Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Dortmund Square makeover work set to resume

Caption: An illustration of Dortmund Square featuring the new central tree

Work on the refurbishment of Dortmund Square in Leeds city centre which will see a signature tree planted in honour of Her Majesty The Queen resumes this week.

The project to improve walkways, street lighting and seating at the square located off The Headrow to open up and enhance the space for visitors to the city centre, shoppers and families began last month.

Work was put on hold over the Christmas and new year shopping period, but will now continue from Thursday 17 January. The existing flagstones will be taken up and a hole excavated in the centre of the square which will host the new London Plane tree to be put in place in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee which was celebrated last summer.

The tree will initially be approximately 10 metres tall and weigh 1.5 tonnes. It will be placed in a specially-designed tree pit which will contain state-of-the-art engineering to allow for healthy long-term root growth and drainage. It is estimated that once fully grown, the tree will reach over 100 feet in height (30 metres) and live well over a hundred years.

Once the tree has been installed, the surface of the square will then be recreated with new flagstones put in place, while there will also be improvements to lighting, the existing benches replaced and CCTV cameras being realigned. The project is expected to be completed by the spring.

Throughout the length of the project which is being carried out by Leeds City Council’s parks and countryside and highways teams, areas of Dortmund Square will be inaccessible to the public although access to the adjacent shops will continue via pedestrian pathways. The disabled parking spaces on Mark Lane will be unavailable for public use throughout the refurbishment period.

Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“Now the Christmas and new year periods having come and gone, we can get on and carry out this refurbishment project which will greatly improve the look of Dortmund Square and make it more attractive for pedestrians, shoppers and visitors.

“The new tree in honour of Her Majesty The Queen is going to be a great sight when it is planted and we look forward to completing the work so people can enjoy the new-look square for a long time to come.”

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Statement on the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck Private Finance Initiative (PFI) housing project

Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services Councillor Peter Gruen said:

"The council remains absolutely committed to plans to deliver improvements to over 1200 homes and the surrounding estates and to build 388 new homes through the PFI project. Completing the procurement of this important scheme remains a priority and the council has worked very closely with the preferred bidder, Sustainable Communities 4 Leeds (sc4L), to resolve all outstanding matters to enable this.

"The commercial and funding arrangements are complex and some aspects have taken longer for all parties to conclude than we hoped for, which has caused a further delay in reaching financial close. The preferred bidder and lenders have however confirmed that they are also fully committed to the project and have agreed a revised timetable to complete final funding and commercial documents, which should see the contract signed by the end of February.

"We will continue to work with all the relevant parties to ensure this timetable is met so that a start to works can begin as soon as possible to improve existing homes and provide new homes in the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck areas. We will write to all tenants and residents within the project areas once the procurement is completed and the project timetable is confirmed."

A statement by sc4L said:

"Sustainable Communities 4 Leeds (sc4L) notes the concerns and comments raised both within the council and wider forums and remains fully committed to the project and its delivery within the revised programme."

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Iconic Henry Moore sculpture gets ready to go Dutch

Caption: The famous Henry Moore sculpture outside Leeds Art Gallery will be temporarily leaving the city

One of Leeds’ most iconic figures will be leaving the city for the first time in 30 years this week to in order to play a key role in one of the biggest events in the museum world.

Henry Moore’s famous bronze sculpture ‘Reclining Woman: Elbow’, which has been admired by millions of visitors on permanent display outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow, will be temporarily departing the city on Wednesday to head to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The work, owned by the Henry Moore Foundation based in Hertfordshire and at the Henry Moore Institute neighbouring Leeds Art Gallery, is leaving in order to go on show as part of the long-awaited reopening of the world-leading Rijksmuseum in April.

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All media are invited to cover the removal of the Henry Moore sculpture from outside Leeds Art Gallery on The Headrow from 10:15am on Wednesday 16 January (tomorrow). The art gallery is located at Leeds, LS1 3AA.
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The museum which is home to works by a host of major artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer is reopening after a 10-year renovation and restoration programme, and Moore’s Reclining Woman: Elbow is one of 14 key works representing 30 years of the Castleford-born artist’s outdoor sculpture which will be on show in the surrounding gardens.

The display in Amsterdam will run from Friday 21 June to Monday 30 September, with the sculpture then being cleaned, repatinated and waxed by staff at the Henry Moore Foundation to revitalise it after 30 years exposed to the elements before it returns to Leeds.

The work was personally chosen by Moore himself to go on display on the external plinth at Leeds Art Gallery in 1982 as part of the sculpture gallery extension project.

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

“It’s going to be a little strange walking past the art gallery and not seeing the Henry Moore sculpture there as it has been a permanent fixture for the last 30 years, but it is long overdue a holiday after all that time.

“It is a sign of its significance that it has been requested to go on display at the reopening of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, so we hope everyone enjoys seeing it at the exhibition and we look forward to it returning to Leeds looking better than ever later in the year.”

Head of Sculpture Studies at the Henry Moore Institute Lisa Le Feuvre said:

“Although we will miss the work in Leeds, it really underlines how important the sculpture is. In a way there is a part of Leeds which is being celebrated abroad at this very significant event.”

For more information on Leeds Art Gallery, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/artgallery or call 0113 247 8256.

For more information on the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, visit www.henry-moore.org//hmi or call 0113 246 7467.

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Trio of anti-social brothers banned from east Leeds

A family who have harassed communities in east Leeds for a number of years have been banned from entering certain parts of the area.

After a catalogue of problems, three brothers from the Hargreave family living in the Torre Estate have been banned from parts of east Leeds, including from their family home.

Injunctions were granted at Leeds County Court on 8 January 2013 preventing the brothers Liam Hargreaves, 23, Joseph Foley, 19 and Daniel Foley, 18, from entering the area bordered by York Road, Wykebeck Valley Road, Oakwood Lane, Easterly Road, Roundhay Road, Sheepscar Street South and Regent Street.

As well as the injunction, Leeds City Council was also granted possession of the family home, suspended on terms that the mother, Deborah Hargreaves, does not allow the sons to enter the property. Both orders remain in force until 09 January 2017.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“It is not fair to a community to have a family causing this much disturbance and over a long period of time.

“We want people to feel safe and sound where they live and build good community relationships and we will not tolerate families or individuals who try to ruin this.

“This is a good result and I hope it sends a strong message to the minority of people who cause distress to their local communities.”

The brothers were abusive to neighbours and intimated the local community for a number of years. Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT) working with West Yorkshire Police, East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) secured the order after working with the local community and logging the catalogue of complaints.


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