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Meeting challenge of the credit crunch TIMES are tough. That’s why this About Leeds is geared to help you combat the credit crunch. It’s packed with information which looks to save you money, help you find the right job or get out and enjoy yourself for free or minimal costs. Not forgetting, there’s also a lot of exciting changes in Leeds to be proud of… from the outstanding achievements of our colleges and universities to the introduction of a new dance centre of excellence.

The first eight pages focus exclusively on what we call our ‘credit crunch special’. But don’t miss out on the rest of the newspaper – there’s exciting stories on a new era with Leeds City College, the return of Leeds In Bloom and more successes for the city’s schools. The city-wide jobshops are a great example of combatting the credit crunch. With more opening across the city, jobshops give advice on employment and training for people looking for work. Jobshops offer a free, impartial, face-to-face service, where you can talk in confidence to a fully qualified advisor. We look at your individual needs, explaining n Turn to page 4

Council tax: lowest rise in 14 years WE VOWED to keep council tax low.

CHOCS AWAY: Leeds retailers applauded in awards ceremony – see page 19

The increase of 2.9 per cent for this year is the smallest in 14 years. It also means Leeds will continue to have one of the lowest council taxes in the country. We know the current economic conditions are making life tough and it is our duty to minimise council tax increases for the hardpressed residents of Leeds. At the same time, Leeds City Council will continue to deliver our existing frontline services and, wherever possible, make improvements. Making this year’s budget balance has been difficult for two main reasons: lower government grants and falling council income. Looking ahead, next year’s budget is set to be one of the most challenging yet. Nevertheless, we will make the necessary difficult decisions to keep spending within the available resources. The council tax totals – including police and fire services, but excluding parishes – are: Band A – £849.55 Band B – £991.13 Band C – £1,132.72 Band D – £1,274.31 Band E – £1,557.49 Band F – £1,840.68 Band G – £2,123.86 Band H – £2,548.63 Did you know? If you pay full n Turn to page 2

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Urban Utopia

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How does your urban garden urban gardening weekend grow? Page 13

23rd and 24th May

how does your URBAN garden grow? On a balcony in the city centre? On an allotment in the suburbs? In a window box on a terraced house window ledge? In a yoghurt pot on your desk at work?

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Your garden could grow in hundreds of different ways. Even if you don’t have a lot or any outdoor space it doesn’t mean that you can’t get those green fingers twitching and join us in brightening up your office or your street.

Holbeck Urban Village, a growing business and residential community just south of the city Don’t fall foul of the litter laws: centre, will be hosting an urban gardening weekend this spring celebrating green space page 9 and helping you to make a difference to your own environment.

To find out more about this exciting new event and how you can be involved visit:


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Keeping your council tax as low as we can


Vision of the future…

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council tax, you could get a discount. For example: n You may get a 25 per cent discount if you live alone. n Those on low income can get up to 100 per cent council tax benefit, depending on your circumstances. n Up to 25 per cent second adult rebate may be given if you live with only one other adult who is on a low income. n A reduction for disability – around 15 per cent – is on offer if you’re permanently disabled and use a wheelchair in your home or your home has certain features. n When there are two of you and one is in a ‘discount group’ – for example, a student – you may get a 25 per cent discount. n No council tax is payable on a property empty for less than six months. Further information, and claim forms, can be found at, selecting the ‘council tax’ link under the A-Z search. Alternatively, call us on 0113 222 4404. If you’re struggling to pay, you can also call us to discuss a special payment arrangement. This newspaper is published for the residents of Leeds. It is available in Braille, large print or audio tape. To contact the newspaper, call 0113 224 3298, email or write to About Leeds, Corporate Communications, 4th Floor West, Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR.


Like About Leeds? Then don’t miss About Leeds Extra. The online-only supplement contains even more news from across the city. You can find it at www.leeds. – alongside podcasts. It’s produced at no extra cost.


LEADING LIGHT: Vision Alert’s managing director Chris Marshall with a completed bar

LEEDS company Vision Alert are bucking the credit crunch, creating 35 new jobs in the city over the last 12 months. Impressive annual sales growth and several consecutive years of doubled pre-tax profits has enabled the safety equipment manufacturer to grow its turnover to £20 million.

Under Managing Director Chris Marshall’s supervision, the company recently took over Hemel-Hempstead based Delta Design. Merging the two firms’ production facilities in Seacroft was achieved in just six months, creating 35 new posts, many of them recruited locally.

Chris said: “It was a massive achievement by the management team in integrating the two businesses and by the workforce, many of whom had to learn new skills and processes from scratch.” Ian Williams, Leeds Chamber’s policy director and member of Leeds Skills Board, added:

How to get the best energy deal Sharing goods around

A NEW energy guide helps residents struggling to keep warm amid high fuel bills. Energy Best Deal is a 19-page booklet which gives hints on keeping on top of fuel costs and dealing with utility companies. Tips include taking monthly meter readings and not relying on estimates, improving your home insulation and, if possible, upgrade your heating system. The council’s Fuelsavers team recently got a £1,000 rebate for a householder hit in the pocket due to an incorrect meter reading by

WARM COMFORT: simple measures like keeping on top of your meter readings can save you money

the fuel company. The average household, meanwhile, wastes £300 per year on energy due to poor insulation. Energy Best Deal is produced by Leeds Citizen’s Advice Bureau and NHS Leeds. It’s online at – it’s under the ‘Your health’ section or simply search for ‘energy best deal’. It’s packed with useful contact numbers including the Energy Saving Trust Helpline (0800 512 012), Leeds Fuelsavers (0113 395 7159) and Consumer Direct (0845 404 0506), among others.

We’re building some solid foundations THE city’s excellent reputation for construction and research is built on solid foundations… through our places of learning. Take the multi-award winning Leeds College of Building. They had seven regional winners – in carpentry, cabinet making, brickwork, painting and decorating, roof slating, tiling, and plastering – vying for top spot in the national SkillBuild competition 2008.

“Manufacturing continues to be a key sector of the Leeds economy, making a vital contribution to employment and output in the city. “Vision Alert’s growth, its ability to compete in international markets are hallmarks of 21st century manufacturing in Leeds.”

Student Lewis Minnock was named the UK’s top plasterer and will now compete for the world title in Canada this year. The college has also grabbed an awards hat-trick from the Plaisterers Company – for its training, achievements and best performing plastering college in the UK. Principal Ian Billyard said: “This recognises all the hard work and dedication our plastering

team continues to put in to help us to produce some of the country’s finest plasterers.” The University of Leeds, meanwhile, has produced a global reputation. The Times Higher Education RAE Survey 2008 found 61 per cent of the university’s research ‘world leading’ and a further 32.5 per cent ‘recognised internationally’. The university aims to join

the ranks of the world’s top 50 universities by 2015 through world class research, scholarship and education. “Our fine university has enormous strengths – breadth and diversity and a proud history and tradition,” said Professor Michael Arthur, Vice-Chancellor. “The results give us renewed confidence of achieving our goal of a place among the world’s best universities.”

A NEW reuse scheme helps families beat the credit crunch and support local communities. Good quality furniture, washing machines, cookers, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, TVs, beds, prams and other household items are items being sought. Containers, provided by Weee Link Ltd, are now at Meanwood Road, Milner Road, Pudsey Grangefield and Thorp Arch household waste sites. Electrical items are repaired and tested before being sold. They, along with furniture, are then donated to local reuse groups – St Judes, Leeds and Moortown, Emmaus and South Leeds group, SLATE. These community groups provide affordable furniture and training opportunities, as well as diverting waste from landfill. If you are having a clear out, please donate your items. For quality furniture at affordable prices, support your local reuse group.


In debt? You need not lose your home A RELIEF scheme could save up to 60 families from losing their homes – as the number of repossessions continues to rise. HomeSave Plus offers eligible homeowners an equity loan to pay off their mortgage or secured loan arrears. Homeowners can also get help to pay their monthly instalments or reduce their outstanding mortgage to a more affordable level. It puts people back on their feet financially or allows enough time to plan the sale of their home. The innovative and flexible pilot mortgage rescue scheme was launched in January and developed by the Golden Triangle Partnership. The Golden Triangle scheme covers the following areas of Leeds – Thorner, Scarcorft, Barwick, Harewood, Bardsey, East Keswick, Shadwell, Otley, Pool in Wharfedale, Arthington, Wetherby, Collingham, Linton, Bramham, Clifford, Boston Spa, Thorp Arch, Walton, Bramhope, Garforth, Calverley, Weetwood, Adel, Roundhay, Alwoodley, Horsforth, Cookridge, and Scholes. To check eligibility, call Leeds City Council on 0113 247 6919.

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Thousands ignore free healthy meal THEY say there’s no such thing as a free lunch but for thousands of children across Leeds there is – and many are not taking advantage of it. Young people from lower income families are often entitled to a free, healthy school meal everyday but the 2008 school census showed that of the 18,000 who are known to be eligible, as many as

6,000 are not taking up the offer. To help reduce the figure Education Leeds commissioned a two year study, including 10 pilot studies in primary and secondary schools by Leeds Metropolitan University. Reasons included schools often being unaware of the stigma among students attached to free school meals. To combat this and to raise

awareness with pupils and parents of their entitlement, Education Leeds has developed a toolkit for schools to help minimise discrimination, maximise awareness and make it easier to claim a free lunch. For more details contact your school, visit – searching for free school meals – or telephone Leeds Benefit Services on 0113 222 4404.

TUCK IN: thousands of children across Leeds are eligible for free school meals – but many aren’t taking them up

Nappy days REAL Nappy Week is 27 April to 3 May. Go to uk/nappy to find out where our team of advisors will demonstrate the latest reusable style and how to try out real nappies for free. International Compost Awareness Week, meanwhile, takes place from 3-9 May. Look out for compost awareness advisors at our household waste sites or go to uk/composting for tips and advice.

Get extra YOU can get more news with About Leeds Extra, an internet-only supplement produced at no extra cost. It’s packed full of news from across the city – covering housing, education, streets and much more. It’s available at www.leeds.

SWITCHED ON: even more families are to get free laptops and secure internet access

More and more children are getting connected EVEN more children and young people from disadvantaged communities are to get computers and secure internet access in their homes. A further £347,000 has

been provided through the government-sponsored ‘Computers for Pupils’ initiative, led by Education Leeds, and around 420 more children will benefit.

Over £3m will have been invested in the programme since 2007 helping Education Leeds provide over 2,350 laptops to 11-16 year olds whose families would not otherwise have access

to a computer. The scheme helps to improve pupils’ learning, ICT, and life skills, and the whole family enjoy the advantages of being connected online.

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what support is available to help you into work. We can help with CVs, application forms and interview skills, the latest information on local job vacancies and internet access for jobsearch. If we cannot meet your needs, we will point you to an

organisation which can. This includes help with basic literacy, language and numeracy skills and access to adult learning courses. Kristen visited Technorth for help. Following training, she is now working full-time at the council’s contact centre. A lone parent on benefits who

had little work experience, Kristen was helped with jobsearch, access to childcare and advice on in-work benefits. She said: “I had not worked for so long, I was scared of getting back into work. I feel proud that I now have a job.” Need help? Call jobshops on 0113 247 5465.

PROUD: Kristen is back in work, thanks to Technorth

Bringing good ideas to life IAIN Scott’s Enterprise Island Challenge returned to Leeds this year with the help of Sharing the Success and Holbeck Urban Village. The challenge invited people to discover if they have the potential to turn an idea or hobby into a business. Successful participants were then invited onto an intensive training programme. Iain Scott, the creator of the Enterprise Island Challenge, said: “The quality of this year’s participants was really exciting. It ranged from designer hoodies and African drum workshops to some hush-hush technical inventions.” Sharon Holding of Harehills, wants to set up a hand-made interior furnishings business. She said: “The workshop taught me to know my business, pitch my idea and how to forecast. It also brought about a chance to network with others.”

SO MUCH PLEASURE: working in parks like these brings so much joy to visitors

Park life is hard to beat THE council’s website is popular among job seekers, for the number and variety of posts on offer. Take our Parks and Countryside Service. This makes a huge difference to residents and visitors who enjoy our green

space. Dave Carter is a craft gardener at Golden Acre Park, having worked for the council for 30 years. “Working in the parks gives a great sense of achievement and pride,” Dave said. “You can see the end result

– from developing and creating a new flower bed, maintaining a lawn or simply cleaning up the park after a busy weekend.” In recent years, our Parks Renaissance programme has seen an extra investment of

£3.7million, while the Children’s Big Lottery fund has awarded £800,000 for play areas across the city. For more on current Leeds City Council vacancies visit www.

Pathway to take you back to work

BIG H-IT: Martyn has found work with the council’s IT Service, with help from Pathways

ON BENEFITS because of a health condition or disability? Do you need help to take the first steps towards returning to work? Pathways to Work looks at jobs you might like or be able to do with your health issues in mind. An advisor will explain the support available to help you into

work and check how much better off financially you would be. A ‘choices programme’ will be tailored to your needs at a pace that is right for you, allowing you to build your confidence and selfesteem. Martyn was out of work for four years due to ill-health. He had an IT qualification but no

practical experience. His Pathways advisor found him a work placement within Leeds City Council’s IT Services where he gained experience, developed skills and is working on a six month contract. For more information on your nearest Pathways to Work centre call 0113 247 5465.

Chance to learn ADULT Learners’ Week encourages thousands to give education a go. The week – from 9-15 May – gives adults the chance to learn for pleasure, to catch up on skills or get that new job or promotion. Leeds City Council’s adult learning team will support a range of fun-filled activities across the city, including taster sessions and celebrations. The highlight of the week in Leeds will be the Adult Learning Awards ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of adults and brings their inspirational stories to a wider audience. Visit for more on ALW09. You can also contact the adult learning team on 3951540 or acls@ Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest and longest running not-for-profit celebration. Small grants are available to learning providers.



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£1 off Adult Entry at Harewood this Springtime! Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG. Telephone 0113 218 1010 Open daily 13th - 22nd Feb Weekends 28th Feb - 29th March 10.30am - 4.00pm*. Terms & Conditions: One voucher per person, photocopies not accepted. £1 off Adult ticket price per voucher. Vouchers have no monetary value. Valid until 29/03/09 *The Bird Garden closes at 3pm. State Floor & Below Stairs (including Terrace café) will be closed for maintenance.

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Simply You must go and see Leeds City Museum

LOOKING UP: the magnificant new ceiling

Quality theatre in store for new-look masterpiece A SPECIAL celebration marked the final completion of the three year, £31m transformation of the much-loved Leeds Grand Theatre. The final part of the project has seen the return of the Howard Assembly Room to its former glory, allowing it to be open to the public for the first time in 20 years as a new cultural venue for the city. The venue is the first to be run by Opera North and will showcase an international and diverse range of chamber-sized work including film, classical music, spoken word, world music, folk, jazz and music theatre,

in addition to holding rehearsals and educational events. The Assembly Room has been renamed in honour of benefactors Dr and Mrs Keith Howard – who along with Arts Council England, Leeds City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire Forward, Leeds Grand Theatre, Opera North, Yorkshire Bank, the University of Leeds, Emerald Group Publishing and the Opera North and Leeds Grand Theatre Development Trust – supported the restoration. For more visit or call 0844 848 2706.

A GRAND JOB: the much loved theatre’s transformation has been a threeyear labour of love

THE city’s newest visitor attraction is a must-see for all ages… and it’s free to get in. Leeds City Museum is simply brilliant, allowing visitors to explore four floors of interactive, exciting galleries. Visitors will come face to face

with the Leeds tiger, step into ancient worlds to meet Nesyamun the Leeds mummy and dig for fossils in the Life on Earth gallery. Special exhibitions are presented regularly, currently showing is A Lasting Moment, Marc Riboud – further details on this

BREAKDANCE: the Unify Dance Group in action

pay-to-enter exhibition are available in this edition. At the city museum, you can also enjoy the shop, café, events programme and auditorium. The museum has already proved a huge hit since it opened in the autumn, attracting well over 100,000 visitors so far. If you haven’t been, it’s a great day out for free. And if you have, why not make a return trip? Leeds City Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 11am-6pm; Thursday from 11am-8pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 11am-5pm. It’s based in the stunning, Grade II listed Leeds Institute building in Millennium Square. The museum is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward.  For more visit uk/citymuseum. You can contact the museum on 0113 224 3732 or

Breeze youth festival will be the best so far PLANS are well under way to make Breeze International Youth Festival the biggest and best yet. We want every young person, aged 13-19, to get involved… and what a wide choice of opportunities are on offer. We are looking for performing groups, musicians, artists and film makers, among others. It’s an ideal opportunity for young people who would like to try new activities and see performances during the Breeze celebration weekend – 26-29 June – at venues across the city. It’s also a must for community groups to shout about how good they are. Breeze International Youth Festival runs from 22 June to 3 July. The celebration weekend, meanwhile, will see young

people taking over the city with performances, exhibitions and workshops. For more visit www. or contact the Breeze officer on 0113 224 3523 or biyf@leeds.

SO MUCH TO DO: Breeze is eagerly awaited across the city

Centre for dance WORK on the new centre of excellence for dance in Leeds is due to start in March. The six-storey building – to house both the award winning Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance theatres – will be in the cultural quarter at Quarry Hill. It will boast seven dance studios including a 200-seat theatre, a health suite, wardrobe facilities, office space, meeting rooms and a public exhibition space. It will be the only dance centre in the UK to accommodate a contemporary dance company alongside a classical ballet company with an associated school. Building the centre of excellence is being overseen by Jacobs and Leeds City Council’s in-house architectural consultancy, Strategic Design Alliance.



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Milestone for Lotherton Hall LOTHERTON Hall is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a visitor attraction. The Edwardian country house with a bird garden, red deer park and formal garden reopened for the season on 1 March. To celebrate it will host special exhibitions, events and activities to celebrate being part of the community and the Gascoigne gift. Anyone who wishes to contribute should contact the Hall. Other events focus on the sixties. Fashion Revolution is the first of the special exhibitions in the House, showcasing costumes of British couture designers of the sixties and seventies. Special events include the Sixties Picnic Party on 6 June. The garden gig will include a live band, sixties-style games and activities. Bring your picnic and make a day of it. Lotherton Hall is also reopening its Courtyard Tea Room and new meeting room in March. On offer are scrumptious cakes made from traditional recipes and baked on the premises. The meeting room is available for private hire by calling 0113 246 5535. More details are available from www. or you can call Lotherton Hall’s House on 0113 281 3259.

Leeds in the 1950s

AWESOME: Leeds City Museum is free fun for the family

M&S brings Art gallery hosts top collection archive to the city of its birth RETAIL giant Marks & Spencer has chosen Leeds as home to its wonderful archive. The archive will be housed at the University of Leeds and will act as a reminder of the company’s historic origins in the city. It coincides with M&S celebrating its 125th anniversary – after founder Michael Marks opened his first stall at Kirkgate market. The M&S archive includes more than 60,000 items, many of which have not been seen publicly. From early summer, a selection of these items will be unveiled in a free public exhibition in the university’s Centenary Gallery in the Parkinson building.

LEEDS Art Gallery will play host to an outstanding collection of British Surrealism brought together by a collector from the city. This exhibition will present key works from the outstanding collection of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin. Over many years, Dr Sherwin has built what is arguably the finest collection of British Surrealism in existence. The collection includes exceptional works by Eileen Agar, Roland Penrose, Henry Moore, Emmy Bridgwater and Conroy Maddox. Not only has Dr Sherwin supplemented the collection with an unparalleled set of original manuscripts, photographs, posters, rare Surrealist volumes and curiosities, but he has also contextualised the works with a broader collection of modern British art

STUNNING: Art Gallery is set for big exhibition

from Gaudier-Brzeska to Damien Hirst. Leeds Art Gallery, based in The Headrow, is home to one of the best collections of British art outside London. And it’s free admission. For more visit uk/artgallery or contact 0113 247 8256 or

Conductors competition: raising the baton THE ninth Leeds Conductors Competition is nearly upon us. It runs from 30 June to 4 July at Leeds Town Hall. The Gala Final Concert will see entrants conduct works by Sibelius, Elgar and Beethoven and the audience will vote for the winner of the Audience Prize.

Entry to the first and second rounds is free. Tickets for the Gala Final Concert are priced from £9.50, with concessions available. For more, call the box office on 0113 224 3801 or visit The competition is organised by the council in association with Opera North.

A SPECIAL exhibition at Leeds City Museum captures the changing landscape of our city by contrasting fascinating photographs taken in 1954 and 2004. A Lasting Moment features the work of celebrated French photographer Marc Riboud. In 1954 Riboud was commissioned by a London magazine to photograph Leeds as part of a series about the best and worst of British cities. The compelling images reveal community shots of places such as Burmantofts, Little London, and Burley. Riboud was re-commissioned to return to Leeds in 2004 to find the locations where he had been 50 years earlier after his original images were rediscovered in a darkroom. Admission: adults £2, senior citizens and students £1, under 16s free. There’s a 20 per cent discount to LeedsCard members, while it’s free on Thursday from 6-8pm. A beautiful hardback book accompanies the exhibition and is available from Leeds City Museum’s book and gift shop for £17.99.

More for art lovers THERE’S many more free delights on offer in Leeds to art lovers. The Henry Moore Institute is dedicated to sculpture, from the ancient to the modern. It’s open 10am-5.30pm, except Wednesdays when it’s open to 9pm. For more visit www.henry-moore-fdn. or call the information line on 0113 234 3158. The Craft Centre and Design Gallery showcases the best contemporary craft. It’s open Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more visit www. or call 0113 247 8241. Both are based in The Headrow.

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Awards for restaurants in Leeds THE annual Leeds Restaurant Awards honour the city’s finest. Winners, with categories in brackets, included Brett’s (fish and chip), Bibi’s (Italian), Zen Rendezvour (oriental), Aagrah (Indian), Casa Mia (family), Leeds Seventeen (suburban) and the Olive Tree (Mediterranean). Other winners included Malmaison (both breakfast and wine list), Sous Le Nez (business lunch), Restaurant Bar and Grill (alfresco area), Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café (service), The Ellington (newcomer), Martin Pickles/Flying Pizza (front of house), Anthony Flinn Jnr of Anthony’s (chef), Hansa Dabhi of Hansa’s (outstanding contribution) and Chino Latino (restaurant). The fourth annual awards were voted on by the public and a panel of experts. It was organised by the Leeds Restaurant Association, Let’s Eat Leeds, and held at the Queens Hotel.

Show stoppers THE Carriageworks has a great selection of shows coming up. The city centre theatre stages Boxin, which sees award-winning Tavaziva Dance present a fusion of African music, dance and western theatre on 17 March. Tickets £10/£8 concessions. Heart of Darkness (18 March, tickets £10/£8 concessions) is a dynamic and extreme dance theatre blending parkour, physical theatre, contemporary dance and hip hop. Comedy night Clean as Possible (28 April, tickets £8/£5 concessions) is the only show in town with a swear box, featuring Daliso Chaponda and Mike Wilkinson. For more visit www. or call 0113 224 3801.


Concert season hits the right note MARCH is another busy month for Leeds International Concert Season, with the usual mix of music for all. Leeds’ most talented young musicians will take to the stage on 15 March as the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra perform with trumpeter Murray Greig. Local talent will also be celebrated on 21 March when Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus join BBC Philharmonic to perform Delius’ A Mass of Life. On Mother’s Day (22 March), clarinettist Acker Bilk, star of Stranger on the Shore, will host an evening of jazz. Leeds Best of Brass continues at Morley Town Hall with the Hepworth Cookson Homes Band performing on 14 March. For more call 0113 224 3801 or visit www. n The Turner and his Contemporaries exhibition brings together masterpieces by some of the greatest names in landscape watercolours. Exquisite works by Turner, Girtin, Cozens, Varley and Samuel Palmer, among others, will be on show in the glorious surroundings of Temple Newsam House. The exhibition draws exclusively from the collections of Leeds Art Gallery and will showcase the artworks in two key displays – the Northern Landscape (April to

JAZZ EVENING: with Acker Bilk


July) and the Southern Landscape (July to October).For more on the Tudor-Jacobean

mansion in Halton visit templenewsamhouse or call 0113 264 7321.

Chance to discover all music types

On your marks LEEDS hosts two major races in the coming months. The GDF Suez Leeds HalfMarathon is on 10 May. It is expected to attract more than 5,000 runners. To enter, or become a volunteer, visit runleeds. Deadline for entry is 10 April. A variety of prizes will be presented on the day. The Jane Tomlinson Leeds 10K takes place on 21 June. It aims to have 15,000 runners and raise £1million for charities. To enter, subject to availability, visit

HIGHLIGHT: the UK premiere of Efterklang’s album Parades, with Britten Sinfonia, at Leeds Academy

FUSELEEDS returns from 25 April-2 May, with another chance to discover new music, including jazz, world, folk, classical and electronica. Packed with new commissions, premieres and innovative new collaborations by UK and international artists, there will be over 40 concerts and a participatory programme, taking place at venues across the city. Highlights include Fusillage, a fuseleeds09 commission by Gavin Bryars and Colleen, which will feature the bells of Leeds Parish Church; the UK premiere of Efterklang’s album Parades with Britten Sinfonia at Leeds Academy, and David Gedge – of The Wedding Present – will perform his cult-favourite tracks with the BBC Big Band at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Visit for more information.


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Hi-tech solution to beat the traffic jams

Proposals to tackle flooding

A GROUNDBREAKING system is being trialled by Leeds City Council to help you avoid traffic delays. Registering your journey allows you to get an alert by email or text if the journey time is significantly more than usual. This will save you getting delayed on your trip, and will help to reduce congestion overall. For details see www. and click on ‘journey alerts’. Initially only available for motorway links, it is hoped to roll out journey time alerts across a number of key routes in Leeds.

PROTECTION: plans look to protect the city from flooding

PROPOSALS protecting Leeds against major flooding from the River Aire will be published soon by the Environment Agency. The Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme would provide greater protection to surrounding communities, businesses and transport links. It has been estimated that

nearly 3,000 properties and £500m worth of damage would be caused by major flooding in the city centre. The proposed scheme covers an area from Newlay Bridge to Woodlesford. Interested residents, businesses and groups will be invited to give their thoughts at a series of exhibitions planned this spring. Leeds City Council and other

Plaudits for the people who care THE amazing things people do to improve their environment have been showcased by the Community and City Pride Awards 2008. Winners got cash prizes from host, BBC Look North weatherman, Paul Hudson, at a ceremony at the Civic Hall. Each showed amazing dedication and innovation in their work – cleanups, creating gardens, encouraging young people to learn about their environment and reduce, reuse and recycling schemes. To enter the 2009 competition go to, searching ‘community and city pride’. There you will find inspiration and ideas from previous entries and how we can help your project. The awards are in their sixth year. Entrants can either live, work or play in their respective areas. n List of winners – see About Leeds Extra at

partners have worked closely with the Environment Agency to develop a ‘Design Vision and Guide’. The guide will lessen possible environmental impact, maximise opportunities and ensure future development matches the council’s aspirations for the River Aire waterfront. The multimillion pound

scheme needs to be approved by Defra – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – and the Treasury before planning permission is applied for. Subject to this, work could start in 2010/11. Details of the consultation will be circulated widely and at www. or

Bag it, bin it and do your bit… ALLOWING a dog to foul and not clearing it up is against the law, an eyesore and a health hazard. The council receives hundreds of complaints about dog fouling every year and has officers patrolling the city issuing fines to dog walkers who don’t scoop the poop. Bagged dog mess can go in litter bins, so don’t fall foul of the law by throwing the bag down. Dog walkers – bag it, bin it and do your bit! Meanwhile, a successful campaign to highlight the city’s anti litter message recently took place across Leeds.

The health and environmental action services targeted littering hot spots in a week-long campaign. Fixed penalty notices were

issued to those seen dropping litter but the main focus of the campaign was to educate the public that littering is not for Leeds.

BEAT THE JAMS: message alerts will help you avoid traffic trouble

Reminder to not forget your seatbelt THE Seatbelt On campaign has been launched to get more drivers to belt up. Many people don’t wear car seatbelts. Yet a third of casualties could be avoided by using seatbelts. Watch out for the bright yellow reminders on major roads and car parks. The Seatbelt On campaign has been launched in partnership with other regional authorities, the emergency services and the council’s road safety promotion unit.

BELT UP: drivers who don’t are more likely to suffer serious injury

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Allerton sets the standard

A MODEL FOR OTHERS: Allerton High School

Making a change – for the better

ONE of Leeds’ stunning new secondary schools has been declared ‘a model for other schools around the country.’ The glowing report came at the official opening of Allerton High School’s stunning new learning environment in November. The Meanwood-based school, along with Pudsey Grangefield and Rodillian in Lofthouse, were the first three schools to move in to state-of-the-art new facilities completed under the Leeds Building Schools for the Future

technology, giving young people more ways to learn and succeed.” Two more newly-built schools and a total of eight refurbishments will be completed under the £260m programme. Leeds is also awaiting a decision on a bid for another £300m from the government which could see a further 16 new secondary school environments rebuilt or renewed from 2012 onwards. For more information visit bsf.

School lunches are success on a plate CHILDREN in Leeds’ primary schools are spoiled for choice with their school lunch. Planned by food technologists, all menus are designed to give young children nutritious choices, every day.

DO YOU know that nine out of 10 children will grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies? A campaign called Change 4 Life wants to help us live healthier lives. Adverts and posters urge you to ‘eat well, move more, live longer’. There’s already a lot of brilliant work going on in Leeds to spread these important messages. Our schools, community groups and sports schemes will be among many organisations joining up with Change 4 Life to make a difference to the city’s health. You can sign up too – visit or call 0300 123 3434.

Fruit and vegetables are supplied by local growers wherever possible and all meat is bought from carefully selected suppliers. Here is a sample menu with three choices of main and dessert: – lamb shepherd’s pie – tuna and shredded salad wrap – vegetable ravioli bake (v) with a choice of oven baked potatoes, sweet corn and green beans or fresh salad. – dessert is a choice of lemon sponge and custard, fresh fruit or a variety of yoghurts. For more go to www.leeds. or call 0113 214 9566. n The Leeds school meals strategy has changed the way staff work and children eat. Andrea Pugh, cook in charge at Victoria Primary School in Burmantofts, tells us more.

School’s top achievement THE North West SILC school has been recognised for its excellent work in developing the mobility of severely disabled children. SILC – a specialist inclusive learning centre based in Meanwood – was granted regional centre of excellence status by the Move charity. It’s one of only 10 in the country and is in recognition of how the school transforms lives by teaching children to sit, stand and walk as independently as possible with support from carers. Sarah Riley, a Move volunteer consultant and teacher, said: “It is a fantastic achievement for the school.”

(BSF) programme. Significant sections of the refurbishments of both Temple Moor High and Cockburn High in Beeston have also been completed, allowing 7,000 young people to enter a new era of learning. Chris Edwards, chief executive of Education Leeds, said: “The stunning BSF schools replace cramped corridors and small classrooms with light, open, flexible spaces and unprecedented levels of

“I’ve been working in school meals for 11 years,” she said. “When I started, the food we served was frozen or preprepared, but now it is freshly cooked food made from scratch. “A typical meal would be fish in breadcrumbs with tomato sauce, fresh veg or salad, and fruit and yoghurt for dessert. I have more control over what we serve, and my job is much more interesting.” The Passport for School Meals course gives staff new ideas and advice on cooking healthy school meals. Andrea added: “Changing the way I work was a challenge at first, but worth it. “Children come and ask for seconds, the new salad bar and fresh menus have really captured their interest, and those who had a packed lunch are starting to choose school meals instead. “The best part of my job is knowing that children have enjoyed a fresh and healthy meal. “It’s very rewarding and I can’t think of anything bad… except maybe the washing up!”

AWARDS: Leeds BSF programme came top in the local education partnership and ICT innovation categories

Our schools applauded LEEDS’ BSF programme has won two prestigious national ‘Excellence in BSF’ awards. The Leeds Local Education Partnership (LEP), which consists of the council, Education Leeds, the government, and private sector consortium Environments 4 Learning, has been named the

country’s best LEP. Leeds also won the ‘Innovation in ICT’ award for creative use of unprecedented levels of learning technology in schools, including videoconferencing and playstation portables, through the ICT partnership with learning technology specialist RM. HEALTHY meals: Leeds’ schools dish up some meals for pupils


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First aid training pays off for ten-year-old Jodie A PUPIL has received an award from the British Heart Foundation after she used the first aid skills she had learnt at school to help a young girl who suddenly became ill. Jodie Aston, aged 10, who attends Armley Primary School, was travelling in a taxi with the girl when she suddenly had some form of seizure. Jodie immediately swung into action, telling the driver to call for an ambulance before putting the girl into the recovery position and accompanying her to hospital. “She was shaking and her eyes were wide. I told the driver that something wasn’t right, and he pulled over,” Jodie said. “I told her that she would be fine and put her in the recovery position as we were taught in school, and kept reassuring her until the ambulance arrived. When the ambulance got to us, she was scared and didn’t want to get in, until I told her I would get in with her.” In recognition of Jodie’s skills and bravery, which took place in the summer term last year, Armley Primary School organised an award presentation. Armley Primary School is part of the Heartstart UK project – funded by the British Heart Foundation – which has been running in Leeds for the last four years. Over 90 schools in the city are affiliated and over 200 teachers have received the instructor training, passing on the skills to over 16,000 children and young people in Leeds, including those at Armley Primary School. Schools interested in finding out about the training should visit, searching for ‘heartstart’, or email joanne.chadwick@leeds.

MAKING HER MARK: Nicola Adams, pictured above. PRIZE GUYS: members of the Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club, pictured right

Leeds’ sports aces that pack a punch SPORTING success among Leeds’ young people often goes beyond trophies and medals. Take Burmantofts Amateur Boxing Club, they are open five nights per week at their Burtons Business Park base on the corner of Hudson and Compton roads. They don’t just produce

For more contact 0113 288 7753. Another boxing smash is Nicola Adams. She landed silver at the World Women’s Boxing Championships in China – England’s first female world medallist. Other triumphs include silver at the European Championships,

plus golds and a silver at the Witch Cup. Such success comes at a financial cost. Contact Dee Adams on 0113 228 1875 or to help. For more on this, read About Leeds Extra at aboutleeds.

Bright outlook for positive future team WORKING with the most difficult to engage young people in deprived areas of the city is the speciality of the Positive Futures Team. Young people in their teens are referred to the project by agencies such as the police, children’s services and education welfare. The Positive Futures Team consistently develop constructive rela-

City gets thumbs up from its young YOUNG people in Leeds are more positive about their city than many others nationwide. That’s the finding of Tellus3, a national survey of young people on their lives, school and community. The findings come as Children Leeds look to publish a new Children and Young People’s Plan later this year.

prize amateur boxers, but good citizens and comradeship, and fine levels of fitness. The boxing sessions – Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, from 5-6pm – involves many youngsters, mostly aged 12-16. Tuesday and Thursday involves mixed adult sessions from 6-8pm.

The plan will be produced as partners across Leeds work with and listen to children and young people. It will reflect what young people want – priorities being places to go and things to do to make a real difference to their lives. The plan will also target some of the city’s most vulnerable children.

tionships with these young people, aged 10-19, where many others have failed. They deliver an excellent service of sport, physical activity, personal development training, learning and qualifications which can lead to further training and employment. Their knowledge and expertise is repeatedly called upon by many organisations – hardly

surprising they were named Leeds City Council team of the year for 2008. They have gained funding from the Team England footballers’ charity and, from January, staged ‘Caged Football’ in Little London and Woodhouse to continue for three to four months. Other activities include DJ-ing. For more, visit and search for ‘positive futures’.

HELP: the Positive Futures team

Film festival rolls back into town LEEDS Young People’s Film Festival returns for its 10th birthday from 2-10 April. It features nine days of exciting screenings at Easter, plus free masterclasses, workshops, events and some very special guests. More details are available from www. A free film festival guide is available by emailing your details to martin.grund@leeds., putting ‘LYPFF Guide’ in the subject box. The festival is hosted by the award-winning MediaFish.

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Exciting future as colleges merge THE face of further education in Leeds is changing.

It opens for business on 1 April, with its first intake of students in Leeds City College is a new ad- September. Chair of the governing body dition to learning locally – formed by the merger of Leeds Thomas is leading, award winning YorkDanby, Leeds College of Tech- shire lawyer Neil McLean. “We need to create nology and Park Lane a college that ensures College. our young people are This centre of fuable to get jobs by ture excellence will be equipping them with one of the largest colthe skills that employleges in the country, ers want,” he said. boasting 60,000 stuAn exhibition is bedents and a £70million ing staged to mark all annual turnover. three individual colThe city’s business leges’ histories. community is fully beSpanning three cenhind the switch. Neil McLean turies, 19th Century Gary Lumby, Yorkshire Bank’s Head of Retail and Roots, 21st Century Future – the Small Business Banking, said: Leeds Colleges’ Merger Exhibi“As a thriving centre of global tion runs from 26 March-13 April commerce operating in a chal- at the City Museum. Former students are invited lenging economic climate, Leeds needs access to employees whose to contribute their own personal education and skills are shaped stories. To do so, visit www. by the needs of the business com-, selecting the ‘contact page’. munity.”

THROUGH THE AGES: students pose in Victorian costume as part of the commemorative exhibition

Meet the Leeds library that can come to you DO YOU know anyone who is confined to the home through age, ill-health or disability? The library ‘At Home’ service is a vital lifeline for people who are confined to the home or socially isolated through age or incapacity. The service is totally free and visits to ‘At Home’ customers are made on a three-weekly basis, taking them ordinary and large print books, talking books, CDs, DVDs and information. The service can also loan book rests and magnifiers. Carers who

find that their duties prevent them from accessing their library are also entitled to receive the service. The At Home Service also offers a postal talking book system to borrowers who are registered blind. Talking books are posted to the customer’s home address and returned by freepost to the At Home Service. For more visit uk/libraryathome or contact 0113 395 2330 or libraryathome@leeds.

LIBRARIES HIT THE ROADS: the ‘At Home’ service helps the housebound

Real STARS THE Leeds STARS service has been officially recognised by the National Autistic Society. Since 2005, the STARS service has been working as an autism outreach service for children and young people of all ages across the city; and supports them, their parents and carers, and their schools. The accrediting team was very impressed with what they saw during the review, in particular their ‘exemplary practice’ in supporting parents through ‘Stay and Play’ sessions. WELL DONE: Community Links receive their award

Charity leads the way A MENTAL health charity is setting the standards in and out of the workplace. The Leeds-based Community Links has been awarded star status for the annual Best Companies listing – for the second year running. That makes it one of the top 500 companies to work for in the UK, as well as a much lauded mental health and substance misuse service charity. It runs 16 services, supporting over 850 people in Yorkshire and the Humber regions, employing more than 150 staff. The charity also provides mental health awareness training throughout the region.

Elizabeth Walker, a service user of the Home Support Service in Leeds, said: “I’m pleased that the hard work and dedication of everyone at Community Links has been recognised. “It’s an amazing organisation and the on-going support I’ve received has been brilliant.” Community Links chief executive, Jon Woolmore, added: “The work we do is completely focused on instilling hope and improving quality of life.” For more visit www. They are based in Harrogate Road and can be contacted on 0113 307 0080.

Keeping fit EXERCISE classes for older people are available in Leeds. Communities across the city are staging the classes, with 12 instructors overseeing the chairbased to standing exercises. For a list of classes in Leeds call 0113 3057602 or email National charity Extend gave the instructors’ training. The classes were set up by the city council’s health improvement team, NHS Leeds and Extend.

AND STRETCH: the exercise classes benefit older people


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holbeck urban village

urban gardening weekend 23rd and 24th May

how does your URBAN garden grow? On a balcony in the city centre? On an allotment in the suburbs? In a window box on a terraced house window ledge? In a yoghurt pot on your desk at work? Your garden could grow in hundreds of different ways. Even if you don’t have a lot or any outdoor space it doesn’t mean that you can’t get those green fingers twitching and join us in brightening up your office or your street. Holbeck Urban Village, a growing business and residential community just south of the city centre, will be hosting an urban gardening weekend this spring celebrating green space and helping you to make a difference to your own environment.

To find out more about this exciting new event and how you can be involved visit:

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Environment projects to be proud of A SCHEME to improve Horsefair, Wetherby has now been completed – providing an attractive gateway to the town centre from Hall Field Lane. The street has been resurfaced in York Stone setts, with a new pelican crossing at Hall Field Lane, a widened path with bollards defining pedestrian areas, tree planting, and new street furniture. The £732,100 scheme was funded by Leeds City Council and complements improvements to Wetherby market square completed in 2007. n  Over in North East Inner Leeds, a scheme has been launched to

improve the quality of the local environment. The community payback scheme, run by probation services, sees offenders carry out environmental work. Undergrowth has already been cleared and litter removed at the Beckhill Estate in Chapel Allerton. In St Martins Avenue’s ginnel, litter and leaves have been cleared and overhanging trees cut. Funding for the project has been provided by the North East Inner area committee. The community payback scheme wants to hear from you. To suggest a public area, call the East North East area management team on 0113 214 5866.

Door-knocking success FORTY-ONE residents in Scott Hall and Beckhill are being helped into work, thanks to an initiative. Outreach workers knocked on doors and asked residents if they wanted help into work or training. This was followed by events at the Prince Philip Centre and Stainbeck Church for Scott Hall and Beckhill residents respectively. Those involved are referred on to specialist support. The project was coordinated by the Scott Hall’s Children’s Centre, the IMPaCT neighbourhood manager with support from East North East Homes Leeds and the Jobs and Skills service, along with other agencies.

Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 16 March, 4pm, Leeds Media Centre, Chapeltown Road

Area Committee – Outer

HORSEFAIR: an attractive gateway

Musical thank you to voluntary and community groups MORE CHOICE: there’s lots of new books to enjoy

Library soon to reopen MOOR Allerton Library reopens its doors on 1 April with a new look. The popular library has had an extensive refurbishment – now with relaxing areas, self issue machines, a better layout, customer toilets and lots of new books to enjoy. There will be a month of activities in April. Log on to for more information.

