Archive for Month: March 2013

  • UNWELCOME INCREASES TO FIRST BUS FARES

    I am calling for First Bus to review their proposed fares increases, or risk alienating people from using public transport. First West Yorkshire announced on Monday that they would be introducing fare changes from 1st April to most ticket types, citing an investment in new buses, plus increased operating costs as reasons for the increases.…

  • TACKLING FUEL POVERTY – UPDATED HOME ENERGY CONSERVATION ACT

    I welcome further moves by the Government to ensure local authorities continue to tackle fuel poverty and reduce CO2 emissions. The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) of 1995 has been replaced by an updated ‘Further Report’ which requires authorities to significantly improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in their area.   Leeds City Council has…

  • DERELICT SITE AT HOLT PARK TO BE CLEARED UP

    I have for some time expressed my anger and dismay at the condition this land has been left in.  The site is in a prominent position, and yet it ranks as 10th on a city wide list of the Council’s derelict and nuisance properties. Whilst I welcome any improvements to this eyesore site, I cannot…

  • SUPPORT CANDLELIGHTERS – PROCEEDS FROM “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” GOING TO CHARITY

    I have been advised of the following information: The Music Room Players are a group of experienced actors  drawn from several different West Yorkshire drama groups who have got together to raise money for charity and we need your help.  We are performing Oscar Wilde’s hilarious period comedy The Importance of Being Earnest from 4-6…

  • ROAD MAINTENANCE WORK ON BLACK HILL ROAD – W/C 18TH MARCH 2013

    I have been chasing the Council’s Highways Department in respect of plans to carry out highways repair work on Black Hill Road and I have received confirmation that the works will be undertaken w/c 18th March,  The Farm, Quarry and Nutramulch have been contacted, there will be a diversion in place during the works for vehicles…

  • WINTER MAINTENANCE RESOURCES

    I am urging Council bosses to push forward with an idea to use waste management staff on winter maintenance duties during periods of severe winter weather.   I think this proposal could help make best use of Council resources and ensure that roads are well gritted in the winter months. Historically waste management staff have been…

  • INFORMATION ON BROWN BIN COLLECTIONS SENT TO WRONG ADDRESSES

    Last week the Council admitted that some brown bin calendars were sent to households that do not receive the brown bin service. This mistake is the latest in a long line of failures in communication in the council’s refuse collection service and that it is likely to cause more confusion for local people It’s astonishing…

  • TRAGEDY PROMPTS SAFETY WARNING

    I received the following press release recently. I would urge people to take advantage of the free Home Fire Safety Check, details of which are in the press release below: “Firefighters are issuing a stark safety warning about the use of electrical extension adaptors following the tragic death of a woman in a house fire.…

  • School Easter break consultation to inform 2014-2015 onwards school calendar

    I recently received the following information: Please find here the link to the online consultation http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/School-calendar.aspx Background information: Historically Leeds had an Easter break that moved with the Easter bank holiday. However in 2008 Leeds consulted on fixing the Easter break to the first two weeks in April. Public opinion was in favour and the…