

Naz Parkar, Head of Area for West Yorkshire at the Homes and Communities Agency said:
“I am delighted that our £1.3 million investment has enabled Yorkshire Housing to deliver these new homes with our partners at the Local Authority.
“This project will enhance the neighbourhood and help develop a sense of place by creating homes where people can not only afford to live but also want to.”

Notes to editors:
Yorkshire Housing
is one of the largest social housing providers dedicated to Yorkshire, managing over 14,000 homes and providing a wide range of other services across the region. For more information visit: www.yorkshirehousing.co.uk

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Its role is to create opportunity for people to live in high-quality, sustainable places. It provides funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment. For more information visit homesandcommunities.co.uk

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

Leeds feels the love for parks

The people of Leeds are being urged to get out and show their love for local parks and green spaces during national Love Parks Week.

Leeds City Council is supporting the week which runs Saturday 24 July and Sunday 1 August by hosting a fun day in Golden Acre Park on Wednesday 28th July.

Anyone can join parks and countryside staff to discover more about the wonderful gardens and for children there will be a chance to explore the bugs and beasties that live in the park as well as a chance to do some wildlife arts and crafts.

Leeds City Council’s senior parks and countryside ranger Emma Trickett, said:

“Every summer we get lots of compliments on the wonderful gardens at Golden Acre Park and the Love Parks event will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to find out more about this beautiful place, which is right on their doorsteps.

“Aside from showing support for the Love Parks campaign and seeing the luscious scenery of Golden Acre Park it is a great place to walk, relax find peace of mind and have fun.”

Love Parks Week is organised by parks charity GreenSpace to raise awareness of the importance of parks, and this year the focus will be on encouraging people to get into parks to join the campaign for continued investment and support for these valuable community assets.

Paul Bramhill, chief executive of GreenSpace, said:

“This year we want as many people as possible to show support for the campaign by attending an event and taking advantage of what these fantastic places have to offer.”

Last year, around 600 park events took place to celebrate Love Parks Week, attracting over 400,000 people. Anyone wanting to take part in the Golden Acre fun day can meet Leeds City Council staff at the shop near the café across from Golden Acre Car Park off the A660 Otley Road.

For more information contact Steve Joul on 07891 270855 or email countrysiderangers@leeds.gov.uk. For information about other events in the Parks and Countryside of Leeds visit www.leeds.gov.uk/rangers and click on the ‘Out and About’ leaflet on the right hand side of the page.

-Notes to Editors-

Programme of events for Golden Acre’s Fun Day (Wednesday 28th July):
• Guided walks around Golden Acre park by Senior Gardner, Dean Lockwood starting at 10 am and 2 pm.
• Bug hunts with Countryside Rangers 2 pm and 3 pm.
• Nature arts and crafts for children 2 – 4 pm.

For more information on Love Parks Week, including details of events happening in parks during the week, go to www.loveparksweek.org.uk

GreenSpace is a registered charity which works to improve parks and green spaces by raising awareness, involving communities and creating skilled professionals. For more information please go to www.green-space.org.uk


For media enquiries please contact:Daniel Johnson, leisure communications officer
tel: 0113 247 8285, email: Daniel.johnson1@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds Industrial Museum ready to go into space

Caption: Casey Orr's latest photography exhibition 'Wool'will be on display at the museum

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is to celebrate the official opening of a dedicated new gallery space at a special event this week.

The MillSpace will be formally opened at the museum on Canal Road at 5:30pm on Wednesday 21st July with the first use of the new space being an exhibition by celebrated local photographer Casey Orr entitled ‘Wool’.

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Media are invited to the opening of The MillSpace at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills at 5:30pm on Wednesday 21st July. Photographer Casey Orr will be attending the opening and will be available for interview.
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The project to create The MillSpace was overseen by Leeds City Council who manage the museum with funding support from the Museums, Libraries and Archives (MLA) Renaissance Yorkshire.

The new gallery is the first such dedicated space in the museum, and will allow for works to be showcased by artists and community groups from the local area and beyond. The MillSpace will also be home to a series of artist-in-residence programmes, of which Casey Orr’s exhibition is the first.

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

“This new MillSpace gallery is a fantastic addition to the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills as it offers the opportunity to work with a range of artists and community groups and engage with whole new audiences who perhaps have never visited the museum before.

“This will bring a whole new aspect to the museum and we look forward to seeing all the great displays of talent on show at The MIllSpace in the coming years.”

Head of Renaissance Yorkshire Janet Thompson said:

“The new MillSpace gallery at Armley Mills puts the local community right where it should be - at the heart of the museum. Now that the new space is up and running there will be lots of exciting things going on and more reasons for people to pop in on a regular basis.”

Casey Orr will be a guest at the opening to see the exhibition and to discuss her work with those attending.

Photographer and teacher Casey Orr said:

“The opening of The MillSpace has given me an opportunity to show work that seems absolutely appropriate to the space; I’ve been chronicling the people of Armley for many years now and there isn’t a better place to show this recent collection.

“The mill has always embodied an amazing history, not just of machinery and manufacturing but of the people of west Leeds, all the generations of men and women who’ve worked there. Bringing creative projects into The Millspace is such a good thing, it fits with the way Armley is changing.”

For further information on the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, visit the website at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills/ or call 0113 263 7861.

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is one of the largest textile museums in the world. Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, the museum tells the history of manufacturing in Leeds including textiles, clothing, printing and engineering and contains exhibits from the 18th century to the present day.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk