Monday, 15 October 2012

Public asked to feedback on improvement proposals for the market

The next stage of the Kirkgate Market project is now live and members of the public are being asked to give their opinions on twelve possible improvements that could contribute to shaping the future of the market.

Earlier this year the council, together with property, design and management consultants, the NPS Group, asked a wide range of people and organisations for their views on how the council should invest money and resources to improve Kirkgate Market.

These views have now been considered and the NPS Group has identified twelve key ‘elements’ that could improve the market and contribute towards the council’s vision for Kirkgate Market to be the best market in the UK.

The twelve elements are:
- Fixing the basics
- Replacing the roof of the 1976 and 1981 halls
- Heating and cooling
- Finding your way around
- Creating zones
- Creating a heart
- Creating a new route through the market
- Layout
- Improving the look and feel of the market
- Reducing the size
- Improving George Street
- Improving public external spaces

Each element could either be delivered independently or in a number of phases, depending on how much funding is available and what the priorities are agreed to be after the feedback process is completed.

As part of this next stage of work Leeds City Council will also be presenting the various management options we are looking into and asking for views.

Leeds City Council now want people to help by letting us know what they think the priorities are for the market. We will then look at this together with a business case to decide which improvements provide best value for money and in what order the work should be carried out.

There are a number of ways people can feed back to the council, including visiting the website, going to the market itself (Unit 8 in the 1976 Hall) and filling in a form at the stall or picking up a form from a one stop centre or library across the city centre. All forms must be returned by Friday 14 December. There will also be the opportunity to attend a public meeting in November, with more details being released closer to the time.

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

“Kirkgate market is an important part of the city’s retail offer and one which we know people are passionate about.

“We have taken what people said in the engagement process earlier in the year and fed this into the 12 elements that are now being presented.

“Some changes are needed to make sure the market buildings are up to date and will last many more years, but the main purpose of any changes is to make the market a welcoming and attractive place to work, shop, visit and spend time in.

“In the short term, the council cannot afford to resolve all of these issues in one go therefore it is important that we know which issues people feel are the most important to tackle first.

“This next stage is really important and public feedback will help shape the report that is presented to executive board in 2013, so I would encourage anyone with an interest in the market to let us know their views.”

Notes to editors:
All the information is available to look at online at or print outs are available at the market and in one stop centres and libraries across the city for reference.


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

Leeds Film Festival scoops BAFTA honour

A year after being given the honour of being accepted as a qualifying event for the Oscars®, the Leeds International Film Festival is celebrating again after receiving a similar accolade from the BAFTAs.

Short films shown at this year’s event in Leeds from November 1-18 will have the chance of being nominated for Britain’s most prestigious annual film awards – the Orange British Academy Film Awards – after the festival was officially recognised as a qualifying event.

Live-action fiction short films produced in the UK will be considered for shortlisting by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) ahead of the annual awards ceremony to be held in London in February.

The honour comes a year after the festival, which is the biggest in England to be held outside London, was approved by the organisers of the Oscars® to put forward nominations for the categories of Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film.

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

“This is fantastic news for Leeds and the Leeds International Festival, to now be recognised by arguably the two biggest film academies in the world is a magnificent achievement and everyone involved should feel very proud. It really does put the city and the festival on the world stage so we cannot wait to see what delights are in store this year.”

This year’s Leeds International Film Festival runs from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 18 November, and will boast nearly 250 screenings including the opening gala showing of Ben Affleck’s critically-acclaimed new comic thriller ‘Argo’.

Films fans were given a taste of what to expect at the event organised by Leeds City Council as they packed into Leeds Town Hall on Light Night for the trailer teasers of some of the films to be screened at the festival.

Director of Leeds International Film Festival Chris Fell said:

“Leeds International Film Festival has championed the work of UK short filmmakers ever since it began. Now to have BAFTA recognition is a great benefit for our selected filmmakers from Leeds, Yorkshire and the rest of the UK, giving them direct access to the chance to win the country's biggest short film prize.”

Tickets and film festival passes are now available to buy in person at City Centre Box Office (The Carriageworks, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD), over the telephone (0113 224 3801) and online at

Presented by Leeds City Council, Leeds International Film Festival is supported by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union and the National Lottery through the British Film Institute and Creative England.


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

Get a bit of the good life with cut price compost bins

Councillor Mark Dobson makes the most of food and garden waste with a compost bin at home.

Gardeners can take advantage of high-street busting prices for compost bins as they tidy up their flower beds for autumn and harvest food from their veggie patches.

While the council waits to find out if its funding bid for weekly food waste collections is successful and as plans are developed for the remaining suitable homes across the city to get brown garden waste bins, residents can reuse their own fruit and veggie peelings and hedge clippings to cut down on what goes to landfill.

The compost bins are on offer at a discounted price. The smaller, 220 litre compost bin costs £16 while the larger, 330 litre version costs £19.

Over 207,000 Leeds homes are now on a brown bin collection route for garden waste and 8,400 homes in Rothwell have their food waste collected every week. The weeds, twigs, grass cuttings and food waste from both collection services are turned into a compost-like soil conditioner.

But with your own home composter you can immediately cut down on the amount of food waste that goes in your black bin – around a quarter of rubbish thrown away in black bins is food waste – and use food and garden waste to make your flower beds bloom.

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

“We want to make sure Leeds recycles as much it can so we can benefit from a cleaner, green city. Our overall strategy to deal with waste covers a range of practical approaches and discounted compost bins are another small but important piece of the solution.

“Composting at home gives people another option; kitchen and garden waste can be transformed into a useful resource to make gardens blossom. It’s the best way to reuse organic waste in an entirely natural way.”

Composting is a more environmentally friendly way of dealing with food and garden waste. If food and garden waste ends up in landfill it breaks down to release methane into the atmosphere, a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

Garden enthusiasts can take advantage of the discounted compost bins to turn food waste (including egg shells, tea bags, fruit and veggie peelings) and garden waste (including fallen leaves, weeds, cuttings and old cut flowers) into a free, compost-like soil conditioner to keep their gardens looking beautiful.

Bins can be ordered by visiting or by calling 0844 571 4444.


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