Monday, 22 October 2012

Comment on Jonathan Brownlee becoming world triathlon champion

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle has issued the following statement on the success of Leeds athlete Jonathan Brownlee, who became ITU World Triathlon Champion yesterday.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Ann Castle said:

“Massive congratulations to Jonny Brownlee for becoming world triathlon champion. It is a fantastic achievement and coupled with both his and his brother Alistair’s success at the Olympics it means they are now getting richly-deserved national recognition for their amazing performances. They are wonderful ambassadors for Leeds and Yorkshire and we are immensely proud of them both. Well done Jonny and best wishes for more success next year.”


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

Loveable Rogues and Tyler James to help start the Leeds Christmas party

Picture caption "The Voice runner-up Tyler James is one of the acts performing at this year's Leeds Lights switch-on"

Successful Britain's Got Talent and The Voice contestants the Loveable Rogues and Tyler James have been announced as the main musical performers at this year’s Leeds Lights Switch-On.

The annual party takes place at Victoria Gardens from 6:45pm on Thursday 8 November as Leeds begins the run-up to the Christmas celebrations.

Loveable Rogues are Eddie, Sonny and Té - three talented boys who recently shot to fame with their "original, fun and organic" songs on Britain's Got Talent 2012. Since winning their fourth place spot on the show, the trio have hit the music scene in a big way - pulling in over 200,000 followers on Twitter and signing to Simon Cowell's Syco Music.

Tyler James is a British singer-songwriter from Canning Town, East London. Tyler rose to fame in 2004 when his debut single, "Why Do I Do?", made an appearance on the UK Singles Chart—peaking at number twenty-five. His debut studio album, The Unlikely Lad, was released through Island Records on August 29, 2005. The singer-songwriter returned to prominence in 2012, when he appeared as a contestant on the first series of The Voice UK—finishing as the series' runner-up behind Leanne Mitchell.

Organised by Leeds City Council and Real Radio with support from the Yorkshire Evening Post, the annual family event which attracts approximately 15,000 people is seen as the official start of the countdown to Christmas and shopping season in Leeds, with the finale of the show seeing the switch flicked to turn on one of the largest festive illuminations in the UK – covering over 15 miles around the city centre.

The show, hosted by Real Radio breakfast presenters Dixie and Gayle, will be marked by a fantastic firework finale and joining Loveable Rogues and Tyler James on stage will be a variety of other special guest celebrities, local sporting heroes, pantomime characters and of course Santa! Full details of the line-up will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:
“We are delighted to be welcoming The Loveable Rogues and Tyler James to Leeds for our lights switch-on. They are sure to put on a great performance for the family audience and along with our other guests it will make for a fantastic show to get the Christmas party started in Leeds.”

Dixie from Real Radio Breakfast says:
“I can’t wait to get back on stage with Gayle to light up Leeds! It’s always a massive party. We have some great guests lined up this year and we are really excited to see the Loveable Rogues and Tyler James both perform live on stage”.

For more information on the event go to or call the council’s events team on 0113 395 0891.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Gadgets save money and energy while simple checks save lives

Leeds City Council is getting on board with Big Energy Saving Week to help people save money and energy – and potentially lives.

Residents can take advantage of two council schemes and advice from Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) that will help them stay warm, healthy and keep money in their pockets. And Leeds City Council is asking residents to check on family, friends and neighbours before cold weather bites.

Since March 2010, anyone with a Leeds library card has been able to borrow an energy monitor from one of 22 libraries across the city.

The gadgets estimate how much money is being spent on electricity and how much carbon is being emitting on a handy, easy to use display. As lights and appliances are switched on and off, the monitors show how much each one contributes to electricity bills.

Armed with this information, people can decide how to use household gizmos to save money and energy.

And residents now have less than a week to claim their free insulation with the council-backed Wrap Up Leeds.

Insulation is one of the most effective ways of keeping homes warmer and helping people spend less heating their home while cutting carbon emissions. Wrap Up Leeds offers free cavity wall and loft insulation to home owners and people renting privately. The scheme ends on Friday 26 October.

