Thursday, 8 August 2013

Try Reading with Rugby League World Cup 2013 in Leeds

Children’s author, Tom Palmer, is to host two Rugby League World Cup 2013 themed events at two Leeds libraries on Sunday 11 August.

Tom, author of several sporting books for children including Scrum, What’s a Bear to Wear and Haka Boy, will be at Seacroft Library at 11am until 12 noon and Headingley Library at 2pm until 3pm. The events are aimed at families with young children, are rugby league related and will be packed with quizzes, inflatable rugby posts, and Tom’s unique rugby reading game, including a drop kick contest with a chance to win a trophy.

The events are part of the Try Reading initiative, an Arts Council funded project to help libraries across the country work together to get more people reading in the lead up to Rugby League World Cup 2013. They are part of a series of events taking place in Leeds libraries until the tournament ends in November 2013. For more information about Leeds City Council libraries visit

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member responsible for leisure and skills said:
"Try Reading is a great project and provides the perfect opportunity for us to raise the profile of libraries, reading and literature with a wider audience and, at the same time, promote Rugby League World Cup 2013.

“Leeds has a tremendously strong history, tradition, and passion for rugby league, and I know that the whole city will get behind the tournament when it arrives in Leeds this November.”

The Try Reading project is funded with an award from the National Lottery supported £6 million Grants for the Arts libraries fund. It is among the first projects to have received an award through this fund and it recognises the positive connections that can be made between sport and the arts. For further information about Try Reading visit or


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Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (07712) 214223

Recycling site closing to make way for school

The council’s Harehills recycling centre is set to close on Wednesday 28 August.

The Stanley Road site has been earmarked for closure as part of long-term plans for the construction of a new school to meet high demand for primary school places in the area.

Alternative recycling facilities are available at the nearby Seacroft (East Leeds) recycling centre as well the Meanwood Road and Kirkstall Road sites.

Following a review of recycling facilities, the Stanley Road site was found to have the lowest recycling rate of all nine centres across the city. On average, nearly two-thirds of all the waste taken to all the centres is recycled.

Along with kerbside collections and recycling at bring sites, this means the city’s overall recycling rate is now at the highest it’s ever been – 40.2% for 2012/13 – and the closure isn’t expected to hamper the council’s plans to recycle even more.

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

“We’re totally committed to increasing the amount we recycle. Our recent recycling rates and the improvements we’re seeing with upgraded services like the revamped East Leeds recycling site and more frequent recycling collections to some 56,000 properties, means we’re on track to meet our recycling targets.

“Anyone from the area wishing to re-use and recycle can make full use of the facilities at our other nearby recycling centres and bring sites as well as the many charities and re-use organisations across the city who’ll happily take unused and unwanted items.”

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said:

“This marks an important step for us in being able to meet demand for school places in this area and manage pressures city-wide.

“Incorporating the land that the recycling site currently occupies means we can offer an improved location for a much needed school.

“Ensuring we have enough school places for all children and young people is a high priority for us and we’re working hard to mitigate the impact of rising pupil numbers across the city.”

Information on recycling facilities can be found on the council’s website

Information on where and how to donate household goods and furniture can also be found on the council’s website

A planning application for the new Nightingale Primary School is due to be submitted.
The school will be a two form entry to accommodate up to 420 children as well as a 26 place nursery.

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


City Beach set to open in Millennium Square

Caption: The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive board member with responsibility for leisure and skills take a sneak preview at City Beach.

Excitement is building with just over a day to go before the official opening of ‘City Beach’.

Cllr Yeadon and the Lord Mayor paid a visit to the special beach area at the event, which also includes boardwalk style decking, deck chairs and a wide range of children’s themed fairground rides and stalls.

A range of fun rides and attractions will also be available for visitors to enjoy at “City Beach”, which organised by International Funfairs in partnership with Leeds City Council, will be officially opened on Saturday 10 August at 10.45am by Cllr Yeadon, with the site being open to the public from 11am.

On offer will include; a traditional helter-skelter, ‘Bamboo Bungees’ trampolines, a tropical jungle adventure funhouse, seaside swing boats, beach slide, ‘Waikiki’ cars, seaside carousel and parasol teacups together with ‘Pirate boats’ and ‘Aqua Walker balls’ water attractions.

A number of exciting rides will also be available such as the ‘Crazy Wave’ and ‘Beach Buggies’ themed dodgems ride, along with a selection of treats and refreshments which served from wooden beach styled stalls, will bring the sights and sounds of the beach to one of the city’s most popular squares.

City Beach will be supported by official media partner Real Radio who will be providing the soundtrack to the summer via the events very own ‘City Beach Radio’.

Entry to the site will be free, with individual admission fees for all rides and attractions and a nominal fee for the hire of deck chairs in the beach and decking area.

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

“I am really looking forward to the opening of City Beach on Millennium Square, which will bring the fun and excitement of a trip to the seaside right to the heart of Leeds city centre.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray said:
“I never thought I would be sat on a beach in Millennium Square – it is great. There are a wide range of rides and attractions that all the family can enjoy, this promises to be an event not to be missed and I look forward to seeing people enjoying it.”

Notes to editors:
City Beach, Leeds will be open to the public between Saturday 10 August to Sunday 1 September 2013 inclusive. The daily opening hours are as follows:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 11am – 9pm*
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11am - 10pm*
Sunday 11am - 7pm

* The beach & decking area will be closed at 7pm each day.

The event area will be fully themed and dressed by the LCC Parks & Countryside Parks & Countryside Horticulture and Nursery department.

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

New affordable housing comes to Pudsey

Caption: The new homes at Waterloo Mount, Pudsey

A new development at Waterloo Mount in Pudsey has brought 22 new affordable family homes to west Leeds.

Developed by Yorkshire Housing, working in partnership with Leeds City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, the development comprises of affordable two and three bedroom family homes.

The scheme complements the development of 45 affordable properties that were delivered in the summer of 2012 by Yorkshire Housing on Waterloo Grove and Mount.

As well as providing much needed affordable homes for the city, Yorkshire Housing and build contractor Strategic Team Group were also able to create a number of new job opportunities for local people as part of the project.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for development and the economy said:

“It is good to see a further 22 affordable homes being brought to the city and continuing to grow the affordable housing stock across Leeds.

“Working with partners such as Yorkshire Housing is one way the council are trying to stimulate housing growth across the city.

“Bringing new housing to communities in Leeds gives a real boost both in terms of employment in the local area and by providing regeneration benefits for the community.”

Ged Walsh, Yorkshire Housing business and development director said:

“The previous development on Waterloo Grove and Mount has proved popular so it is great to be able to offer families more affordable housing options in an area where there is high demand. The development is a mixture of two and three bedroomed homes. Some of the homes are split level which offers families an attractive space and makes best use of the geography of the site. All homes are well insulated with efficient boilers, helping to keep down energy bills.

“We need to continue to invest in building affordable homes which meets the needs of families and boost the local economy by creating jobs in the construction industry.”

The properties which have been built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 benefit from higher levels of energy efficiency and thermal comfort.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450