AN EVENT was held to thank voluntary and community groups in Moortown, Roundhay and Chapel Allerton for their hard work. Up to 130 people from 40 different organisations attended, with the opportunity to network with other community and voluntary groups. The event featured entertainment from local performers such as RJC Dance and Mixed Voices Choir.

The Inner North East Area Committee-funded event, held at the Civic Hall, runs each December and is open to every community or voluntary group in these three areas. Voluntary organisations in North East Leeds can publicise their events and news free on the AboutMyArea website, www.aboutmyarea. For more email jodensley@

Café boost A GRANT of £862 has been awarded to the sunshine café in Collingham, which is a café for dementia sufferers and their carers. The café runs every last Wednesday of the month, from 2-4pm at Collingham village hall. It provides an opportunity to socialise and receive advice and support. The café is run by Wetherby in Support of the Elderly (WiSE) in partnership with the Alzheimer’s society. The grant was awarded by the North East Outer Area Committee. More about the café from Neil Bellamy at WiSE on 01937 588994.

Safety first NEW road measures have been introduced following a fatal accident. A pedestrian and cycle crossing is now in place adjacent to Lingfield Road and Queenshill Crescent. The speed limit has also been reduced to 40mph in the A6120 ring road in Moortown. Drivers, especially those travelling from the east, have the time to see and react accordingly when the signal lights change. Police support these measures.

n 23 March, 6pm, Harewood Village Hall n For more information on area committee meetings, including access to agenda reports and minutes, go online at democracy.leeds. and select the ‘browse the agenda/minutes’ link. THANK YOU: local performers entertained the numerous groups in attendance


Calling time on the street drinkers STREET drinkers who have made residents’ lives a misery can now be moved on in parts of Hyde Park. Woodhouse Square and Hanover Square have been designated DPPO (designated public place order) areas. That means council officials have additional powers to confiscate alcohol and take further action against antisocial drinkers. North West Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team have focused on Woodhouse Square and Hanover Square since the order was introduced. Nine arrests have been made and 12 people were ordered to stay away for up to two days under ‘direction to leave’ notices. There were 18 instances of alcohol being confiscated. Plans to set up a DPPO order in Woodhouse Moor have now been approved for a one-year period.

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How to get involved RESIDENTS can review the priorities of the council and partner groups at drop-in sessions. Residents can make suggestions to ward councillors, council staff, community police officers, health officials and other local organisations. Details: n Horsforth, 10 March, 3-7pm, St Margaret’s Church Hall (tbc) n Hyde Park, 16 March, 3-7pm, venue to be confirmed n Pudsey, 18 March, 3.307.30pm, Pudsey Leisure Centre

n Calverley and Farsley, 24 March, 3.30-7.30pm, St John’s Church n Bramley, 26 March, 4-8pm, venue to be confirmed n Guiseley and Rawdon, 1 April, 3-7pm, venue to be confirmed n New Farnley, 2 April, venue to be confirmed n Armley, 21 April, 4-8pm, Armley One Stop Library n Yeadon, 25 April, noon-3pm, Yeadon Town Hall n Headingley, Kirkstall and Weetwood – date and venues to be confirmed.

Play a part in your community TWO conservation reviews have taken place in Horsforth. The reviews – around the town centre and Newlay, plus Adel – ensure existing plans remain relevant and allow informed decisions on managing, protecting and enhancing the conservation areas. Community involvement

is an essential part of the appraisal process and residents, and other interested parties, are encouraged to comment on draft documents. A review on Guiseley will be the next in North West Leeds. For more information visit or contact your local area management office.

THINK OF OTHERS: antisocial drinkers are a nuisance to many

Library plans

Car park for Guiseley

ALMOST £900,000 is being invested in the former Horsforth library – to turn it into a youth centre and area management base. The ground floor will house the youth centre for all young people in Horsforth. Proposed plans will see local youngsters consulted on what they want. Work is hoped to start sometime after April.

A NEW 150-space car park will be developed in Netherfield Road, Guiseley. The site will also house the old Brook Crompton clock, as part of the Leeds City Council-funded scheme. It is hoped to improve the parking situation in Guiseley, which has been exacerbated recently by the introduction of limited parking at Morrisons. A report showed around 60 vehicles made use of the car park for commuting. With the total number of commuter places set to be around 250 it is hoped the streets will remain free for residents and shoppers. The car park will be owned by Leeds City Council and maintained by its parking services.

Diary dates

Ongoing improvement

Area Committee – Inner n 2 April, 7pm, venue to be confirmed

Area Committee – Outer n 30 March, 2pm, venue to be confirmed


n Guiseley and Rawdon,

1 April, 7pm, venue to be confirmed n Headingley – ad hoc as and when n Yeadon, 25 April, time tbc, Yeadon Town Hall n For more information on area committee meetings, including access to agenda reports and minutes, go online at democracy.leeds. and select the ‘browse the agenda/minutes’ link.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: schools across North West Leeds prove to be eco champs

European award for effort SEVEN primary schools are top of the class in the environmental stakes, becoming the first in Yorkshire to earn a top European eco standard. It’s a massive achievement – only 80 schools nationwide have the Eco Management and Audit Scheme quality standard. All seven are North West Leeds schools: Otley All Saints, Tranmere Park, Rawdon Littlemoor, Horsforth St Mary’s, Adel St John the Baptist, Horsforth West End primary schools and Newlaithes Junior School. This is thanks to a pioneering partnership between Groundwork Leeds, Leeds City Council and gas company

United Utilities’ Green Check project. The project works with both pupils and management to improve recycling, cut waste and energy consumption. The project will also involve playschemes during school holidays. n A promotion is looking to get more young people involved in local sports clubs and teams. North West Sports Alliance are targeting young people through schools, with a fantastic showcase for clubs and groups encouraging more involvement. The event will be held in Trinity and All Saints, Horsforth.

IMPROVEMENTS to Leeds’s oldest park, Woodhouse Moor are ongoing in a bid to make it the best in the city. Over the past five years, £416,000 has been spent improving the skate park, playground and landscaping. There is also a newly refurbished bowls pavilion which it is hoped will become a multiuse area for not only bowlers, but allotment holders and community groups. Consultation is being carried out to decide whether barbecues should be allowed in specific areas. Woodhouse Moor opened in 1857 and attracts nearly 3million visitors per year.

BEST IN CITY: improvements are being made to Woodhouse Moor

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Chance to celebrate

COLOURFUL: there was lots to do at last year’s event

Top youth centre plan wins cash THE PLAN for a new world-class youth centre in South Leeds has won £4.9million in funding. It’s a success for the young people who lead the Big Lottery Fund myplace bid – as well as organisations including the Youth Council and Reach Out and Reconnect (ROAR). As previously reported, the centre will be based at the former Merlyn Rees High School in Belle Isle. It will offer sports courts, an arts studio and training opportunities in motorcycle repair and hairdressing. Young people will also get guidance in careers, relationships and drug and alcohol education. Ingi Hughes, aged 15, played a part in the bid. “It felt quite cool to influence such a big, important project,” Ingi said. “Now we’ve been successful it’s a sure deal and I can point to it and say ‘I was part of that’.” n Meanwhile, Leeds Youth Service’s bus offers young people in Ardsley, Robin Hood and Rothwell a place to meet, stay safe and participate in educational activities. Activities include internet, games console, educational games, refreshments, arts and crafts.

Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 2 April, 6.30pm, Belle Isle Family Centre

Area Committee – Outer n 30 March, 4pm, East Ardsley Community Centre

Forums n Cross Flatts Community, 28 April, 7pm, Building Blocks, Maud Avenue n Beeston Community, first Thursday of each month, 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Methodist Church

CELEBRATE the summer in style with I Love South Leeds Festival. In its fourth year, the festival is introducing the Celebrate South Leeds portion – which gives young people the chance to learn how to cook or make the latest fashions. Making a welcome return will be Turn It Up – which gives youngsters the chance to show

off their musical flair and Junior Superstar, a talent show for seven-11 year olds. The South Leeds Olympics again offers a wide range of activities. I Love South Leeds Festival is again funded by Inner South Area Committee and is for residents of Beeston, Holbeck, Hunslet, Middleton, Cottingley and Belle Isle.

Bright ideas are needed to bring a positive change TELL US: what’s great about the people and places in Middleton? Middleton Bright Ideas is a scheme which looks to bring positive change to the area. It wants residents, local shops, youth organisations and faith groups to put forward ideas and projects that are a positive boost for the area. These can include celebrating the people – it can be your mate or neighbour – or letting others know what’s great about living, working or learning in Middleton. Even if you think you can’t do the idea on your own, we still want to hear what you think as other organisations could take the work on. Each idea will be presented at a ‘decision day’ – where local people will vote on what they

TELL US: what’s great about Middleton, the fund could help you out

want to see happen. Yes, it’s you who decides. Middleton Bright Ideas has a total of £30,000 to back your ideas and projects. Funding comes

from Leeds City Council’s Inner South Area Committee, Aire Valley Homes and West Yorkshire Police. Call Sarah May on 0113 224 3040 to put forward an idea.

