Monday, 28 November 2011

Leeds City Council welcomes expected announcement on Trans-Pennine rail electrification

Statement from Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Keith Wakefield regarding expected announcement on trans-Pennine rail electification:

Cllr Wakefield said:

“This is fantastic news which will bring tens of thousands of jobs and much-welcome reductions in journey times between our two great northern industrial and economic powerhouse cities. It will make it possible to travel between Leeds and Manchester by train in less than 45 minutes.

“It has already been widely reported that such a move could bring around £6.7 billion improvement in the region’s productivity and it would also provide many direct benefits to Leeds and its people.

“Key among these are the undoubted opportunities for job creation and economic development as electrification of the trans-Pennine rail route makes it an even more appealing prospect for developers and would-be employers to set up in Leeds. This electrification could form a hub for future expansion of electrified lines into Calderdale and other areas.

“With the new opportunities offered by the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone and many new developments such as Leeds Arena and Trinity Leeds under construction this is yet another reason to make Leeds and the wider region the area of choice to do business.

“We now look forward to what will hopefully be positive announcements next month on a number of other major transport infrastructure bids we have made, including the NGT trolleybus scheme, the vital refurbishment of the Leeds Inner Ring Road and the new rail station at Kirkstall Forge.”

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


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

Customer Contact Centre
The Contact Centre will be affected by the industrial action, and we would ask people to only phone in an emergency. The phone lines for adult and children's social care, Leeds Housing Options, environment and registrars, ALMOS and out of hours will be open, but calls may take longer to answer due to staff shortages.

The latest information about school closures is as follows:

187 schools closed to pupils (161 primary, 21 secondary, 5 Specialist Inclusive Learning Centres)

35 schools partially closed to pupils (27 primary, 8 secondary)

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

Children’s centres
The following will be closed:

Alwoodley Children’s Centre
Ardsley and Tingley Children’s Centre
Bramley Children’s Centre
Carr Manor Children’s Centre
Castleton Children’s Centre
Chapeltown Children’s Centre
Cottingley Children’s Centre (Under 3s and over 3s provision)
Cross Gates and Manston Children’s Centre
Garforth Children’s Centre
Guiseley Children’s Centre
Hawksworth Wood Children’s Centre
Headingley Children’s Centre
Hunslet Children’s Centre (Under 3s and over 3s provision)
Kippax Children’s Centre
Meadowfield Children’s Centre
Meanwood Children’s Centre
Morley North Children’s Centre
Otley Children’s Centre
Parklands Children’s Centre
Richmond Hill Children’s Centre
Roundhay Children’s Centre
Seacroft Children’s Centre
Shakespeare Children’s Centre
Shepherds Lane Children’s Centre
Swarcliffe Children’s Centre
Swinnow Children’s Centre
Temple Newsam and Colton Children’s Centre
Two Willows Children’s Centre
Windmill Children’s Centre
Yeadon and Rawdon Children’s Centre

The following children’s centres will be partially closed:

Chapel Allerton Children’s Centre will be closed for childcare, but open for other services

Harehills Children’s Centre will open 8am to 1pm for childcare for working parents, and 1 – 4pm for other centre services only.

Lofthouse Children’s Centre will be open for childcare only – no other centre services.

New Bewerley Children’s Centre will be closed for childcare, but open for other centre services.

Pudsey Children’s Centre will be open for childcare for under 3s only and other centre services.

Quarry Mount Children’s Centre will be closed for childcare, open for centre services.

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 will 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.

Housing offices
West North West homes Leeds, Aire Valley Homes Leeds and East North East Homes Leeds are working hard to keep local housing offices open. However where offices are open staffing levels will be reduced, so waiting times will be increased.

Leeds Housing Options (homeless service) will operate a reduced service.

Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station will be closed.

Temple Newsam House, Lotherton Hall and Armley Mills will be closed.

Temple Newsam Farm, Tropical World and Lotherton Bird Garden may open; a final decision will be made on Wednesday morning.

Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Central Library will probably close.

West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre will be closed.

Bramley Library will be closed.

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
Strawberry Lane Community Centre Jobshop (Armley)

One stop centres
The following one stop centres will be closed:
South Seacroft
North Seacroft

The other one stop centres will open, but there will be no welfare rights surgeries or Tell Us Once appointments on this day.

Kirkgate Market
Both the indoor and outdoor markets, including the Asian Bazaar, will be open as normal.

Leisure centres
Some leisure centre opening times may be affected by the industrial action.

This information is current as of 5pm, 28 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

Council and traders work together to keep market open

Leeds Kirkgate market will be open this Wednesday as traders work with the council during the day of industrial action.

Previously the council has been concerned it would not be able to open the market during the day of industrial action due to staffing numbers.

A number of traders have put themselves forward to be trained as marshals for specific areas of the market. They will assist with making sure their ‘area’ is kept free from rubbish and none of the aisles are blocked. Along with this they will be the first point of call if there is a incident in their area, and be told how to report this to council staff.

