tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-47888567801790189302015-03-23T09:06:27.232+00:00Latest newsThis is the official news feed from Leeds City CouncilLeeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comBlogger4361125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-71594403348899397082015-03-23T08:57:00.000+00:002015-03-23T08:57:00.643+00:00Record number of Smart Swappers join healthy diet campaign The latest Smart Swaps campaign has seen a record breaking number of people pledging to swap unhealthy food and drink for healthier alternatives this year. With over 10,600 swaps signed up for by 10th March, the level of support is up by almost 75 per cent on 2014’s 6,380, with individuals and organisations from all over the city joining in. Last year’s campaign saw Leeds signing up Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-67181977108415144522015-03-20T15:48:00.006+00:002015-03-20T15:48:58.509+00:00Pupils get prizes for perfect prose Pupils who have been taking part in a creative writing competition were awarded for their poetic and literary efforts at a civic ceremony yesterday. Hundreds of children from primary schools across the city submitted entries into the Arooj creative writing competition, with 35 pupils being short listed as potential winners. The winner in each category was announced at a special Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-83107556280000373222015-03-20T11:10:00.001+00:002015-03-20T11:10:37.578+00:00Call to action for Yorkshire education leaders to improve standards Education leaders from around the Yorkshire and Humber region will be gathering in Leeds next week to build on the foundations to improve attainment levels across the region. The Yorkshire and Humber Education Summit which is being organised by Leeds City Council’s education leaders will be held at Leeds Town Hall on Tuesday 24 March and will bring together regional leaders from local Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-75237245880477587582015-03-20T10:25:00.001+00:002015-03-20T10:25:20.984+00:00New road diversions in place at Thornbury Barracks roundaboutNew traffic measures will be in place around the Thornbury Barracks roundabout in Leeds from this weekend as the last phase of a major road improvement scheme begins. From Sunday 22 March, traffic will be temporarily diverted as the final five weeks of the project to ease traffic congestion and improve road safety at the roundabout where the A647 meets the B6154 known as ‘Thornbury Barracks’ Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-72484515059998415472015-03-20T10:00:00.000+00:002015-03-20T10:00:04.276+00:00Get hands on and explore the science and wonder of light through time Picture caption: The Light Lab exhibition will be opening on 3 April 2015. The science and wonder of light is to be revealed as part of a fascinating exhibition set to open at a Leeds museum in April 2015. As part of ‘Light Lab’ which will be showcased at Leeds City Museum from 3 April - 21 June 2015, visitors will be able to explore in-depth how we have used and made light across the Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-55162368673324240482015-03-20T09:30:00.000+00:002015-03-20T09:30:00.234+00:00Tropical World set to reopen after exciting refurbishment Picture caption: Tropical World’s loveable Meerkats have proved to be a big hit with visitors. One of Leeds and Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions is set to reopen its doors to the public next week following completion of an exciting refurbishment programme. In what promises to be the perfect day out for all the family, visitors from 1pm on Tuesday 24 March, will be able to take aLeeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-60010279755630936242015-03-20T08:37:00.001+00:002015-03-20T08:37:22.314+00:00Hundreds of young people get involved in National Apprenticeship Week Caption: Apprentices are joined by Councillor Keith Wakefield and Councillor Lucinda Yeadon on the steps of Leeds Town Hall. Hundreds of young people in Leeds took their first step on the road to a new career during National Apprenticeship Week. During two events last week organised by the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub, more than 560 local young people, including pupils from 16 of the city’s highLeeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-39541871364286937322015-03-20T00:05:00.000+00:002015-03-20T00:05:00.755+00:00Transport for the North on track to link the country and rebalance the economyPRESS RELEASE ISSUED ON BEHALF OF TRANSPORT FOR THE NORTH A blueprint for building the ‘northern powerhouse’ and boosting the economy of the North of England will set out plans to transform connectivity with a high-speed TransNorth rail system, a revitalised highways network and a host of other transport improvements. Transport for the North (TfN), the body set up to identify how best to drive Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-59709232037805322752015-03-20T00:00:00.000+00:002015-03-20T00:00:01.033+00:00Comment by Leader of Leeds City Council on Transport for the North update reportLeader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield has made the following comment on the Transport for the North update report being released today (Friday 20 March). Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “It’s time to address the enormous disparity in transport funding compared to the south. Greater connectivity through transport is the key to unlocking the immenseLeeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-68343934900782717002015-03-19T16:11:00.002+00:002015-03-19T16:11:51.425+00:00Leeds Inner Ring Road to be closed to westbound trafficThe Leeds Inner Ring Road will be closed to westbound traffic this weekend to allow further essential maintenance work to take place. The work is the first of three weekends in March and April when the A58(M)/A64(M) will be closed for further strengthening work on the Woodhouse Tunnel. Motorists are being warned to plan ahead as the Leeds Inner Ring Road will be fully closed to westbound Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-58370182118644328922015-03-19T09:30:00.001+00:002015-03-19T09:30:01.960+00:00Remarkable story of Leeds violin maker killed in First World War remembered at central library Picture caption: Author Chris Sweeney presents a copy of his book to Cllr Lucinda Yeadon. As part of the city’s commemoration of the First World War, a special event was held in the central library this week to mark an extraordinary story relating to a Leeds born violin maker that only came to light 90 years after he was killed on the battlefields of Messines in Flanders in 1917. This Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-85780419996714482642015-03-19T09:30:00.000+00:002015-03-19T09:30:02.430+00:00Milestone reached in housing regeneration project The Anatalek family are welcomed to their new council home by Sean Corcoran, Keepmoat (far left), tenant representatives Irene Smith and Anne Hopper, Cllr Peter Gruen, Jon Hinchliff, sc4L and Juliet Bennett from Keepmoat (far right). Muluk Ibrahim moves back into her refurbished council home and is welcomed by (from left) Juliet Bennett, Keepmoat, tenant representatives Irene Smith and Anne Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-81120567378767092162015-03-18T16:31:00.005+00:002015-03-18T17:49:01.029+00:00Pupils get prizes for perfect prose - media opportunity Pupils who have been taking part in a creative writing competition will be awarded for their poetic and literary efforts at a civic ceremony tomorrow. Hundreds of children from primary schools across the city submitted entries into the Arooj creative writing competition, with 35 pupils being short listed as potential winners. The winner in each category will be announced tomorrow, Thursday Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-75825516484281504642015-03-18T14:40:00.001+00:002015-03-18T14:42:07.648+00:00Council Leader's comment on Leeds City Region devolution deal and response to the budgetOn the devolution deal for the Leeds City Region announced today, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “This does not match our ambitions for the people of Leeds and the city region.  We were promised by the Deputy Prime Minister that there would be no strings attached in relation to governance models so we are disappointed by the lack of devolution on transport and Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-90335800585283026412015-03-18T12:22:00.001+00:002015-03-18T12:22:41.803+00:00Leeds residents urged to give a #helpinghand to raise awareness of sexual exploitation Issued on behalf of the Leeds Safeguarding Children Board Leeds residents are being urged to support a campaign to stop young people becoming victims of child sexual exploitation.   This week sees the launch of a national campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE), which will ask people to share their thoughts on the subject using the twitter hashtag ‘#HelpingHands’. Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-22736875110283341922015-03-18T12:11:00.000+00:002015-03-18T12:11:33.124+00:00Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid given green light by executive board Picture caption: A Leeds 2023 European Capital of Culture bid was approved by senior councillors. Leeds will now begin to move forward on the preparation of a bid to be named the 2023 European Capital of Culture after senior councillors backed the move at a meeting of the council’s executive board this week. The hard work in assembling a detailed expression of interest bid which must be Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-2927141478409995662015-03-17T13:44:00.001+00:002015-03-17T13:44:40.710+00:00Council investing in affordable housingLeeds City Council is ploughing over £1.5 million from right-to-buy sales back into affordable housing. Money the council receives once a