Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Ton up for Leeds housing

One Leeds resident has particular reason to celebrate a milestone in Leeds City Council’s ambitious drive to create more housing for the city.

Peter Wood lives in the hundredth house to be refurbished under the council’s housing regeneration project which is making houses more energy efficient and up to date. He welcomed Councillor Peter Gruen, who is responsible for the city’s housing, to see the changes that have been made in the Meynell block of flats in south Leeds.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel,

“I’m really pleased to see the improvements we’ve made in Mr Wood’s home. We are focussed on the need to meet one of the biggest challenges Leeds faces, which is to provide more quality, accessible homes, which are energy efficient to meet the city’s growing population, while protecting the quality of the environment and respecting community identity.

“One year ago we gained agreement to start this process, and here we are delivering the hundredth refurbished property. Work is also progressing at a fast pace which will see the delivery of 26 new homes built in south Leeds, later in the year. There’s plenty more to be done, but as Leeds makes more progress to being the best city, we are committed to providing the best housing too.

“We know by working with a range of other organisations we can provide a better range of affordable housing, and by regenerating areas like Little London, Beeston Hill and Holbeck, we are demonstrating a real commitment to providing affordable housing to meet the needs of our citizens.”

Mr Wood, said:

The council have done a great job. The new kitchen is great and my new windows will mean my home is a lot warmer during the winter months. The changes to the local properties have made them a lot better and it’s nice to know I’m joining ninety nine other households who are seeing the benefits of this investment so far!”

Jon Hinchliff general manager from sc4L, said:

“We’re proud to be working with the council to make sure people in Leeds get the best housing we can. The city is making great strides in getting the extra homes that will be needed in the years to come and we look forward to helping to meet those plans.”

Leeds is continuing to develop city plans which will make sure that development is prioritised in ways that make the most of brownfield sites and opportunities to reuse existing land and development areas.

Caption: Peter Wood (front left) joins Cllr Peter Gruen (behind left), Sean Corcoran from Keepmoat (rear right) and Jon Hinchliff (front right)

Notes for editors:

The housing regeneration scheme contributes to the Leeds City Priority Plan, by making this part of the City a ‘better place to live’, contributing to the improvement of ‘health and welfare’ and contributing to improving local communities, addressing key issues to:
• increase the number of affordable and decent homes;
• improve energy efficiency of those homes and reduce the number of people who are not able to adequately heat their homes;
• improve the quality and sustainability of the built and natural environment;
• address neighbourhood problem sites; improve cleanliness and improve access to and the quality of green spaces;
• provide opportunity for community engagement in the regeneration of their community;
• •offer options for training and employment linked to the regeneration programme, and • create safer environments and aid the tackling of crime.
More details of the council’s housing plans are available on the council’s website www.leeds.gov.uk.


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Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team
Leeds City Council

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Civic reception to recognise 415 years’ service by Leeds head teachers (with pics)

Picture caption: "The head teachers who are retiring this summer after dedicating their lives to teaching at Leeds schools, with Cllr Judith Blake and Paul Brennan, deputy director of children's services."

The dedication and commitment by head teachers who have clocked up a massive 415 years’ service between them were honoured at a special reception yesterday.

Twelve head teachers from schools across Leeds are retiring at the end of the summer term, bringing to an end distinguished teaching careers and long-term associations with their current schools and schools across Leeds.

Leeds City Council’s children’s services organised a reception to mark the occasion and say thank you for their service to the children and young people of the city. The reception took place at Leeds Civic Hall yesterday. The retiring head teachers received a gift and a certificate from the council’s deputy leader Councillor Judith Blake.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services at Leeds City Council, said:
“Head teachers play a vital role in their schools and wider communities. They help to shape the lives and learning of their pupils and lead and inspire their colleagues. All of these head teachers have shown amazing dedication to teaching so it was an honour to present them with their gifts.

“Over the years, these head teachers will have made lasting impressions on thousands of children and young people and I would like to thank them for their commitment to the children of Leeds and wish them the very best for the future.”