Sue Burgess, markets manager for Leeds City Council said:

“A number of traders have come forward and offered their help as marshals around the market.

“We have not tried this method before, but I am pleased that we have been able to work together to put this is place so quickly, and have the market open as usual in the busy run up to Christmas.”


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

Leeds confirmed as 2013 Rugby League World Cup official host city

From left to right: Cllr Adam Ogilvie, Natalie Gibson Marketing Leeds, Tom Riordan LCC, Cllr Keith Wakefield, Gary Hetherington Leeds Rugby, Ralph Rimmer RFL and Rob Burrow Leeds Rhinos

International sport is coming to Leeds in 2013 as the city was today confirmed as an official host of the Rugby League World Cup.

The RFL announced earlier today that Headingley Carnegie Stadium will host a group match and a quarter final in the 14-nation tournament. The city will also be a base for two competing nations, with the John Charles Centre for Sport being used as a training base.

The city’s bid, which was submitted by Leeds City Council, in partnership with Leeds Rhinos and Marketing Leeds, was considered one of only four outstanding bids out of 34 that were submitted.

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Leeds City Museum at 12 noon on Monday, 28 November 2011 for interviews and reactions from Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive member for leisure, Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby, Rhinos coach Brian McDermott, international Rhinos players Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai and Ralph Rimmer from the Rugby Football League.

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Being a host city will generate additional income for local hotels and training facilities, as well as bringing in additional spend from visitors. The worldwide profile of hosting the RLWC will also help to attract investment into the city.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“We are absolutely delighted that our bid to be a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup has been successful.

“The council, together with our partners, are confident that Leeds will bring something really special to this great competition. We are now in a position to start making firm plans on how we can maximise the significant benefits that our involvement in the tournament will bring to the city. One of which will be to cement our profile internationally as a great venue for international events.

“Leeds has a tremendously strong history, tradition, and passion for rugby league, and I know that the whole city will be thrilled with this exciting news.”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rhinos said:
“We are delighted that Headingley Carnegie Stadium will once again host World Cup matches in 2013. The stadium will play host to the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge in February 2012 when the Rhinos take on Australian Champions Manly Sea Eagles, and this recognition as a 2013 World Cup venue is yet more recognition of our standing in the game.”

2013 Rugby League World Cup Tournament Director Nigel Wood said:
“I would like to congratulate Leeds who has been successful in their bid to host matches and teams in what I am confident will be a World Cup that enhances the UK’s golden decade of sport.

“We experienced massive interest in hosting matches from all across Europe and the bidding process proved to be hugely competitive.

“In putting together their bid over the last 12 months, Leeds has demonstrated a level of commitment that gives us confidence that the 2013 Rugby League World Cup will exceed everyone’s expectations.

“It has been a fantastic and inspiring bidding process and we have been extremely impressed with the quality, detail and diverse nature of the host bids received.”

Today’s announcement outlines 18 different venues which will stage matches and reveals six other venues which will host teams during the tournament. Details of host fixtures and venues for the opening ceremony, the semi-finals and the final will be confirmed early in the new year.

A total of 34 bids, comprising 30 stadia, 47 team training sites and 87 team base camps, were submitted to the RFL. Each of the bidding hosts underwent a detailed inspection from a 2013 team to examine the various sites venue specifications, as well as evaluating the enthusiasm and commitment of each bidding host.

Upwards of half a million people are expected to watch the 28 matches live over a six-week period in the autumn of 2013 with a further 20 million viewers from 120 countries tuning in around the world.

For further information, please contact Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office on 0113 395 1578 or or RFL communications manager John Ledger – 0113 237 5049 or

Additional info

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup was officially launched in November 2010 and is part of the UK’s Golden Decade of Sport.

The tournament will involve 14 nations, Australia, Cook Islands, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales.

The competition's structure will consist of two groups of four, with England drawn alongside arch rivals Australia, Fiji and Ireland in Group A. World Cup holders New Zealand will face Pacific Island rivals Papua New Guinea, Samoa and France in Group B. Scotland will face Tonga and Italy in Group C and joint hosts Wales have been drawn against the Cook Islands and the USA in Group D.

The tournament is being part funded by the North West Development Agency, Welsh Government and UK Sport.

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

Media opportunity – 2013 RLWC host city announcement

Media opportunity at 12 noon today at Leeds City Museum for reactions, interviews and photographs following the RFL’s announcement at 8.15am today that Leeds has been successful in its bid to be a host city for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

Available for interview will be Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Adam Ogilvie, the council’s executive member for sport and leisure, Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council, Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby, Rhinos coach Brian McDermott, international Rhinos players Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai and Ralph Rimmer from the Rugby Football League.

Please contact Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office on 0113 395 1578 or for more information and to arrange attendance.

Additional info

Leeds City Museum is situated on Millennium Square in the city centre. Press release will be available at 12 noon.

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