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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Apprenticeship programme hitting the heights for young people in Leeds

Over 500 apprenticeships in small and medium sized businesses have been created in Leeds since 2013, new figures have revealed. This follows an innovative apprenticeship programme funded by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which through the Leeds Apprenticeship Hub has been working closely with businesses in the city to encourage the recruitment…

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Leeds gets into gear with second bike library

Residents in the Chapeltown area will 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 second of its Yorkshire Bank Bike Libraries at the Reginald Centre Community Hub on 27 July at 4.30pm. The first bike library…

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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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Annual free youth arts festival Breezes in to Leeds

The biggest arts festival for young people in West Yorkshire takes place in Leeds this week with the start of the Breeze Arts Festival. The festival is back and bigger than ever, with over 40 events over eight days, and runs from Saturday 23 July to Saturday 30 July. The festival, for 11-19 year…

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Full steam ahead for Leeds’ visitor economy performance

If you want to know what makes Leeds special and why more tourists than ever come to visit. Then look no further than the recent data from STEAM survey that measures the economic impact of the tourism industry. The City saw 26.21 million tourism visits in 2015, a 5.3% increase from 2013. The visitor…

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Series of events show that communities can

A series of events will be taking place next week to show what the council and communities can achieve when they work together to improve neighbourhoods. The Communities Can week, organised by Housing Leeds, includes a host of fun activities aimed at demonstrating the importance residents play in improving their communities. The week kicks…

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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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Bizarre Customs collection to be revealed in Leeds

A weird and wonderful collection of objects seized from smugglers is being revealed in an exclusive museum Twitter tour next week. The bizarre array of exotic items includes a crocodile head ashtray and a stuffed mongoose in the grip of a hungry snake and was mainly found during raids and searches by UK customs…

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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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Object of the week- The Somme medal

Presented to a Leeds First World War veteran, The Somme Medal is a moving reminder of the immense courage shown by those who fought in one of history’s bloodiest battles. The medal recently went on display as part of Leeds City Museum’s In Their Footsteps exhibition as the city commemorates 100 years since The…

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