City Beach and Olympic FanZone set to officially open in Leeds

Millennium Square’s popular City Beach will have a carnival atmosphere this year. The annual seaside-themed extravaganza will once again see the square transformed into a sandy beach at the heart of the city centre from Saturday, August 13. And to tie in with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this year’s event has been given a…

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Bardsey pupils awarded for encouraging people to get on their bikes

Pupils from Bardsey Primary School have been presented with a special prize for coming top in this year’s Leeds City Council Bike Week competition. Budding journalists from schools across Leeds were invited to submit articles or blogs describing how their school promotes cycling and how they encourage pupils to cycle to school. The winning…

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Nigel Richardson retirement

Leeds City Council is today announcing the retirement of Nigel Richardson after six years as the council’s director of children’s services. Nigel will step down as director at the end of September. He has a long career working for 34 years in and around the public sector and his retirement is marked by tributes from…

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Middleton gets into gear with new bike library

Middleton residents will soon be able to jump on a bike for free, thanks to a new ‘bike library’ at the local community hub. Leeds City Council is launching the third of its Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries at the St George’s Centre Community Hub on Monday 1 August at 4.15pm. The first bike library…

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Community banners brighten up Harehills Lane

Pupils from three local primary schools are helping to make Harehills even brighter by helping to design new banners for their local community. The banners, which are now in place along Harehills Lane, were designed by school pupils from Hovingham, Harehills and Bankside Primary schools in Harehills working with East Street Arts. The pupils…

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Major East Leeds development consultation reaches next stage

Hundreds of east Leeds residents have had their say on plans for one of the city’s largest growth areas following a major public consultation exercise according to a report to be published by Leeds City Council. The East Leeds Extension (ELE) will see a large area of undeveloped land brought forward for the development…

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Leeds youngsters prove they can talk the talk

Pupils from across Leeds primary schools have been putting their debating skills to the test at a special competition at Leeds Civic Hall. To support and encourage Leeds schools to develop pupils’ confidence and debating skills, Leeds City Council hosted a city-wide debating competition for pupils in years five and six. The inclusive teams…

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Flood recovery roadshow in Leeds this week

The Environment Agency will be out and about in Leeds this week as part of an ongoing flood recovery programme following the December 2015 flooding. Many rivers across Yorkshire reached record or near record levels on Boxing Day last year. Across Leeds, more than 2,000 homes and nearly 600 businesses were affected by flooding…

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New community hubs open in Pudsey and Moortown

Two new community hubs have officially opened in Leeds this month. Residents of Moortown and Pudsey will now be able to access a range of important local services under one roof as part of the community hubs, which already have proved to be an invaluable resource in other areas of the city. Services at…

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New proposal for an innovation district for Leeds

Senior councillors will, next week, hear proposals to create an innovation district in Leeds which could provide a catalyst for productive, sustainable and inclusive economic development for the city. At the meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on Wednesday 27 July, members will be asked to support the formation of a partnership between…

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Take a step back in time at Home Farm this weekend

Visitors to a popular Leeds farm will be able to take an exciting trip back in time this weekend. As part of two special days of activities and events held at Temple Newsam Home Farm from 10am-4pm on Saturday 23 July – Sunday 24 July, there will be the chance to see what life…

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Plans for transport improvements on key Leeds commuter route

A new £2.61m project aimed at making the Whitehall Road area an easier place to travel for busses, bikes, cars and pedestrians will go before senior councillors in Leeds next week. The improvement scheme, which will be entirely funded by contributions from local developers, will include new pedestrian crossings, cycle lanes and widening of…

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City’s response to Brexit to be debated by executive board

A report setting out the preparation work being undertaken by Leeds City Council to assess and meet the challenges and potential opportunities resulting from Brexit are set to be discussed by senior councillors next week. As part of a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on 27 July 2016, members will have the…

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Idea blooms into city centre oasis for Leeds

An idea sown eight years ago to create a new green space for everyone to use in busy central Leeds has bloomed into a stunning city centre oasis. Families, office workers and anyone passing through the city centre can now enjoy the elaborate water features, lush grass and relaxing seating areas of the Sovereign…

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