Friday, 14 February 2014

Work starts on new build homes in Inner Leeds

The Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck housing regeneration project takes another step forward with work starting on the first of 388 new build homes next week.

Sc4l will be developing a mix of one and two bedroom properties the site on Folly Lane in Holbeck.

The Housing Regeneration Project is part of a wider Council House Growth Programme that will see the council building new homes for the first time in decades, and increase council housing stock by more than 1000 new homes.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said:

“It is a very exciting year for council housing in Leeds this year, as we will see the beginning of the build of almost 1000 new homes in the city – the largest growth of council houses in Leeds for a number of decades.

“The housing regeneration project, alongside the council house growth project which the council is leading on will bring many, much needed council houses to the city. I’m determined to see us provide the affordable housing in Leeds which means people on modest incomes have access to high quality, reasonably priced housing.”

Jon Hinchliffe, sc4L General Manager, said:

“We’re looking forward to delivering great new homes for people, and working with the council to make sure that we give work opportunities to local people too.

“We’ve got a long term commitment to the local communities to improve and maintain the Leeds City Council properties in the Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck Project and we’re proud to be at the heart of the wider regeneration aims of Leeds City Council, sc4L and our delivery partners Keepmoat.”


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Leeds City Council

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Le Tour banners at the st-art of something big

Caption: (left to right) Leader of Leeds City Council Cllr Keith Wakefield, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity and Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Cllr Lucinda Yeadon standing in front of the banners by the startline on The Headrow

Official Tour de France Grand Départ banners have appeared today in Leeds city centre by the startline for this year’s race.

The Grand Départ banners can now been side on the roadside outside Leeds Art Gallery at the point where the world’s largest annual sporting event will officially begin on the morning of Saturday 5 July.

The banners, which can also be seen further down The Headrow, will remain in place until race day promoting and celebrating the 2014 Tour de France which starts with two days in Yorkshire before heading south for stage three from Cambridge to London.

The official Grand Départ logo, to be seen on and around the route, is complemented in Leeds by the council’s new ‘Leeds – cycling starts here’ brand created to promote the Tour as well as broader cycling activity in the city.

Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said:

“These official Grand Départ banners look great and are part of the city getting prepared for the incredible day when the Tour de France starts in Leeds.

“Having these banners so visible by the startline means they will be seen by thousands of people in the weeks and months to come providing an exciting symbol of the once-in-a-lifetime event we can all enjoy on Saturday 5 July.”

Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity said:

“We’re just months away from one of the biggest sporting events ever to happen in Leeds and Yorkshire, and these banners are another example of how activity around the Grand Départ is really revving up ahead of July. The stage is set and we can’t wait to welcome the world.”

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Notes to editors:
The 2014 Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday 5 July, with stage one taking the riders 190kilometres to Harrogate.

Stage two on Sunday 6 July is 200km from York to Sheffield, while stage three on Monday 7 July is 159km from Cambridge to London.

It is estimated that 98 per cent of the population of Yorkshire will be within an hour of the route during its two days in the county, with the economic benefit expected to be in excess of £100m.


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Leeds City Council press office,

Children’s Day crown set to arrive at Leeds museum as part of new exhibition

Caption: The Children's Day crown will feature in a new display at Abbey House Museum.

A new display at a Leeds museum celebrating Children’s Day, one of the biggest festivals for children staged anywhere in Britain, has been given a seal of approval by the arrival of a civic crown.

‘The Crown of the Queen of Children’s Day’, which was presented to the city in 1986 and has been on display in the cabinets of Leeds Civic Hall outside the Lord Mayor's office, will take pride of place when it arrives at Abbey House Museum this week completing the display which highlights the history of ‘Children’s Day’ in the city over many years.

This exhibition, produced in partnership with Bramley Elderly Action, the Bramley Reminiscence Group and the Bramley History Society, will be the first display to be showcased in the new Community Gallery at Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall.

As part of the display, there will be the opportunity for people to see a scrap book made by Pamela White, Queen of Leeds Children’s Day 1963, a photograph album from Leeds Children’s Day 1952 and a painting of Dorothy Beatrice May Smith, Queen of Leeds Children’s Day 1930 which was hidden in a drawer for many years by Dorothy’s family, who didn’t want the fame to go to her head. These will sit alongside footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive and oral history interviews with members of the reminiscence group, which will be available to listen to on touch-screen kiosks. Those who remember Children’s Day are being invited to share their stories and memories in a comment book when visiting the display.

Members of Bramley Elderly Action singing group will also be performing on March 25 at Abbey House a song they have written around their experiences as children.

Visitors are asked to note that the Children’s Day crown will only be available to view at Abbey House until the end of March 2014, before returning to its permanent home at the Civic Hall in early April of this year. The remainder of the Children’s Day display will be open until the end of June 2014.

Also open to the public is the newly refurbished community space at Leeds City Museum. Called ‘Leeds Today’, the stories and objects from diverse communities across the city will be showcased as part of a rolling programme, which will focus specifically on a range of exciting themes and topics about contemporary life in Leeds.

On until early September, the opening display showcases contemporary objects collected by young people over the past four years and focuses on the 2012 Olympics, Leeds Festival, high street fashion and Love & War. Community groups have worked with the team at the museum to co-curate the displays, which also includes loaned items alongside the newly acquired objects from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ collection.

Anyone wishing to get involved in the changing community display programme at Leeds City Museum is invited to get in contact with the Community History Team at

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

"We are really looking forward to the arrival of the city’s children’s crown at Abbey House Museum, which is the final piece to the jigsaw in this wonderful little display celebrating the magic of childhood in Leeds.

"The memories of childhood live with us forever, and it is lovely that we will now be able to experience people’s own individual recollections of this wonderful time through the display at Abbey House Museum, along with footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive and oral history interviews from that time.

"I would also urge local communities to get in touch and contribute to our newly refurbished community display area at Leeds City Museum, which is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved and showcase all the different elements that make up the fabric of our fantastic city today."

Kitty Ross, Curator of Leeds History and Social History at Leeds Museums and Galleries said:

"We hope that this display will stir up memories for those who took part in Leeds Children's Day events and will be the first of many community displays here at Abbey House.

"It has been a privilege to work with the members of Bramley Elderly Action and the Bramley History Society and to help tell their stories."

Notes to editors:

For more information, please see:

Leeds City Museum:
Admission free
Monday closed (except bank holiday Mondays 11am-5pm),
Tues, Wed and Fri 10am-5pm, Thurs 10am-7pm, Sat and Sun
Millennium Square, Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 8BH
Tel: 0113 2243732. Email:

Abbey House Museum:
Step back in time and explore the Victorian streets of Abbey House Museum, a family friendly fun day out.
Adult £3.90, child £1.75, conc £2.90, family ticket £6.70*
Monday closed (except bank holiday Mondays) Tues-Fri and
Sun 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm (last admission 4pm).

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