Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Salesman fined for clogging up road with cars

A local businessman’s profits have taken a hit after being fined for selling cars on the street.

Mark Taylor who trades as M T Motors, Scott Green in Gildersome, has been ordered to pay up £500 for leaving cars parked and advertised for sale on the road.

Leeds Magistrates also told Taylor to pay costs of £714.56 and a £15 victim surcharge earlier this month.

Local residents began complaining in May 2012 about numerous vehicles Taylor was leaving for sale by the side of the road. The cars frequently clogged up streets in Gildersome, making it difficult for traffic to negotiate its way round.

Taylor was traced and warned on several occasions to remove the cars. Having ignored these warnings and with complaints continuing to come in, he was issued with a fixed penalty notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 in June 2012.

Taylor failed to pay the £100 penalty and despite the threat of prosecution, he continued to abuse the highway by leaving cars for sale on the road. The council took the decision to start legal proceedings in a bid to halt Taylor’s unacceptable sales methods.

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

“This type of activity is classed as nuisance parking as it can interfere with the general public trying to get from A to B.

“A busy street might seem like the ideal place to attract potential buyers but it’s clearly not appropriate to obstruct or clutter communities with cars in the pursuit of profit.

“We have no issue with firms, large or small, conducting their business legitimately but we won’t tolerate our streets being used as unofficial forecourts.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Leeds hosts first self-build event

Leeds City Council is hosting a self-build event as part of a drive to bring more new homes to the city.

To meet the needs of the city’s growing population, the council is exploring a number of ways of making sure new homes are built in the city, and self-build is one of these avenues.

The free, half day event will be held on Saturday 11 May in the city centre, and will look to identify demand for self-build, either from individuals or groups, provide advice and support to potential self-builders and provide networking opportunities.

The event will bring together speakers from the world of self-build and information from The National Self Build Association and the Homes and Communities Agency.

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


“Self-build has long been recognised both nationally and locally as a means for delivering good quality homes. It can help individuals and groups to meet their home ownership aspirations as well as helping local authorities to meet housing targets.
“The council is keen to see more self-build homes in Leeds and wants to understand how it can support individuals and groups.

“We are especially interested to hear about any creative and innovative design solutions that will deliver new quality homes which are sustainable, efficient to heat and maintain and can complement existing communities.”

Self-build projects have taken place previously in Leeds, but the council is keen to encourage this on a larger scale, and is keen to explore the ways in which support can be given to local people wanting to achieve a home of their own design in the location they want.

To register your interest in the event or for more information email www.leeds.gov.uk/buildingyourownhome


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

Budding business owners get chance to trade on Kirkgate Market

A number of free pitches on the open market at Kirkgate Market are being offered to budding small business owners who want to make their mark in trading.

Leeds Kirkgate Market has teamed up with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs in Leeds to start up a business on the market.
Through a scheme called First Pitch, which is supported by Leeds City Council, small businesses owners of the future can trade on the open market for up to 12 months at discounted rent and are given personalised support from the NMTF.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member for development and the economy said:
“The open market is an important place for new businesses start-ups and offers people the chance to try out trading to see if it works for them. A great example of this is M&S who have just returned to their roots in the market.
“We want to encourage entrepreneurs across the city to start-up businesses and this scheme is a great way of doing that. I wish all the participants well in their first experience of trading on the market.”

Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the NMTF, said:

“Many of our well-known brands started life on the markets and we know many people want to take that leap into starting their own business – First Pitch will give you the support you need to bring a product or service to the market.

“If you’re selected as a Finalist, you are given free membership of the NMTF, a free copy of a market trader training guide and a mentor, someone who has a wealth of business and market trading experience. Interested applicants need to apply by 19th April via www.nmtf.co.uk.”
First Pitch is open to UK residents over 16 with less than six months experience of market trading.


Notes to editors:

• Joe Harrison, Chief Executive of the National Market Traders Federation, is available for interview. Please contact Chris Savage, Projects Manager at the National Market Traders Federation on 01226 352804 or chris.savage@nmtf.co.uk to arrange.

About First Pitch

• Candidates are asked to submit an idea for a product or service that they think they can sell at their local market. Closing date for entries is 19th April 2013. To submit entry please visit www.nmtf.co.uk

• There are three stages to First Pitch scheme

o Stage 1: Successful applicants will be offered up to five free days of market trading on a local market, during ‘Love Your Local Market’ (from 15th to 29th May), during which time, one of the judges from the national panel will visit and assess the trader on sales, customer feedback and stall presentation.

o Stage 2: Shortly after the free period of trading, the judges will draw up a shortlist of up to 100 traders all over the UK. These 100 traders will then be given the opportunity to trade on a market stall for a further 12 months with full support from the NMTF. They will start out at a reduced rent — 50% of the full rent to start with, gradually increasing on a sliding scale to 100% by the end of the year. The traders will also be appointed a mentor who will work with the finalists throughout the year, keeping in regular contact with them, offering support and checking progress.

o Stage 3: A Markets Master Class and Award Ceremony will be held in May 2014. One trader will be awarded £2,000 in cash to grow their business due to outstanding achievement over the 12 months.

• Shortlisted candidates receive a year’s full NMTF membership (worth £102), including business insurance, and a complimentary copy of ‘NMTF First’ (worth £100), which is filled with practical advice and training on how to set up a market stall.

• First Pitch is judged on a points system, awarded for certain criteria including quality of product, its suitability to the area and market type, the visual display known as ‘the flash’ and the general attitude of the trader.


• The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) is the leading trade body for the markets industry in the UK. Representing about 30,000 market traders in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the NMTF provides unrivalled business insurance, political representation and training programmes to market traders throughout the UK. The NMTF is headquartered in Hoyland, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.


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

Have your say on school Easter holidays in Leeds

Parents, carers, pupils and school staff are all being asked for their views on when the school Easter break should be.

Since 2011 Leeds has had a fixed school Easter break in the first two weeks of April, regardless of when the Easter weekend falls. The council is now seeking public opinion in order to decide whether to stick with this arrangement or return to an Easter break that moves depending on when Easter falls.

Leeds used to have a two-week school Easter break that wrapped around the Easter bank holidays. But following a consultation in 2008 the majority of people were in favour of changing this so that Leeds would have an Easter break fixed to the first two weeks of April. The Easter bank holidays usually fall within this break, at the beginning, middle, or end, but once in every 4-5 years the Easter bank holiday falls entirely outside of the school break. Consequently in some years Leeds dates are out of line with other local authorities across the region.

The Leeds City Council now wish to consult again, to decide whether to keep the fixed Easter break, or return to the previous arrangement.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:

“Since the fixed break has been in place for a couple of years, we thought it was time to make sure that is still the best option for families in Leeds.

“We know that some people prefer a fixed break but others prefer a break which coincides with the Easter bank holidays, so we want to make sure that whatever we decide continues to be the best option for the majority of families in the city.

“It is important that parents, carers, staff and pupils are able to influence which proposal we choose so we are keen for as many people as possible to take part in this consultation.”

To vote on your preferred option please visit the website link below by 30 April 2013 http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/School-calendar.aspx

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk