Friday, 6 January 2012

Views invited on elections boundary changes in Leeds

People living in Leeds are being invited to give their views on suggested changes to electoral ward boundaries in two areas of the city.

Leeds City Council has opened consultation in response to requests to examine where boundaries fall in Calverley and Farsley (polling districts CFB and CFE) and in Garforth and Swillington wards (polling districts GSJ and GSK).

Details of the council’s initial proposals and supporting documents and information can be viewed online at or inspected during office hours at the electoral services offices on the second floor of the Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD.

Electors registered in the Leeds City Council area or within a UK Parliamentary constituency which has any part in the LCC electoral area are entitled to express their views. Anyone doing so should, where possible, give alternative places that may be used for polling.

Representations should be made in writing to the Returning Officer at the above address, or by email to by January 27 2012.

All representations received will then be considered and final proposals will be decided by Leeds City Council’s General Purposes Committee on February 16 2012.

Notes to editors:
At this stage the Returning Officer is content with the initial proposals, but reserves the right to revise, and/or to add to his views on the basis of officer inspections or expressions of support or objection received in response to further consultation.

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


Secure the coolest ticket in town as Ice Cube gets ready to return

Caption: The Capital FM Snow Slide will provide an exciting new attraction as part of this year's Ice Cube

Places at this year’s new-look Ice Cube can now be secured after the revamped booking system for the Millennium Square attraction went live today.

The popular winter activity returns to Leeds city centre from Friday 27 January to Sunday 26 February with anyone eager to get their skates on now able to pre-book tickets for any session at the official website

Organised by Leeds City Council, the Ice Cube has been given a makeover for its 12th year with a fresh new feel responding to visitor feedback which includes a smaller, more family-focused main rink running alongside the nursery rink for younger children and reduced prices with further savings for LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders.

The attraction is also supported for the first time this year by radio station 105 Capital FM who will be providing the soundtrack to all skating sessions via 'Capital Ice Radio’, while further backing comes from the Yorkshire Evening Post.

This year’s Ice Cube features two new additions which are sure to catch the eye, the first being the 30-metre dry slope ‘Capital FM Snow Slide’ toboggan run offering the ultimate thrill-seekers’ adrenaline rush.

The second sees the introduction of the 'Glacier Run Experience' motion simulator, giving a first-hand experience for up to 20 people at a time of two of the world’s most thrilling winter sports - either a four-minute high-speed bobsleigh or extreme ski run.

This year’s Ice Cube café has also been revamped, with refreshments being offered to both skaters and visitors by local restaurateur Casa Mia at the ‘Dolomites Café’ inspired by the spirit of the Italian Alps.

Places at any ice skating session and open tickets for the snow slide can now be booked online at or by calling the call centre on 0843 208 1851, open 9.30am - 8pm Monday to Saturday and 10am - 8pm on Sundays. Tickets for both the ice rink and snow slide will also be able to be purchased (subject to availability) from the new event ticket office on Millennium Square which will be open from Friday 27 January. Admission for the bobsleigh and ski simulator can only be purchased at the ride upon arrival.

Prices for the ice skating sessions are £7 Adult (18 years or over), £5.50 LEEDSCard and concessions (students, seniors, disabled any young persons aged 13-17 in full-time education) & £5 Breezecard and children 12 years and under. Tickets for the snow slide are priced at £2 per ride or £5 for 3 rides and admission for the simulator is priced at £3 per ride with discounts available for LEEDSCard and Breezcard holders for both attractions.

Ice skating lessons are also still available for Wednesday night sessions open to people of all levels and all ages from beginners to more advanced skaters, following the National Ice Skating Association (NISA) Skate UK programme are run by qualified skating professionals.

Priced at £48 per person, the tuition sessions will run for four weeks with places able to be booked by calling the City Centre Box office on 0113 224 3801 which is open Monday - Saturday between 10am and 6pm, or for further details visit the website at

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

“Now we are into the new year, the countdown can really begin to the start of this year’s Ice Cube. We think people will like the new look, and we are all particularly excited by the snow slide which is sure to grab people’s attention.

“Along with the new look, we’d also like to welcome our new media partners 105 Capital FM and thank them along with the Yorkshire Evening Post for their fantastic support. We can’t wait to see the first skaters take to the ice in a few weeks’ time.”

Managing Director of 105 Capital FM Roger Cutsworth said:

“We are delighted to celebrate the station’s first birthday with another great Leeds partnership. The Ice Cube this year has been refreshed and promises to be better than ever with a few extra surprises.”

For full information including pricing and timetables for all the attractions at Ice Cube 2012, visit


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

Passion, potential, performance at major education conference in Leeds

Leeds is this week hosting the North of England Education Conference - a major event in the national education calendar.

Now in its 108th year, the milestone conference is this time themed around passion, potential, performance: thinking differently. It brings together leading thinkers and educationalists to challenge current views and develop solutions to issues facing all those who work in education.

Conference president Mick Waters, former director of curriculum at the QCA (Qualifications and Currliculum Authority), set the tone with his opening address, which you can read in full at this link (opens as a pdf) Mick Waters speech