Thursday, 21 June 2012

Proposals to extend the Shadwell conservation area

People are being asked what they think about Shadwell and how it could be improved as its conservation area is reviewed.

The village was first designated a conservation area in 1973 and this has not been reviewed since, making it the first time in over 35 years that it has been assessed. It helps to protect Shadwell’s unique architecture and historical attractions from inappropriate demolition and development.

Shadwell dates from at least 1086 when it is documented in the Domesday Book, but there is evidence of human activity in the area dating from both prehistoric times and the Roman period.

It has a long history of development, with particular boom periods for Shadwell being in the 18th and 19th centuries when many of its most significant buildings were constructed.

Under the plans the conservation area will remain largely unaltered. However, a conservation area appraisal and management plan will be produced to identify the special characteristics of the area and to ensure these are documented.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council's executive member for city development, said:
“Shadwell has a long and important history and impressive historic architecture. Conservation area status helps safeguard the special architecture and character of the village and protects important buildings from demolition.

“Local people know their area better than anybody and we very much welcome their views on the proposals.”

The draft proposals for Shadwell’s conservation area are available on-line throughout the consultation, at:

The public consultation will begin on Monday 25th June 2012 and will run until Friday 27th July. Posters will go up locally to inform people of their opportunity to comment.

A public meeting and drop-in session will be held on Tuesday 10th July 2012 at The Recreation Centre, Holywell Lane, Shadwell. The meeting will begin at 7pm when a presentation will be made about the work and people will get the chance to ask questions. A more informal drop-in session will then be held from 7.45pm until 9pm.

The proposals are expected to be taken to council officials for approval in August 2012. People can respond during the public meeting, or by emailing the conservation team at

Leeds City Council’s Outer North East area committee, with the support of the ward councillors, have made this work a priority and allocated money from their Well Being Fund to ensure Shadwell has up-to-date conservation area protection.

During the consultation period people can also request a copy of the draft appraisal from the conservation team at: Sustainable Development Unit, Leeds City Council, Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds, LS2 8HD.

Notes to editors:
Buildings within a conservation area are protected from unauthorised demolition, and new developments have to meet higher standards of design than elsewhere. Other planning rules are slightly different and permission from the council is needed for certain activities such as tree felling.

For media enquiries please contact:
Leeds City Council press office tel: (0113) 395 0244

Love your local Leeds Market

Caption: Kirkgate Market

Opera, dancing and competitions will be taking over Leeds Markets from next week for the start of the national Love Your Local Market fortnight.

Kirkgate Market will kick things off on Saturday 23 June with Dan from Radio Aire and Glen from Magic 828 honing their bartering skills and getting ready to put their trading skills to the test as they try to sell goods suggested by listeners to raise money for charity.

From 11am – 3.30pm there will be Bollywood and Salsa lessons with professional teachers out on the outdoor market, and there will be face painting and opera singing in the indoor market.

The local markets at Otley, Pudsey and Yeadon will have face painters on site and traders at all the three local markets will be offered bunting to decorate their stalls and get into the spirit of the fortnight.

For a unique market experience sure to surprise you, head down to Kirkgate Market at lunch times on weekdays between 25 June and 6 July to hear burst of cultural entertainment, from music to Morris dancing, and try out some new and different street food on Briggate at the city’s first street food festival between 27 and 30 June, or visit the Farmers market at the Waterfront Festival on 1 July..

Throughout the fortnight, Kirkgate Market will be continuing its Global Food Market celebrations with a week of all things Russian, Canadian day and a day of all things foodie from Holland.

As part of the promotions around Love your Local Market, Kirkgate Market is offering money-off vouchers and an hour’s free parking in the market car park when you spend over £20 in the indoor market.

Councillor Gerry Harper, Leeds City Council markets champion said:

“Markets are fantastic places to shop, and offer such a wide variety of items from fresh local produce to materials and herbs and spices amongst many other things.

“The fortnight is a great excuse to rediscover your local market, and to experience the charm and wealth of things on offer.”

For more information and details about the events during the Love Your Local Market fortnight visit

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

Council ready to help students leave Leeds tidy

Leeds City Council has launched a full scale operation to help keep streets clean as students pack up their digs for the summer.

The council are now collecting bins on a daily basis in Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse.

The extra bin wagons and bulky waste are working seven days a week to make sure communities aren’t over-run with rubbish. An additional street cleaning vehicle will also be working in the area.

And volunteers from the universities and student unions are running their award-winning Green Streets service so departing students can donate unwanted items for a good cause.

The flurry of activity marks the end of the academic year during which students are encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle. But experience shows that a significant amount of rubbish is still left on the streets as tenancies come to an end and people move on.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“The universities and student unions, working with the council, put a great deal of effort into helping students take more responsibility for their rubbish.

“While we want any departing residents to recycle or donate their unwanted items before they go, we know the changeover period is a massive upheaval for students and the communities they live in.

“So we have to deliver the right balance of education, enforcement and clean up services. Our teams, working in partnership with the universities and students unions, are geared up for what we expect to be one of the busiest periods of the year.”

The clean up crews will be based in the Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse area until Saturday 7 July. The team is headed up by a co-ordinator who will be able to send crews and vehicles to the streets where they are needed the most. The clean up crews include environmental enforcement officers who will be doing extra patrols to put off any would-be fly tippers and bag slashers.

The extra daily bin and bulky waste collection service is being supported by money local councillors can use to assist projects that will benefit their communities.

The progress of the clean up crews and university volunteers, including before and after pictures of affected areas, can be seen on the ‘sort it, bin it, win it’ Facebook page at or by following @binitwinit on Twitter.

Members of the public who want to report any issues in the Headingley, Hyde Park or Woodhouse areas during the changeover period can contact 0113 222 4406.

Notes to editors:
• Daily bin and bulky waste collection services will run alongside normal weekly collections from Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 7 July.
• Red bags distributed by the Green Streets team for unwanted pots and pans, bedding, crockery, clothes and electronics will be collected on Saturday 23 June, Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
• Items left for the Green Streets team are donated to local charity, Emmaus, or given a new home at ‘free shops’.
• Leave Leeds Tidy wardens from Leeds University Union will also be patrolling the streets, offering advice, identifying grot spots and reporting any fly tipping incidents to the council’s environmental enforcement officers.
• For more information about Leave Leeds Tidy or the Green Streets project, please see

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577