tenant buys their council property is being awarded to five organisations to provide another 56 homes that will be available to rent through the Leeds Homes Register. The innovative approach has seen the council offer housing providers up to 30% of the costs Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-90579080726505365622015-03-17T11:58:00.000+00:002015-03-17T11:58:01.787+00:00New guide aims to encourage and support businesses on community investment Caption: The front cover of the new brochure A new guide to simplify the way businesses in Leeds can engage and invest in community activities and events is to be launched this week. Public and private sector organisations will be joined by voluntary sector and brokerage representatives at an event on Wednesday morning at the offices of Bond Dickinson in Leeds to discuss ways in which Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-32036955327349795702015-03-17T09:30:00.000+00:002015-03-17T09:30:02.590+00:00City museum’s brand new adult’s events programme moving from strength to strength Picture caption: Rediscover and new learn skills as part of Leeds Museums and Galleries programme for adults. A new programme of fantastic artist workshops, talks and specialist study days introduced earlier this year specifically for adults are becoming fully-booked at Leeds City Museum. Whether you want to learn more about their collection, meet new people, brush up on your existing skillsLeeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-71416381660402346582015-03-16T16:37:00.003+00:002015-03-16T16:37:58.981+00:00Leading the way in digital healthcare innovationLeeds has been successful in a £1.35m bid to be at the forefront of digital healthcare with an award from the second phase of NHS England’s Integrated Digital Care Technology Fund. The fund has been set up to support the development of digital solutions to help improve services for patients and clinicians. The bid was submitted by Leeds City Council, on behalf of the city and other integration Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-84023140229585668712015-03-16T15:27:00.000+00:002015-03-16T15:27:47.819+00:00Landlord forums to improve standards and communitiesA new approach to working with private landlords will improve housing standards and communities. That’s the aim of the new landlord forums being established in targeted areas of the city. The forums bring together landlords, a range of council services, police and fire services along with local councillors. As well as ensuring landlords have a say in local housing provision, the forums are Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-85197557124280759352015-03-16T10:49:00.000+00:002015-03-16T10:49:13.880+00:00Council leading drive for affordable, accessible housingThe building blocks to provide enough affordable, accessible housing which will make Leeds the best city to live in are in place. That’s the conclusion of a report being presented to senior councillors this week. The report to executive board on Wednesday March 18 reaffirms the council’s commitment to providing quality, accessible and affordable housing that is critical to sustainable economic Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-28379672802412124392015-03-13T10:00:00.000+00:002015-03-13T10:00:03.487+00:00Communities to be given greater say in how parks and countryside services are targetedLocal councillors could be given more powers to decide how parks and countryside resources are targeted in their communities as part of proposals set to be discussed by senior councillors next week. Included in a report submitted to the council’s executive board on Wednesday 18 March, members have the opportunity to support a recommendation that would see decisions regarding resource Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-65006367086072493732015-03-13T09:30:00.000+00:002015-03-13T09:30:00.276+00:00Popular wool festival set to return at Leeds museumAfter a successful debut last year, a festival celebrating all things woollen is set to return bigger and better to a popular Leeds museum later this year. As part of the Leeds Wool Festival, which has now been confirmed to take place on Saturday 6 June 2015 from 10am-5pm at Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, visitors can enjoy a packed programme of activities and events perfect for any Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-4788856780179018930.post-80295270194881623522015-03-12T16:07:00.005+00:002015-03-12T16:07:57.323+00:00Breeze Games heads to ArmleyFun and games will descend on the Armley area this weekend to encourage more children and young people to get outside and play. Children and young people can head to the Ley Lane recreation ground in Armley this Saturday 14 March from 10.30 – 12.30, where they will be able to take part in a wide selection of traditional street games and sports as well as board games and craft activities. The Leeds City Council press officenoreply@blogger.com