Friday, 15 July 2011

Woodhouse Tunnel Work Continues

Repairs to a busy section of the Leeds inner ring road continue this weekend.

Drivers are being asked to remember they could face delays as a result of the work to Woodhouse Tunnel, which runs underneath Leeds University and Leeds General Infirmary.

One side of the tunnel will be closed in each direction almost every weekend from now until mid October. The partial closures will last from 8pm on the Friday until 5am the following Monday. There will be a contraflow through the tunnel at these times.

Leeds City Council has been working with organisers of events taking place in the city throughout the summer months to minimise disruption, including the Redbull Flugtag event at Roundhay Park this Sunday (17 July).

City centre shoppers are being advised to use public transport where possible to avoid congestion. Alternative routes for drivers will be signed around the city. Information about the closures will also be carried on the newly installed traffic update screens on approaches to the city centre.


For media enquiries please contact:
Sara Hyman, Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 224 3602

Summer classes to educate those at risk of anti-social behaviour

Workshops designed to reach out to children and young people at risk of being involved in anti-social behaviour will be held across Leeds this summer.

The six sessions will target young people who are currently supported by Leeds City Council's Signpost project, a service that specialises in working with families who have high support needs.

The workshops will be held to discuss crime and anti-social behaviour and educate teenagers about the negative impact it can have on their lives and the lives of others.

As well as working to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents, the workshops will also help to boost the prospects of the young people who attend as they will receive an accredited ASDAN* qualification to help them in their further studies or careers.

The workshops have been developed by Safer Leeds, a partnership between Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police. The Signpost team has led in their development and they will be delivered in collaboration with the Youth Offending Service, West Yorkshire Fire Service and substance misuse service, Platform.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member for community safety, said:
“By reaching out to young people who have either been involved in anti-social behaviour, or who are at risk of being involved, we can help tackle the issue at the earliest possible stage. The workshops are designed to educate young people about the negative implications of anti-social behaviour and the impact it has on their lives and the lives of others.

“By working with our partners, we are determined to reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents and make Leeds a more pleasant place to live, work and visit.”

The six workshops will cover:
Knife crime and keeping safe: Delivered by the Youth Offending Service, this will look the laws around weapons and advise young people how to stay safe. There will be victims’ stories to deter young people from carrying knives and weapons.
Drug and alcohol awareness: Delivered by Platform and Safer Leeds’ Signpost team, it will raise awareness of the effect of drugs and alcohol and highlight the costs to the community. The links with offending and anti-social behaviour will also be discussed.
Fire safety and hoax calls: Delivered by West Yorkshire Fire Service, it will educate young people about the dangers of fire. There will be chances to look at fire engines and view a fire drill.
Anti-social behaviour: Delivered by the anti-social behaviour team, it will educate young people about the impact of anti-social behaviour on the community. It will also look at why young people get involved.
Vehicle related anti-social behaviour: Delivered by West Yorkshire Fire Service, it will focus on road safety and the fire related dangers of vehicles. Young people will use a car simulator and see how people are rescued from vehicles.
Community safety, CCTV: Delivered by Leeds City Council, it will show how CCTV is used to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and how it can gather evidence for convictions.


Notes to editors:

*ASDAN is a charitable social enterprise with awarding body status, providing courses to more than 6,000 UK and international schools, colleges, youth centres and training providers. ASDAN’s programmes and qualifications offer flexible ways to accredit skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life.

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