Wednesday, 10 July 2013

City library to host Our Big Gig event

The peace and tranquillity of a city library in Leeds will be shattered this week as the Our Big Gig campaign rolls into the city.

As part of the aim to get as many people as possible involved in making music, a range of events from 10am - 4pm will be held at Leeds Central Library on Saturday 13 July. On offer includes the chance for budding musicians to learn from professionals at workshops on the Ukulele, drums and guitar.

Also on hand to entertain the crowds will be the North Leeds Music Centre Jazz Band and an acoustic set from Leeds based singer/guitarist/songwriter Anna Hetherington. For the younger generation, a Mini Music-makers workshop will be provided by Melanie Wilson.

If you would like to find out more information about the event, please contact the Leeds Music & Performing Arts Library on Leeds (0113) 2478273 or e-mail musiclibrary@leedslearning.net.

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

“We are delighted to host the Our Big Gig event at Leeds Central Library, which is aiming to inspire people of all ages to get involved in making music.

“There will be a wide-range of fantastic activities and events held on the day and the chance for budding musicians to learn from the experts and improve their skills on a number of instruments, which really is something not to be missed.

“Live music from local performers will also be provided on what I can safely say will be one of the very, very few occasions where we are happy to embrace a lot of noise at one of our libraries!”

Notes to editors:

Our Big Gig aims to get as many people as possible involved in making music, and is holding over 300 events throughout the country over the four day period between 11th and 14th July.

The event at Leeds Central Library has been organised by Leeds City Council’s Library & Information Service.

Our Big Gig events across the country have been organised by local volunteers and Superact, with funding provided from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Arts Council England.

You can find out more about the events in our region by visiting http://www.superact.org.uk/ourbiggig/events/yorkshire

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Hundreds of council homes to be brought to Leeds

Leeds City Council is reaffirming its commitment to council housing in the city and planning to build hundreds more new council homes – the largest number of homes to be brought to the city for 30 years.

As part of its ambition to be the best council in the UK, the council has identified a number of ways that it can bring new council housing to the city and also continue to maintain its current stock.

At a meeting of the council’s executive board next week (Wednesday 17 July), members will be asked to approve £40.623m to spend on a four year project to bring over 400 new council homes to the city.

Alongside the delivery of new council homes, the council are also planning for the further growth of housing needed across the city in the future. This includes looking at the five year housing land supply and freeing up brownfield sites for the development of housing.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“Providing affordable homes is absolutely vital for the viability of the city. Developing new council housing, whether through new build or other methods of acquiring property, is a really positive way for us to meet housing need. It can also provide an opportunity for employment and training activities for people in Leeds.

“We are committed to making Leeds the best city in the UK to live and using our resources in this way will take us another step closer to achieving our vision.”

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“We are completely committed to ensuring we meet the need for more council housing in the city.

“We have already had the fantastic news that the inner city Leeds PFI project has just been given the go ahead to bring 388 new homes to this area of Leeds, along with the refurbishment of a further 1245 council homes and we want to continue to build on this success.

“We know there is a need to bring more council housing to the city, and we have looked at a
number of possible ways that this can be achieved. It is the first time in a number of years that we have been able to deliver such a large number of council homes to our city. We have people on our council house waiting list needing new homes, and with the growth predicted within the city, we are well aware of the pressures being placed on social housing. Letting new properties leads to a higher income for the Council’s housing account. We can use this additional income to further invest in Council properties. I am committed to trying to encourage the sustainability of Council housing growth.

“We are already taking a proactive approach to meeting the city’s requirements for housing through land supply and direct investment in housing growth, for example we are already bringing 3000 empty properties back into use each year.”

For more detail about the housing investment and growth reports being presented to the Leeds City Council executive board visit www.leeds.gov.uk

Notes to editors:

There are a number of delivery options available to achieve the increase the number of council homes, including continuing the programme of new builds, off the shelf acquisitions which would give the council the opportunity to purchase properties, either built properties or from plan, the repurchase of Right To Buy properties where it represents value for money and empty property acquisitions.

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