Former CEO of Carers Leeds Val Hewison receives prestigious Leeds Award

The long-time advocate for unpaid carers across Leeds, Val Hewison has received one of the city’s highest civic honours. In recognition of her dedication, in working with and supporting unpaid carers across Leeds, Val Hewison was presented with the prestigious Leeds Award by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Asghar Khan this week. Val has…

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Key moment as historic Leeds Town Hall organ pipes down for major revamp

Expert engineers have literally been pulling out all the stops this week as work to secure the future of Leeds Town Hall’s historic organ finally started. The once-in-a-lifetime project, which technicians say is among the biggest the country has ever seen, will see the huge instrument carefully deconstructed and then rebuilt and reconfigured, 163…

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New consultation launches to improve Lawnswood roundabout

A new consultation starts to deliver improvements at the junction of the A6120 Outer Ring Road and A660 Otley Road, in North Leeds. Connecting Leeds revised plans will improve safety for all road users and improve facilities for walking and cycling across the Lawnswood Junction. The plans also want to make bus services quicker…

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Leisure centres across Leeds receive green boost

Leeds City Council leisure and wellbeing centres will soon house some of the greenest gyms and pools in the city, thanks to a more than 10million pounds of investment in low carbon upgrades. With work at several key Active Leeds leisure centres across the city already crossing the finishing line, local residents and leisure…

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Street improvement project puts Leeds neighbourhood on path to bright future

A street improvement scheme is setting the scene for residents in a Leeds neighbourhood to live healthier, happier and better connected lives. Leeds City Council’s Streets for People scheme will see £900,000 being spent on transformational changes to the built environment in the Recreations area of Holbeck. Plans include widened footpaths, enhanced green space, tree…

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Final phase of work to commence on Regent Street Flyover project

Regent Street flyover has come to the end of its usable life. We are replacing it with a safer, more robust structure. The final phase of work is set to start soon on the Regent Street Flyover project which will see the installation of the northern bridge beams. The construction of the new flyover commenced…

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Leeds City Council’s executive board to discuss refreshed strategy on tackling crime and keeping communities safe

Members of Leeds City Council’s executive board will discuss a refreshed version of the ‘Safer Leeds’ partnership strategy next week in its ongoing commitment to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime and protect communities. Over the past three years, the council has worked with a range of partners including West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire…

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Leeds City Council secures future of Kirkstall nature reserve

Leeds City Council has agreed to purchase the Redcote Lane site in Kirkstall from National Grid for £1. The 32-acre site, which was part of a former power station, is currently used as a nature reserve by The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. Nicola Slater, portfolio manager for National Grid said: “National Grid has a nationwide…

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National funding to tackle health inequalities across Leeds

The Leeds Anchors Network has been awarded funding of £450,000 to reduce health inequalities across the most disadvantaged communities in Leeds. From September 2021, this funding will support new opportunities for a joined-up approach to economic and health issues, focusing on areas with the most need. A dedicated team will work to strengthen links…

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Second phase of Future Talent Leeds conversation begins

Leeds City Council has launched a citywide conversation to help identify the skills needed now and for the future of the city’s economy. The conversation aims to hear the thoughts of as many people as possible to help shape the Future Talent Plan for Leeds. Recognising the jobs, skills and business landscape in the…

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Photography project captures life in Leeds during pandemic

The intimate stories of 12 people living and working in Leeds through the COVID-19 pandemic have been captured in a poignant new photography project. Through a series of compelling and thought-provoking images, the 19cms exhibition documents a unique chapter in the history of Leeds, exploring the human impact of the pandemic as the city…

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Council, universities and police strengthen community relations partnership

A stronger partnership to build better community relations and address community concerns in inner north west Leeds has been confirmed this week. The partnership, made possible through funding from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, will offer a new, dedicated community service for the Headingley, Hyde Park and Little Woodhouse areas. It…

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New bins launched across Leeds to boost recycling ‘on-the-go’

New recycling ‘on-the-go’ bins are being launched in selected district centres across Leeds this month, building on the success of the 2018 ground-breaking city centre provision encouraging recycling of common food and drink packaging consumed out of home. The eye-catching bright orange and yellow bins will soon be able to be found in 6…

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Free support service delivers the goods for small businesses in Leeds

A free service is delivering a timely helping hand to small businesses in Leeds as they aim to bounce back from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leeds Micro Business Support Service provides expert advice on everything from contingency planning and social media messaging to brand creation and gearing up for Christmas. Targeted…

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