Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Have your say in Headingley

Leeds City Council is seeking the views of residents and organisations in Headingley about licensing in the area.

The event will run on Monday 20 September, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Headingley Community Centre located on North Lane.

The council has responsibility for licensing bars, pubs, clubs, nightclubs, hotels and takeaways for the sale of alcohol, regulated entertainment and late night refreshment.

The council has completely reviewed its current policies for Headingley along with the city centre, Hyde Park/Woodhouse, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth and is very interested to hear the views of locals and businesses in these areas.

Under the Licensing Act 2003, each licensing authority is required to develop, consult on and publish a statement of its licensing principles, and then review that policy every three years.

The consultation process will run between 12 July and 1 October, and the revised policy document, along with a list of proposed changes, are included on the council’s website at www.leeds.gov.uk/lpc.

People can put their thoughts on the revised documents in writing to the following address as well:

Entertainment Licensing
Leeds City Council
Civic Hall
Leeds
LS1 1EU

Or by email to entertainment.licensing@leeds.gov.uk

Or by using the online form at www.leeds.gov.uk/lpc


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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds gets ready for fantastic Fantasia



Picture caption: the stunning finale to last year's Classical Fantasia in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey

The historic grounds of Kirkstall Abbey will be filled with 9,000 classical music fans revelling in the magical atmosphere of Classical Fantasia this weekend.

An enchanting musical score provided by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, a stunning fireworks display and the breathtaking setting all combine to make this an event not to be missed.

Now in its 15th year Classical Fantasia has established itself as one of the most sought-after events in Leeds’ calendar and all tickets to the Saturday 18th September open-air extravaganza have now been snapped up.

Gates open at 6pm with the main performance due to start at 8pm. A selection of catering concessions and a licensed bar will be available on site although those attending are encouraged to bring their own picnic and collapsible seating.

Spectacular firework displays that signal both the end of the first half and accompany the evening’s electrifying finale have helped gild the event’s reputation over the years.

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

“Classical Fantasia is a hugely popular event every year. The setting is beautiful, the music is fantastic and the fireworks are out-of-this-world so it all adds up to a great evening’s entertainment with a really unique and magical atmosphere.”

For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk or call Leeds City Council’s Events Team on 0113 395 0891.

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

Thousands of council staff offered chance to leave or retire early

Staff working for Leeds City Council and Education Leeds are being offered the chance to leave or retire early.

Letters have been sent to thousands of employees asking them to register their interest in either a voluntary early retirement or ‘early severance’ scheme.

The letter makes it clear that the authority ‘will be a smaller organisation in three years time’ and goes on to explain that all efforts will be made to reduce the workforce by ‘natural turnover’.

It then advises staff about what they need to do if they want to tell the council they’d like to be considered.

Workers over 55, who are in the pension scheme, are entitled to register their interest for early retirement and other staff can opt for voluntary severance. Casual, temporary workers and school based staff are not eligible.

The maximum benefit will be 30 weeks pay for someone who has worked for the council for 20 years. In comparison, staff who have clocked up 12 months would be paid a week and a half’s wages.

The council expects several hundred people will apply, which will help it reduce its workforce over the next five years.

The letter includes details of a third option for staff. They are invited to reduce their hours temporarily or permanently or for them to apply for an unpaid career break.

Last month, Leeds City Council made clear the financial challenges it faces.

It has already been told by the government that it will have £19 million less to spend than anticipated, this year alone. By 2015, the authority is anticipating it will have to reduce its budget by approximately £150m.

The financial impact of the early retirement and early severance schemes, while designed to be attractive to staff, so that staff numbers can be reduced, is minimal in comparison to the savings that will be achieved.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, council leader and executive board member with responsibility for staff said:

“The council has said all along that it wanted to avoid making compulsory redundancies – offering staff the chance to leave is one way we’re doing just that.

“No-one – especially me – likes having to let people go, but we have to face up to the massive challenges the council faces over the coming years and balance the budget while protecting front line services.

“We already know that will have many millions of pounds less to spend by 2015, so we simply won’t be able to afford a such big workforce in future.”

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For media enquiries please contact:
Andy Carter, Leeds City Council (0113) 395 0393
e-mail: andy.carter@leeds.gov.uk