Friday, 21 June 2013

Views invited on proposals for changes to polling arrangements in Leeds

People are being invited to comment on the initial proposals for changes to polling arrangements for the Leeds City Council area and the governance of all parish and town councils.

The initial proposals have been drawn up following a public consultation which began in February.

The joint review of polling districts, places and 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.

Interested parties, especially those with an expertise in disability access issues, are being invited to comment again on the new proposals.

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

Representations should be made no later than 16 September 2013. The council will agree final proposals in November 2013 and will publish a Final Notice of Joint Review on 25 November 2013.

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

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Osmondthorpe Goes National

A new drama group for disabled people in Leeds has succeeded in selling out their debut performance as they bring their murder mystery show to North Yorkshire.

After 6 months of rehearsals, the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre drama group, in association with the Workers Education Association made their debut performance on Wednesday 19 June. The sold-out-drama, “The Legend of Sarkless Kitty”, involves a 150 year old murder mystery plot, based in Hutton Le Hole, and took place at the Ryedale Folk Museum in North Yorkshire.

There will also be a repeat performance the following week, on Wednesday 26 June, at the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, for close friends and family only. This will follow the official opening of the Ossie Community Café by Leeds City Councillors Ogilvie and Yeadon. Both Councillors have worked closely with Osmondthorpe Resource Centre and the WEA and have continuously supported the group, with Councillor Ogilvie helping to secure the costumes for the performance, through the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

It is hoped that the performance will act as a “thank you” to all those who have given their time and support in helping this performance happen. This includes many organisations such as Adult Social Care, Leisure and Skills, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Passenger Transport.

Osmondthorpe Resource Centre is a day service providing all aspects of support to disabled people.
The WEA is a charity aiming to provide educational opportunities to adults from all walks of life, including those facing social and economic disadvantages.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:
“Everyone involved has worked so hard over the last few months and it will be great to see their hard work finally pay off.
“We feel privileged to be the ones to officially open the café and can’t wait to see the performance.”

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said:
“This is a great opportunity for Osmondthorpe Resource Centre and WEA to show what they are capable of.
“The chance to work so closely alongside both organisations has been brilliant. They continuously demonstrate how disadvantages physically, socially or economically should not hold you back from anything.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Francesca Foulkes
Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244