Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Statement regarding fire at recycling facility

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

“Due to the fire at the HW Martin recycling facility this morning, we’ve put in place contingency plans so we can maintain green bin collections from Leeds residents whilst the site is out of use.

“These plans ensure that recycling will continue whilst the HW Martin site is inoperative. Residents can be assured that none of these materials will be wasted or landfilled and that recycling remains our priority.

“We are hopeful that these contingency arrangements will not impact on collections and residents should continue to put out their green bins on their normal collection day.

“We’ll be working with HW Martin to get operations back to normal as soon as possible. Pending a full assessment at the site we’re hopeful that normal service will resume Friday 2 August.”


Notes to editors:
The council sends plastics, food and drink cans, aerosols, paper and cardboard from green household bins to HW Martin for recycling.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
No casualties were reported.

Get on your bikes for a summer of fun with Breeze on tour

Breeze on Tour is ready to blaze a trail across Leeds this summer offering young people throughout the city the chance to have a go at a wide range of exciting activities on their doorstep.

Beginning at Temple Newsam today, the free annual roadshow event run by Leeds City Council for young people of all ages, continues a summer of fun activities for children in Leeds.

To celebrate the Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart starting from Leeds Town Hall, this year Breeze on Tour will feature a bike skills and competition area to help youngsters perfect their biking skills. Children and young people can bring their own bike to any Breeze event and test their balance and control skills on a cycle assault course. Learn about Bike Passports with the police cycling officer, then leave their bike in the secure bike park and enjoy all of the other activities that Breeze has to offer.

As well as the cycle assault courses there will also be an opportunity to take part in the Sprint Roller competition - the winner of the day in each category will win the Green Jersey. The overall winner at the end of the Breeze on Tour will take the coveted Breeze Yellow Jersey.

Breeze on Tour and Mini Breeze give young people the chance to get outside, have new experiences and have a laugh with their friends. Travelling around different locations throughout the city the events are free and provides art, physical challenge, performance, play, sport and information zones.

Children and young people aged up to 19 can just turn up with their Breezecard and can get in for free at every location on every day. There's a whole load of different activities including dancing, arts and crafts, music, football, giant inflatables, DJing, movie making, performances from international and local artists and bands, competitions.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member responsible for leisure and skills said:
“As ever, Breeze is bringing a whole host of exciting activities to banish the boredom during the summer holidays. This year youngsters will even be able to embrace Tour de France fever and try to win their own yellow jersey, just like Chris Froome!”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“Making sure children and young people have lots to do to keep them busy and their minds active over the school holidays is an important part of our aim to be a child friendly city. Breeze on tour and mini Breeze bring a whole host of new activities right to your doorstep so don’t miss out!

“The summer of fun started with a bang last week with CBBC Live in Leeds and lots of child friendly activities all over the city. With last year’s Breeze has Talent winners going down a storm with the crowds at the CBBC event.”

Breeze on Tour has five zones with activities for all ages including:
• 5-a-side arena
• Mini 5-a-side
• Keeper save
• Speed shot
• Target shot
• Coaching in a variety of sports

• Carnival game
• Playhouse - ball pool and bouncer
• Slide and Bounce
• Basket Bounce
• Twister

• Obstacle course
• Hanger 51 - lazer game
• Rock-climber
• Pillow wars
• Demolition ball
• Gladiator
• Sumo
• Battlestorm

The Performance Zone will be hosting this year’s Breeze has Talent competitions, so visitors can come to watch the young performers battle it out in the heats each Wednesday and Thursday for a spot in the Breeze has Talent Finals.

The art zone will be filled with arts, craft and multimedia workshops, as well as messy play for younger children.

All Breeze on Tour events take place between 12 noon and 5pm, and mini Breeze events take place between 1pm and 5pm. This year they are taking place at:
31st & 1st Aug12 - 5pmBreeze on TourTemple Newsam
3rd August 1pm - 5pmMini-BreezeYeadon Tarn
5th August1pm - 5pm Mini-BreezeEast Ardsley Rec
7th & 8th August12 - 5pmBreeze on TourRoundhay Park
13th August1pm - 5pmMini-BreezeMicklefield Primary School
14th & 15th August12 - 5pmBreeze on TourKirkstall Abbey
23rd August 1pm - 5pm Mini-Breeze Scatchard Park Morley
29th August 1pm - 5pm Mini-Breeze Armley Moor

Visitors can consult the safe cycling routes to plan their journey to each Breeze event:

For more information check out

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

Roadwork schemes given summer green light

A series of roadwork schemes are to be carried out in Leeds over the coming weeks to take advantage of the school summer holidays.

Leeds City Council has received a number of requests from various companies and organisations asking to carry out major maintenance schemes to utilities, roads and bridges across the city.

The works are now to be carried out while the schools are closed when traffic flows are considerably lower as a result. The works have been planned and co-ordinated to ensure suitable alternative routes are available while they are being carried out.

The programme includes gas main replacements on the A64 York Road in Burmantofts, East Parade in the city centre and Selby Road in Halton. Water mains are to be replaced at King Lane in Moortown, Tong Road in Farnley and Adel Lane in Adel.

Bridge works are to be carried out on New York Road, Billams Hill in Otley, New York Road and Bridge Road in Kirkstall, while electricity works are to take place at Wakefield Road in Oulton.

In addition to these, highway maintenance is to take place on Selby Road in Swillington and Elland Road and Victoria Road and in Churwell.

All of the works have either started or will start shortly, with their completion by or in the first week of September when the schools reopen.

Leeds City Council executive member for the economy and development Councillor Richard Lewis said:

“In a city the size of Leeds there is never an ideal time to have to close roads or cause disruption to road users but these works are essential so a lot of planning has gone into these improvements being carried when they can cause the least amount of problems.

“Over 30,000 roadworks project are carried out across the city each year so some frustration is unfortunately inevitable, but I would ask road users for their co-operation and understanding while these works take place.”

Further details about these schemes and associated works can be found at or


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Focus on jobs at new recycling facility

Leeds City Council and Veolia Environmental Services are on course to start work on the city’s new recycling and energy recovery facility (RERF).

Construction work is set to begin in September at the Cross Green Industrial Estate site and will bring new investment and jobs to the city.

The partnership between Veolia and the council is committed to delivering local opportunities for Leeds residents and they have recently met with employment and skills providers from across the city to discuss how local people can benefit from employment and training opportunities on the new construction site.

Paul Fowler, general manager for Veolia Leeds, said:

“We’re looking forward to forging links with the community to help fill the 300 positions on site that will be available during the construction phase.

“We’ll deliver opportunities throughout the construction period but once we are operational we will recruit 45 people on a permanent basis to work at the recycling and energy recovery facility.”

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

“Ensuring we can give people the right training and job opportunities on this development project will help lay the foundations for a highly skilled, local workforce. The immense amount of work going on in the background to lay these foundations gives us great confidence that people will be able to benefit directly and indirectly from the construction and operation of the new facility.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member for the environment, said:

“The economic and social benefits of the new facility are just as important as the environmental benefits, so we’re pleased that so much effort has gone into working with local agencies to maximise these opportunities.”


• Once operational, up to 214,000 tonnes of Leeds’ black bin waste will go through the facility a year.
• Recyclable materials will be removed with the remainder being incinerated.
• The process will generate enough electricity to power up to 20,000 homes.
• The facility will save £200 million compared to the cost of landfilling waste over the lifetime of the contract.

For media enquiries please contact:
Kevin Parker, regional communications manager, Veolia on 07909 883 226
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office on 0113 395 1577

100 days to go until RLWC2013 in Leeds

Former Leeds and England RL international legend Keith Senior, Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds Rhinos' Kylie Leuluai and Ronnie the Rhino with the specially branded rugby ball before it went into hiding

Wednesday 31 July is a milestone date in Leeds this year as it marks 100 days to go until reigning world champions New Zealand take on Papua New Guinea at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, as part of Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013).

