A year of progress for West Yorkshire’s regional adoption agency

One Adoption West Yorkshire is bucking the national trend by approving more adopters for children in care across the region over the past year than in the previous year. At next week’s meeting of Leeds City Council’s executive board, members will discuss the agency’s annual report and will hear how the county’s regional adoption…

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Expanded North and West Yorkshire business rates pilot scheme approved

A combined bid by local authorities across North and West Yorkshire to retain most of its business rates growth to invest locally has been approved by the government. The successful bid to create the North and West Yorkshire Business Rates Pool will mean that the existing business rates pool partners of Bradford, Calderdale, Harrogate,…

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Getting into good habits in Leeds

Former smokers in Leeds are a growing band new figures show, as the annual Stoptober campaign comes to an end. Leeds smoking rates are continuing to fall and are now the lowest in West Yorkshire new data released by Public Health England shows. Smoking rates have halved from the millennium, when around a third…

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Scheme to reduce congestion on M62 to begin next week

Drivers will benefit from reduced congestion on a busy West Yorkshire motorway as major work to improve two key junctions begins on the M62 next week. The roundabouts and slip roads at junction 27 for Gildersome will be upgraded as part of a two-phase scheme starting on Monday 23 July. The scheme – which…

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West Yorkshire’s museums contribute millions to regional economy

West Yorkshire’s local authority museums contributed over £34 million to the regional economy last year and attracted over 1.7 million visitors through their doors. The information has been released on a new video highlighting the amazing attractions across the county and encouraging people to take pride in their local museums and galleries. Senior councillors…

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Images from Linton Bridge reopening celebration

A selection of images from the reopening of Linton Bridge in Leeds on Saturday following the completion of a major repair project to restore the bridge to use for the first time since December 27 2015 when it was damaged by flooding caused by the impact of Storm Eva. Linton Bridge carries the minor…

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Safeguarding in taxi and private hire licensing is top of the agenda

Senior councillors will next week discuss how Leeds City Council is keeping people who use taxis and private hire vehicles in the city safe. At the next meeting of the council’s executive board, on Wednesday 14 December, members will hear how work to improve safeguarding measures in taxi and private hire licensing has progressed…

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World-renowned consortium including King’s Cross architect announced to lead on next stage of Leeds Station redevelopment planning

The remodelling of Leeds Station has taken a significant step forward today with the appointment of world-renowned development experts to lead the next phase of the project, including the lead architect behind the redevelopment of King’s Cross in London. The Atkins consortium, made up of a group of leading global design, engineering and project…

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