Friday, 20 June 2014

Who you gonna call? Council launches new single contact number.

Caption: Councillor Peter Gruen joins housing team members to promote the new number

Getting in touch with Leeds housing services had been made even easier for the city’s 67,000 council tenants and leaseholders.

The council has been working hard to make sure the vital services that make up the new Housing Leeds department work together as well as they can to deliver an even better service.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Deputy Leader of Council and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel said:

“I am delighted with the progress Housing Leeds has made bringing together teams from the former housing organisations in the city. The new single contact number will make it a lot easier for all council tenants to stay in touch with us and our standard office opening times will make the housing service we deliver consistent and fair across the city.”

“Housing Leeds teams are now using a single contact number and local rate alternative to meet the needs of landline and mobile phone users. As well as this, all housing offices are now open between 8:30am and 4:30pm (except on Wednesday when they close at 3:30pm for staff training). In many cases this means there are longer opening hours for tenants.

“The new contact numbers are 0800 188 4000 or 0113 376 0410 and these are available to be used now.”

Information for Editors

The previously existing numbers will remain in operation for around another three months with a message to redirect to the new number. After this there will be a message advising customers to redial.

For further information, contact:

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

New artwork flying high as Yorkshire gets ready to welcome the world

Caption: Artwork is on display at Leeds Bradford Airport in the baggage claim area and arrivals corridor.

New artwork in Leeds Bradford Airport has been installed to welcome the world to Yorkshire as the world’s greatest cycle race comes ever closer.

Leeds City Council and Bradford Council have joined forces to create a strong visual welcome for all the visitors coming into the airport framed around the slogan ‘Fancy a deTour?’

Championing the many assets of the cities, such as the 44 museums and galleries, 83 parks and outdoor spaces along with 19 world class theatres, the artwork is a mixture of magnificent vistas and sights across the two cities.

From Kirkstall Abbey and Roundhay Park to Brontè Parsonage and the National Media Museum, there is so much on offer in Bradford and Leeds right through the summer months, not just the weekend of the Tour de France. For more information about what’s on in and around the two cities visit or and

The dressing across the city centre is really starting to pop up quickly in the lead up to the race. A welcome banner at Leeds Rail Station has also been installed to welcome people to the host city for the Tour de France Grand Départ 2014.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“The buzz around the city is really starting to build up around Tour de France, and it is great to see many of Leeds’ top assets on show at the airport and really showcases what a fantastic city we have.

“Working with Bradford Council we have been able to portray just how much there is to do in our two cities and I am sure anyone coming through the airport will be amazed at what is on offer to them alongside the Grand Départ.”

Councillor David Green the leader of Bradford Council said:
"The artwork at Leeds Bradford Airport will help to promote the rich variety of visitor attractions on offer in the Bradford district. People from all over the world will see just how splendid the countryside is around Ilkley, Keighley and Haworth when the Tour de France travels through the Bradford district on both July 5 and July 6. It is bound to raise our profile and entice visitors from near and afar for many years to come.”

For further information contact
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council communications team
Mob: 07712214224

The 1940s set to be celebrated in style at Lotherton Hall

Picture: Lotherton Hall is hosting a range of 1940s themed activities this Sunday.

The swinging music of the 1940s is set to light up an historic Leeds country estate as part of a special event held this weekend.

Families are being invited to bring their picnics to Lotherton Hall on Sunday 22 June and enjoy a wide-range of entertainment as part of a wartime tea party, which will include a 1940s themed live band, entertainment, activities, re-enactors, dancers, a street party and teas and cakes.

In a special offer, residents living in the LS25 area of the city are also being offered free entry to the event at Lotherton Hall. All LS25 residents have to do on the day to claim this special offer, is bring some I.D. showing their LS25 address.

A haven for a wide range of wildlife, the grounds of Lotherton Hall also feature a range of attractions including two play areas, a deer park, bird garden, shops and stables, a gift shop and café.

Once visitors have enjoyed the outside delights of Lotherton Hall, the inside of the house also has much to offer. This includes a range of rare items and collections, and a new interactive area that allows visitors to explore the story of one of Lotherton’s Hall’s most famous families the Gascoigne’s, and find out more about their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. These sit aside a dressing-up room available in the house a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"The Lotherton Hall estate is the perfect place for all the family to visit, and as part of our 1940s themed party we are putting on a range of fantastic entertainment and activities this Sunday.

