Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Children en route to success in road safety quiz

Local schoolchildren will compete to test their knowledge at the annual Otley road safety quiz on Thursday.

Pupils from the Otley district have been using road safety websites to hone their road safety knowledge online and will be pitting their wits and knowledge against each other at the 11th running of the quiz.

They will be tested on their understanding of road safety issues by question master Dave Robson of Otley Road Safety Committee

The quiz will take place at the Methodist church in Otley on Thursday 14th June 2012 at 6:45pm, with 10 local schools taking part, each fielding teams of five pupils.

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All participants receive generous prizes for their efforts donated by the Otley and District Road Safety Committee, local businesses and the Road Safety Promotion Unit.

Spike, the Road Safety Hedgehog, will be on hand to help give out the prizes and mementoes of the evening. An award in memory of the late Audrey Cartwright who was a longstanding member of Otley Road Safety Committee, and a passionate champion of the quiz, will be presented to the highest scoring pupil.

The evening will be enjoyed by Mr Greg Mulholland, MP for Leeds North West and the Mayor of Otley Councilor Mary Vickers together with supporting parents and teachers.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Deputy Leader of Council and Executive Member for Development and Economy said:

“The road safety quiz has become a regular and popular event in local schools in recent years. It is really important that the message about road safety is spread far and wide and this quiz is a really useful and interactive way of doing this among young people in the city.
Although the quiz only involves a few selected pupils from each school, all children from the school will have been involved in preparing for the event and so many will benefit from the experience of getting involved in this key topic.”

Notes to editors:
Participating schools for 2012 include;

Ashfield Primary School, Otley;
Bramhope Primary School;
Hawksworth Primary School,
Otley All Saints Primary School;
Otley ‘The Whartons’ Primary School;
Pool C of E Primary School;
Rawdon Littelmoor Primary School;
St Oswald’s Primary School, Guiseley;
Tranmere Primary School, Guiseley;
SS Peter and Paul Primary School, Yeadon.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 2243937 Email: annie.goodyear@leeds.gov.uk

Olympian hopefuls win £2012 - Walk the History of the Games award ceremony

Children from Adel St John and St Joseph's primary schools with Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Ann Castle, British race walker Tom Bosworth and paralympian GB swimmer Claire Cashmore

Adel St John the Baptist Church of England primary school and St Joseph’s Catholic primary school, Hunslet were declared winners of Walk the History of the Games at an award ceremony at Leeds Civic Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor today ( Wednesday 13th June).

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Ann Castle, British race walker and Olympic torch bearer Tom Bosworth and Paralympics GB swimmer Claire Cashmore presented the winning schools with their awards.

Walk the History of the Games is a six-month long West Yorkshire initiative to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games by encouraging children to walk, scoot and cycle to school.

A total of 35,000 children from 115 school across West Yorkshire took part in the challenge, but the two Leeds schools were the first to “walk” all the way from Athens in 1896 to London 2012 by accumulating special "Games miles".

The prize of £2012 was donated by Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) who presented a cheque to the wining schools.

Two other schools, Seven Hills primary in Morley and St Anthony’s Catholic primary in Beeston, received awards for being the second and third Leeds schools to complete the challenge

Simon Hill, Managing Director of YPO, said:

“I would like to congratulate both schools on their fantastic win and hope they enjoy spending their prize money. It is set to be a fantastic summer of sporting activity, and we hope our resources will go towards enhancing the schools’ physical and wider educational programmes.”

Janice Turner, headteacher of Adel St John the Baptist Church of England Primary, said “

“Pupils were so inspired by the whole initiative that they came to me on a daily basis with their own suggestions, some of which would have challenged even our finest athletes , such as skipping to school, jogging to school and singing to school events.

“ I believe that our children thoroughly enjoyed participating in this challenge and we fully intend to continue our drive to encourage walking, cycling or scooting to school. It‘s been a brilliant initiative. ”

Elizabeth Snelling, headteacher of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, said:

“Our children planned and participated in some wonderful activities from walking backwards to school, competing class to class to see who could clock up the most miles in a day on the school exercise bikes and participating in a whole school ‘scoot and bike’ day.

“I am absolutely over the moon with their success at being joint winners of the Walk the History of the Games competition. We are now looking forward to our school Olympics week in June and in welcoming the torch to Leeds.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for children's services, said:

“ I want to offer my congratulations to the winning schools and to all the children who participated in this event. Walk the History of the Games has been a great way to encourage children to keep fit and healthy by walking to school whilst at the same time celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. ”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: anniegoodyear@leeds.gov.uk

Roadworks begin on Lovell Park Road Bridge

Parts of the Leeds A58 Inner Ring Road are to be closed to traffic over the summer as major repair work begins on the Lovell Park Road Bridge.

Lovell Park Road Bridge carries Lovell Park Road over the A58M Inner Ring Road near to the site of the Leeds Arena.

It is being repaired as part of a major £25 million programme to restore three bridges on the Inner Ring Road. Repairs to the New York Road Viaduct over Marsh Lane are already underway. The final phase – to Woodhouse Tunnel - will begin in Spring 2013.

The works to Lovell Park Road Bridge will involve removing existing weak concrete beams and installing new ones as well as deck waterproofing and jointing.

Lovell Park Road itself will be closed to vehicles at the bridge from 25th June to March 2013. It will remain open to pedestrians, except for some weekends when the massive concrete beams are being removed and the new beams put in.

The Inner Ring Road will be closed in both directions for a number of weekends, starting on August 10 to allow the beams to be removed and replaced The closures are necessary to allow large cranes and transport vehicles to remove the weak beams safely and replace them.

As well as the weekend closures there will be up to 40 nights of overnight works (from 20:00 – 05:00 hours) that will require contra flow and lane closures on the Inner Ring Road.

Diversions will be clearly signposted throughout.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development and the economy said:

“The Inner Ring Road is a vital part of the city’s transport system. More than 75,000 cars use it every day.

“ It has served the city well for nearly 50 years. But if we are to keep the traffic moving through the city in future we have to undertake major repairs to the Inner Ring Road bridges now. In the short term there may be delays and inconvenience but we have to take the longer term view, for everybody’s benefit.

“We do apologise for the inconvenience and delays this may cause to local residents and commuters. However, we have done everything we can to reduce disruption by scheduling the work for nights and weekends and we will carry out this work as quickly as we can.

“ Meanwhile we have contacted local business and entertainment venues to make sure that they are aware of our plans and we do advise motorists to allow extra time for their journey – particularly on the weekends when the road will be closed.”

Leeds City Council apologises for any delays, noise or disruption while the works are underway.

For full details of the dates, times and location of the closures together with the diversion routes for affected traffic see the website www.leeds.gov.uk/lp2


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Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937
Email: anniegoodyear@leeds.gov.uk