Hundreds of excited residents flocked to the opening weekend of the fantastic new Holt Park Active wellbeing centre.
Around 1,500 people are estimated to have visited the state-of-the-art, £28m centre over two days after the doors officially opened to the public on Saturday.
A range of free activities and taster sessions were organised ahead of the opening on Saturday morning, including cycling, kettlebell sessions, Tai-Chi and Pilates.
Among those who visited the centre was Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure.
Coun Yeadon said: “It was fantastic to see so many people coming along and enjoying this brilliant new centre and getting their first look at everything it has to offer.
“Everyone in the area has been really excited waiting for the doors to open and now that they have, Holt Park Active is sure to be a facility the local community and the city as a whole can be proud of.”
The wellbeing centre on Holtdale Approach includes a 70-station Bodyline gym, 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy and learning pools, dance studio, café, garden, sports hall, multi-activity rooms, Changing Places facility and meeting / training areas.
The new pool was used by around 685 swimmers of various ages over the weekend, with 74 tickets being bought for the new gym and many also taking the chance to sign up for gym membership.
As well as being a sporting hub, the centre will also host a range of activities for older people and those with physical or learning disabilities, including the hydrotherapy pool and an older people’s space.
Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Adult Social Care said: “The fact that so many people have already taken the chance to visit the new Holt Park Active centre speaks volumes about what this facility means to the local community.
“Over the coming weeks and months, we hope to see even more people of all ages and those with disabilities putting the state-of-the-art spaces and equipment at the centre to good use.”
The project to build the new centre has been overseen by Leeds City Council, with funding from the Department of Health through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). Work has been carried out through the Local Education Partnership alongside their contractor Interserve Construction.
For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/holtparkactive, call 0113 378 1301 or follow @HoltParkActive on Twitter.
-Images from last week’s viewing event at Holt Park Active are available on request
- For more details, contact:
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
The council’s scheme to make homes cheaper to heat is now available to any Leeds homeowner.
Until now, Wrap Up Leeds ECO was only available to people in receipt of certain benefits. Now, anyone who owns their own property can benefit from energy saving home improvements.
Many of the improvements – like solid wall and roof insulation – will be significantly discounted and some residents may even qualify for a free boiler replacement.
As well as cutting fuel bills, the scheme will also help make Leeds’ homes greener – better insulated homes also mean reduced emissions by using less energy to heat them.
The team will be launching the next phase of the scheme at a property undergoing an energy efficient renovation.
Media are invited to be the first to view a through terrace property that has benefited from an energy efficient makeover at 12.00 on Wednesday 16 October.
The home has had insulation and a new boiler – all available under Wrap Up Leeds ECO – as well as a host of other green improvements installed by LATCH staff and volunteers, learning on-the-job skills.
Join the Wrap Up Leeds ECO team, Councillor Mark Dobson and volunteers and staff from LATCH at the newly refurbished home for a viewing, photos and interviews at 18 Hillcrest View, LS2 4EB.
Please contact 0113 395 1577 to confirm your attendance.
Following on from the council’s original, successful Wrap Up Leeds scheme which offered loft and cavity wall insulation, this new phase of Wrap Up Leeds ECO covers a wider range energy saving measures including heating controls, glazing and different types of insulation.
Even if residents have previously been turned down for cavity wall insulation due to how their home was built, Wrap UP Leeds ECO could still help thanks to the new products on offer, often at no cost to the homeowner.
Funding from energy companies means that the many energy saving products can be offered at reduced prices.
The first step is a home energy survey which will be offered at a special promotional price. Homeowners can pay for any shortfall from a source of their choice.
People can find out if they could benefit by calling 0113 395 0757, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting www.wrapupleeds.co.uk.
All works will be subject to a survey and will be carried out by the council’s partners SSE, Willmott Dixon Energy Services and Keepmoat.
Having already been vetted by the council, potential customers can be assured that they will be offered the best service.
Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council's executive member for the environment, said:
“To help people out of fuel poverty and make Leeds greener, we need to make schemes like Wrap Up Leeds ECO available to as many people as possible. Widening the scheme to all homeowners, regardless of their circumstances is the next natural step.
“Having previously visited the home while works were underway, I know the property has undergone an amazing transformation. The type of work done shows that you can make your home warmer, greener and cheaper to heat and it still looks like any other on your street.”
Nigel Banks, Keepmoat group sustainability director, said:
“It’s great that we are able to work with Leeds City Council and our partners to help Wrap Up Leeds.
“The health, lifestyle and economic benefits of warmer homes, particularly for those most in need, are huge, so we would encourage Leeds residents to take advantage of the works that are on offer.”
Charles Farley, SSE Leeds development director, said:
“SSE is really pleased to be working with Leeds City Council on the Wrap Up Leeds ECO campaign and is excited about this new phase of the programme. SSE is bringing its wealth of experience to the project to install insulation measures and more efficient boilers to reduce household energy consumption, which in turn will make a positive impact to reducing energy bills. In this next phase we look forward to delivering these energy efficiency benefits to even more people in Leeds.”
Rob Lambe, managing director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services, said:
“We are delighted to be offering a wider range of energy saving measures including solid wall insulation to private homeowners in Leeds. The second phase of the Wrap Up Leeds ECO initiative will help householders heat their homes for less and live in greener, better insulated homes at a subsidised cost under the Government’s Energy Companies Obligation-ECO.”
With Wrap Up Leeds ECO, people could get a new boiler that could save them £300 a year or even insulation for cavity walls and lofts that could save up to £310 a year.
For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office, 0113 395 1577
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The agreement, which is subject to planning approval, would see staff numbers in the new Merrion House increase from 1200 to 1900 and allow the council to retain a maximum of four key city centre office buildings with the others being Civic Hall, Enterprise House and St George’s House.
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