Friday, 30 May 2014

Road users reminded to ‘Look Out’ for each other in new campaign

Road users across West Yorkshire are being reminded to ‘Look Out’ for each other because they share the roads and share the responsibility.

The West Yorkshire Safer Roads partnership launches its new road safety campaign on Monday 2 June, with a Top Gear style commuter challenge between Bradford and Leeds during Monday morning’s rush hour. The campaign which has appeared on buses in Bradford over the past few weeks rolls out across West Yorkshire today.

The commuter challenge will feature each of the road users featured in the campaign media (driver, cyclist, motorcyclist and pedestrian). Each of the challengers will make their way from a poster location on John Street in Bradford city Centre to another poster site on Leeds’ Boar Lane.

All the challengers will be able to choose their own route apart from the cyclist who will be following the route of City Connect, a proposed multi-million pound segregated cycle and walking route between Bradford and Leeds. The pedestrian will of course have the use of West Yorkshire Metro’s network of public transport

Media opportunity:
When: Monday 2 June at 8am
Where: Start, John Street, Bradford. Finish, Boar Lane, Leeds, approx. 9am
Members of the media are invited to attend either the start of finish of the commuter challenge. Photo and interview opportunities will be available at both sites.

The campaign is based upon analysis of road traffic accidents in West Yorkshire which highlighted that the largest cause of accidents – over 50% - was the “failure to look”. There are five posters, one for each of the road users – pedestrian, cyclists, motorcyclists, drivers and one that features all.

Along with the visual campaign, the revamped website offers a host of information and materials for all road users to help keep us safe on the roads.

Sue Snoddy, Chair of the West Yorkshire Safer Roads group;
“The artwork has deliberately been designed to be a simple message appealing to all road users, moving away from the blame culture of previous campaigns which can create a, us and them culture between road users. The aim is to encourage users who share our roads to share the responsibility.”

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member responsible for economy development:
“We have made great strides in reducing the number of road casualties in recent years, indeed the 2013 casualty figures are the lowest on record, however we can continue to do more. Look Out is a simple message, but if we all did it and shared the roads responsibly together, those figures will continue to decrease.”

The event will also be supported by the motorcycle industry association, who are keen to promote road safety especially for vulnerable road users, and with Ride to work week round the corner, they are very interested to see just which transport mode arrives in Leeds first.

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

Notes to editors:

The West Yorkshire Safer Roads group is made up of the 5 local authorities in West Yorkshire and the emergency services. - Leeds City council and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, together with West Yorkshire combined authority and other local partners have together to deliver a programme of cycle improvements in the Leeds City Region. The project is called CityConnect. Funded through Department for Transport’s Cycle City ambition fund, city connect will make it easier and safer to get around on foot and by bike giving access to your local area, increasing your travel options and reducing congestion. - The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCI) has looked after the interests of the motorcycle industry for over 100 years. Their members are manufacturers and importers of powered two wheelers and the suppliers of associated goods and services in the UK. Their objectives are to promote, protect and expand the motorcycle industry for the benefit of members. - National ride to work day is Monday 16th June 2014, part on the international Ride to Work Day. This year, Ride to Work Day kicks off Ride to Work Week, 16th-22nd June 2014. On Ride to Work day, motorbike and scooter riders around the world show just how enjoyable their daily commute is. By riding to work they demonstrate that life would be better if more people rode to motorcycles and scooters every day, with time savings, less congestion, and reduced travel costs.

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Partnership set for awards success for work getting young people into jobs

A unique project that has helped hundreds of local teenagers get into jobs and training has won a prestigious international award.

Leeds City Council’s Education Business Partnership (EBP) has scooped the Global Best Award for its work with some of the city’s 16 and 17 year-olds.

The EBP has been named the best in Europe in the category of Partnerships Which Build Learning Communities.

The team are also in contention for the Overall Category Winner and Overall Global Winner prizes.

As part of the council’s employment and skills service, the partnership developed an innovative new scheme called ‘Set for Success’, building on the successful Youth Contract which is run in partnership with Igen Connexions service.

Working with young people not in education, employment or training (NEET), 'Set for Success’ organises a series of sessions aimed at getting them ready for interviews and jobs.

Focussing on building confidence and helping to make young people aware of all the skills they already have, the programme also organises visits to businesses so teenagers taking part can learn about life in the workplace.

Mock interviews with employers and work placements also form key part of the project.

So far the work done by the partnership has helped 212 young people into employment, education or training.

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

“The feedback we’ve had from everyone involved is that ‘Set for Success’ makes a massive difference helping to get young people on the path to a brighter future.

“Getting into jobs can be a daunting prospect for any young person and is even more of a challenge for those who may not feel they have the skills or qualifications they need to find work.

