Friday, 11 October 2013

Pudsey roadworks to begin

Work will begin on improving the road surface at Chapeltown in Pudsey next week.

Leeds City Council’s highways team will carry out road resurfacing work to replace the worn-out surface on Chapeltown including part of Uppermore to Tofts Road and Church Lane to St Lawrence Close from Monday 14 October.

The work will be carried out daily from 9:30am to 3:30pm from Monday to Friday and is expected to be finished on Tuesday 29 October. During those times, road closures will be in place with diversion signs directing traffic to alternate routes. Outside of the work times the roads will able to open to traffic as normal. Throughout the process all businesses will be open and pedestrian access will not be affected.

Affected bus services will be signed at bus stops and will include route numbers 4, 4A, 205, 611, X14 and X15 - more details are available on Metroline 0113 245 7676.

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said:

“We are keen to get this work done to improve the road surface as quickly as possible with a minimum of disruption. We would ask road users to please bear with us while the roadworks take place and apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused.”


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

Work of famous Leeds clockmaker family showcased

Caption: The work of Leeds clockmaker William Potts is being showcased as part of the 'Clocks of Character' exhibition. (Image of William Potts, courtesy of the Potts family. All rights reserved).

One of Leeds’ greatest clock-making families is being celebrated as part of a new exhibition recently opened in the city.

Clocks by the famous ‘Potts of Leeds’ company, which was founded by William Potts in Pudsey in 1833, are being showcased for the very first time as part of the ‘Clocks of Character’ exhibition at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

Responsible for some of the city’s most iconic timepieces, which include the clocks that still grace the Leeds Town Hall, Corn Exchange, Old Post Office and Holy Trinity Church on Boar Lane, Potts of Leeds. In recognition of their quality and reliability, the company received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria in 1901. In total, five generations of the Potts family produced over 1,600 public clocks for towns and cities in Britain and right across the world.

Running until Sunday 28 September 2014, visitors will not only have the chance to see at close hand examples of the finest clocks produced by Potts of Leeds, but also items from the family’s private collection. The display includes turret clocks, wall clocks, drum clocks, prominent royal clocks and an early example of one of the company’s famous railway clocks, which has been brought all the way from Argentina and now features in the exhibition.

The work of William Potts and Potts of Leeds was recently celebrated by renowned international artist group Illuminos as part of ‘Light Night 2013’, when for three evenings this month, Leeds Civic Hall was turned into a giant traditional clock as part of their spectacular light installation ‘Momentous’.

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

“Potts of Leeds are a truly iconic clockmaker, and this is a fantastic opportunity to see at Armley Mills the fantastic products they have produced over five generations and also items from the family’s private collection.

“Many of our city’s landmarks, such as the town hall and corn exchange still bear the clocks manufactured by Potts of Leeds, and it is amazing to think that the company also produced 1,600 public clocks for other town and cities, not just in Britain but around the world.

“The amazing transformation of the civic hall recently into a traditional clock by Momentous as part of their light installation on Light Night paid tribute to William Potts and Potts of Leeds, and this exhibition is a great way to find out more about why their work continues to be held in such high esteem.”

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:
Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website

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

Hard work of Adult Social Care staff recognised with awards

L-R Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council's executive member for Adult Social Care, award winner Britta Ofori Kuragu, James Knight and Dennis Holmes, Leeds City Council's Deputy Director for Adult Social Care.

A brave social care worker who rushed to the aid of a colleague struck down by a brain haemorrhage has been honoured with a top award.

Britta Ofori Kuragu was one of a string of unsung heroes helping some of Leeds’ most vulnerable residents who were recognised at Tuesday’s Adult Social Care Excellence Awards 2013.

She was given the Colleague of the Year award at the packed ceremony held at Leeds Civic Hall.

Those in attendance heard how Britta, a support leader with the council’s learning disability service, was out helping with a customer’s weekly shop alongside her well-respected co-worker Mandy Knight when tragedy struck last November.

Britta contacted the emergency services and kept Mandy comfortable until an ambulance arrived.

Sadly, Mandy died a short time later, just days before her 42nd birthday.
But thanks to Britta’s actions, her family were able to say goodbye.

Britta’s award was presented by Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care along with Mandy’s son James.

The awards were given out in 12 categories and were hosted by Dennis Holmes, Leeds City Council’s deputy director of Adult Social Care.

Mr Holmes told the crowd of award-nominees: “This year our Better Lives for People in Leeds theme has really gathered pace, with our message getting out there that, in the face of incredible financial difficulties, we are proving that, through doing things differently, being smarter and innovating, we can, and are making lives better for the people we support.”

Among Tuesday’s award-winners was the Social Care Emergency Duty Team, who scooped the Working as a Team for Leeds award.

The small team deals with unpredictable, out-of-hours emergency referrals for children’s, adults and mental health services.

Social worker Joy Bvute accepted the Treating People Fairly award for tackling discrimination and celebrating diversity.

Cllr Ogilvie also presented two other awards for Personal Achievement and Leader of the Year.

The Personal Achievement award went to Caroline Hezelgrave.

Caroline has learning disabilities and works as a kitchen assistant at Potternewton Fulfilling Lives. She also volunteers to provide cover for the caretaker and champions the office’s recycling efforts.

Leader of the Year went to Amanda Wardman who was praised by Cllr Ogilvie for her commitment to the SkILs team which provides intensive short-term care packages for those newly released from hospital.

Speaking after the awards, Cllr Ogilvie said: “It was a privilege not only to present some of these awards, but also to hear some of the inspiring stories behind those working so hard to make the lives of Leeds’ vulnerable residents safer and better.

“Much of the work done by our Adult Social Care team goes on behind the scenes and this was a fantastic opportunity to recognise the effort and dedication that goes into that work and show just how much we value the contribution the team and its individuals make.”

The award winners in full were:
Working as a Team for Leeds- Social Care Emergency Duty Team
Being Open, Honest and Trusted- Jon Potts
Working With Communities- Karen Elliott
Treating People Fairly- Joy Bvute
Spending Money Wisely- Noreen Metcalf
Making a Difference- Janet Hoult
Partner of the Year- Transport Team for Horsforth Fulfilling Lives
Apprentice of the Year- Paul Hamill
Team Achievement of the Year- Mark Phillott, John Crowther and Michelle Atkinson
Personal Achievement- Caroline Hezelgrave
Leader of the Year- Amanda Wardman
Colleague of the Year- Britta Ofori Kuragu

Images of other award winners are available on request.

For more information, contact:
Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937