Thursday, 30 September 2010

Drop-in sessions for residents on household waste treatment proposals

Residents will be able to share their views and find out more about proposals to build a household waste treatment facility for Leeds during special local drop-in sessions.

The open sessions have been set up to be convenient for people living in the Richmond Hill, Osmondthorpe, Halton and Halton Moor areas, but anyone is welcome to drop in. Council officers will be on hand to talk through the plans and answer questions.

Two companies- Aire Valley Environmental and Veolia- are currently working with Leeds City Council on bids to provide waste treatment facilities for the city at either the Knostrop sewage treatment works site or the former wholesale market site on the Cross Green industrial estate.

The council is not expecting to choose a bidder and site until the summer of next year. It is keen to hear views from local people to ensure bidders take their concerns into account when planning their bids.

A detailed booklet explaining the process and providing answers to questions commonly asked by residents has also been posted to people in the vicinity of the proposed sites, along with details about the drop-in sessions.

They take place as follows:
• Tuesday October 5, 12-8pm, at the Edmund House Club and Institute Ltd, Pontefract Lane, Leeds;
• Saturday October 9, 11am-4pm, at East Leeds Leisure Centre, Neville Road, Halton;
• Tuesday October 12, 12-8pm, at St Philips Church Hall, 60 Osmondthorpe Lane, Leeds.

Susan Upton, head of waste management for Leeds City Council, said:

“We want local people to come along, express their opinions and find out as much as possible about what this scheme is all about.

“Their views are vital to informing how the two bids are put together and for their concerns to be addressed by the bidders.”

Anyone unable to attend the sessions can still tell the council what they think or find out more by writing to or emailing the project team. Include your name, address and telephone number and preferred method of contact and someone from the team will get in touch with you. You can also register to receive more information during the project.

Write to: Leeds Residual Waste Project, Environmental Services, Freepost RLXJ-ZYHY-GRSG, Leeds City Council, Knowsthorpe Gate, Cross Green, Leeds LS9 ONP

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335


Sod-cutting signals the start of something great for Farnley Park

Work will start next week on a £23m improvement programme at Farnley Park Maths & Computing College.

A sod-cutting ceremony on Monday (4 October) will mark the start of the work which will be carried out as part of Leeds’ award winning £260m BSF programme.

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Media are invited to the sod-cutting ceremony at Farnley Park Maths & Computing College on Monday 4 October at 3pm. Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, and Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council with responsibility for children’s services, will be joined by young people from the school to launch the improvement programme. Please contact or call 0113 3951577 to arrange attendance.
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Young people from the college will join Chris Edwards, the chief executive of Education Leeds, Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council with responsibility for children’s services, and representatives from Interserve, the company leading the building work, to carry out the first dig on the new access road and entrance to the college.

The BSF investment will transform Farnley Park into a 21st century school which will provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities for its young people, staff and wider community.

New facilities will include: sports facilities - including a hydrotherapy pool; activity studios; dining hall; drama facilities; open learning areas; office space; and a new school entrance.

There will also be purpose built facilities which will allow up to 30 pupils from the West Specialist Inclusive Learning Centre (SILC) to access learning in a mainstream setting.

Councillor Judith Blake, deputy leader of Leeds City Council with responsibility for children’s services, said:
“This ceremony marks the start of the latest Building Schools for the Future project to get underway in the city which will help transform Farnley Park into a modern, state of the art school.

“Young people, staff and the local community will all benefit from this investment which will bring some of the best possible facilities and equipment to this part of Leeds.”

Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said:
“The BSF programme has already delivered a number of fantastic secondary schools across the city. This £23m investment in Farnley Park will continue this tradition and provide another brilliant school which will benefit thousands of young people and the wider local community.

“The new and refurbished buildings will give a huge boost to the school and local area and will be something that everyone in New Farnley can be proud of.”

The final completion date for the project is July 2012 but facilities will be available for use as they are finished from February 2012.

Once complete, a total of £260m will be invested in rebuilding or refurbishing 13 secondary schools as part of the BSF programme in Leeds.

Allerton High, Pudsey Grangefield, Rodillian, Cockburn, Temple Moor, Allerton Grange High, Swallow Hill, Crawshaw, Farnley Park, Priesthorpe, Corpus Christi, Mount St Mary’s and Parklands Girls’ High will all benefit from the investment once the project is completed.


Notes to editors:

Leeds BSF schools are brilliant spaces designed for 21st century Learning and teaching, which provide:
• flexible and varied rooms and spaces, offering different environments for different styles of teaching and learning;
• purposefully designed for the curriculum of today and tomorrow;
• unprecedented levels of cutting-edge learning technology;
• bright, open and safe spaces designed with young people, to engage young people;
• fully inclusive facilities, giving every young person access to the learning, support and care they need;
• unique features reflecting the unique ethos of each school and the needs of the local young people, families and wider communities they serve;
• exciting and innovative environments for highly effective leadership and teaching.

*Leeds BSF is delivered through the Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP), which brings together Leeds City Council, Education Leeds, the government's Partnership for Schools (through Building Schools for the Future Investment), and the Interserve led consortium Environments 4 Learning (E4L).

Partnerships for Schools (PfS) is the delivery organisation for Building Schools for the Future. PfS was established in April 2004 as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), and is operated and funded under a joint venture between DCSF (formerly DfES) and Partnerships UK. PfS is a 100-strong organisation, with specialist expertise including educationalists, designers, ICT specialists, commercial managers and project management.

For media enquiries please contact:
Jon Crampton, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 3951577

A good ‘older’ knees up for all ages to mix

Age is no barrier to having a good time in east and north Leeds, as a trio of events celebrate old people in the area.

Three community events for East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) council tenants are taking place on 5, 6 and 8 October to celebrate International Older People’s Week 2010. More than 200 invited tenants have now confirmed attendance at the free events.

This year’s focus is on providing elderly tenants with valuable information on health matters, safety within the home and encouraging people of all ages to mix, with stalls from West Yorkshire Fire Service, Carers Leeds, Red Cross and Community Wellbeing.

Each event will take place from 11am till 2pm and and the oldest person in attendance on each of the days will receive a special presentation – previous years have had attendees at the grand old age of 103.

The events are:
Tuesday 5 October

West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Place, Chapeltown, Leeds, LS7 3JA
Local singer Billy Little will be performing,

Wednesday 6 October
Seacroft Green Social Club, 242 Brooklands Avenue, Seacroft, LS14 6NW
Performances from the choirs of Seacroft Grange Primary School and Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Primary School. Student ‘media reporters’ from Seacroft Grange will be reporting on the events of the day for their school. Plus, a group of pupils will be reminiscing on the toys of yesteryear with our guests.

Friday 8 October
Clifford Village Hall, Albion Street, Clifford, Leeds 23
Support and entertainment by local Boston Spa High School students.

Transport has been arranged for many less mobile tenants and each day will have a free buffet. Young volunteers including ENEHL Junior Wardens and local schools will be on hand to help out where needed and to take the opportunity for people of all ages to mix.

Angelena Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes board, said:
“We are thrilled to be holding our fourth year of events which aims to try and help to bridge the gap between generations; by inviting our older residents we are making some small steps in tackling isolation that can be experienced by older people.
“Working together is essential in promoting a healthy and active lifestyle particularly in later life – we aim to do this by having various, information and activity stalls on the day.
“As in previous years the focus has been on helping our residents to get together, have a good time and also for them to have the opportunity to access information.”

Notes to editors:
The event has been sponsored by Tunstall Telehealthcare, Aire Valley Tree Services, Parkers Landscape Gardener and East North East Homes Leeds’ Area Panels.

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