Monday, 28 July 2014

Retaining wall replacement works for busy Garforth highway

Road works are due to start in Garforth to repair a main thoroughfare.

Work is being carried out on the A642 Wakefield Road to repair a retaining wall which has caused the highway to slip.

It will replace two sections of the existing retaining wall which are no longer supporting the highway and causing it to move.

The road will be closed from Ringway to Alandale Crescent.

Contractors are set to work 12 hour shifts in order to reduce the duration of the works and keep disruption to a minimum.

Work starts Thursday 31 July and is expected to be completed Friday 24 October taking place between 7am and 7pm.

Leeds City Council executive board member for transport and economy Councillor Richard Lewis, said:

“This scheme is essential to ensure the highway is safe for motorists. We’re doing all we can to minimise disruption and we apologise for any inconvenience these works may cause. During the construction period local businesses will be open as usual and we’re asking residents to continue supporting them.”

The road will be closed during each working period and signed diversions in place using the A63 and A656. Two way temporary traffic lights are to operate at all other times.

Affected bus services will be noticed at stops and include route numbers 163, 166 and 402. More details are available from Metroline on 0113 245 7676.


For media enquiries please contact:
Dan Johnson,
Leeds City Council press office,
Tel 0113 247 5472

Child Friendly Leeds celebrates major milestone after two year anniversary

More than 300 individuals have signed up as ambassadors for the city-wide ambition to make Leeds the most child friendly city in the country.

Famous Leeds brand Marks and Spencer has become the 301st organisation to sign up to the Child Friendly Leeds campaign, which has seen businesses and organisations of all sizes commit to becoming more focused on the needs and views of children and young people.

Pledges made to support the campaign include: building stronger links with local schools; arranging for staff to become mentors to young people in care; helping to promote and support foster carers across their workforce and; looking at how they can change their services to make them more child friendly.

The ambitious campaign celebrates its second anniversary this month.

It was launched in July 2012 when HRH The Queen visited Leeds and helped get the city’s child friendly city bid underway. Since then the campaign has gone from strength to strength.

Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson, a champion for children across the whole of the UK, is a child friendly Leeds ambassador.

There are also a steady stream of ambassadors coming forward from Leeds schools, colleges and organisations such as the NHS and West Yorkshire Probation Service.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children and families said:

“We are really proud of how well the child friendly ethos has been embraced by the city. In just two years, to have over 300 individuals, businesses and organisations pledging their support and spreading the child friendly message as ambassadors, is fantastic.

“Child friendly Leeds is a far reaching concept which is about putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and tackling some of the most serious challenges the city faces. We know there is still long way to go achieve our aim to make Leeds the best city to grow up in.

“We have around 180,000 children and young people in Leeds, and each one of them must have a voice and the opportunity to be involved in decisions about their city. We’ve already listened to thousands of local children and young people and are working to achieve the things that make the most difference to them.

“If we nurture and support our children today we’ll have a better city tomorrow. Everyone in our city can play their part and everyone in our city will benefit from child friendly Leeds.

“By giving our children and young people the best possible start and making Leeds the best place to grow up then we will have a sustainable, prosperous and economic future. Child Friendly Leeds is not just about doing the right thing for children it is about economic regeneration for our whole city as well.”


Child Friendly Leeds business case study:

Mark and Spencer and the Princes Trust ‘Make your Mark’

One of Leeds City Council’s children’s services’ key ambitions is to reduce the number of young people who are not in education, employment or training. Marks and Spencer’s Make your Mark scheme is one example of how businesses are helping the city to create employment opportunities for young people and help the council achieve this ambition:

Make Your Mark is a four week training and mentoring scheme aimed at unemployed 16 – 25 year olds (who are not in employment, education or training) and gives them the skills, experience and confidence they need to find a job. The young people targeted often have specific needs or are from particular vulnerable groups like refugees, asylum seekers, care leavers, and children who are looked after.

After an application and shortlisting process sixteen successful applicants begin the four week programme with a two day induction from Prince’s Trust and then a day’s induction within the store from M&S. Throughout the four weeks the young people follow training modules which help hone skills developed whilst working in store, improve confidence and prepare them for any future job. Regular feedback and guidance is provided via a dedicated buddy and career coach to ensure the participants achieve a good standard of customer service.

At the end of the programme, they are awarded a certificate and there is a celebratory event

If a participant performs well and receives a satisfactory evaluation from their manager and buddy, M&S may be able to offer them a vacancy if and when one becomes available. If the young person requires additional support prior to employment or if there is not a job vacancy available, they will be offered up to six months post programme support with the Prince’s Trust to find an alternative outcome.

Since 2004, the programme has enabled over 1,100 young people to complete placements in stores and offices across the country, with 50% gaining employment with M&S or another programme within three months.

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

New direct bus to Lotherton Hall opens for business

Caption: A direct bus to Lotherton Hall will be running on a Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

A new direct bus to one of the city’s most popular visitor attractions is now available during the school holidays.

Beginning its journey every Thursday throughout the summer from Leeds city centre, families will be able to hop on to a Yorkshire Tiger Bus at a number of stops en route to the historic home of Lotherton Hall. Stops will include York Road Yorkshire Bank, Cross Gates, Swillington Common and Garforth Shops, where either single or return tickets can be purchased. A special all day ticket can also be bought, which provides the opportunity for people to ride any Yorkshire Tiger buses running in Leeds throughout the day.

Boasting a wealth of great things to both see and do, Lotherton Hall remains a fantastic place for visitors of all ages to visit. A relaxing walk on a new path in the grounds of the estate provides the chance to take in the sights of a deer park, learn more about all of the wildlife that live there, and enjoy other attractions including a bird garden, stables, gift shop and café.

Inside the magnificent house a range of rare items and collections and a new interactive area are also available, which explores the story of Lotherton’s most famous family, the Gascoignes, and their travels around the world from the 1700s onwards. Also featured in the house is a dressing-up room and a range of tactile interpretation cabinets.

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

"A visit to Lotherton Hall is always a memorable experience, and we hope that more people will have the chance to see what we have to offer by the introduction of a new direct bus which will run every Thursday throughout the summer holidays.

"We are extremely proud of the rare items and collections on display at Lotherton Hall, and with a new interactive area also recently introduced that tells the story of the famous Gascoigne family who lived in the house for many years, this really is something not to be missed."

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

"The Lotherton Hall estate is simply magnificent, and it is great news that a bus will be running direct to the house throughout the holidays.

"There really is something for all the family to enjoy on a quiet walk around the estate, which includes a lovely deer park, stables and bird garden."

Notes to editors:

Tiger Bus 401 departs from Leeds Bus Station (stand 7) at 9.25am on Thursdays throughout the summer holidays.

Pricing for the Lotherton Hall Yorkshire Tiger Bus is as follows:

Garforth shops - £1.60/£2.80 (single/return)
Swillington Common - £1.90/£3.40 (single/return)
Cross Gates - £2.20/£3.90 (single/return)
York Road Yorkshire Bank - £2.60/£4.40 (single/return)
Leeds City Centre - £3.00/£4.40 (single/return)

The £4.40 ticket is our day ticket which allows use on all Yorkshire Tiger buses that day, we run buses to Kirkstall, Horsforth, Yeadon, Armley, Pudsey, Shipley and Hunslet.

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