Monday, 24 September 2012

Young people pitch in to launch Feed Leeds network in style

A selection of images from the launch of the Feed Leeds network, which featured a new orchard being planted in Potternewton Park by food growing group ‘New Shoots’, who are based at the local school Bracken Edge Primary.

In the top image are (left to right): Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Cllr Mark Dobson, Jack Cutting, Sumaira Mughal, Horia Akram and Rico de Souza

Feed Leeds aims to bring individuals, groups and organisations together to promote and support food growing in the city for social, economic, environmental and health benefits.

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

Leeds gets ready to turn to the dark side on Light Night

Caption: Impossible Arts' 'Light Weight Orb' will be one of the must-see attractions at this year's Light Night (mandatory photo credit: Kippa Mathews)

Venues across Leeds will be showing off their dark side for an evening of unique entertainment next month as the annual Light Night takes place.

Running from 5:30pm until late on Friday 5 October, Light Night Leeds 2012 will see more than 50 exhibitions, performances, installations, light projections and events showcasing artistic talent at venues and locations across the city centre.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘Dead of Night’, as will be reflected in the Victorian jail cells of Leeds Town Hall by Melvin Moti’s The Prisoner’s Cinema presented by Pavilion, which describes the hallucinations suffered by prisoners in pitch-black confinement. Similarly, Arts and Minds’ Creatures of the Night will explore insomnia through an interactive exploration of nocturnal wildlife.

The city centre will be split into four key areas for Light Night: Leeds Town Hall and Victoria Gardens, Millennium Square, the universities and Quarry Hill.

Leading venues and organisations such as Leeds Town Hall, Central Library, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Yorkshire Dance will be among those taking part, while there will also be many events happening in the streets and public spaces.

One such activity will be ‘Aerockbics’ below the steps of Leeds Town Hall, where anyone can join in zombie aerobics sessions, while Papergirl Leeds will be leading a Mexican Day of the Dead-themed bicycle procession distributing free artwork.

Organised by Leeds City Council’s arts development team in partnership with organisations and individuals from across the city, Light Night in Leeds is now in its eighth year, with every activity being open to all with some particularly suited to children and young families. All those attending are encouraged to wear fancy dress reflecting the ‘Dead of Night’ theme.

Events and activities begin at 5:30pm and run until 12 midnight, with the peak time for attractions from 7-9.30pm while there will also be street food available throughout the evening.

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

“Light Night has become a very popular event each year in Leeds, with part of the appeal being the surprise factor of audiences not knowing what to expect. It is great to see the streets and cultural venues of Leeds full of people and especially families enjoying themselves on a Friday night, so we look forward to seeing what Light Night has in store for us again this year.”

Full details including the map and programme plus the Light Night Leeds 2012 Trail can now be seen at

For more information about the event email or call 0113 224 3523.

Notes to editors:

Some Light Night events must be booked online in advance, and because some of them are in small or confined spaces, audiences may have to queue.


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

Information needed on shocking case of dog abuse

Council dog wardens are calling for people to come forward with information about a shocking case of abuse that has resulted in a puppy being put down.

Wardens were asked to go to playing fields in the Neville’s area of Osmondthorpe on Tuesday 18 September, where it was reported that an abandoned puppy was suffering breathing difficulties.

When they arrived on the scene wardens were horrified to find a severely emaciated Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, estimated to be about four months old.

The brown male pup was immediately taken to vets for medical attention. But the young dog had been starved to the point where its body had begun to shut down.

The puppy was put down to end his suffering.

The case has been reported to the RSPCA and wardens are handing over the evidence they’ve gathered so far.

Anyone with information about the puppy or his owner are being asked to pass this on to the RSPCA.

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

“We need to ensure that whoever allowed this animal to suffer so much during its very short life is held to account.

“Wardens deal with cases of stray and abandoned dogs every day but this is one of the worst cases of neglect they’ve seen involving such a young dog. Its particularly upsetting as its clear the puppy was denied the basic care it needed and being in such a state doesn’t occur overnight.

“Whether this was allowed to happen through ignorance or done deliberately we can’t say, but it flies in the face of being a responsible dog owner.”

Anyone with information about the puppy or its owners can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Any information provided will be treated anonymously.

As well as dealing with strays and fouling, dog wardens can give residents the benefit of their years of experience. They are on hand to give friendly, expert advice on responsible dog ownership, including routine health care such as worming, de-fleaing, vaccinating, neutering and microchipping. If they can’t help then they will put you in touch with someone who can. Contact the dog wardens on 0113 222 4406.

Notes to editors
Photos of the puppy are available on request.

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


Scott Hall welcomes new family homes to the area

A development of family homes has just been completed in the Scott Halls.

Unity Housing Association in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency have just completed the development of 24 houses for low cost rent and sale.

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All media are invited to the official opening of the development at Scott Hall Square on Friday 28 September at 2pm. Councillor Richard Lewis and a representative from Unity will be available for interview. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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The £2.4million development is made up of 24 two, three and four bed houses, 13 for rent and 11 for low cost sale. The scheme also includes bungalows for older people and two adapted properties for families with disabilities. 10 of the 11 houses for low cost sale have been sold and all the properties for rent have been let to people from the Leeds Housing register

The properties have been built to Lifetime Homes standards and Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, which makes them about 40% more energy efficient than properties built under the current Buildings Regulations.

Councillor Richard Lewis , Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for economy &and development said:

“It is excellent to see the development completed and dedicated completely to affordable housing. It is a great new addition to this local community.

“There is a really good mixture of houses on offer on this site, and it is great to be able to let more properties to people on the Leeds Homes register.”

Wayne Noteman the regeneration director at Unity Housing Association said:
“This development is a great example of how the Council, Homes and Communities Agency, Unity and local people can work together to develop much needed affordable homes that play an important role in raising the standard of housing in the city”.

“To ensure the scheme met the needs and aspirations of the local community a Local Lettings plan was devised in consultation with local ward members”

“This scheme has been able to illustrate the added value of working in partnership, by highlighting the commitment of the contractor Keepmoat to employ a number of local people on this site, support trainees through their NVQ studies and retain some of the operatives on their other sites across the region”.


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