People power to rescue of post office HOLBECK residents are celebrating a triumphant victory as their post office was reopened following a lengthy petition by local campaigners. Resident, Diane Dobson, has campaigned hard to bring the Cleveleys Road service back: “The post office isn’t just somewhere to buy stamps, it forms the backbone of a community.” Sub Post Master, Khalid Hameed added: “Thanks to the local residents and all who signed

the petition. “I now want to apply for a licence to process car tax and passport applications, offering

PAST FAVOURITES: festival crowds have previously enjoyed The Tubbs

Shopping centre’s showcase WELCOME to Morley was the message resounding from the White Rose Shopping Centre in January. An event at the shopping centre showcased the range of trade and activities in Morley. It featured the indoor market, the local entertainments group, heritage organisations and others. Displays featured karate, keep fit, model planes, trains and automobiles. A directory for White Rosebased businesses, meanwhile, has been produced and was sponsored by Morley’s Delta Design and Print. The event was held in the White Rose’s display area and organised by Town Centre Management and Morley Chamber of Trade. Town centre manager Peter Mudge said: “Its great that the White Rose and Morley town centre can work together in this spirit of partnership. Morley town centre will benefit from this showcase at a top Leeds location and I am pleased the fantastic range of White Rose businesses feature in the guide to Morley.” White Rose Shopping Centre director Peter Cook said: “We always aim to operate as a good neighbour and welcome the opportunity to work with the community on projects and initiatives that benefit people of all ages. “Morley is a tremendous town with a very interesting heritage and a great deal to offer.”

even more services locally.” n Picture shows post office users

and residents celebrating their victory.

SHOWCASE: the White Rose shopping centre proved the perfect setting for the traders’ event


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Gipton’s sign of the times

Action day is recognised A DAY of action to spruce up Richmond Hill has been recognised with an award. Over 150 volunteers, of all ages, took to the streets to clean, improve and beautify the neighbourhood. In January, the team who oversaw the work – Burmantofts and Richmond Hill tasking team – won the large area improvement category at the Community and

NEW welcome signs greet visitors to Seacroft and Gipton, showing residents’ pride in the area. A six-month community project saw adults and youngsters work with a local artist to plan, design and produce the three mosaic signs. Contributors worked hard, with 50 day and half day workshops taking place. You can find the beautiful artwork in Oak Tree Drive and the junction of Foundry Mill Lane and South Parkway Approach.

WELCOME: this magic mosaic sign has been produced by residents

City Pride Awards. The team includes officers from the council – including the area management, housing, youth services and wardens sections – the police and re’new. Inner East Leeds is seeing more local residents tackling environmental problems.

Warden Mike’s lessons for young people of East Leeds

n Pictured are Andy Lenton, Julie Jones, Joann Cliff, Insp Jackie Hawks, Geoff Holloran and Dave Kerfoot

Knighthood for college leadership

A NEIGHBOURHOOD warden is impressing local schools with his talks, including one on weapons awareness. Mike Weaver, a warden for Whinmoor and Scholes, visits schools to explicitly show the dangers and injuries caused by knives – as well the legal consequences of being caught with a weapon. His talk at Fieldhead Primary School involved 27 children and five parents. The headteacher was suitably impressed, inviting him back for more talks. n Mike has many skills. He’s been a member of Towton Battlefield Society for 11 years. He is one of 120 members country-wide for a society that specialises in recreating battles from the Wars of the Roses. The group gives many talks and practical demonstrations. For more information contact Mike on 07891 279200.

THE headteacher of Garforth Community College received a knighthood in the new year’s honours list.

n Youth club Kippax Kabin has been recognised at the national Children and Young People’s Services awards. They were shortlisted in the Paul Edwards was recognised for his services to local and na- last five for the Youth Work Award for projects which aimed tional education. Sir Paul is praised for his out- to divert young people away from standing leadership, strong vi- antisocial behaviour, improve sion and clear sense of purpose their self esteem skills and team working, and ultimately improve by Ofsted. Under his leadership, the col- their life chances. Young people have lege has become one of been involved in a sex the most successful secand relationship proondary schools in the gramme which is accountry. credited through the The partnership Leeds Youth award. Trust, meanwhile, has A summer activity developed an innovaprogramme, meanwhile, tive and creative local included a range of approach to schools in workshops at the Kabin Leeds. as well as trips out to The college’s web- Sir Paul Edwards activities away from the site, www.garforth., reports Sir Paul as village, which is usually inaccessaying: “I was just shocked and sible to many young people. The Kabin opens for evening very surprised. “It is a remarkable school, a sessions on Mondays and Wednesgreat place to work full of re- days and is attended by up to 55 markable teachers and support young people at a time. It also provides a drop-in sesstaff. “You don’t get something like sion once a week to provide supthis without people like this work- port and guidance to 16-19 year ing hard with you and I want to olds not in education, employment or training. thank them all.”

Diary dates BOOST: the East Leeds Link Road brings benefits to the locality and across the city

Link road is now open EAST Leeds Link Road opened on 10 February. The £32million dual carriageway – running through Cross Green and along Pontefract Lane – plays a vital role in regenerating East Leeds and Aire Valley. It’s hoped, as a result, over 27,000 new jobs will be created over the next 15-20 years. The 3.9km stretch, which is roughly two-and-a-half

miles, will feature high occupancy vehicle lanes in both directions, while residents around York Road and Selby Road can expect a smaller number of cars. Pontefract Lane to the east of the motorway junction is closed for general through traffic, to ensure the intersection does not overload. The scheme has been planned since the early 1990s.

Area Committee – Inner n 19 March, 5pm, Shine, Harehills Road – first hour to discuss credit crunch.

Area Committee – Outer n 24 March, 4pm, Civic Hall n Dates for community

forums and summer galas will be advertised locally. n For more information on area committee meetings, including access to agenda reports and minutes, go online at democracy.leeds. and select the ‘browse the agenda/minutes’ link.

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WEST LEEDS Armley and Pudsey have a new town centre manager. Here, Nigel Conder explains what difference he will make.

My plan to boost towns

NEW RECRUIT: town centre manager Nigel Conder

Four day stay AN INTENSIVE four day residential for pupils at Priesthorpe school is being planned by the Foundation for Peace this term. Twenty-four pupils, aged 11-17, will gain the skills and knowledge to provide future positive and inclusive leadership, and build a sustainable network of young leaders throughout the school. Pupils will also gain an accredited unit on ‘Self Awareness and Identity’ through the Open College Network.

Diary dates Area Committee – Inner n 9 April, 5pm, venue to be confirmed

Area Committee – Outer n 3 April, 2pm, venue to be confirmed

Forums n Armley – 17 March and 21

April 2009, 7pm, Armley One Stop Centre n Bramley and Stanningley – 26 March and 28 May, 7.30pm, The Eric Atkinson Centre n Farnley and Wortley – next date and venue to be confirmed n For more information on area committee meetings, including access to agenda reports and minutes, go online at democracy.leeds. and select the ‘browse the agenda/minutes’ link.

My job role is to help drive commerce forward and sustain the commercial viability for both the towns of Armley and Pudsey. One of my first tasks in Pudsey is to improve the regular market days on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. In either March or April I will be looking to relaunch the regular market with new vibrant stalls. One of my other goals was to organise a business forum. The first event was held in the leisure centre on 28 January at 6pm with the main topic being the new bus station. My plan for Armley is to help to develop inter business cooperation, increase trade to the area and promote locally held events. Armley’s first Business Forum was held on 27 January at Gartons Solicitors in Town Street. The main issues that were discussed at the first forum was parking in Armley.

Police step in to tackle residents’ concerns A SERIES of police crackdowns are tackling residents’ concerns in West Leeds. Take the new Calverley and Woodhall policing pledge – a commitment to high standards across Outer West Leeds. It’s already making its mark. Concerns about car speeds in Woodhall Road has led to law-flouting motorists being prosecuted. Burglars are also facing arrest

with Operation Clean Sweep’s increased patrols ready to pounce. Over 200 crime prevention leaflets have also been handed out in Calverley and Farsley. Tackling antisocial behaviour is central to the Leeds City Council crime survey around the Owlcotes Road, Inghams and Waterloo estate in Farsley. Police officers are also combating public order and alcohol-

related crime in Pudsey’s designated public places order area. This is just some of the work carried out locally. For more visit, selecting the North West Leeds link. Calverley and Woodhall policing pledge is run by West Yorkshire Police’s neighbourhood policing teams, the council and other agencies.

Smartening up our act PLANS are looking to smarten up Branch Road and Lower Wortley Road. The scheme – subject to planning approval – aims to regenerate the area, particularly at the ‘Bull Ring’ and local shops. It’s hoped the Bull Ring will benefit from the bus stop being set slightly further back – to reduce congestion. The Ring will also feature artwork and shrub planting. Plans also include, in response to local calls, moving the existing bus stop on the opposite side of the road near the fish and chip shop, to a more convenient place outside the pizza parlour. Local shops will also have forecourt areas smartened up.

Broadleas, a place to play

Get together

A NEW informal play area, environmental improvements and the development of a Friends of Bluebell Woods scheme are all planned for Broadleas. It follows local residents agreeing to the £16,000 project – which comes through ‘participatory budgeting’, a new means of allocating money to communities. Residents chose the schemes on a vote, having come up with a range of ideas beforehand. These support sessions and decision days followed widespread publicity to draw people in.

COME and have fun at the ‘Spring Together’ Community Event on 21 March. The event will bring all the fun aspects of inner West Leeds life together in one place – so people can find out about their neighbours and share in the diverse activities. On hand will be Radio Poplar, the Sikh Temple Drummers, Russian Puppet Show, henna hand painting, Mothers Union tea and cakes, five-a-side football and lots more. It’s held at Strawberry Lane Community Centre from 11am4pm. Watch local press for more information.

Telling a story

BROAD range: Broadleas will benefit from a range of schemes

A NUMBER of pictures adorn Pudsey leisure centre’s blocked up windows, as shown above. Each of the pictures represent Pudsey, according to residents. For example, the park and St Lawrence’s church. The scheme involves local pupils, residents and artist, Barney George. An opening ceremony and exhibition looking at the creation of the work will take place shortly.


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Prestigious awards for top of the shops RETAIL Awards 2008 celebrated the city’s finest collections. Winners, with categories in brackets, included Marks & Spencer (homeware), Victoria Quarter (shopping centre), Accent (both menswear and independent), Harvey Nichols (both womanswear and customer service), Office (footwear) and Pandora (jewellery).

Others honoured include Agent Provocateur (lingerie), XS (hair), Steven Reid-Dobson (hairdresser), Glow (beauty, health and wellbeing), Hobbycraft (sports and hobbies), Urban Outfitters (newcomer), Lush (environment) and Jumbo Records (legend). The event was held at Leeds Met Hotel.

Best ways to get your message across LEEDS City Council offer local firms a great range of opportunities to advertise their products and services. Advertising banners in Kirkgate Market reach 200,000 people each week. It’s one of a number of markets run by the city council. Our six recycling sites each boast panels reaching up to 300,000 local people per year. Other prominent locations include Leeds Woodhouse multi-storey car park, Leeds Lights and council pay slips, which reach over 35,000 city council staff each month. If you are interested in any of these advertising opportunities, contact Ann Briggs on 0113 395 1488 or


Leeds BIG AUDIENCE: About Leeds reaches 325,000 homes

or visit About Leeds, meanwhile, offers competitive advertising rates for a newspaper distributed to 325,000 homes. Prices range from £250 to £3,995. Contact or Mark Travis on 0113 224 3298. Editions are distributed each March, June, September and December.

Raising Leeds’ profile MARKETING Leeds is an agency raising the profile of the city on a national and international scale. The agency – a powerful partnership between the public and private sectors – promotes Leeds as a first-class destination for business, living, visiting and studying. Marketing Leeds also acts as a catalyst for exciting new developments and initiatives, which will deliver a real economic impact and a significant part in building on the city’s prosperity. One success was Leeds in Milan, a five day festival of commerce and culture last autumn. This saw the agency,

supported by UK Trade and Investment and British Consulate General in Milan, showcase the city’s business and cultural strengths to an Italian audience. Deborah Green, chief executive of Marketing Leeds, said: “We’ve not only showcased what Leeds has to offer as a destination for business and leisure, but also offered tangible opportunities for business leaders in both cities across a broad range of business and cultural sectors.” For more information visit www. or contact 0113 214 5190 or enquiries@

TOP OF THE SHOPS: the Retail Awards celebrated the best in the city

Helping hand SOCIAL housing tenants in Leeds are getting a helping hand in becoming their own boss – thanks to Strictly Come Business. Launched by Places for People, a housing and regeneration group, and backed by the city’s housing organisations, Strictly Come Business promotes business start-up and enterprise. Strictly Come Business combines information events with a competition for housing tenants to find Leeds’s best start-up outfit. Successful entrants will compete at area finals in April and May. The event is backed by Sharing the Success – Leeds LEGI – group. A big yellow bus promoting the event toured the city in February, giving business advice. For more contact info@, 0800 783 5450 or visit www. n A longer version of this story appears in About Leeds Extra at aboutleeds.

Fit for future LEEDS manufacturing companies gathered together to look to the future of their industry in the current economic climate. Guest speaker John Willman, UK business editor at Financial Times, was joined by local manufacturing entrepreneurs who described the role of innovation, product and market development business growth. Business Link Yorkshire’s Shirin Borrett, who organised the January event, said: “It highlighted the need for businesses to ensure they are streamlined, slick and well-managed to survive and thrive. Business Link is here to help them do just that.”

SUCCESS: new enterprise centres are opening

Success a reality THE vision for the local enterprise initiative, Sharing the Success, is becoming a reality as new enterprise centres in Beeston, Harehills and Seacroft open their doors. Both Shine and Hillside have been transformed from old school buildings to modern, innovative business centres. Rise is a £1.3m joint initiative with Leeds City Council, the EASEL regeneration programme, Leeds College of Building and the David Young Academy. Tom Morton, Sharing the Success chairman, said: “The centres will provide opportunities

for people to take their lives in a new direction and we hope they will be embraced by people living in these communities.” Chrissie Slater of the Camberwell Project added: “Budding entrepreneurs and new start businesses from across Leeds are benefiting from the contacts, support and learning that the centres offer.” Development Trust Tiger11 is managing Hillside and Harehills Community Interest Company (CIC) is responsible for Shine. For more information call 0800 048 0054.


20 About Leeds Spring 2009

Here’s a challenge for young gardeners in Leeds

Reach for the skies! GREEN fingered greats are urged to dig deep for Leeds in Bloom 2009. Leeds’ young gardeners are invited to see who can grow the tallest sunflower this summer. There’s two age groups – foureight and nine-14 years. A limited number of free grow pot kits are available on request. Kits contain seeds, compost and growing instructions. All entrants will receive a certificate, group entries are welcome and prizes will be awarded to winners and runners-up. A photograph of your sunflower, showing its height, should be sent to Richard Gill by 15 September. Older enthusiasts can enter the Leeds in Bloom gardens competition in the large garden, small garden or container categories. Entrants are judged in July

and everyone taking part receives a certificate. Medals and gift vouchers are given to the best entries at an awards ceremony in September. Businesses, schools, churches and community projects are also invited to join in by potting up widow boxes, flowerbeds and containers. There are two competitions this year. The spring competition has a closing date of 31 March, while summer’s deadline is 30 June. Gold, silver and bronze medals are on offer. Entry forms and more information is available from Richard Gill on 0113 237 5301 or richard. The Leeds Floral Initiatives Officer is based at the Parks and Countryside Service, Farnley Hall Park, Hall Lane, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5HA.

IMPRESSIVE: a model of our entry

We’re on our way to Chelsea LEEDS City Council has again entered the most prestigious gardening event in the world – the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show. Taking place in May, the showpiece event attracts over 150,000 visitors from all over the globe with gardens designed by some of the biggest names in the horticulture industry. The Leeds show garden has been designed and created by the council’s Parks and Countryside Service and sponsored by Leeds-based HESCO Bastion, world renowned manufacturers of civil engineering products. Climate change and flood alleviation form the themes of the garden. It aims to raise awareness of what people can do to utilise rainwater and cut the risk of flooding. Leeds City Council has enjoyed great success at Chelsea in recent years, raising the profile of the city nationally and internationally. New techniques learned by council staff will be used to improve green spaces across Leeds.

Keep in trim OVERGROWN hedges next to footpaths and roads pose a real hazard to people who can risk injury from thorns or branches. Cut back your hedges to within your boundary so they do not become an obstruction and remember to recycle your garden waste! FLOWER POWER: Richard Gill wants to hear from you

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