“But the support and guidance they get from ‘Set for Success’ gives them a huge confidence boost as well as giving them the right experience and preparation to tackle interviews and hit the ground running.”

She added: “This award is thoroughly deserved and a testament to the hard work of the EBP team. I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the programme and wish them the best of luck in the further two awards categories.”


For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937

Streets to become more pedestrian friendly

Shopping streets in Leeds city centre are to become more pedestrian friendly, after Leeds City Council agreed to extend the times during which they are fully pedestrianised.

Over the last few years shops in the city centre’s pedestrianised area have been opening later, with many now open until 8pm, and the peak shopping time on Saturdays is now after 3pm.

Key shopping streets such as Briggate, Commercial Street and Lands Lane will soon benefit from being fully pedestrianised until 7pm, rather than the current time of 4.30pm.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Executive Member for Development and the Economy, said:

“Leeds is one of the UK’s top shopping destinations and we have seen an increase in footfall over the past year with the opening of Trinity Leeds. Leeds has moved up a place in the national retail rankings, and we expect to move even higher when Victoria Gate opens in 2016. The British Retail Consortium reported a drop in national city centre footfall late last year, but Leeds city centre bucked that trend with a very strong Christmas.

“We have also seen more shoppers coming into Leeds in the evening after work, and we need to provide a really good shopping environment for them. We feel that allowing heavy goods vehicles on to the pedestrianised area at 4.30pm is too early and it does not encourage people to stay and shop.

“We’ve been working with businesses to agree on an increase in the pedestrianised times. We recognise that businesses need to take deliveries so we’ve agreed that extending the pedestrianised hours until 7pm provides a good balance between the needs of businesses and pedestrians.

“Our hope is that these changes will lead to higher footfall in the evenings, which will lead to stronger sales for businesses and a boost to the local economy.”

The new pedestrianised hours will be 10.30am until 7pm, seven days a week. The changes will come into force on Monday 30 June 2014.


For media enquiries please contact:
Dan Johnson,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 24 74450

Production of eco ‘forty mile fleece’ cloth supported by council

An innovative textile project which is celebrating the rich textile history of the region through the production of a high-quality ‘forty mile fleece’ eco cloth is being supported by Leeds City Council.

Showcasing the very best of the skills, heritage and modern day innovation that exists in Yorkshire’s woollen and clothing manufacturing industry, the cloth is using only British wool with an enviable eco pedigree that considers the environmental impact of its production. In recognition of the Tour de France arriving in the county later this year, the project has been christened the ‘Tour de Fleece’.

Developed by designer Susan Gaunt, who is working closely with Suzy Shepherd of Leeds Fashion Works and Yorkshire Textiles, the group is using the expertise of Laxton’s Mill in Guiseley, bespoke tailors ‘Carl Stuart’ of Ossett and textile finishers WT Johnson of Huddersfield to produce the cloth.

The talents of a young designer and cutter at Samuel Bros in Leeds have also been used to create ladies jackets from the ‘forty mile fleece’ and in a special one-off production a jacket was also made for Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive Gary Verity by tailors ‘Carl Stuart’ of Ossett.

Funded by Leeds City Council as part of its work to support the textile sector and supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, this project sits aside the development of the ‘Armley Mills Cloth’ currently being created at Leeds Industrial Museum which is using the machinery of a 1921 Hattersley ‘Standard Loom’ at Armley Mills.

Set to be made available in a number of colourways, the production of the cloth will also enable textile students to have hands on experience of the weaving and design process and learn the skills and creative processes needed to produce woollen and worsted woven textiles.

Boasting a rich history in textiles, the industry still employs 14,000 people within the Leeds City Region and is also home to over 60% of the UK’s textile fibre preparation and spinning and finishing.

For further information, please contact Suzy Shepherd at:

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

"The specialist skills which are needed on a project such as this one are a real testament to the tremendous history, tradition and innovation which exists in Yorkshire’s manufacturing and textiles industry. It’s brilliant to see the heritage and skills of years gone by influencing work going on today and in the future."

Suzy Shepherd, one of the founders of Leeds Fashion Works and Yorkshire Textiles said:

"We have been working closely with Leeds Industrial Museum and drawn on their partnership with Bradford Industrial Museum to ensure an authentic heritage weave – this cloth truly represents Yorkshire."

