Thursday, 24 March 2011

Green light for energy saving as bio fuel station opens



Cllr Tom Murray helps to refuel the recycling truck

Leeds City Council has taken a further step forward in pioneering green methods for collecting waste by becoming the first local authority to have its own biomethane fuel station.

Although a handful of local councils are trialling temporary fuel pumps for the green gas, Leeds is the first in the UK to have its own permanent biomethane station. Its opening took place today during this week’s national Climate Week.

It will provide fuel storage and easier re-filling facilities for the two refuse trucks running on gas- which currently rely on regular fuel deliveries- and open up opportunities to expand this use in the future.

This could mean many more council vehicles eventually converting to the green fuel and also potentially allow other organisations in the city to share the facilities.

One of the trucks, which collects recycling, runs solely on biomethane, a natural gas produced during the breakdown of organic materials such as food waste, manure or agricultural waste. The other can use a mixture of biomethane and diesel at the same time.

Since the two gas-powered refuse trucks were introduced nine months ago to the frontline refuse collection fleet they have achieved big reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, with the dedicated biomethane vehicle notching up an impressive 60% reduction.

Cllr Tom Murray, executive member for environmental services, who was at the opening, said:
“This is a very exciting opportunity for Leeds to be at the forefront of green technology in our region while also realising real savings in the cost of running essential vehicles. I’m also delighted that this is taking place during Climate Week to demonstrate our commitment to wider green issues.

“Having this permanent biomethane fuel station in Leeds opens up all kinds of possibilities for future green improvements in how we and other organisations in the city operate our fleet.”

The majority of funding for the new £150,000 fuelling station has come from Cenex, (Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies) under the Department for Transport Alternative Fuels Infrastructure grant programme as well as the Local Transport Fund. Leeds City Council has also contributed to the cost.


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

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School kids dig in for new Temple Newsam playground





Pictured are Cllr Judith Blake with Phys-Cap fundraiser David Bransby and pupils from Colton Primary School.

Children from Colton Primary School joined Leeds' Play Champion Councillor Judith Blake, to celebrate the start of work on a new, fully inclusive, playground at Temple Newsam.

The new playground, which will be called the 'Phys-Cap Play Area', will be a fantastic space, creating opportunities for children of all abilities. The play area has been designed by Leeds City Council in association with Phys-Cap Charity. Phys-Cap have raised the majority of the funding for the play area through securing of funding from a number of grant organisations including WREN, Caird Bardon, (via Grantscape) HESCO, Yorkshire Building Society, Garfield Weston Foundation, Beaverbrooks, Openworks, Brackenridge, Hanson and Tate Golf Day in addition to Friends of Temple Newsam and Leeds City Council Playbuilder funding to name a few.

The play area will create enchantment, adventure and excitement for children of all ages and abilities, with a sensory maze, adventure unit, zip wire, swings and many more play features – providing a flagship play area for disabled children and their families for the city. Phys-Cap Play Area will be one of the largest multi-ability play areas in the North.

Cllr Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children's services says,
“It is wonderful to see work start on this play area and I am delighted that we were able to secure the funding after all of the hard work Phys-Cap put into raising funds themselves. It really has been a pleasure to work in partnership with Phys-Cap and I want to thank them for the absolute determination they have shown in order to bring a fully inclusive play area to Leeds.

“This new play ground will be something the entire city should be proud of and I have no doubt that it will be well used by hundreds of children regardless of their ability and will add a whole new dimension to a day out at Temple Newsam. I am sure I will be adding my voice to those of children across the city when I say that I can’t wait to see the finished result in the summer.”

Coronation Street’s Jack Shepherd, a patron of Phys-Cap says,
“Due to filming schedules I couldn't be at this important event but I know how hard everyone at Phys-Cap has worked to see this day come to fruition. A playground such as this is a necessary feature of any forward thinking city and I’m proud my home town has had the foresight and enthusiasm to make this happen. This play space will bring a great deal of happiness to so many children and I’m happy to support Phys-Cap in helping children that are so often overlooked.”

The play area, which will officially open on Thursday 30th June, will form part of a larger scheme to improve facilities at Temple Newsam Estate. There will be disabled parking bays and a Changing Places toilet facility plus new interactive exhibits at the farm attraction are coming soon!


www.Phys-Cap.org
Phys-Cap: Registered Charity No: 512422
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Notes to editors:
Phys-Cap is a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for children suffering from severe physical disabilities, by purchasing specialised and therapeutic equipment. The goal of the charity is to ensure that we always have the funds readily available to help children cope a little easier with disabilities and to offer financial assistance whenever the need arises. Our aim is to always be in a position to say YES when requests for help and assistance are received. We are known as the ‘last resort’ when all other doors have been closed.

Phys-Cap has come to the aid of many children in the region providing funding for equipment which makes a huge difference to their quality of life and that of their carers. Earlier this year the charity funded a Pavilion for Green Meadows Special School, having also supplied a sound and light system for their hydrotherapy pool.

To make a donation please contact David Bransby: davidbransby@googlemail.com

Media Contact for Phys-Cap: Sharon Brigden at SLB PR Ltd
Tel: 0113 269 8100 email: sharon@slbpr.co.uk

Media contact for Leeds City Council: Emma Whittell, press office, 0113 2474713, emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Leeds unites for Rugby League World Cup glory

Sporting organisations across Leeds are uniting together with Leeds City Council and other key partners to submit a bid to become a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

The move follows the Rugby Football League’s (RFL) invitations to towns and cities across the UK to be hosting partners for this prestigious world wide event to be held in England and Wales. The Leeds bid will be submitted on April 15.

Leeds will put forward the 40,000 capacity Elland Road and Headingley Carnegie Stadium for key games, along with a number of top class facilities for team base camps and team training sites.

The rugby world cup games are expected to bring economic benefits to the UK of between £30m – £50m. Over 250,000 people will attend games which will be broadcast in over 120 countries attracting around 20million viewers worldwide. Each match held in Leeds will be a significant boost to the local economy and wider city region.

The council and partners are developing exciting plans to help make the World Cup the most successful ever held, with a range of cultural, educational, business and sporting events and activities in the pipeline. Further details of the Leeds bid will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for leisure, said:
“Our sport fans are some of the most passionate, dedicated and loyal in the world.

“With this passion, unity and dedication, Leeds can help make this World Cup the most successful ever, and we share the RFL’s vision for what will be an integral part of the country’s ‘golden decade of sport’. It would be a massive honour for Leeds to host such an exciting global sporting event.

The fourteenth Rugby World Cup will be staged in England and Wales in October and November 2013. From February to October this year, the host city selection process will be undertaken with the final decision made on the 31 October 2011.

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said:
“Leeds has significant experience of successfully hosting world class events and teams and we have all the ingredients needed to help deliver a premier global sporting event. We look forward to working in partnership with the RFL, city wide organisations and others to ensure the games have a lasting impact for the city and for rugby league.

“Rugby is a big part of Leeds and we can provide the best experience for teams, players, officials, visitors and supporters. I urge everybody in the city to get behind this bid.”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive for Leeds Rhinos said:
“As one of only four remaining grounds from the first ever season of Northern Union in 1895, we are delighted to be included as part of Leeds’ host city bid. As a club we have always been immensely proud to represent the city of Leeds at the highest level of rugby league, and we are pleased to include the world famous Headingley Carnegie Stadium as part of that bid.

“We hope to have a newly developed South Stand by 2013, which will make our home an ideal venue to host fixtures as the World Cup itself comes home. As well as staging games, we have also worked in partnership with organisations across the city, including Marketing Leeds and Leeds City Council, on events such as the World Club Challenge and the Leeds Loves Rugby festival in recent years, which are perfect examples of how the city can come together to not only host major sporting events but to do so in a way that the entire community can feel part of these occasions.”

Shaun Harvey, chief executive for Leeds United said:
“We're delighted to form part of the bid to bring the Rugby League World Cup to Leeds in 2013. We believe Elland Road would be an excellent venue with top class facilities and with the re-development work we are currently undertaking, the stadium will have even more to offer come 2013.

"Leeds has a fine sporting heritage and we all believe that host city status would be of major benefit to the area.”

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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

Leeds City Region welcomes enterprise zones announcement

**Issued on behalf of the Leeds City Region**

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced that 21 areas will benefit from at least £100 million investment in enterprise zone-style tax breaks, deregulation, and relaxation of planning rules.

Under these proposals local authorities will be able to retain and reinvest business rates, whilst developers and businesses outside these areas will be offered various incentives for relocation and investment in the zones.

The Chancellor said that enterprise zones present “real opportunities for growth, and create bespoke incentives tailored to the needs and aims of the local economy."

In response to the announcement, Neil McLean, Chair of the Leeds City Region LEP Board said:

“The Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership has a clear ambition to promote sustainable economic growth across the city region and we are delighted to be one of the first Enterprise Zones in the country.

As long as the enterprise zones reflect the needs of businesses and respond to current challenges then introducing them will certainly help remove some known barriers to growth and stimulate economic growth.

The LEP Board will consider options at its first meeting in April and will work to make a decision on the exact location by early May.”

The Partnership is now working to understand the offer being made and the options available as well as identify city region areas that fit the criteria to become an enterprise zone and have the potential to trigger economic growth and benefit the wider city region economy.

Enterprise zones were first introduced in the 1980s in order to give businesses more freedom to operate through reducing taxation and relaxing the regulations affecting businesses.

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For media enquiries contact Sara Hyman on 0113 2243602 or sara.hyman@leeds.gov.uk

Changes to Blue Badge Scheme

Under new government proposals, from 1 April 2011, responsibility for assessing people who apply under the ‘discretionary’ criteria for the Disabled Person’s Parking Scheme (Blue Badge Scheme) will transfer from the NHS to local authorities. Applicants that apply under the ’automatic’ criteria will not be affected by these changes.

A review by the Department for Transport (DfT) in 2007 highlighted the need for improvements to be made to how the scheme is administered nationally, including its eligibility criteria and finding better ways to prevent the system from being abused.

Under the new arrangements, the council will organise for applicants applying to the scheme under the discretionary criteria, to have an independent medical assessment. This will be carried out by an occupational therapist or occupational therapist assistant - not the applicant’s GP. All assessments will be carried out at the St George’s Centre, St Georges Road, Middleton, which has free parking.

There are also national plans to replace the current paper badges with plastic ones from the end of this year. These will have additional security features to prevent badges from being copied. A national database will also be provided, which will allow local authorities to check all badges issued in the UK and not just those issued in their areas.

A recent survey carried out by Leeds council revealed that nearly 130 incidents of people using badges when they were not entitled to do so were identified in the city over a three-month period.

In a crackdown between October 2010 and January 2011, 119 people were fined for using a badge to which they were not entitled. Thirteen badges registered to people who had died were still being used, and 25 badges were surrendered on the spot when the users were challenged.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for adult health and social care said:
"The Blue Badge scheme is for people with severe mobility problems. It allows people with disabilities, or their carers, to park their cars close to where they need to go.

"Many disabled people rely on the access that the scheme gives them to retain their independence, so it’s really important that the system isn't abused so that it can continue to improve the lives of the people who need it the most.”

Anyone who knows of a Blue Badge being fraudulently used should call Leeds 247 4645 or email concerns@leeds.gov.uk This service is confidential and calls can be made anonymously.

If you have any questions, would like to request a new badge or are due to have your current one renewed, please contact customer services on Leeds 222 4444.

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Additional info

The Disabled Persons’ Parking Badge Scheme (Blue Badge Scheme) was introduced in 1971 as part of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Act 1970. The Blue Badge Scheme enables severely disabled people to park on the street without charge or time limit, and for up to three hours on yellow lines.

Eligibility is considered in terms of being ‘eligible without further assessment’
(previously known as the ‘automatic’ criterion’) or ‘eligible subject to further
assessment’ (previously known as the ‘discretionary criterion’).

People who may be issued with a badge without further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
• Receives the Higher Rate of the Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMCDLA).
• Is registered blind.
• Receives a War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS).

People who would be considered eligible subject to further assessment are those who are more than two years old and fall within one or more of the following descriptions:
• Drives a vehicle regularly, has a severe disability in both arms, and is unable to operate, or has considerable difficulty in operating, all or some types of parking meter;
• Is unable to walk or has very considerable difficulty in walking because of a permanent and substantial disability.

In addition, children under the age of three may be eligible for a badge if they fall within either or both of the following descriptions:
• A child who has a condition that requires that they be always accompanied by bulky medical equipment which cannot be carried around with the child without great difficulty;
• A child who has a condition that requires that they must always be kept near a motor vehicle so that they can, if necessary, be treated for that condition in the vehicle or taken quickly in the vehicle to a place where they can be treated.

The majority of assessments will be undertaken as ‘in person’ mobility and functional assessments at the St Georges Centre. They will be carried out by trained assessors under the direction of an occupational therapist. The functional and mobility assessment will determine if the applicant meets the DfT’s eligibility criteria.

Adult social care’s Electronic Social Care Records (ESCR) system will also be used to assess applicants where the person is known to adult social care and where there is up-to-date and sufficiently detailed information. Where this is the case, an assessment will be done without further need to contact the applicant. It is likely that the number of applicants that can be assessed by this method will be small.

A tool for assessing applicants via a telephone interview will also be used as an alternative method of assessing applicants where appropriate, and would mean the applicant need not attend an ‘in person’ assessment.

Where the applicant is unable to communicate via a telephone, or there are concerns over the applicant’s identity, then the person would be invited for an ‘in person’ assessment.

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

West Yorkshire road casualties at an all time low

**Issued on behalf of the West Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership**

Recently released Road Casualty data for West Yorkshire reveals that the casualties on West Yorkshire’s roads have reached an all time low.

The total number of casualties for 2010 was 8,350, a reduction of 9% (861) on the figures for 2009 and a reduction of 17% on the 2005~09 five year average.

Not only is the number of casualties at an all time low, but the number of people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in West Yorkshire continued to fall in 2010 and the figure of 894 is the lowest ever recorded in the county and an 18% reduction on the five year average.

A total of 124 children were killed or seriously injured and the 2010 total, which has fallen by 54% compared with the 1994~98 average, is the smallest child KSI figure so far recorded in the county. Additionally, there are now half as many children sustaining slight injuries in road traffic collisions than there were twelve years ago.

A total of 290 pedestrians were killed or seriously injured and this is a reduction of 45% compared with the 1994~98 average. The figure of 290 pedestrian KSI is the lowest annual total ever recorded since the county was formed in 1974.

Commenting on these pleasing results, Sue Snoddy, Road Safety GB representative for Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“It is heartening to see these significant reductions to road casualties across West Yorkshire and this is undoubtedly down to good partnership working between all those agencies involved in the promotion of road safety. I’m pleased that the number of people injured on our County’s roads is now at an all time low, but of course for each and every one of the 8,350 casualties there is a very human story of pain, loss and devastation so we must continue to work hard to encourage road users to behave in a way that ensures their own safety and the safety of others.”

Whilst the 2010 casualty figures do make pleasing reading, the headline figures also mask some areas for concern and, according to Sue Snoddy; there is certainly no room for complacency.

In 2000, the Government set us targets for a reduction in the number of people Killed or Seriously Injured on our roads. These targets were then ‘stretched’ in the second West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan.
In relation to these targets Sue Snoddy Says:
“Our aim was to achieve fewer than 880 Killed or Seriously Injured casualties and sadly, we missed the original target by 0.25% and the stretch target by just 14 (1%). We were also hoping that we could keep the number of children killed or seriously injured in road collisions below 103 in line with the stretched target.

Although we’ve seen fewer children than ever before killed or seriously injured on our roads, and have exceeded the original target by 4%, we missed the stretch target by 21 (8%).

