Monday, 29 October 2012

Time running out to register to vote in Police Commissioner elections

People in Leeds are being reminded that time is running out to be registered to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

You need to have your name on the list by 5pm on Wednesday October 31 to be eligible to have your say. Over the past few months registration forms and reminders have been sent out and canvassers have been busy reminding people to vote.

Anyone not on the electoral register by then will not be able to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections taking place across England and Wales on November 15.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be responsible for holding Chief Constables to account, while Chief Constables remain responsible for directing and controlling police forces. Voters across West Yorkshire will be voting for one Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole county.

Susanna Benton, Leeds City Council’s electoral services manager, said:
“Not only is it vital to be registered by October 31 to ensure you can vote in this election, it is also really important to be on the electoral register.  For example, many organisations such as banks and building societies use it to cross-check the addresses of people applying to them.”

Anyone who is not registered, or who would like further information, can contact the electoral services office by emailing or by clicking on ‘Contact Electoral Services’ under related links on the Council’s website at If you have further queries you can call the LCC elections helpline on 0113 222 4411. It is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information on the PCC elections visit or for information on the candidates visit

Journalists who require further information about the PCC elections should contact:
Wakefield Council Communications team
Telephone 01924 305295

Public drop in sessions for Kirkgate Market

People interested in having their say on the future of Kirkgate Market are invited to a number of drop in sessions in November.

There will be four sessions held at the Marriott Hotel, Boar Lane on Monday 12 November where people can listen to a short presentation on the market proposals and then have a chance to speak to council officers and the consultants on the project.

The events are open to everyone and will provide a face to face outlet for people to talk through the information and discuss anything they have questions about.

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

“This is a good chance for people to find out more about the market proposals and ask any questions they may have.

“We are aware that we have put a large amount of information into the public domain, but are keen to hear peoples thoughts and questions they have on any of the information.

As part of the engagement process there is also a stall in the market (Unit 8 in the 1976 Hall) which is open Monday – Saturday and staffed at certain times.

For more information about this stage of the project and to fill in a feedback form visit

Notes to editors:

The four drop in sessions at the Marriott HOtel on Boar Lane will be held at - 10.30am – 12pm, 12.30 – 2.00pm, 2.30 – 4.00pm, 6.30 – 8.00pm

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