Leeds City Council’s Reginald Centre will be hosting Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) and other local organisations on Thursday 25 October.

From 10am to 4pm CAB advisers will be helping people check they are getting the best deal from their energy company; are on the cheapest way to pay; and explaining how people might be able to save more money by switching suppliers. Plus they’ll be giving energy saving tips and talking about other help available to insulate homes.

And with nights getting longer and chillier the council is asking for people to be alert for friends, relatives or neighbours who may be at risk from the cold.

Underlying health problems can be made worse – or even fatal – if people don’t put their heating on; this may be due to broken heating controls, poor insulation or simply because they can’t afford it.

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

“Energy price hikes are a real blow to anyone already struggling to keep warm and pay their fuel bills. But with winter on the way, it really can become a matter of life and death for some.

“Keeping warm keeps you well and there are simple steps people can take to make sure they stay healthy while saving energy and money. One of the easiest things we can do is keep an eye on people to make sure they aren’t suffering from the cold needlessly.

“With the advice available throughout Big Energy Saving Week and with the support of schemes like Wrap Up Leeds and the energy monitors in libraries, we can give fuel poverty the cold shoulder.”

Nick Morgan, Chapeltown CAB CEO said:

“More and more people are coming to us for advice on how to spend less on their fuel bills. While we continue to help people on a daily basis with face to face, telephone and online advice – there is a real need to reach out to more people who are struggling and Big Energy Saving Week will be a chance for us to do just that.”

Wrap Up Leeds, LATCH, Green Doctor, Chapeltown Development Trust, Feel Good Factor and others will be joining Chapeltown CAB throughout Thursday 25 October.

Big Energy Saving Week runs from 22 to 27 October and help and advice is available at

Home owners and people renting privately can claim their free cavity wall and loft insulation at or by calling 0800 052 0071 until Friday 26 October.

Anyone with a Leeds library card can borrow an energy monitor for three weeks, like they would a book.

Top tips to keep warm and well in winter include:

  • Check the weather forecast and be ready for cold weather.
  • Make sure you have food in the house as hot meals will help keep you snug.
  • Have plenty of hot drinks like tea, coffee or hot water as this will help to keep you warm, boiling the amount of water you need each time.
  • Make sure you have enough of your prescription medicines.
  • Make sure you have your flu jab.
  • Make sure you can check the temperature in your living room and bedroom; your main living room should be 21C and your bedroom should be 18C.
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer.
  • Cover yourself with a blanket or shawl if you are sitting for long periods and put your feet up if you can; the air is colder near the floor.
  • Tuck curtains behind radiators, this will keep the heat in the room.
  • Keep moving if you can, this will help keep you warm.

Top tips to save energy and money include:

  • Insulate your home with Wrap Up Leeds.
  • Turning your thermostat down by 1ºC could cut your heating bills by up to 10 per cent and save you around £65 per year.
  • Your hot water thermostat shouldn't be set higher than 60ºC/140ºF.
  • Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Don't leave appliances on standby and remember not to leave appliances on charge unnecessarily.
  • It’s best to wait until you have a full load if you’re using the washing machine, tumble dryer or dishwasher; but if you really can’t wait, then use the half-load or economy programme.
  • Only boil as much water as you need.
  • A dripping tap wastes at least 5,500 litres of water a year; if you are on a water meter, mending your dripping tap could save you over £18 a year.
  • Replace your light bulbs with energy saving recommended ones: each one you fit can reduce your lighting costs by around £40 over the lifetime of the bulb - and they last around 10 times longer than ordinary light bulbs.


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

Voting is underway for Leeds Children’s Mayor

The nationally commended Leeds Children’s Mayor competition is up and running again and voting has started on the top 10 manifestos.

For this year’s competition, Year Six children from primary schools across Leeds were asked to submit manifestos based on one of the 12 wishes for a more Child Friendly Leeds, which include travel, healthy lifestyles, safe play areas, jobs and learning.

The manifestos have been short listed down to a final ten by a panel of councillors and members of the youth council. The ten finalists’ manifestos have now been uploaded to the Breeze website and the Leeds Learning Network allowing people across the city to vote for their three favourite entries.

The ten finalists will be invited for tea with the Lord Mayor on 8 November where the winner will be announced, who will then accompany the Lord Mayor to the turning on of the Leeds Lights.

Previous winner Joe Smith, who won with his manifesto – ‘Keeping Kids Active’ said:

“It was a really exciting year with plenty of different opportunities. I met loads of really great people and attended lots of events, including the Leeds Lights Switch On.

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

“There have been some excellent ideas coming in from young people across the city about how we can make Leeds more Child Friendly.

“A key part of our ambition to become a Child Friendly City is the voice and influence of young people and this competition is just one way we can demonstrate this commitment. It is a wonderful opportunity for young people to get involved and get a taste of democracy at work.”

To vote, young people can visit the Breeze website at's_Mayor or log on to the Leeds Learning Network to vote for their top three manifestos.

Notes to editors:

Previously known as ‘Mayor for a day’, the programme has been so successful in recent years that it was ‘highly commended’ by The Municipal Journal this year and renamed ‘Leeds Children’s Mayor’ as the programme has now been extended to last over a full year.

The manifestos that have been shortlisted are:

Meg Harris,Whinmoor St Paul’s C/E Primary - Keep Calm & Be Healthy

Harleem Comrie , Swarcliffe Primary - Travel safely, travel SMART (Safe Movement Around Town)

Grace Armitage,St Benedict’s Catholic Primary - Breaking Barriers, Building Futures

Tyler Golden, Sharp Lane Primary - Save children from boredom!

Laura Paul, Robin Hood Primary - A Council for Children

Max Trotter, Queensway Primary – CareerKidz

Hasan Ali, Harehills Primary - Feel heard, be heard

Cameron Jackson, Carr Manor Primary - Think Bike. Think Safe

Oliver Larking , Bardsey Primary - Leeds offers fun, free, fitness for the family!!

Hafsah Ayaz, Bankside Primary - Learners today, leaders tomorrow

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

Road safety campaign advises people to ‘Be Seen’ on dark nights

A campaign to make sure people stay safe as the darker nights set in is launching this week.

West Yorkshire Safer Roads Delivery Group are reminding people that the best way for people to ‘Be Seen’ by drivers on dull dark days is to wear something fluorescent, or reflective.

The best things to wear to ensure you are seen are armbands, sashes or belts that are both reflective and fluorescent as they are 3 times more effective than something white.

Parents with very young children should attach something reflective and fluorescent to their children’s buggies. For older children, many stores sell winter coats, jackets and trainers with reflective strips attached. Adult pedestrians, cyclists and riders can also help make themselves be seen by wearing hi-viz aids, available from many motor accessory, outdoor or on-line shops. As part of the campaign Capital 105 Radio will be running adverts reminding people how they can keep safe and be seen now the nights are getting darker.

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

"It would be a great idea for everybody to wear something bright and take extra care when on the road to reduce the number of people injured. Drivers should also remember to use dipped headlights to see and be seen by other road users, to check tyres and that car windows are clear of condensation or ice.”

As part of the campaign Leeds Road Safety Team will also be reminding parents and children to be seen in the dark, , by sending schools posters and information fliers, and also encouraging schools to run activities during Brake Road Safety week. (19th – 25th November)
For more information on Being Safe and Being Seen, parents, carers and children can visit

Note to Editor:

1 West Yorkshire Safer Roads Delivery Group represents the road safety sections of the five local authorities and promotes road safety across West Yorkshire. (Leeds, Kirklees, Bradford, Calderdale and Wakefield.)

2 The campaign on Capital 105 FM Radio will run for 4 weeks throughout the day to coincide with the end of British Summer Time on 28th October.


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