Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Views invited on review of Leeds polling arrangements

Views are being invited on a review of polling arrangements for the Leeds City Council area and the governance of all parish and town councils.

The joint review of districts, places and polling stations will not affect Leeds City Council’s boundary, the boundaries of its eight parliamentary constituencies or its 33 city wards.

What may be affected are the venues where voting takes place, the catchment areas and arrangements for town and parish councils.

Full details about the review including a map of areas concerned and with contact information on how to submit feedback can be viewed here: polling district review

Maps and other information are also available for inspection by appointment at the Leeds City Council electoral services office at the Town Hall by calling 0113- 395 2858 or emailing electors@leeds.gov.uk

Representations should be made no later than 15 April 2013 and the council will publish its initial proposals on 24 June, followed by further consultation until September 16 with a final notice of joint review to be published on 25 November 2013.

For media enquiries please contact:
Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244
email: communicationsteams@leeds.gov.uk


The Boss calls the shots as Leeds Arena gets an early Springsteen road-test

This press release is issued on behalf of Leeds Arena:

What The Boss wants…
The UK’s newest arena venue – due to officially open its doors in September – to be given an impromptu road test this July at the request of rock legend

The management team at Leeds Arena has revealed today that, ahead of the venue’s official opening this September, heartland rock hero and world-famous music veteran Bruce Springsteen has made a special request to play the new venue this summer.

The show will be a special one-off performance incorporated into his ongoing ‘Wrecking Ball’ world tour. The 13,500 capacity venue is pulling out all the stops to accommodate the multi-award winning ‘Born to Run’ rocker and his E Street Band on Wednesday 24 July.

Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday from 9.00am, priced £65.00.

This will be Springsteen’s first indoor UK show since his arena tour in 2007.

On being approached by Springsteen’s people, director Tony Watson said: “We are delighted that all of our stakeholders' hard work in building a world class arena in Leeds has attracted the attention of an international superstar such as Bruce Springsteen. The team is ecstatic that an artist of this sheer calibre will be providing all of us with, what is effectively, a big dress rehearsal for the arena for its opening season.

“Springsteen has always expressed a love of performing in the UK and, from what I understand, any opportunity to put Leeds Arena through its paces was too much to resist. We’re more than happy to take orders from ‘The Boss’ on this occasion.”

The arena will officially open on 4th September with a performance by Sir Elton John, in what will be the internationally celebrated singer-songwriter’s only UK indoor concert date this year.

Tony continued: “Sir Elton’s performance is still very much the showcase event of our official opening season this September. We’re honoured that he will be coming to the arena with his show. Having an artist of Elton’s fame and standing feature in our opening season is really the icing on the cake of our diverse run of opening events - there really will be something for everyone.

“In the past couple of weeks since Springsteen’s people approached us we’ve been working tirelessly to prepare and bring forward the installation of equipment much earlier than originally planned. After all, we don’t want the audience to be ‘Dancing in the Dark.’

On the exciting news, Councillor Keith Wakefield, Leader of Leeds City Council said: “This is an unexpected but very welcome announcement. To hear that the arena’s appeal is such that the advance actually came from Bruce Springsteen’s people is incredibly exciting. Leeds has waited a long time to welcome him back since his legendary 1985 Roundhay Park concert. It also means that the people of Leeds will be able to enjoy their amazing new arena and it will make its mark on the city’s cultural landscape far earlier than originally anticipated.

“We will be handing over the arena to SMG on schedule towards the end of March and it is then up to them to fit it out to their requirements and open it on a date of their choice. Personally I am delighted at the prospect of a world-famous rock icon such as Bruce Springsteen performing there and am looking forward to him helping us get Leeds Arena firmly on the map.

“This will be consolidated by a genuinely varied opening season in September with the venue being officially opened by Elton John, followed by a diverse range of acts including Micky Flanagan, Leeds’ own Kaiser Chiefs, Andrea Bocelli and more to be announced – there really will be something for everyone. And who know who else might be signed up in the meantime? With over 140 events per year, there is lots more to come."

To book tickets for this special one-off event, phone the Leeds Arena box office on 0844 248 1585, visit leeds-arena.com or buy your tickets in person from the Leeds Arena pop up box office, located at Leeds Town Hall. Booking fees may apply.


If you are a member of the public and you want information on tickets, which go on sale on Friday, call the Leeds Arena booking line on 0844 248 1585 or go to www.leeds-arena.com

For media inquiries only, concerning the construction/ownership of the arena itself, contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335


Celebrating diversity is top of the agenda for children’s centre

Gipton children’s centre is showing commitment to celebrating diversity and standing up to racism in their community by joining up to a race equality programme.

The centre has just signed up to the Stephen Lawrence Education standard and will be holding a celebration event on Wednesday 20 February where people from the local community and specially invited guests will come together to celebrate the commitment to the new standard.

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All media are invited to the celebration event at Gipton South Children’s Centre on Wednesday 20 February at 4:45pm where local members of the community and staff and families who use the centre will be in attendance. Please call the press office on 01132474450 to arrange attendance.

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The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard (SLES), is awarded to schools, early years centres and colleges which demonstrate knowledge, understanding and evidence of promoting inclusion and race equality to help transform education.

Representatives from the local policing teams, community members, staff and family will be in attendance to mark the occasion.

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

“It is excellent that this children’s centre has chosen to take on the Stephen Lawrence standard and promote the ideas of equality and celebrating diversity in their community.

“Children’s centres are at the heart of the community so they are the ideal place to spread the message of equality and community cohesion.”

Notes to editors:

The Stephen Lawrence Education Standard was developed in partnership between Education Leeds, Leeds City Council and black and minority community representatives in response to the death of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 and the publication of the MacPherson Inquiry Report six years later.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Business event showcases benefits of apprenticeships

Employment Leeds is hosting a business breakfast to promote the support and advice services available to small and medium sized businesses in the city.

The event, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service, will be held during National Apprenticeship week to showcase to local businesses how they can benefit from taking on an apprentice, and what grants are available.

Businesses interested in learning more about how apprenticeships can help to boost business are being invited to the event which will be held at the Carriageworks on Friday 15 March at 8:30am – 10.30am.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council executive board member for leisure and skills said:

“Employment Leeds works across a wide range of sectors and industries, and specialises in helping SME’s with their recruitment and work force development needs.

“Building on the success of our previous campaigns, this event will launch the Leeds Apprenticeship Challenge 2013 to secure pledges from 150 of the city’s businesses to each create at least 150 apprenticeship places in 100 days”

“It will provide an opportunity for businesses to learn more about the benefits of apprentices to SME’s and how they can take advantage of the support available and provide a career start for young people in the city “.

“Places are limited, so I would encourage any businesses that are interested to register as soon as possible.”

For more information about apprenticeships or recruitment support contact the Employment Leeds Team – employmentleeds@leeds.gov.uk Tel: 0113 2475862.

Notes to editors:

Employment Leeds is a no cost recruitment service that offers advice on recruitment strategies, skills development, and financial incentives for businesses that take on Apprentices.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk