Leeds wows Yorkshire in Bloom judges

Green fingered groups from across the city have once again hit the heights in this year’s Yorkshire in Bloom awards. As part of a special ceremony held this month, Leeds once again made its mark in a host of classes, including the ‘City’ award, where in scooping a prestigious Gold it was also named…

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Leeds backs fifth Stoptober as smoking rates drop

This year sees the fifth Stoptober campaign which will, as in previous years, encourage smokers up and down the country to take the 28 day challenge and not smoke for a month. Previous Stoptobers have helped thousands of smokers quit smoking for good, gaining better health and wealth as a consequence. Last year, out…

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Council’s message in a bottle on recycling

Following Recycle Week, Leeds City Council is reminding residents that they’re never far from a bottle bank and there are plenty of suspects around the home wanted for recycling. Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at 735 bottle banks at 396 locations in communities across the city. In 2015/16 Leeds residents recycled 9,654…

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New community cohesion strategy to be discussed by executive board

A strategy setting out how Leeds City Council aims to improve access to opportunity and foster good community relations is set to be discussed by senior councillors at executive board this week. The report, submitted to the council’s executive board on 21 September 2016, will consider how the local authority is proposing to help…

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City centre to host first ever light triathlon

A dazzling array of illuminated lanterns, cyclists, walkers and runners will take over the city centre next month when Leeds hosts its first ever light triathlon. Part of this year’s incredible Light Night 2016, the ambitious trio of installations will come together on October 6 in one of the highlights of the spectacular two-night celebration.…

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Route revealed for Yorkshire ‘Rio Heroes’ homecoming parade

The route of the hotly-anticipated Rio Heroes homecoming parade in Leeds celebrating the achievements of Yorkshire Olympic and Paralympic athletes has been unveiled. Held on Wednesday 28 September from approximately 5.45pm-6.45pm, the people of Yorkshire will have the chance to welcome back their Rio Heroes in style and line the streets as they tour…

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Leeds council chiefs to discuss progress of improved jobs programme

The progress of a Leeds project which aims to create new and improved job opportunities in the city will be considered by senior councillors at a meeting next week. At the meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board on September 21, councillors will consider an update on the ‘More Jobs, Better Jobs’ project. This…

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Progress revealed on flagship extra care scheme

The impressive exterior and scale of the council’s first extra care scheme was revealed when scaffolding came down earlier this month. Construction on Wharfedale View in Yeadon, the flagship extra care scheme run by Leeds City Council, started a year ago and is due to be completed in three months. With major works largely…

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Council budget savings challenges will mean tough decisions

Leeds City Council is facing further severe reductions in its funding over the next three years so challenging that it will have no choice but to make tough decisions that will impact on services. After six years of major cuts, financial planners are having to work increasingly hard to identify areas where savings can…

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Yorkshire switches on to fairer energy tariffs

White Rose Energy launches this week offering all households across the Yorkshire region the opportunity to sign up to fairer, more transparent energy tariffs. Leeds City Council has teamed up with Robin Hood Energy, a not-for-profit energy supplier run by Nottingham City Council, to offer residents the chance to switch to a trustworthy energy…

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Mythical phoenix to take flight for Light Night 2016

A spectacular illuminated phoenix will spread its wings across the Civic Hall during next month’s incredible Light Night Leeds 2016. The dazzling display, entitled The Phoenix in the Stone, will be one of the showpiece events at this year’s celebration, which for the first time ever will see an exciting programme of installations and…

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