Friday, 25 November 2011

Update regarding disruption to council services on 30 November 2011

Council services will be disrupted on Wednesday 30 November due to a national strike planned by trade unions in connection with a national pension dispute.

Many council offices, public facilities and services will close or have only minimum numbers of staff working on that day. We are focussing our efforts on minimising the impact on our most crucial services and most vulnerable residents.

The most up-to-date information we have available at the moment is as follows:

Adult social care services
The following services will be closed:

Older People’s Services
Doreen Hamilton Day Centre
Lincolnfields Day Centre
Wykebeck Day Centre
Naburn Court Day Centre
Frederick Hurdle Day Centre
APNA Day Centre
Firthfields Day Centre
Laurel Bank Day Centre
Rose Farm Day Centre
Springfield Day Centre
Burley Willows Day Centre
Spring Gardens Day Centre
Queenswood Drive Day Centre
Radcliffe Lane Day Centre

Older People’s Dementia Day Services
Calverlands Day Centre
Middlecross Day Centre
Siegen Day Centre
The Green Day Centre

Mental Health Day Services
The Lovell Park Centre
Stocks Hill Day Centre
The Vale Day Centre
The Community Alternatives Team

Resource Centres for people with a physical sensory impairment
Osmondthorpe Resource Centre
Mariners Resource Centre

Learning Disabilities Fulfilling Lives Service
Bramley Fulfilling Lives
Horsforth Fulfilling Lives
SSE Fulfilling Lives (formerly Moorend)
Potternewton Fulfilling Lives
Ramshead Wood Fulfilling Lives
Rothwell Fullfilling Lives
West Ardsley Fullfilling Lives
Wetherby Fulfilling Lives

The latest information about school closures is as follows:

159 schools closed to pupils (138 primary, 16 secondary, 5 Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres)

29 schools partially closed to pupils (26 primary, 3 secondary)

Parents and carers should consult their children’s schools for the very latest information.

Bin collections
There will be no refuse collections on Wednesday 30 November. Residents are advised to put their black bins out for their next scheduled collection on Wednesday 7 December.

Residents whose monthly recycling or garden waste or bag collection service is scheduled for Wednesday 30 November are advised to put out their green bins or bags and brown bins as normal. If their bin/bags have not been emptied by Friday evening, they need to take it back and put it out as normal on their next collection day.

Household waste sorting sites and recycling centres may be closed due to staffing shortage.

No bulky waste collections are scheduled for 30 November. Residents are requested to call and to rearrange a collection.

Community centres
The following community centres will be closed.

Mandela Community Centre
Alston Lane Community Centre
Blackburn Hall
Ebor Gardens Community Centre
Fieldhead Carr Community Centre
Henry Baron Community Centre
Kentmere Community Centre
Kippax Community Centre
Little London Community Centre
Methley Community Centre
Mickefield Community Centre
Rose Lund Community Centre
St Gregorys Community Centre
Weston Lane Community Centre
Windmill Community Centre
Middleton Skills Centre

One stop centres
Rothwell One Stop Centre, Otley One Stop Centre and Wetherby One Stop Centre will be closed.

Kirkgate Market
Kirkgate indoor market will be closed. The Asian Bazaar market, which operates on the open market each Wednesday will still be open.

This information is current as of 5pm, 25 November but is subject to change up until and including 30 November.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578

Home Farm to reopen to visitors

Temple Newsam’s Home Farm will reopen to the public tomorrow (Saturday) after this week’s fire.

The popular visitor attraction will open its gates at 10am after being given the all-clear following Wednesday’s fire in the central Cow Byre and Bothy building.

Investigations are still continuing as to the cause of the fire, and a safety zone has been put in place around the building to allow visitors access to the rest of the farmyard. Some of the animals have been moved into new areas of the farmyard to allow visitors to see as many of them as possible.

As a result of the enforced changes, a temporary reduction in admission prices is to be in place with immediate effect from Saturday 26 November. Adult entry to Home Farm will be £1 or 80 pence for LEEDSCard holders, with children’s admission 50p, Breezecard holders 40p and a family ticket at £2.50.

Joint tickets for Home Farm and Temple Newsam House will be available at £4.50 for adults, £3.60 for LEEDSCard holders, children’s tickets at £3, Breezecard £2.40 and family tickets at £11.50.

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

“What happened at Home Farm this week was very sad and shocking but we are keen to get things back to normal as quickly as we can and we have now been given the all-clear to reopen to visitors.

“Everyone who has worked so hard to get the farm ready to reopen so quickly deserves real credit and it would be great see lots of families and children visit the farm to see the animals in the coming days and weeks.”

For further details on Home Farm, visit or call 0113 264 5535.


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, tel 0113 247 5472

Men in Leeds show support for campaign to end violence against women

CGS: The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Rev Alan Taylor, and Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan tie a ribbon round a tree to show support for the White Ribbon campaign

Friday 25th November 2011

Next week sees the start of a 16 day international campaign to end violence against women.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Rev Alan Taylor joined Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan and men from across Leeds in Park Square to launch the campaign today (25th November).

Leeds City Council’s domestic violence team is coordinating a city-wide art project to wrap trees in white ribbon to encourage men across the city to show their support for the campaign and pledge they will not commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women.

Each year across the UK, three million women experience violence, and there are many more living with the legacies of past abuse. On average, two women in England and Wales are killed every week by a current or former male partner. This campaign will raise awareness locally and internationally about the issue and get men to commit their support for the campaign


For media enquiries, please contact;
Annie Goodyear Leeds City Council press office (0113) 2243937

Council urges business to leap into action in 2012

Leeds City Council is asking owners/managers of new start up and micro businesses to ‘save the date’ for an important enterprise event to be held on a date which only comes around once every four years – 29th February.

The ‘Leap into Action’ event is free and will provide an opportunity for businesses to see first hand what business support is available from Leeds City Council and a number of other organisations in the city. It is hoped the event will inspire and inform businesses and new start ups to help them develop and grow their businesses in 2012.

In addition the event is being held as a reminder of the huge variety and scope of information and help available from the Business and Patent Information Service of the council based in Leeds Central Library.

The day will include an exhibition area as well as a number of seminars aimed at anyone thinking about starting up or who has already taken the plunge and wants guidance on areas such as sourcing finance, business support, finding office space, tax and national insurance, how to network, protecting new products and developing brands as well as the hot topic of social media and making the best of it for business.

Simon Brereton, enterprise support team manager for Leeds City Council said:
“At a time when there is a great deal of uncertainty about what business support is available we felt it was important to highlight the large amount of useful information, a lot of which is free, currently available from the council and local organisations.

“For example it’s little known that Leeds has one of the few full-time patent libraries in the UK. An effective patent or trademark search can be a vital first step when developing a new product and can ultimately save you time and money. The event in February will also give business owners a chance to expand their knowledge of business issues and talk to some of the providers.”

The event takes place on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at the Leeds Central Library from 11am to 6.00pm.
The council have also produced an electronic guide which outlines what support is available and how to get in touch with the relevant department or organisation. The guide is available by emailing or calling 0113 220 6350. It can also be downloaded from

The event is supported by Europe Direct.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Kalpna Mistry 0113 247 0000

Let your council know your thoughts

Residents in Headingley will be able be able to find out more about their local environmental services at a drop in session being held next week.

On Tuesday 29 November, people will be able to visit the new HEART Centre on Bennett Road to meet local councillors, council officers and west Yorkshire Police to raise any issues they have about their local area. The event will run from 7-9pm.

Information about refuse collection, licensing and planning along with updates from the neighbourhood policing team will be available.

For any further information about the event please contact the area management team on 0113 3367856.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Bar staff learn about alcohol responsibility

Picture caption (from left): Tom Marren and Chris Martin from Woodkirk Valley Country Club, Jack Bradford, Leeds Pubwatch Coordinator, Cassandra Cullen,from The Carrier Arms, Dick Child from TQC Ltd and Shauna Grealey and Samantha Mead from The Carrier Arms

Pubs and bars across Leeds have had lessons on how to be responsible when selling alcohol in a bid to cut down on antisocial behaviour.

Safer Leeds has been working in partnership with TQC Ltd and WoodsWhur LLP to train members of Leeds Pubwatch about their responsibilities when selling alcohol - including the law concerning under-age sales and serving people when they are drunk.

All the members that took part in the training will receive a BIIAB Award in Responsible Alcohol Retailing. The latest training event was held at Tiger Tiger in Leeds City centre, with the training funded by the SAB miller Scholarship.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

“It is important that we make sure our pub and bar premised across Leeds make sure their staff are trained with the knowledge of how to sell alcohol responsibly.

“The participation by licensed premises shows they are committed to creating responsible, sensible and social drinking environments which ultimately increases their footfall and sales during the
current economic climate.”

“It is great that so many premises have signed up to take part in the training and I would encourage more businesses across the city to take part in this worthwhile training course.”

There are currently 17 pubwatch schemes currently active within Leeds which have been set up by local publicans to stamp out antisocial behaviour in their pubs and clubs. The Leeds Pubwatch Scheme is supported by the crime reduction partnership Safer Leeds. Anyone causing antisocial behaviour in pubs & clubs run the risk of being banned from all licensed premises and a visit from West Yorkshire Police.

For more information about the Leeds Pubswatch scheme please contact Jack Bradford, 0113 222 4444.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450