Thursday, 27 February 2014

Doors of Lotherton Hall house set to reopen at weekend


Caption: The doors of Lotherton Hall will reopen this Saturday.

A popular Leeds Edwardian country house is set to reopen its doors to the public later this weekend.

Situated near Aberford, Lotherton Hall, which was once home to the Gascoigne family, will once again be available to visit from Saturday March 1 2014 following a range of improvements and maintenance works undertaken to the house as part of its annual New Year spring clean. Set to feature this year in the house is a new interactive game which will allow visitors to follow the travels of the Gascoigne’s abroad, as well as new discovery chests for youngsters. The popular dressing up room has had a complete makeover and has fantastic new outfits to try on. New sound and aroma interpretation in the period rooms help you get the feel of what it was like living and working here.

Boasting attractions which include two play areas, a deer park, bird garden, shops and stables, Lotherton Hall is also the home to a number of collections which will be improved even further in March 2015 as the hall becomes the home of the Leeds Fashion Collections located in the existing exhibition galleries.

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

"It is really great news that our fantastic Edwardian house Lotherton Hall, will reopen its doors to visitors on March 1 following its annual spring clean.

"The attractions on offer really are fantastic, and with even more features added this year, there really is something for all the family to enjoy at Lotherton."

Notes to editors:

Lotherton Hall:

Lotherton Hall Estate is a charming Edwardian house and country estate. A single entrance price allows access to the house, with its wonderful collections of fine and decorative arts and a dedicated fashion gallery, and extensive grounds with an abundance of activities to keep everyone busy. The estate grounds include wildlife walks, formal gardens, the Bird Garden, historic stables, a deer park, playgrounds as well as gift shop and café.

Contact details and opening times:

Tel: 0113 378 2959

Email: lotherton.hall@leeds.gov.uk

Web address: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

See our member’s page for year round entry: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonmembers

Summer opening times (March to October) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 17:00 with last entry at 16:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 20:00.

Winter opening times (November - February) House, café, shop and bird garden: 10:00 to 16:00 with last entry at 15:15. Estate gates: 07:30 to 17:00. (limited entry to house during January and February)

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

Major improvements at recycling centre proposed

One of the city’s eight recycling centres is set for a major overhaul.

Members of the council’s executive board are being asked to approve works that will vastly improve facilities at the Kirkstall Road recycling centre when they meet on Wednesday 5 March.

Although detailed design work has yet to be concluded, the proposed site blueprint includes a new re-use shop – similar to Revive at the East Leeds recycling centre – so people can donate unwanted but good quality items to local charities.

The proposals also include providing an area for waste transfer activities, which currently take place at the site.

If councillors agree, detailed design works will be finalised and a full planning application submitted.

If, following the normal planning consultation period, plans subsequently receive the green light, it’s hoped that the refurbished site will help increase the city’s recycling performance and cut the amount of waste going to landfill.

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

“Our recycling centres are a key element of our strategy to help people recycle as much waste as possible.

“The site at Kirkstall Road, while well used, is in need of modernisation. Upgrading the site is the next step in our ambitious plans to encourage people to re-use and recycle even more.”

If plans receive the green light, it’s anticipated that works – estimated at just over £4 million – will start on site in late 2014 and be completed by the end of 2015.

In anticipation of the longer term plans to improve the site, old fire damaged buildings are in the process of being demolished.

As well as dealing with an eyesore, the burnt out former waste transfer buildings are being removed in preparation for the proposed site redevelopment.

The main site is open throughout the demolition process so residents are still be able to recycle and re-use household goods.

Information on all the council’s recycling facilities 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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