Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Owners to avoid the dog house with microchipping

Dog owners are being encouraged to come along to a special session to help them become better owners of their four-legged friends.

On 23 July in Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, council dog wardens are offering free microchipping, thanks to the Dogs Trust.

Microchipping usually costs around £20 to £30. It’s a permanent method of identification for dogs, which means if a dog is lost or stolen, it can hopefully be reunited with its owner as soon as possible. Vets, dog wardens, and animal charities are all equipped with scanners to obtain owners information from chipped dogs.

The event will help ensure that all dogs in Leeds are microchipped before it becomes a legal requirement from 6 April 2016.

Dog wardens will be offering general advice on responsible dog ownership and on looking after canine companions properly too.

Hoping to get the message across to irresponsible dog owners, the council will continue to fine people £75 for not clearing up after their pet. If dog owners fail to pay the fine they will be prosecuted through the court.

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

“Getting your dog microchipped is just one element of being a responsible dog owner. We want to ensure that people are aware of the local and national rules in place to keep dogs safe and help make Leeds a cleaner city.

“People also need to know that those who still flout the rules will have to face the consequences when they are found out.”

Owners are encouraged to bring their dogs to Potternewton Park, Harehills Lane, between 10am and 2pm.

If you know of anyone is a routine offender of not picking up after their dog you can report them on 0113 222 4406 or you can email to .

For media enquiries contact Tom Clement
Leeds City Council Press Office
0113 3950244

Council chiefs to discuss delivery plan for Tour de France Grand Départ

Senior councillors in Leeds will today discuss the latest plans for the delivery of the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France which begins in the city.

The proposal which will be discussed by the executive board at Civic Hall from 1:30pm is to create a new company TDF2014 Ltd which will deliver the Grand Depart as the world’s largest annual sporting event comes to Leeds, Yorkshire and the UK for three stages from July 5-7 next year.

The new company’s board, as outlined in the Welcome to Yorkshire Grand Départ business plan, will include representation from key Yorkshire and Cambridge local authorities as well as British Cycling, Transport for London and UK Sport.

The board will be headed by Sir Rodney Walker, the former chair of UK Sport. There will be two deputy chairs: the Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Keith Wakefield representing the local authorities; and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who will have clear responsibility for the relationship with the race rights holders Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), and will also chair the Grand Départ and Legacy Board.

The costs of hosting the three days of the Grand Départ up to but not including the London finish of stage three have been projected at just under £21m. Local authorities will combine to provide £11m, unlocking government funding of £10m subject to final confirmation.

As Leeds is the host city, and will be the focal point of attention in the days leading up to the Grand Départ, the city council has agreed to provide £3.6m for its element of the costs. The return on this investment is expected to be considerable, as aside from the city being seen by a global television audience in the billions, the financial benefits of the Grand Départ are expected to exceed the £88m generated in London and Kent the last time the Tour de France came to the UK in 2007.

The Leeds budget includes £400,000 for highways improvements specific to the route the race will take through the city. This is separate to the city’s general highways maintenance budget.

It also includes a significant contribution to tourism work linked to the Tour and a long-term cycling legacy for the region. These areas along with the 100-day cultural festival leading up to the Grand Départ will be overseen by a parallel Grand Départ and Legacy board chaired by the Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, with sub-boards chaired by the Earl of Harewood for the cultural festival and City of York Council on cycling legacy.

Millions of spectators are expected to line the route to see the Tour in the UK, with stage one starting in Leeds and ending in Harrogate, stage two from York to Sheffield and stage three from Cambridge to London. The full route details are expected to be announced in October.

In Leeds discussions are already underway as to how local communities can get involved, with spectator ‘hubs’ for people to come together and watch the race as well as enjoying a day of family-focused activities being proposed for Harewood House, Otley and Scott Hall playing fields.

Sir Rodney Walker, who will chair the new company TDF2014 Ltd, said:

“I’m honoured to have been asked to lead the board, and confident that I will be able to bring together the very best skills in Yorkshire and expertise from across the UK to deliver an excellent event of which we can all be proud.”

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“We will work closely with UK Sport on the creation of the new company and also with Welcome to Yorkshire who have built such a strong relationship with the Tour organisers ASO. Local authorities which have committed financial and other resources will work in partnership to make the race happen.

