Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Next round of new bin collections start next week

Recycling advisers are on hand to help people move to the new bin service.

More frequent recycling collections for another 113,000 Leeds homes start next week.

The shift to the new bin service on Monday 18 November means that around half of all Leeds households will have black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next.

The latest figures show that residents already receiving the new service are recycling 30% more waste.

It’s hoped that by enabling more residents to recycle more frequently at home, more waste will be diverted from landfill and the city's overall recycling rates will go up even further.

80% of homes in Leeds will have the new service by 2015. By then, the council expects to save £2.5 million a year by spending less on expensive landfill taxes. The savings will pay for vital council services.

To help residents make a smooth transition to the new service, all suitable households in phase two are now receiving a helpful information pack.

If households in the target areas have not received an information pack, it is likely that their home will be included in a future phase of the new bin collections.

Residents are also being supported by a team of recycling advisers. The advisers have been stopping off at church halls, leisure centres, libraries and shopping areas in west, north west and north east Leeds offering local residents their expertise and knowledge to help cut waste and recycle more.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“Next week marks the next phase of one of the biggest changes to bin services in Leeds. By introducing these changes in increments, we can support residents and staff through the transition on to the new collection schedule.

“The evidence from the first stage shows that it works; the environmental and financial arguments for more frequent green bin collections stack up.

“But that doesn’t mean we can sit back and be complacent. We’re continually striving to make improvements to our recycling services so we can recycle 55% by 2016.”

Some of the success of the first phase of the new bin service has been due to the ‘no side waste policy’.

The ‘no side waste policy’ – a phased approach to stopping the collection of additional bags of rubbish put out with black bins – encourages residents to make the most of their green recycling bin.

Following a short adjustment period, crews will stop collecting bags of rubbish put out with black bins. The council’s recycling advisers will be on hand to offer their support if required.

Details of the new service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/newbinservice or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx and will be updated with any revisions for the start of the service.

Recycling advisers can be found at their roadshows on:

Wednesday 13 November, 10am – 4pm at the main shopping area, Town Street, Horsforth
Thursday 14 November, 11am – 1pm at the shopping area on Silk Mill Drive, Weetwood
Friday 15 November, 11am – 1pm at the shopping area on Iveson Approach, Weetwood
Saturday 16 November, 10am – 1pm at Pudsey Leisure Centre, Market Place, Pudsey
Tuesday 19 November, 10am – 4pm at Bramley Library, Hough Lane, Bramley
Wednesday 20 November, 10am – 4pm at Wetherby Market, Wetherby
Thursday 21 November, 10am – 4pm at Moor Allerton Library, Moor Allerton Centre
Saturday 23 November, 10am – 4pm at Otley Market, Market Square, Otley

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Landmark Chapeltown buildings completed in townscape heritage scheme

A further two properties have joined the growing list of historical refurbishment projects along Chapeltown Road and will be re-opened next week.

Cantors Fish Shop and Independent Woman (hair and beauty) are due to be officially ‘reopened’ on Friday 15 November by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Cllr Thomas Murray.

The refurbishment, carried out through the Chapeltown Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), was funded by Leeds City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with contributions from the Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, and private investment from the owners of the businesses benefiting from the scheme.

Cantors Fish Shop has been a well-established part of the Chapeltown scene for at least 75 years. The recently installed, architecturally designed shopfronts are a modern interpretation of the iconic art deco images from the late 1930s.

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All media are invited to the opening of Cantors and Independent Woman by the Lord Mayor on Friday 15 November at 11:45 am. Please call the press office on 0113 2474450 to arrange attendance.

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The improvement works to both properties included upgrading the roofs, replacing the shop fronts, installing sash windows, and heritage style railings added to Cantors side garden area. All work was carried out to exacting conservation standards.

One of the main aims of THI schemes is to support local businesses through conservation led regeneration in order to contribute towards the economy, sustainability and vitality of the communities concerned. The THI scheme provides the potential to realise the full historic quality of key buildings which will complement the cultural aspect and create a distinctive setting to attract businesses, visitors and shoppers from further afield.

Sheila Grant, owner of Independent Woman, said:

“We were very pleased to take advantage of the grant offer and think both Independent Woman and Cantors look fantastic! This really helps Chapeltown take its rightful place as a thriving business centre and look forward to many more years offering our services in this attractive part of Leeds’’

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

‘’The recently refurbished Cantors and Independent Woman businesses really showcase the fantastic on-going heritage improvements along Chapeltown Road and continue to enhance the economic vibrancy of the area as a whole. This is such a great opportunity to restore important historic buildings and to celebrate their legacy whilst at the same time continuing to support local businesses now and into the future.”

Dr Fiona Spiers, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber, said:

“Our Townscape Heritage Initiative programme was designed to help foster resilience in areas that have suffered economic decline and hardship and we’re delighted to see this scheme in Chapeltown go from strength to strength.”

Councillor Jane Dowson chair of Chapeltown Heritage Advisory Group said:

“This scheme is just one part of our wider aims to revitalise Chapeltown and recognise its diverse history and heritage. The improvements will help to increase local residents’ sense of community pride and make Chapeltown a more vibrant and attractive place live in and to visit.”

Notes to editors:

Townscape Heritage Initiative is a nationwide scheme which offers grants that help communities to regenerate Conservation Areas displaying particular social and economic need.

The Chapeltown THI targets three key blocks of Victorian and Edwardian properties on Chapeltown Road providing grants to bring high quality heritage restoration including reinstatement of architectural features, shop front repair and renewal.

HLF Notes to editors:

HLF’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) encourages partnerships of local organisations to carry out repairs and other works to a number of historic buildings, structures or spaces. Grants range from £500,000 to £2m. To date, HLF has invested over £200m regenerating towns that have suffered serious social and economic decline.

Further information:

For the HLF Press Office please contact Vicky Wilford, 020 7591 6046 / 07973 401 937, email vickyw@hlf.org.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk