Monday, 20 January 2014

Popular Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square

Caption: The Ice Cube will be open on Millennium Square from Friday 24 January 2014.

The ever-popular Ice Cube returns to Millennium Square in Leeds this week, offering a limited number of ice skating lessons at the outdoor ice rink to those people who see themselves worthy of appearing on ‘Dancing On Ice’ or just looking for a chance to get active and healthy in the New Year.

Open from Friday 24 January 2014, enthusiasts of all levels and ages from beginners to more advanced skaters will have to chance to improve and learn new skills as part of a four-week National Ice Skating Association (NISA) tuition programme held on a Saturday and Sunday morning by Skate UK qualified skating professionals, which are priced at £58 per person.

A number of individual lessons during public skating sessions on a Saturday and Sunday morning are also available to book in advance. All skating lessons must be booked in advance by calling the city centre Box office on 0113 224 3801 which is open Monday - Saturday between 10am and 6pm.

Organised by Leeds City Council with support from media partners Capital FM and the Yorkshire Evening Post and now in its 14th year, the Ice Cube has been expanded in recent years to include a family-focused outdoor rink with adjoining nursery rink for younger children together with additional rides and attractions.

Available to enjoy will include the Capital FM Snowslide – a 40m dry slope snow-tubing slide, the Snowball Adventure – a giant inflatable obstacle course inside a giant snowball, and the Ice Dragon Coaster – a themed roller coaster ride for children. Tasty treats and hot and cold snacks will also be available for all visitors in the winter-themed Dolomites Café by Casa Mia.

The ice rink and all of its attractions will be open daily from 12 noon to 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 8.30pm Saturdays, Sundays and School Holidays (closes at 7pm on Sundays). Advanced bookings are also now available for all public skating sessions online or via the advanced booking line powered by Quaytickets by calling 0843 208 1841.

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

"It is fantastic to welcome back the Ice Cube to Millennium Square, which is always a great way to have fun and wash away any January blues.

"As usual there will be the ice rink to enjoy, and this year I am delighted to say that also available will be a wide range of great rides and attractions.

"With ice skating lessons also on offer, this year’s Ice Cube really does promise to be something not to be missed."

Notes to editors:

The Ice Cube will be open from Friday January 24 –Sunday 23 February 2014

For full skating details including prices and skating session times together with further information for all other attractions can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/icecube

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk



Waste policies to encourage more recycling

Working with and supporting residents is the key theme in policies setting out how the council collects rubbish and recycling and what residents are expected to do.

The four proposed policies for the council’s main waste and recycling services will be formalised when Executive Board meets on Wednesday 22 January.

The policies offer residents a clear picture of how the council delivers these services and what residents’ responsibilities are.

The range of services covered by the policies complement one another and encourages residents to reduce waste first, re-use where possible and then recycle, leaving disposal of waste in landfill as a last resort.

Collecting around two million wheeled bins each month, the focus on mutual support means the council can provide an effective and efficient bin service.

Although the draft documents clarify existing practice in most cases, there are some alterations to services proposed.
If approved, the council would continue to offer a free bulky waste collection service with three collections per household a year.

Analysis shows that only 8% of Leeds residents requested a bulky uplift in 2012/13 and 3% of these residents – only 673 households – used the service three times or more.

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

“Residents quite rightly expect us to empty their bins and we want to do this efficiently and effectively.

“These policies clearly set out the complementary services we’ll provide; how we’ll support residents in reducing waste and how to make the most of the re-use and recycling services available. They also explain resident’s responsibilities and the simple steps residents can take to make services run smoothly.

“We’re confident that by continuing to work with residents we’ll increase the amount we recycle to reap the environmental and financial benefits.”

If approved, the policies would come into effect immediately.

The draft policies relate to the standard wheeled bin services the council provides. As these types of bins aren’t suitable for all properties, the council will continue to develop dedicated waste collection services. Once approved, these solutions would be added to the policies.

The report to councillors also discusses the ongoing work the council is doing to establish a single point of contact for all Leeds based furniture re-use organisations. Many items picked up by the council’s bulky collection service could be re-used by other organisations. This would provide a more efficient and bespoke service to customers while reducing waste.

Information on the full range of recycling services, bin collections and recycling centres can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk

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

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