Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Consultation on older people’s services in Leeds draws to a close

The consultation with the residents and families of eight local authority residential care homes and four day centres for older people has now drawn to a close.

More than 400 completed questionnaires have been received by council officers following one-to-one discussions with customers of the care homes and day centres affected, and their families. These are being used to gather views about how the proposals could affect individual customers and identify their ongoing care needs.

In addition to the questionnaires, the council has received signed petitions from supporters opposing proposals to close the care homes at Burley Willows, Manorfield House, Primrose Hill and Suffolk Court, and also the day centres at Burley Willows and Doreen Hamilton.

The council has also had many individual letters from carers, elected members, members of the public and organisations with an interest in current and future care for older people in the city.

Because of the financial challenges that the council currently faces, it has had to look closely at the cost of all its services, and try to find ways to do things differently whilst making sure that support is available when people need it most.

Work will now begin on evaluating all of the information that has been gathered and recommendations will be presented to the council’s executive board in September 2013 when a final decision will be made.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, executive board member with responsibility for adult social care said:
“I would like to thank people for taking the time to talk to us about these proposals, and also all those who have written so thoughtfully and passionately to us on a matter that is clearly very close to their hearts.

“All of these views will be taken into account and be used to inform the recommendations that will be presented to executive board in September, when a final decision will be made.

“I understand how anxious people are about the future of their care homes and day centres, and would like to assure them that everyone’s views have been listened to and heard.”

The 12-week consultation started on 11 March 2013, with individual meetings taking place with the older people and their families who would be directly affected by the proposals. The proposals consulted on were:

• The potential closure of Amberton Court, Burley Willows, Fairview, Manorfield House, Musgrave Court, and Primrose Hill;

• The potential transfer of Home Lea House to another community-based organisation; and,

• The potential to develop Suffolk Court as a specialist intermediate care unit in partnership with the NHS.

The proposals for day centres were to close the day centres at Burley Willows, Naburn Court and Queenswood Drive, and transfer customers to new or existing services in the local community. It was also proposed that the role of the Doreen Hamilton building would be developed so that it plays a wider role in the life of the local community, and helps people who currently use the older people’s day centre to find alternative daytime support within the local area.

In September 2011, Leeds City Council's executive board approved recommendations for phase one of the review of the council’s residential care homes. As a direct result of feedback received from the consultation that took place then, the original proposals were changed, with the council committing to keep homes in Morley, Otley and Rothwell open until alternative provision in those areas of the city were built or an alternative management operation was put in place.

Leeds City Council has a vision for the future care and support of older people in the city. This will provide high-quality, long-term support for the most frail or disabled people, and those that need extra care because of dementia. Increased support to help older people regain and maintain their independence will also form part of this.


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

Olly Murs in the mood to Party in Leeds

Caption: (From top); Olly Murs, girlband Stooshe, Blue and rising star A*M*E who will all be taking to the stage at this year's Party in the Park.

Olly Murs will be joining Scouting for Girls and Blue in taking to the stage at Temple Newsam Estate this summer as the latest performers for this year’s Party in the Park have been announced.

Organisers Leeds City Council and 96.3 Radio Aire have today revealed the trio will join fellow chart-toppers Stooshe and A*M*E in the line-up for the annual outdoor concert on Sunday 28 July.

Multi-BRIT Award nominee Olly Murs, who enjoyed major success with hit singles ‘Please Don't Let Me Go’, ‘Heart Skips a Beat’ and ‘Troublemaker’, will be taking to the stage alongside Scouting for Girls who return to Party in the Park for the first time since their memorable debut appearance in 2010, when their performance of hits ‘She's So Lovely’, ‘Heartbeat’, and ‘Elvis Ain't Dead’ proved one of the highlights of the day. After now completing a successful third album, the three-piece are awaiting a release of their greatest hits album later this summer.

Boyband Blue will be heading to Leeds as part of their continued comeback since reforming in 2009. The quartet enjoyed huge success with number one-selling albums ‘All Rise’, ‘One Love’ and ‘Guilty’ plus sixteen singles in just a four-year period before deciding to split up in 2005. Now back together, the group will be embarking on their first major tour in almost a decade later this year.

Girlband Stooshe enjoyed a successful debut at Temple Newsam last year and will be returning for more this July. The trio will be performing songs from their debut album ‘London with the Lights On’, which was released last week.

Rising star A*M*E spent two weeks at the top of the singles chart with, ‘Need U (100%)’ the Duke Dumont produced track she wrote and performed. She is 18 years old, from South London (via Sierra Leone) and has already toured with JLS, Rizzle Kicks and Olly Murs, to name a few.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“This year’s line-up for Party in the Park is looking really impressive with something for everyone to enjoy. Olly Murs is sure to put on a great performance, and Scouting for Girls are sure to get a great welcome as will Blue in their comeback.

“Stooshe and A*M*E will be keen to make their mark so together with the names to come it is shaping up to be another fantastic concert this year.”

Radio Aire Breakfast presenter Rich Williams said:

“This is going to be a stunning Party in the Park. It’s hard to know what the highlight will be on the day with great live performers like Olly Murs, Scouting For Girls and Blue all coming to Leeds.”, co-host Naomi Kent added “Olly Murs! Temple Newsam is in for a treat”

Tickets for this year’s Party in the Park, which is supported by official media partner the Yorkshire Evening Post, are available now and can be purchased online at  or in person/by telephone from the city centre box office at The Carriageworks (0113 224 3801) or from Leeds Visitor Centre at the train station (0113 242 5242).

Tickets are also be available in person only from the Temple Newsam gift shop in the stable courtyard. Advanced car parking tickets are also available to purchase this year online and from the city centre box office.

Tickets are priced at £5 for Breezecard holders, £6.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders, £8 for those with Leeds Active, LibraryCard and standard LEEDSCards and £10 for general admission. Discounted tickets for groups of friends/family members will also be available at £7 each for bookings of between five and 10 people. Children aged four and under will be able to attend free of charge although a separate ticket will be required.

For more information visit or call Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 395 0891 or email


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