Additionally, we know for example that the child pedestrian Killed or Seriously Injured total, particularly amongst the 12 -15 year old age group is relatively static and not falling at the rate we’d like. There has also been less progress for the 16-19 year olds ‘young adult’ pedestrian group when compared with other age groups. We will continue to work hard with identified vulnerable road user groups to develop campaigns and initiatives aimed at addressing these issues.”

Other areas where the West Yorkshire Authorities are keen to see improvements in road safety are amongst motorcyclists, who now account for 16% of the KSI casualty total, compared with 11% between 1994~98) and pedal cyclists. The number of cyclists on our roads has increased in recent years, and in particular it would seem that there has been a growth in the number of people choosing to commute to work by bike. This has meant an increase in the number of pedal cycle casualties on week days during the morning and evening peak and this road user group now accounts for 10% of the KSI casualty total, compared with 7% between 1994~98.

Notes to editors:

In March 2000, the government published its road safety strategy and casualty reduction targets for 2010 in the report Tomorrow’s roads: safer for everyone.
The targets, to be achieved by the end of 2010, compared with the average for 1994 to 1998, are:
• A 40% reduction in the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI).
• A 50% reduction in the number of children killed or seriously injured.
• A 10% reduction in the slight casualty rate expressed as the number of people slightly injured per 100 million vehicle kilometres (100mvk).
The second West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (LTP2) introduced stretched targets to the original, plus an additional local target focussed on pedestrians.

• Total KSI casualties stretched to a 30% reduction from the 2002 to 2004 average.
• Child KSI casualties stretched to a 40% reduction from the 2002 to 2004 average.
• Total Slight casualties with a 15% reduction from the 2002 to 2004 average.
• Pedestrian KSI casualties a 50% reduction from the 1994 to 1998 average by 2010, and stretched to a 30% reduction from the 2002 to 2004 average.

Casualty data for West Yorkshire is collated by the Accident Studies team based at Leeds City Council. Their information is taken from that collected by police attending collisions where injuries are sustained.


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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

Belt and buckle approach saves lives

‘Belt up!’ is the message ahead of a road safety event next week designed to highlight the importance of always wearing a seatbelt.

Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service will be in Harehills at the Morrisons store at 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 March to demonstrate the dangers of not wearing a seatbelt.

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All media are invited to the event at Morrisons on Harehills Lane at 12.30pm on Wednesday 30 March. The event will raise awareness of the danger of not using seat belts. The fire service will deploy equipment which will demonstrate the consequences of travelling unrestrained, even at low speeds.
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A ‘seatbelt sledge’ will be used to demonstrate the forces exerted on bodies in a head-on road traffic collision. The sledge is designed to raise the awareness of the dangers of driving and being a passenger without seatbelts or appropriate child restraints.

The road safety event comes in light of recent studies carried out in the LS8 area where vehicles were observed on school journeys. Shockingly, the surveys showed overall that 33% of adult car occupants observed were not wearing seatbelts and 44% of children were unrestrained when travelling. At one school 45% of adults and 69% of children were unrestrained.

Rebecca Prosser, road safety manager for Leeds City Council, said:
“Together with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, we are concerned about the number of adults and children that are travelling in vehicles and not using seat belts or child safety seats.

‘We want to show people the consequences of not wearing seatbelts or using child safety seats and the seatbelt sledge will show the difference between what can happen when wearing a seatbelt and when not. On the day we will be giving people information and asking them to pledge to always wear a seatbelt when they are travelling in a vehicle.”

For your own and others’ safety, the law requires you to use a seat belt, and for children to use an appropriate child restraint.

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Notes to editors:

The law states that children under 12 years must be seated in an appropriate child safety seat or use a booster cushion when travelling in a car, unless they are 135cm tall or over.

An ‘appropriate’ restraint is one suitable for the child’s weight, height and their physical development.

It is estimated that wearing a seat belt saves over 200 lives and 7,000 injuries every year in the UK.


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

Bus lane dodgers warned they could soon be caught on camera

Drivers ducking into Leeds city centre bus lanes hoping to dodge traffic may soon get more than they bargained for as they are caught on camera and fined.