“It makes sense to bring together everyone who can help us deliver such a major global event and tap into their invaluable knowledge and experience. We look forward to working with all parties to ensure a brilliant and memorable event as well as a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, who led the successful Yorkshire Tour de France bid, said:

“Sir Rodney is an ideal person to lead the delivery body, with his extensive experience in business and the world of sport, and his strong relationships across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. I am looking forward to working closely with him to deliver the very Grandest of Grand Départs.”

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For media enquiries please contact:

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

City museum to host exhibition of famed children’s author

A new free exhibition showcasing the fantastic work of former Children’s Laureate Anthony Browne will open at Leeds City Museum this week.

As part of the ‘Through the Magic Mirror’ exhibition, visitors will have the chance to be transported into the colourful and amazing picture book world of this internationally renowned author and illustrator.

Specially designed for children, by stepping through the magic mirror you will come face-to-face with characters including Willy the Wimp, enter the rooms from Anthony’s family home, walk through the back yard from Changes, stroll in the park or visit the life-size Gorilla in the zoo.

When exploring the forest you will find some of the author’s most popular fairy tale adaptions from The Tunnel to Hansel and Gretel. In the last stop of the exhibition titled the ‘gallery within the gallery’, original illustrations from over 30 of the author’s books can be seen and you can play the Shape Game and join in our free activities for children.

Special free events will also be held throughout the exhibition in the gallery which runs throughout the school holidays for all the family to enjoy. These include story telling featuring Anthony Browne’s stories every Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30am-11.00am, mask making, activity tables, dressing up and an interactive free show held on the 17 and 18 September.

This exhibition marks a return to the city for Anthony, who was born in Yorkshire and studied at Leeds Art College.

The exhibition is open at Leeds City Museum, which is located on Millennium Square, from Friday 19 July 2013 to 12 January 2014. For more information regarding the exhibition and special events, please call: 0113 224 3733 or see

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

“Anthony Browne is one of the world’s finest children’s authors and illustrators, and it is privilege to host this free exhibition of his work at Leeds City Museum.

“This promises to be an exhibition that all the family can enjoy, and there is also the opportunity to take part in a number of other free events and activities, which look really fantastic.

“If you are already a big fan of Anthony, or intrigued to find out more about his books, then certainly this is something not to be missed.”

Anthony Browne said:

“It is literally a dream come true for me. For years I've had a recurring dream that for my final degree show at Leeds Art College I was able to show my children's books rather than the scruffy drawings and paintings I had then."

Notes to editors:

Leeds City Museum is located on Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH

The opening times of the museum are – Monday closed (except bank holidays 11am – 5pm), Tues, Weds and Fri 10am – 5pm, Thurs 10am – 7pm, Sat and Sun 11am – 5pm. Entry to the museum is free.

Anthony Browne was born in Yorkshire and attended Leeds Art College; in 2009 he was named Children’s Laureate in recognition of the importance of his exceptional children’s writing in creating the ‘readers of tomorrow’. Browne has won the Kate Greenaway Award for children’s books on several occasions and was the first British illustrator to win the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson award.

The exhibition is FREE and is open during normal Museum hours; it offers activities for children and includes special events for schools and families.

A touring exhibition from Seven Stories, National Centre for Children’s Books, it is supported by Walker Books, Random House Children’s Books, Action for Children and Arts Council England, and hosted by Leeds City Council.

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578


Car park now rocks around the clock

Woodhouse Lane car park is now open 24 hours a day in preparation for the first acts appearing at the city’s arena.

The refurbished 1,200 space car park is the main parking facility for the first direct arena and new prices match the all-day opening hours with a special tariff for evening arena events.

Having benefitted from a multi-million pound upgrade, the council-run car park offers better security and facilities within a five minute walk of the arena with easy access to the city’s main roads.

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

“This is a small but significant final step to ensure the infrastructure that supports the arena is ready to rock and roll.

“The upgraded facilities, 24 hour operations and competitive prices are the culmination of a long-term plan to ensure we offer a top class facility for a world-class arena.”

The full, new pricing structure for Woodhouse Lane car park is:

• Arena evening events - £5
• 2 hours - £2
• 3 hours - £3
• 4 hours - £4
• 12 hours - £5
• 14 hours - £6
• 24 hours - £10
• 48 hours - £20
• 7 days - £40
• Available to Parkmobile registered customers only - new weekend ticket Friday to 9am Monday - £12

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