Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Work begins on Logic Leeds business park

The Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone has taken an important step forward as development work on the Logic Leeds site has begun.

Muse Developments and Leeds City Council have announced that work has now begun on Phase One of the Logic Leeds project which involves the construction of 200 metres of highway to link the site with the A63 East Leeds Link Road.

David Wells, development director at Muse said: “The start of work on the first phase of infrastructure at Logic Leeds culminates over seven years of preparation by Muse and Leeds City Council. It’s a fantastic step forward for the scheme and for Leeds.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member responsible for economy and development said: “It is great to see work starting on Logic Leeds. This is a key site within the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone with high prominence and great links to the motorway. Once developed this site will provide high quality industrial and warehouse units and will offer excellent employment opportunities for the area.”

Eric Wright Civil Engineering - a division of the Eric Wright Group has been employed by Muse to carry out this £500,000 first phase of infrastructure works which is due to be complete in August 2013.

Adrian Taylor, director at Eric Wright Civil Engineering added: “We are proud to be the first firm to start work on this impressive development and look forward to completing Phase One so that further phases of the development can continue.”

Businesses are being enticed to relocate to the Aire Valley Enterprise Zone with benefits such as a £275,000 reduction in their rates bill over a five-year period, superfast broadband and a simplified planning system.

As well as the standard package of benefits, business rates discounts, simplified planning and high speed broadband, the council has developed a tailored package including development funding and recruitment and training support to make it easier for companies moving to the zone.

Neil McLean, Chair of the Leeds City Region local enterprise partnership said:
“Investing in strategic improvements in and around the Aire Valley is imperative for the future of the zone, but also strengthens our offer to businesses and the city region economy. Starting the works is great news and delivering the scheme in such a short time means businesses locating in the zone can enjoy even better access in just a few months’ time”.

Logic Leeds is one of four sites being developed as part of the zone, along with Newmarket Lane, Thornes Farm and Temple Green. The sites cover a total of 142 hectares and are all located along the East Leeds Link Road, the dual carriageway that links Leeds city centre to Junction 45 of the M1.

The Aire Valley Leeds Enterprise Zone went live in April 2012. So far more than £200 million investment has been secured. This includes the Watershed Packaging factory which is well advanced and Veolia’s £180 million recycling and energy recovery facility is due to start on site later this year. The facility is part of a £480 million 25-year contract the council has signed with Veolia to recycle the city’s waste.
Despite challenging economic conditions, negotiations with a number of businesses looking to expand in the zone are continuing.

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Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault enjoys visit to Leeds

Caption: Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault (centre left) presents a signed race leader's yellow jersey to the headteacher of Kippax North School Barbara Clarke during his visit to Leeds flanked by (left to right) Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield, Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme and Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity

One of the great champions of the Tour de France was in Leeds today to sample the excitement around the Grand Départ of the race starting in the city next year.

Legendary French cyclist Bernard Hinault, who won the world’s greatest cycle race five times, paid a visit to the city to meet schoolchildren who have been inspired by the news that ‘Le Tour’ is coming to Leeds in July 2014.

Together with Tour de France Director Christian Prudhomme, the star guests were escorted on a visit to three city schools - Kippax North Primary, Brigshaw High School and Language School, and Carr Manor Community School - by the Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield and Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive Gary Verity.

During the visit the group were given tours of cycling facilities in the schools, as well as seeing the pupils in action on cycle tracks and watt bikes. There were also demonstrations of cycling proficiency and awareness projects the schools carry out, as well as presentations of work the schools are doing in preparation for the world’s largest annual sporting event coming to the city.

The pupils were also given the chance to ask questions of Bernard Hinault, who is one of the finest cyclists of all time having enjoyed an incredible career which saw him win the Tour de France five times between 1978 and 1985 while he was also runner-up twice.

As well as being in a select band of five riders to have won all three ‘Grand Tours’ – the Tour de France, the Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) and the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) – Hinault is the only rider ever to have won them all more than once.

He remains a highly visible presence at each Tour de France in his role as an official ambassador for the race, and can be seen at the end of every stage presenting the prizes and jerseys to the day’s stage winner and the race leaders.

Welcoming Bernard Hinault to the city, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“We are very proud and honoured to welcome a true cycling legend and Tour de France great Bernard Hinault to Leeds. Bernard is a real hero to any fan of cycling and the Tour de France like myself, and we are delighted he has taken the time to visit our city and to get a feel for how excited we are to be hosting the Grand Départ of next year’s race.

“In particular I am pleased he and Christian are getting to meet lots of our young people on their visit, as a key element of the wonderful event to come next summer is the long-term legacy for cycling in Leeds and Yorkshire which is going to make it even more special.”

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity said:

“A key part of our legacy plans for the Grand Départ is to inspire the next generation; Christian and Bernard have seen today that their world-famous race is already doing that and we are over a year away from waving the riders off from Leeds city centre. This is just the start of what promises to be an era-defining moment for the people of Yorkshire.

"We are delighted that Christian and Bernard were able to witness first-hand the enthusiasm, passion and pride children of Yorkshire have for being able to say they are hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.”

Director of the Tour de France Christian Prudhomme said:

“We brought Le Tour to Yorkshire because behind ‘Back le Bid’ there was a real desire to welcome the Tour and we have seen that passion and pride today at every school we have visited.

“To think that we are already inspiring the next generation of cycling fans in the UK makes me proud that we made the right decision to host the Grand Départ in Yorkshire in 2014.”

Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Otley Cecilia Knight, whose pupils took part in the visit at Carr Manor Community School, said:

“Our children are so excited that 'Le Tour' will be coming through Otley and they were delighted to have been included in the opportunity to meet the delegation in Leeds today.

“We have lots of very keen cyclists at St Joseph's and meeting Bernard Hinault will be something they will always remember.”

Leeds will be the host city for the Grand Départ of next year’s Tour de France, which begins on Saturday 5 July 2014. The opening two stages of the race will be held in Yorkshire, before Le Tour heads south for stage three, starting in Cambridge and finishing in London.

It is estimated that 98 per cent of the population of Yorkshire will be within an hour of the route during its two days in the county, with the economic benefit expected to be in excess of £100m.

As host city for the Grand Départ, Leeds will be the focal point of attention in the days leading up to the start with the competing teams being presented to the public, while there will also be cycle shows, displays, market stalls, competitions and a range of cultural events in celebration of Le Tour’s arrival.

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Notes to editors:

As part of the Leeds City Region collaboration of local authorities, Leeds City Council is supporting ‘Highway to Health’, a bid to create a 23km cycle superhighway which would be the longest continuous cycleway in the north of England.

Linking Bradford and Leeds, the cycle superhighway would provide safe, segregated cycle lanes, secure cycle parking and activities to encourage cycling and walking. It would also improve connectivity and boost economic regeneration. For more information and to support the bid visit

All of the schools visited by Bernard Hinault and Christian Prudhomme are part of child friendly Leeds, the ambition to make Leeds the best city for children and young people to thrive and look forward to a brighter future. For more information visit


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Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Waste services continue on bank holiday

Anyone taking advantage of the upcoming holiday weekend to do DIY or have a clear out can continue to recycle their waste as the city’s recycling sites will be open.

Staff will be on hand to offer people advice on what items can be re-used or recycled at the nine household waste sorting sites.

Bins are also being collected this bank holiday across the city – including those that have moved to the more frequent bin collection service.

People in Kippax, Methley, Garforth, Swillington, Morley, Ardsley, Robin Hood, a small part of New Farnley and additional properties in Rothwell now have their green recycling bins picked up one week and their blacks bin the following week.

Regardless of where you live in the city, if your collection day is a Monday, bins will be picked up as usual. Bins should be out by 7am.

If in any doubt about what day your bin is collected, you can check the online bin calendar at

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

“Even though it’s a bank holiday, it’s business as usual for our waste services.

“With an extra day off, you may be doing a spot of DIY or having a good old clean out. Some of what you may want to throw away can be put to use elsewhere rather than going to landfill.

“People should make the most of the services available throughout the year to help keep Leeds clean and green.”

A full list of household waste sorting sites and the range of materials that can be re-used and recycled at each can be found at

Each site also has a special container so that any unwanted household items – furniture, bikes or bric-a-brac – can be donated and put to good use by local charities.

Revive, the re-use shop, can be found at the East Leeds recycling centre. Run by a community interest group made up of local charities Emmaus, SLATE and SVP, unwanted items can be donated and sold back to the public at low prices.

Information about the new bin service can be found at

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


Vision for health and wellbeing launched in Leeds

The vision for Leeds to be a healthy and caring city for people of all ages took a step forward today with the launch of the Leeds Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy (JHWS).

The JHWS was launched at the first meeting of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board. The board is accountable to Leeds City Council, and brings together the local authority and health services in the city, as well as partner organisations, all with the shared ambition of improving the health and wellbeing of local people. The board’s primary purpose is to provide overall strategic leadership to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, and ensure that the health of the poorest improves the fastest.
The JHWS will provide a commissioning framework for health services, social care and public health, and also services such as housing, education and employment that can have a direct effect on people’s health and wellbeing.
The strategy aims to make Leeds a healthy and caring city for people of all ages, with the following five outcomes being at the heart of it:

• People will live longer and have healthier lives;
• People will live full, active and independent lives;
• People’s quality of life will be improved by access to quality services;
• People will be involved in decisions made about them; and
• People will live in healthy and sustainable communities.

In working to achieve these outcomes, the health and wellbeing board will ensure that people who are the poorest will improve their health the fastest, and the stark differences in life expectancy between the city’s most affluent and most disadvantaged communities will be reduced.

Councillor Lisa Mulherin, chair of the Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board said:
“Our vision is for Leeds to be the best city for health and wellbeing, and the Health and Wellbeing Board brings together the council, local NHS services and partner organisations to work on achieving this. The board is committed to identifying need and tackling issues of health inequality and disadvantage in the city.

”The JHWS provides a strategic, cross-city approach to ensure that we maximise the impact of every pound of public money that is spent on health in the city, whilst also making the most of our collective resources.

“We expect all our partners to use the JHWS when making decisions about spending money and planning services over the next few years, and are confident that if this happens we can truly make Leeds the best city for health and wellbeing.”
The JHWS will be used to review existing plans and strategies across the city to make sure that these are focused on the right things. The health and wellbeing board has identified four prime commitments that they believe will make the most difference to the lives of people in Leeds. These are:

• To support more people to choose healthy lifestyles;

• To ensure everyone has the best start in life;

• To improve people’s mental health and wellbeing; and

• To increase the number of people supported to live safely in their own homes (reducing avoidable hospital and care home admissions).
Councillor Mulherin added:
“To ensure that we start making progress towards Leeds being a healthy and caring city for all ages we have identified four prime commitments, which will underpin our work and start making a real difference to health outcomes for people in the city.

Details of the Health and Wellbeing Board and the JHWS can be found here

Additional info
Before the health and wellbeing board assumed its statutory responsibilities in April 2013, a shadow health and wellbeing board acted as an advisory body to the council’s executive board, NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds board and the three clinical commissioning groups. Its role was to oversee relevant transitional arrangements for health, social care and public health in the city.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578