The retiring head teachers are:

Head teacherSchoolYears' service
Alan WilleyHorsforth St Margaret’s 36 years
Caroline Robinson Austhorpe Primary 30 years
Fiona Woodall St Oswalds Primary 35 years
Kath Atkins Grange Farm 34 years
Kay Priestley Pudsey Waterloo Primary 32 years
Ken Cornforth Pudsey Grangefield High 36 years
Linda Clay Talbot Primary 28 years
Margaret Broughton Harehills Primary 35 years
Pat Holmes St Frances of Assisi 32 years
Phil Taylor Pudsey Bolton Royd 38 years
Steve Boothroyd Adel Primary 37 years
Susan Mudie Richmond Hill 40 years

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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713
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Info packs landing to help residents with new bin service

A handy guide to the new bin service is being sent to 34,000 homes about to move to more frequent recycling collections.
The packs will be landing on the doorsteps of all suitable properties in Crossgates and Whinmoor, Killingbeck and Seacroft and Temple Newsam and some suitable properties in Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, Gipton and Harehills and Roundhay from this week.

The pack is a key tool in helping people adapt to the new service which starts on 28 July and means black bins are emptied one week and green bins emptied the next.

Advice in the packs will ensure people can make the most of their green bin and maximise how much they recycle. As well as the pack, people will receive information on the days and dates of their collections.

The council has already saved in the region of £500,000 by giving people an opportunity to recycle more at home and stopping waste going to landfill.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for cleaner, safer and stronger communities, said:

“While many people are already in the habit of recycling, the guide is a valuable source of information to make the change to more frequent collections a smooth one.

“Everything you need to know is in the guide, but our recycling advisers are still out and about at events if you’d like a bit of additional support before the service starts.

“There’s also a wealth of information on our website should you want to know more.”

You can meet the recycling advisers on:

Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 July, 10am-4pm at the Asda supermarket, York Road, Killingbeck
Saturday 19 July, 9-11am at the Oakwood Clock, Oakwood Farmers Market, Roundhay Road, Oakwood
Saturday 19 July, 12-4pm at the Asda supermarket, Harehills Lane, Harehills
Saturday 2 August, 1-4pm at the Swarcliffe Gala, St Gregory’s Youth and Adult Centre, Stanks Gardens, Swarcliffe.

It is only those households who receive information packs that are to be included in this next phase of the scheme. Other properties are to be included in future plans to improve recycling rates across the city.

Details of the new service can be found at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/New-bin-service.aspx or www.facebook.com/leedswastedocs or by following @leedswastedocs on Twitter.

Bin collection days can be checked at www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Check-your-bin-day.aspx.

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Amanda Burns
, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
email: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Local community comes out in force to celebrate Wyke Beck Valley

Caption: Cllr Jack Dunn (Back, wearing tie), is joined by members of the Friends of Wyke Beck Valley and youngsters at the fun day.

A special ceremony has been held this month to celebrate three green spaces in Wyke Beck Valley achieving Local Nature Reserve status.

In what was a fantastic day, members of the local community joined the Friends of Wyke Beck Valley and Councillor Jack Dunn to officially mark Wyke Beck Woods, Killingbeck Fields and Primrose Valley being granted the award, which will provide further protection to these important conservation sites. This accolade which was granted late last year, is just one of the legacies of the Wyke Beck Valley Pride project, which including partners from Leeds City Council, the Wyke Beck Valley Community Forum (now Friends of Wyke beck Valley) and voluntary groups, made a number of significant and long lasting improvements to the area.

As part of a host of activities on offer, families had the chance to take part in guided walks by wildlife expert Steve Joul, mini-beast hunting activities and crafts with representatives of the RSPB.

To find out more information regarding the nature reserves and how people can get involved in the life of the Wyke Beck Valley, please contact Leeds City Council’s parks & countryside ranger service on: Tel: 0113 3957400 or by e-mail: parks@leeds.gov.uk.

Councillor Jack Dunn, Leeds City Council’s lead member for the environment said:

"It was really fantastic news when three of the areas that make up Wyke Beck Valley were granted Local Nature Reserve Status, and it was a real honour to be at the official ceremony and fun day marking the achievement.

"One of the real legacies of the previous Wyke Beck Valley Pride project was the formation of a new friends of group, who always on the lookout for new members, are doing a really job in ensuring that real progress continues to be made in this very beautiful area."

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578
Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk