Friday, 29 November 2013

Paralympic gold medallist David Stone to speak at Leeds Central Library

Caption: David Stone MBE, will be appearing at Leeds Central Library on 3 December.

Double Paralympic medallist from London 2012, David Stone MBE, will be making a special appearance at the city’s Central Library next week.

As part of the event, which will celebrate the International Day of Disabled People on Tuesday 3 December, David, who lives in Leeds, will talk about his amazing Paralympic experience in London, where he claimed gold in the road race and time trail events, and the challenges and sacrifices he has had to make to become one of the world’s best cyclists.

Some of David’s medals through an illustrious career and his racing bike will also be on show, and with the Tour de France Grand D├ępart also set to arrive in Leeds later next year, this is a great chance for people of all ages, and especially cycling enthusiasts and clubs, to be inspired for what is one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

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

"David’s achievements throughout his career, which includes last year’s Paralympics in London, are simply sensational, and this special event at the Central Library provides a unique opportunity to hear from him about the wide-range of challenges he has faced to reach the very pinnacle of cycling.

"His success and those of all the athletes who competed at the London Paralympics showed to the world that disability should never be a barrier to what anyone can achieve. It is fitting therefore that this event is also being held to celebrate the International Day of Disabled People."

Notes to editors:

David will be at Leeds Central Library on Tuesday 3 December from 6.30pm-7.30pm.
For more information, please contact Zahir Ahmed on: (0113) 3952356.

David started cycling when he was eight years old and joined the GB Para-Cycling Team in 1995 and rode for the team until 2000. In 2004 he started racing for the team again and became double European Champion in 2005.

Since then, David has gone on to win both the Road Race and Time Trial on three separate occasions.

David received an MBE after the Beijing Paralympic Games and in 2010 was also recognised by Leeds, as Sportsman of the Year. At the 2012 London Paralympics, David did the double yet again, winning the gold in both the road race and time trial events.

At the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Baie Comeau, Canada, David won the Silver medal in the T2 Time Trial event and followed this up with the gold medal in the road race.

The International Day of Disabled People will be held on December 3 2013.

Promoted by the United Nations since 1992, the observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

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

Motorbike racing star to visit centre on International Day of Disabled People

Inspirational motorbike racing star Bret Crossley will be one of the guests of honour at celebrations for the International Day of Disabled People next week.

The Osmondthorpe and Mariners Resource Centres, which help people cope with the aftermath of life-changing accidents and injuries, will join people across the world in marking the event on Tuesday (Dec 3).

As part of a full day of activities, former Isle of Man TT competitor Bret will be a guest speaker at Osmondthorpe.

Bret, who lives in Leeds, won more than 130 races and six club championships during his career.

He sustained a serious spinal cord injury in an accident during a race in 2006 which left him wheelchair dependent.

After a lengthy recovery process, Bret has since taken up a string of disability sports, took part in the Leeds 10k and the London Marathon and even got back on a motorbike to race again.

As well as welcoming Bret, the Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, based in East Leeds, will host poetry and singing workshops along with stalls offering information on healthy living, care provision and preventing hate crime.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care will also be attending on the day.

He said: “Celebrating the International Day of Disabled People gives us a chance to highlight some of the great work being done at places like the Osmondthorpe and Mariners Resource Centres to support and encourage disabled people and give them the confidence and skills they need to overcome any obstacle.

“It also gives our service users the chance to hear from inspirational people like Bret, who can show them that having an impairment need not stop them accomplishing whatever they want to.

“I’m sure everyone will enjoy the celebrations on the day and I look forward to attending and speaking to all those involved.”

The Osmondthorpe Resource Centre, part of Leeds City Council’s Adult Social Care has been open almost 25 years.

The centre supports around 120 adults with a broad spectrum of physical or sensory impairments by hosting a range of rehabilitation projects and workshops.

Earlier this year, the team at the centre won a National Workers' Educational Association (WEA) award to recognise the difference they have made to people in the local community.

Around half of those using the centre have acquired brain injuries, with the other half all getting support to help them cope with a range of physical impairments.


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

New rules for scrap metal dealers come into force

People in Leeds are being warned that new rules for scrap metal traders and collectors come in to force across the country this Sunday.

The new rules means that everyone who collects scrap metal as their main business must have a licence to do so, and those who buy scrap metal cannot pay in cash.

Residents are being advised that if someone comes to collect scrap metal, including old household appliances they should ask to see their collector’s licence. The licence will either be a small card in their windscreen or a photo ID card, both issued by Leeds City Council.

The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, which has been introduced by the government, means that anyone who collects scrap metal as their main business must be licensed with the council. They also cannot give payments in cash for scrap metal, and will have to either pay by cheque, or by putting the money straight into a bank account.

The new act also means that even if they do not pay for the scrap metal, they will have to take some details like the name and address of the person who gave it to them, so they can prove where the metal came from if they are asked by the police or the council.

For members of the public who want to take scrap metal to a dealer to weigh it in themselves, the dealer will also be required to ask for their name and address and will also not be able to pay in cash for it.

The purpose of these new rules is to prevent metal theft. Over the last few years, metal theft has had a significant impact on communities, businesses and the council. A survey, conducted by the Local Government Association in early 2012, showed that seven out of ten councils had been the victims of metal theft and that this cost councils over £5.25M in 2010/11. In addition metal theft has caused havoc on rail travel, as people steal the copper cable that works the signalling system. Lead has been stripped from buildings, copper wiring taken from building sites and metal gates and monuments have been stolen for scrap.

Councillor Becky Charlwood, chair of the licensing committee said:
“Metals such as copper and lead have a high value and in difficult times, taking and selling metal can be seen as an easy way to make some money. These new rules and stricter penalties for not abiding by them will make it harder to buy and sell metal – and hopefully reduce the amount of criminal behaviour related to metal theft.

“Getting a licence is a simple process and the majority of known traders in the city have already applied. We would encourage anyone who is dealing in the scrap metal trade to contact the licensing department to make sure they can continue trading.”

People who have any questions about this new legislation or to check if someone is licensed can contact the licensing team on 0113 247 4095.

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