Sports fans from across the region are expected to flock to Headingley this autumn for two fixes of international rugby league, with the Group B game taking place on Friday, 8 November, and the tournament’s first quarter final the following week on Friday, 15 November.

To mark the 100 days to go milestone in Leeds, three specially branded RLWC2013 balls have been hidden around the city. Clues on the whereabouts of these balls will be tweeted throughout the day from @LeedsRLWC, @leedsrhinos and @DannyFrank using the hashtag #findourballs. Lucky finders of each of the three balls will win tickets to a RLWC2013 match in Leeds.

To ensure that as many people as possible are able to enjoy the international game once the regular season has ended, a fantastic incentive is on offer when buying tickets for the games in Leeds. When a ticket to one of the games is purchased, a ticket for the second game is then available to buy at half price. Ticket prices start at just £10 (£5 concessions) for group games and quarter-finals.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible for leisure and skills said:

“RLWC2013 is the next big sporting event to take place in the UK after the Olympics, and it’s going to be a truly global tournament. With two big games taking place at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, and New Zealand and Italy being based in the city, we are confident that the tournament will generate many benefits for residents and businesses alike.

“It’s now just 100 days to go until Leeds hosts its first game, and excitement is beginning to mount. We want there to be a lasting legacy for rugby league in Leeds as a result of our role as a host city, and our range of RLWC2013 themed events have been generating great interest and many more activities will continue through the summer and until the tournament ends in November.”

Gary Hetherington, chief executive of Leeds Rugby said:

“We are very proud to be a host venue for Rugby League World Cup 2013, which will be an incredible sporting event. With just 100 days now until the first game at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, the anticipation and excitement is growing as we prepare to host the current world champions, New Zealand and the great rugby league nation, Papua New Guinea.

“I hope all fans of rugby league get behind the tournament and take the opportunity to see some of the stars of the international game on their own doorsteps. We all know how much the supporters contribute to the fantastic match day atmosphere at Headingley Carnegie, and I am confident they will also help make these international fixtures unforgettable occasions.”

Tickets for the two are available from the ticket office at Headingley Carnegie Stadium and the Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Railway Station, the opening hours of which are Monday 10am - 5.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm. For more information please visit the website, email, or telephone 0113 242 5242.

Tickets can also be purchased by visiting or by calling the 24 hour Ticket Hotline on 0844 847 2013.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office 07712 214223

Leeds parks receive top award

Leeds has again been recognised for its high-quality green spaces, after six parks across the city were granted a prestigious Green Flag Award.

Roundhay Park, Golden Acre Park, Pudsey Park, Otley Chevin, Kirkstall Abbey and Temple Newsam estate have once again been given the honour of a Green Flag Award that maintains their names on the national list of excellence.

This news was revealed, as the city continues, through a range of activities, guided walks and volunteering opportunities, to celebrate ‘Love Parks Week’, that recognises the important part that green spaces play in both our communities and people’s lives. Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag status.

Launched in 1996, Green Flags were first awarded to recognise the best green spaces and parks across the UK in 1997. Potential sites for a Green Flag Award are judged on the following criteria; a welcoming place, healthy, safe and secure, clean and well maintained, sustainability, conservation and heritage, community involvement, marketing and management.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“It really is great news, that six of our fantastic parks have been awarded Green Flag status for another year.

“An amazing amount of work is undertaken every day to keep our parks to a high standard, and it is fitting therefore that this award was announced during Love Parks Week in the city, when there are some great activities and events happening.

“I would like to thank everyone who through their hard work and dedication has contributed to this great success.”

Paul Todd, Green Flag Award scheme manager said:

“We are thrilled to announce yet another record-breaking year for Green Flag Award parks and green spaces.

“A Green Flag Award provides national recognition for the hard work and dedication of all the parks managers, staff and volunteers who have helped to create these fantastic places for all to enjoy.

“Quality green spaces are absolutely essential to happy, healthy communities. They are fundamental to our quality of life, whether in cities, towns or villages. That is why it is so significant that we have given out more awards than ever before.”

Notes to editors:

For more information on Love Parks Week in Leeds, please see:

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578