"As part of the day, a band is set to entertain the crowd with music from the decade who will also be joined by dancers and re-enactors as part of a special street party.

"Free entry will also be available to the event for residents living in LS25, on what promises to be a really fantastic day."

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. Lotherton Hall has undergone numerous changes over the last few years since becoming one whole visitor attraction. With this new and larger audience the house has adapted by improving access and introducing a new range of family-friendly facilities. Other recent improvements have seen the re-opening of the Servants’ Rooms on the ground floor following a major restoration last year.
Lotherton Hall has been displaying fashion since its early days of being a museum in 1968, showing fine examples of both historic and more contemporary fashions.
Address: Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB
Tel: 0113 378 2959
Web address:
See our member’s page for year round entry:
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.

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

Sports chiefs hail “best ever” summer for city’s young athletes

Caption: Leeds' Commonwealth diving stars L-R Jack Laugher, Chis Mears, Yona Knight-Wisdom, Hannah Starling, Rebecca Gallantree, Matty Lee, James Denny and Alicia Blagg at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

Young divers from Leeds are set to make some massive waves at a string of major global sporting events.

Coaches at the City of Leeds Diving Club, which is supported by Leeds City Council, have hailed this summer, when members of the team will represent their country in Scotland, China and Italy, as the club’s most successful ever.

Eight of the team's young stars will be heading off to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next month.

Alicia Blagg, 17, Rebecca Gallantree, 19 and Hannah Starling, 19, will join Jack Laugher, 18, Chris Mears, 21, James Denny, 20 and Matty Lee, 15 as part of the 15-strong Team England diving squad taking part in the Games from July 30 until Aug 2.

Yona Knight-Wisdom, 18, will also become the first ever diver to compete for Jamaica at the prestigious summer showpiece.

The Commonwealth games will come hot on the heels of the World Diving Cup in Shanghai from July 15-20 where Alicia, Hannah, Rebecca, Jack, Chris, and Yona will also be competing.

The event is the biggest of the year for national governing body British Diving, where competitors will set their stall out for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

The Leeds team’s rising stars will also compete at the Junior European Diving Championships in Bergamo, Italy from July 2-6.

Sam Thornton, 17, Lois Toulson, 15, and Lydia Rosenthall, 15, will be joined by debutant William Hallam, 15 at the event.

July will also see youngsters Anthony Harding, 14 and Emily Bearpark, 12, take part in the Bimbingamba Youth International in Rome.

Adrian Hinchliffe, head coach of the City of Leeds team, which is based at the John Charles Centre for Sport, said:

“The fact that divers from Leeds will make up almost half of the squad that will compete for Team England at the Commonwealth Games is a truly extraordinary accomplishment and one which we’re very proud of.

“Our club is enjoying an unprecedented period of success and we’re really seeing the benefits of years of hard work and dedication.

“This is set to be a very exciting summer and we’re confident we can keep up the exceptional standards we’ve set and see Leeds divers doing their country proud at Rio 2016.”

Leeds’ young divers will be joined at the Commonwealth Games by City of Leeds swimmer Sophie Taylor, 18, and World record-holding power-lifter Ali Jawad, 25, who lives in Bramley.

Both Sophie and Ali were batonbearers when the Queen’s Baton visited Leeds last week along with Leeds Gymnastics Club’s Nile Wilson, 18, who will also represent his country in Glasgow.

Leeds’ London 2012 medalists Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will also make the journey up to Scotland as will Olympic boxing gold medallist Nicola Adams.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“We’re incredibly proud that so many of our local athletes will be representing their country at these global events and there’s a huge buzz in Leeds about what a fantastic summer of sport this is going to be.

“Through a combination of hard work, top class coaching and some outstanding training facilities, Leeds has become one of the leading names in consistently producing genuinely world class sporting talent.”

She added: “With the World Cup in full swing, The Tour de France just around the corner and The Commonwealth Games fast approaching, this really is a landmark year for sport in our city and the fact so many of our local stars will be playing their part makes it all the more exciting.”


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