Leeds’ Clean Air Zone has achieved its aims early and is no longer required, joint review finds

Leeds’ planned Clean Air Zone is no longer required thanks to businesses switching to cleaner vehicles faster than expected, a joint review by Leeds City Council and central government has concluded. Senior councillors will discuss the conclusions and proposals to voluntarily introduce new air quality targets that go further than the national standards at…

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Free electric bike trials for commuters in Leeds

Commuters in Leeds can now borrow an electric bike free of charge for up to two weeks as part of a new council initiative to promote sustainable travel. Electric bikes, which make cycling easier and more accessible for many, have surged in popularity over recent years. It is hoped that the trials will encourage…

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Executive board to discuss Clean Air Charging Zone progress

Senior councillors are to discuss the progress of and new proposals for the city’s planned Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) at a meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board next week. The Clean Air Charging Zone will tackle air pollution and protect the health of everyone in Leeds by encouraging businesses to transition to…

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Installation begins for Clean Air Charging Zone infrastructure

Leeds City Council has begun to install the camera infrastructure required to monitor and enforce the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ). When live the zone will tackle air pollution in Leeds by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less polluting vehicles to avoid daily charges. The council has now begun to install a network…

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Leeds can become a carbon neutral city by 2050

Leeds can become a carbon neutral city by 2050—and could potentially achieve the 2030 target in the climate emergency motion passed by councillors on 27 March—according to a new “carbon roadmap” report published by the Leeds Climate Commission. The science-based roadmap report, produced by a team led by Andy Gouldson, Chair of the Leeds…

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Council energy provider beats ‘Big Six’ on customer satisfaction

Customers of Leeds City Council’s not-for-profit energy provider enjoy some of the best customer service in the country, according to a new Which? survey. Which? Magazine’s annual satisfaction survey for the domestic energy supply market asked 8,000 people across the UK about their energy provider. White Rose Energy’s customer service provider, Robin Hood Energy,…

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New tech club for mums launched in Leeds this month

An ambitious new programme aiming to ensure that mums in the city have the opportunity to brush up on and learn new digital skills has been launched by Leeds City Council. Undertaken as part of the Council’s 100% Digital Leeds initiative and led by Leeds Libraries, Leeds will be the first city outside of…

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New initiative helps Leeds residents get online

Leeds City Council is working with leading social change charity Good Things Foundation to deliver an ambitious new programme that will ensure residents of the city have the digital skills they need. Across Leeds, tens of thousands of adults still lack the basic digital skills they need to participate in today’s world. People who…

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Leeds City Council to extend free Wi-Fi into 20 community buildings

Free Wi-Fi is to become available at 20 community buildings across Leeds as part of a leading digital skills programme being delivered by Leeds City Council. Following the successful introduction of free Wi-Fi in most council buildings, the programme is now being extended into non-council community buildings with a particular focus on areas of…

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Consultation launched on changes to gambling policy

People are being urged to have their say on changes to the council’s gambling policy during a three-month public consultation that launched last week. The aim of the proposed changes is to ensure the updated policy is more responsive to issues around problem gambling. Last year, Leeds City Council commissioned research from Leeds Beckett…

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Final chance to comment on a clean air charging zone for Leeds

The statutory consultation on the proposed clean air charging zone in Leeds will launch later this month. The council has been directed by the government to provide a full business case by 15 September 2018 which addresses the city’s proposals to ensure it becomes compliant with air quality standards in the shortest possible time.…

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Breathe clean by going green in Leeds for Clean Air Day 2018

People living and commuting into Leeds are being asked to ‘Go Green’ on Thursday 21 June for Clean Air Day 2018 to show their support for improving pollution levels in the city. The national awareness-raising day will see cities across the UK join together to reduce pollution in their cities by taking simple steps…

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Snow is no barrier for Civic Enterprise staff

Supporting vulnerable service users is part of the day to day business for many services at Leeds City Council and staff who work for Civic Enterprise Leeds did not let the recent snow days stop them from playing their part. The Meals on Wheels service reached and supported all 352 clients who required a…

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