Wednesday, 28 May 2014

People, jobs and housing drive council’s ambitions for coming year

Jobs, affordable housing and continuing to protect vulnerable older and young people are top of the agenda for Leeds City Council’s ruling administration as it sets its priorities for the coming year following last week’s local elections.

Labour remain in charge following the May 22 elections, after which they still hold 63 of the total 99 seats on the council.

Following the election it has been confirmed that Councillor Keith Wakefield will continue to be Leeds City Council’s Leader, supported by Cllrs Judith Blake and Peter Gruen as his two deputies.

Further announcements will be made next week regarding which councillors will take responsibility for specific areas of the council’s work.

Leeds City Council Leader Councillor Keith Wakefield said:
“Doing everything we can to support and protect the people who are in most need of our help is at the heart of what the council has been doing over the past few years.

“As we continue to face severe budget cuts this becomes increasingly important and the lion’s share of our spending is allocated to looking after our older people and the children and young people who need our support.

“However, we also have a very determined focus on working to create jobs and future opportunity, particularly for our young people. In attracting and creating work opportunities we also guarantee that the city itself is strong for the future.

“As the city grows the need for affordable housing grows alongside it and we are targeting our own efforts and working with private and third sector developers to increase the amount of homes available to people on restricted budgets.”

Last week’s local elections saw little change in the allocation of seats politically across the Leeds City Council area.

A third of the council’s 99 seats, one in each of the 33 local wards, were contested. Only two changed hands politically, with Farnley & Wortley changing from Labour to Green and Labour taking the Headingley seat from the Liberal Democrats.

The current political make-up of Leeds City Council is as follows: Labour: 63; Conservative: 18; Liberal Democrat: 9; Morley Borough Independents: 5; Green 3; Independent: 1.

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335


Short films of young Leeds Filmmakers to be showcased by BBC

Caption: Councillor Lucinda Yeadon (holding picture) with (L-R) Saph Holden, Hassan Abdullahi and Mandlenkosi Maposa whose work is to be showcased on the BBC Fresh site.

Three young budding filmmakers in Leeds are set to have their work displayed on BBC’s Fresh site starting this month.

This follows Saph Holden (18), Mandlenkosi Maposa (26) and Hassan Abdullhai (24) being chosen to see their films on the big screen at the Everyman Cinema in Trinity Leeds, after participating in a ‘Writing Britain’ project delivered by Studio 12 and Leeds City Council. As part of the course, 15 young writers were given the opportunity to learn about filmmaking and create their own short films reflecting their aspirations and time growing up in Leeds.

Following the premiere of the three short films which were produced to industry standard by expert movie production company Left Eye Blind, it has now been confirmed that BBC Fresh will shortly be showcasing their work online. The Fresh site promotes the work of budding filmmakers and each of the three films will be published on the site. Saph’s is now online available to view, whilst Hassan’s will be published on 3 June and Mandlenkosi's on 10 June.

Screenings of the films have already proved to be a big hit with Leeds City Council partner organisation Screen Yorkshire, who invests in film, television and digital content across the region.

Sally Joynson, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire said:

"If you want to be moved, inspired and impressed this is where to look; some extraordinarily powerful work produced by some of the city’s newest emerging talent. Take it seriously – it’s not to be missed."

For more information regarding the project, please see: or and click onto Writing Britain. The trailer can be viewed at:

When the films become available on BBC Fresh, they can be viewed at:

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

"Having attended the premiere of the three short films by Saph, Hassan and Mandlenkosi and seen how fantastic they were, I am delighted that the quality of their work has now been recognised by the BBC. This is a great opportunity for three of our city’s young filmmakers to really display their creative productions to a wider audience, and I would urge people to take a look when the short films are available to view on BBC Fresh.

"We are always thrilled to support projects such as this one by Studio 12, which provide our young people across the city with opportunities to develop and learn new skills, and I would like to give a big thank you to Studio 12 and Left Eye Blind, who produced each of the short films, for their hard work and support.

"I hope what Saph, Hassan and Mandlenkosi have achieved, will encourage other upcoming filmmakers and writers in our city to showcase and harness their great talents in the future."

Note to editors:

Writing Leeds is an extension project to the ‘Writing Britain’ film delivered in 2012, which was commissioned by the British Library.

Studio12 is an exemplary digital media initiative that is delivered through Leeds library service. Studio12 invests in the creative talents of young people living in Leeds. It strives to provide young people with a creative process to educate, engage and include young people in producing new work.
For more information on Studio 12, please contact: Jamie Hutchison, Studio12, Central Library, Calverley St, Leeds, LS1 3AB.

BBC Three’s Fresh website revolves around promoting the work of new and upcoming filmmakers. Fresh Online offers a space for short creative documentary films, which gives the opportunity to have work shared and shown by the BBC on and online platform.

Left Eye Blind is a production company based in Leeds. We create cinematic film for Music, Television and the Commercial Industry. Working across the world we continue to build upon our award winning productions with an ever growing slate of feature films.

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world's greatest research libraries. The Library's collection has developed over 250 years and exceeds 150 million separate items representing every age of written civilisation and includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound recordings in all written and spoken languages.

Screen Yorkshire is a regional screen agency supporting film, broadcast and digital media in the
Yorkshire and Humber region.

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

Next areas to receive new bin service announced

A further 36,000 Leeds homes will switch to more frequent recycling collections this summer.

All suitable properties in Crossgates and Whinmoor, Killingbeck and Seacroft and Temple Newsam will have their black bins emptied one week and green bins emptied the next by August.

At the same time, some suitable properties in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, Gipton and Harehills and Roundhay will move to the new bin service.

Around 170,000 homes already have their recycling bins picked up more frequently. The addition of another 36,000 properties means around 60% of Leeds’ homes will be on the more frequent collection schedule.

It’s expected that the remaining suitable properties across the city will receive the new bin service in early 2015.

Evidence from those parts of the city that already receive the new bin service show that more recycling is collected.

Since the phased roll out of the new bin service started, black bin waste going to landfill has been cut by 6,500 tonnes saving the council £500,000; money that can be invested in delivering other vital services.

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

“Rolling the new bin service out in stages was a deliberate move to ensure that we could plan and implement the changes while helping residents adapt.

“This approach is paying off with recycling on the up. With continued support from residents we can maintain and exceed our recycling ambitions.”

As with previous roll outs of the new service, affected residents will be informed and receive their information pack well in advance of any changes.

The council’s team of recycling advisers will also be on hand to help residents make the transition to fortnightly collections.

Residents without a green bin can request one at If you don’t have internet access you can call 0113 222 4406 to request a green bin.

Residents keen to get into the swing of recycling now can find details of the new service at or or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

Bin collection days can be checked at

In the meantime, residents are reminded that bins should be put out by 7am on collection day and put away as soon as possible.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577