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire said:

"It’s great to see Yorkshire’s heritage and home grown wools being combined and crafted into something that reflects just that. Our county is famous for its countryside and agriculture, so to have a product that is eco-friendly and 100% uniquely Yorkshire is great news."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills:

Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for.
There is no additional charge for visiting this exhibition. Normal admission charges apply.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills is open at the following times:

Monday: Closed except for bank holidays. Bank holiday Mondays 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00
Sunday: 13:00 - 17:00. Last admission at 16:00

For further information visit our website

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

New scheme to help Leeds tenants move home

A new scheme has been launched by Leeds City Council to help tenants with the costs of moving home, making it easier for tenants to get a home that is the right size for them.

From this month (May), a selection of council homes will be advertised with an incentive package to help tenants cover the costs of their move.

The council will also be writing to invite tenants to apply to the scheme to help overcrowded and under occupying tenants find a suitable home through a ‘home swap’ scheme.

The council will be contacting tenants on the housing waiting list who are living in a one bedroom property, who are overcrowded, and tenants in two bedroom houses who are overcrowded or under occupying. The scheme will also help tenants living in a property adapted for a disabled person where the adaptations are no longer required.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member responsible for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“I am delighted that we have launched this scheme. We know helping some tenants with the costs of moving home can make all the difference to them swapping into the right sized home.’

The scheme is entirely voluntary, but I would encourage tenants who want to move but can’t afford the costs of moving, to contact us to see if we can help.”


Notes to editors:

Contact numbers for those interested in the scheme are:

0800 188 4000 / 0113 3760410

There is also information and contact details at:

- The council has allocated £200,000 to help tenants with the costs of their move
- The incentive will cover reasonable costs of a move
- Tenants can apply using the application form available on the Leeds City Council website

Issued by:
Phil Morcom
Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council
4th Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

Mobile: 07891 276270
Tel: 0113 224 3602
Fax: 0113 247 4736

Leeds bar worker awarded top national prize

Caption: Stacey Goodall of Garforth with her well deserved award.

A member of staff at an east Leeds working men’s club has scooped a top national prize for her dedication and commitment to promote responsible drinking.

Beating off competition from 20 shortlisted candidates on the night and 1,000 in total from across the UK, Stacey Goodall of Garforth Working Men’s Club was recognised for her outstanding performance while undertaking a BIIAB level 1 Responsible Alcohol Retailing course in Leeds, by claiming the SAB Miller Scholarship Award in a special ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London. Following the event, Stacey was whisked to the House of Lords where she enjoyed afternoon tea with Baroness Hayter.

Stacey, who lives in Garforth and is currently studying event management at Derby University, was nominated for the honour by the Leeds Pubwatch partnership, which made up of the council’s Safer Leeds team, Woods Whur Licensing Lawyers, SAB Miller and the British Institute of Inn keeping, delivers for bar and retail staff in the city accredited training in responsible alcohol retailing. As part of the training delegates learn how to deal with a range of challenges such as preventing underage sales, educating customers on irresponsible drinking and tackling aspects of anti-social behaviour.

In making their decision, the judging panel which was made up of executives from the British Institute of Innkeeping and SAB Miller, considered a range of factors. These included Stacey’s 100% examination results, enthusiasm on the course, and a report by her employer citing how Garforth Working Men’s Club had benefited from the knowledge she had gained through her training.

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

"As part of the Leeds Pubwatch partnership a lot of hard work is undertaken throughout the year by the team to work with our licensed premises and staff to promote sensible drinking.

"It is fantastic news therefore that Stacey, who was one of the delegates on our Level 1 Responsible Alcohol Retailing course, has claimed the national SAB Miller Scholarship Award, which recognises her tremendous enthusiasm, talent and commitment during the training.

"Stacey is a great example of the delegates we are seeing on our training courses, and I look forward to seeing more retail and bar staff taking part from premises across the city in the future."

Stacey Goodall, winner of the SAB Miller Scholarship Award said:

"It was a real privilege for me to be nominated for the SAB Miller Scholarship Award, and it was a massive surprise when I was named as the winner.

"The course in Leeds really opened my eyes to the severity of irresponsible drink sales, and I would recommend to anyone who works in a serving capacity in the alcohol industry to take part.

"This course has really helped in my work, and not only do I feel more confident and knowledgeable of the laws and regulations regarding alcohol sales, I now feel more comfortable refusing sales and dealing with difficult situations."

Dick Child, managing director, TQC Licensing said:

"We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the scholarship, and it was fantastic to see so many people get 100% in their Responsible Alcohol Retailing examination.

"For Stacey to be named the winner out of 1,000 delegates was an amazing achievement, and a great way for us to celebrate our 20th anniversary here at TQC Licensing."

Notes to editors:

Leeds Pubwatch is a crime reduction initiative with the aim to reduce alcohol related crime and anti-social behaviour in licensed premises.

There are 16 schemes which are voluntary run by licensees and are supported by Safer Leeds Partnership which includes Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Police and other agencies.

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