It is already an offence for motorists to drive into bus lanes and gates, but from mid-April they run they risk of being caught out by the new cameras and receiving fixed penalty fines of £30 in the post.

In the run-up to the switch-on of the cameras, officers from Leeds City Council will be out and about over the next month warning drivers and issuing dummy tickets. The cameras are being placed at hotspots in and around the city centre.

A survey by Leeds City Council In late January found nearly 2,000 drivers- 1,941 in total- illegally cutting into city centre bus lanes over three days in the same week. The vast majority of these offences took place during the morning rush from 7.30-9am, holding up buses full of commuters and other passengers.

In one case- along the Wellington Road lane adjacent to Clyde Approach- 572 drivers were seen to break the law on the same day by using the bus lane.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member for development, said:
“The extent of the abuse of bus lanes by motorists is shocking and this behaviour is against the law. For every driver who attempts to shave a few seconds off their journey time there are bus loads full of commuters, other passengers and law-abiding drivers who are being held up instead.

“We are determined to crack down on this, but to ensure everyone is aware of what’s happening we are using this period to warn motorists that they won’t be able to get away with this for much longer.”

Metro, which co-ordinates the transport for West Yorkshire, is supporting the scheme.

Metro chair Councillor Chris Greaves said:
“Bus lanes are designed to improve the free flow of buses, which can be carrying the same number of people as 30 or more cars, enabling them to skip congested stretches of the road and deliver passengers to their destinations quickly and efficiently.

“After the warning period with dummy tickets, inconsiderate car drivers who persist in illegally using bus lanes and cancelling out the advantages they provide, must be dummies and should expect the penalty.”

The council has recently acquired the responsibility from the police for enforcing rules on keeping bus lanes clear. Certain vehicle other than buses, such as emergency vehicles and registered taxis (but not private hire cabs) are allowed to use the lanes. The majority of vehicles, however, cannot and road signs make it clear what restrictions apply.

Motorists will be reminded again before the start of the camera enforcement when the council announces the date that the cameras will go live. The council also intends at a later stage to introduce more fixed cameras and a mobile camera to tackle the issue elsewhere in the city.


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

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New lease of life for temporary city centre car parks

Senior councillors will consider plans next week that will give unauthorised car parks the chance to stay open for the next five years.

The proposals respond to concerns raised by members of the public when enforcement action was taken against seven car parks operating without planning permission.

At a meeting of Leeds City Council’s Executive Board on Wednesday 30 March officers will recommend that the car parks remain open on condition the operators undertake work to improve the road surface and facilities, improve security and undertake landscaping work to better the appearance of the car parks.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive member responsible for city development, said:
“When members of the public raised concerns about the closure of these car parks we responded quickly by suspending enforcement action and setting up a review of city centre parking.

"These proposals recognise the importance of providing car parking facilities while using the planning process to secure improvements to the quality and appearance of the sites, as well as considering the wider transport needs of the city.

“We understand that these car parks provide valuable commuter car parking spaces, particularly around the south side of the city centre, and that this can help support local businesses.

“It is also the case that major public transport schemes which were anticipated – such as Supertram and the park and ride proposals– have not yet materialised.

“As a result we are recommending that the council does not to clamp down and force the closure of these car parks, but offer them the chance of a new lease of life. We look forward to working with the car park operators to deliver this.”

Overall numbers at the car parks will be limited to 3000 spaces to ensure that commuting by car into Leeds does not increase and add to congestion on the roads into the city centre.

The Draft City Centre Car Parking Policy is subject to a public consultation which runs from 31 March to 29 April. Full details of the report can be viewed on the Leeds City Council website.

Comments should be emailed to ldf@leeds.gov.uk or sent by post to Car Parking Policy Consultation, Vash Bodiyat, Forward Planning and Implementation, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington St, Leeds LS2 8HD to arrive no later than 29 April 2011.

Notes to editors:Copies of the Executive Board report on the city centre commuter car parking policy are available by calling the council press office number below or visiting the council website on www.leeds.gov.uk.

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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