Friday, 11 May 2012

Bramley pupils to bury time capsule - media opportunity

Pupils at a primary school in Bramley will leave clues about their lives for future generations to discover when they bury a time capsule next week.

The time capsule will be buried under a new playing field at Greenhill Primary School which is being created as part of a major refurbishment and part new-build programme.

Pupils and staff will be joined by Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive member for children’s services at a special ceremony to bury the time capsule, which will include a school uniform, text and photographs about the old and new schools, examples of pupils’ writing, a letter to the new head teacher, memorabilia for the queen’s jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics and the school mascot, amongst others.

Media opportunity
When: Monday 14 May at 9am
Where: Greenhill Primary School, Gamble Hill Drive, Bramley, LS13 4JJ
Members of the media are invited to film and photograph the pupils, staff and guests at the ceremony to bury a time capsule.

A brand new modular building is currently being built which will be linked to the main existing school building. The new building will house the nursery, reception classes, a small hall, a multi purpose room and a classroom. The remaining part of the existing school has been refurbished to bring it in line with the new accommodation.

Ann-Marie Reeve, Headteacher at Greenhill Primary School said: “These are exciting times for everybody at the school and we are delighted with our new building.

“The time capsule has been put together by our children and staff and will give whoever finds it an insight into what life was like at Greenhill Primary School in 2012.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“This is really exciting event for the children at Greenhill, who have clearly put a lot of thought into the items they have chosen to include in the time capsule. Whoever finds it in years to come will have great fun sorting through the bits and pieces and will realise what a fantastic school Greenhill was in 2012.”

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For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk

Council asks residents to be on doorstep alert for rogue traders

Residents are being asked to be vigilant for rogue companies claiming to represent the council’s free insulation scheme.

With such a great scheme on offer, businesses are trying to use the Wrap Up Leeds name and its association with the council for their own means.

Wrap Up Leeds offers free loft and cavity wall insulation to home owners and people renting privately in Leeds. The team are aware of at least three companies who have been using the scheme’s good name to try to drum up business for themselves.

Energy assessors, going door-to-door, work for Yorkshire Energy Services who are delivering the scheme on the council’s behalf. Three contractors – Homecare, Viscount and Dysons – are installing insulation in suitable homes. No other company is entitled to claim they are working in conjunction with Leeds City Council through the Wrap Up Leeds scheme.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:

“It’s disappointing that some less scrupulous organisations are trying to hang on to the coattails of our great scheme for their own profit. They put the majority of trustworthy businesses who work in the energy efficiency industry to shame.

“There is a clear set of criteria that residents should check to make sure that someone at their door is from Wrap Up Leeds. The assessors are a friendly, knowledgeable bunch and they won’t go for the hard sell or try any bully boy tactics.

Councillor David Blackburn, chair of the council’s cross-party environment and climate change working group said:

“I sincerely hope that the misguided actions of a few won’t put people off contacting us as we have a genuine desire to help people cut their fuel bills and carbon emissions.

“But if anyone is in any doubt they can contact us to verify that the person at their door is part of our team.”

The Wrap Up Leeds assessors are only knocking on doors in certain streets in particular wards, where the available information on fuel poverty and the types of houses suggests that free insulation will have the highest impact.

The handpicked homes will receive an official Wrap Up Leeds letter to let them know when the assessors will be in their area and ask residents to look out for them.

If anyone knocks on your door claiming to be from Wrap Up Leeds and you haven’t received a letter beforehand, then the person at your door is unlikely to come from the Wrap Up Leeds team.

The Wrap Up Leeds assessors are easily identifiable in their distinctive burgundy uniforms that show the Wrap Up Leeds logo and all assessors carry official identification too.

They will use their hand held electronic devices to take a few details about you and your home from a list of set questions after showing you a copy of the letter you should have already received. They’ll also leave you a leaflet explaining what happens next.

If you are concerned about the identity of anyone at your door, you can call the Wrap Up Leeds team to check that the person is working on our behalf. Genuine Wrap Up Leeds assessors won’t mind if you do.

To check the identity of an assessor call 0800 052 0071. This number is free from most landline providers, but may not be free from mobile networks. If you would prefer, please call 01484 351 779.

The Wrap Up Leeds team are not cold calling anyone at home by phone. Only people who have registered their interest with us will be contacted on their preferred telephone number.

If it becomes apparent that someone at your door is not from the Wrap Up Leeds team but are claiming to, you should try to get as much information from that person as you can and note the time of the incident. You can then report this to Leeds City Council on 0113 395 7159. We’ll work with Consumer Direct to resolve any complaints.

Notes to editors:

Residents have raised concerns about: a company repeatedly cold calling them at home; companies claiming that one of the council’s appointed contractors had gone bust so they would be able to complete the work on behalf of the householder; and people trying to get residents to sign up for a scheme with laminated letters showing the council logo.

• Wrap Up Leeds is run in partnership by Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Energy Services, with funding from EDF Energy.
• Wrap Up Leeds is available to all homeowners and privately renting tenants (where landlord’s permission has been granted) in the Leeds City Council area only.
• Free cavity wall insulation, loft insulation (where less than 60mm of loft insulation currently exists) and loft ‘top up’s’ (where more than 60mm but less than 160mm of loft insulation currently exists) are available under the scheme.
• A free, technical survey of the property will confirm that the work will definitely be free and much larger properties or those that need extensive scaffolding may be asked to pay a contribution towards the work.
• The project estimates to help householders made total cumulative savings of £1,653,750 on energy bills based on installing cavity wall insulation in 6,000 homes, laying insulation in over 3,000 empty lofts and ‘topping up’ a further 5,850 lofts.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

or

Ellie Lyon, Yorkshire Energy Services marketing team on (01484) 352010
Email Ellie.Lyon@yorkshireenergyservices.co.uk

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Furniture re-use enterprise scoops top award

A partnership between two charities, a social enterprise and Leeds City Council that turns trash into treasure has been named the region’s best environmental start-up at the Yorkshire Post’s environment awards 2012.

Revive Leeds picked up the award at a ceremony last night to celebrate the efforts of schools, businesses, community groups and individuals who’ve made exceptional progress in going green.

Based at the East Leeds household waste sorting site, Revive Leeds are working with the council to gather up good quality items that would otherwise be thrown away. Donations of unwanted household goods from the public are also collected at the refurbished site.

Furniture, tested electrical goods and other household items are sold at affordable prices, beating high street costs. As Revive has been set up as a community interest company, any profits are ploughed straight back into the organisations supporting local people.

The organisations that make up Revive Leeds are: Emmaus, a charity helping the homeless; St Vincent de Paul, a charity helping alleviate poverty; and South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise (SLATE), a social enterprise designed to support people with learning disabilities.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environment services said:“I’d like to offer huge congratulations to everyone involved in Revive Leeds – staff, volunteers and council employees alike.

“It’s a simple idea that offers many social, financial and environmental benefits.

“There’s a great feel-good factor at the shop as people know their stuff is going to help a great cause, residents can buy low cost quality goods, people are gaining vital skills volunteering at the shop and we know that we’re helping to make a dent in Leeds’ emissions and landfill tax bills.

“It’s a win-win-win-win situation all round.”

Ali Ward, Chair of Revive Leeds said:
“Revive is still a young organisation but we’ve come a long way in such a short time. The award/being shortlisted is an amazing acknowledgement of all the hard work that people have put in so far. At the risk of sounding like I’m accepting an Oscar, I’d like to thank everyone who has helped make this happen.

“Resident’s are really getting into the idea that their old items aren’t just rubbish any more, that there is actually value in them and we’re really grateful to people who are now seeking us out with donations.”

Since opening in August 2011, Revive Leeds has stopped 47.5 tonnes of waste going to landfill and have sold thousands of items.

So far, 114 local volunteers have clocked up 1,281 hours helping out at the shop.
Whilst sorting stock and dealing with customers, volunteers get a greater understanding of the benefits of going green and recycling. The on the job training the Revive team provide helps people build a sound work ethic too, helping them as they go on to independent lives.

The shop is based at East Leeds Household Waste Sorting Site, Limewood Road, Seacroft, Leeds, LS14 1LU. The shop is open seven days a week, 9am to 5.30pm from April to October and 9am to 3.30pm from November to March.

They welcome donations of furniture, electrical items in working order such as tumble dryers, TVs, stereos, DVD players, household items, clothing, bedding and bric-a-brac.

You can follow Revive Leeds on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on re-use and how to waste less visit www.leeds.gov.uk/recycleforleeds

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 5177
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk

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