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Parking price promise to boost market trade

Customers of Kirkgate Market in Leeds will be able to reduce their car park charges from July 3.

Kirkgate Market
Kirkgate Market

People who spend £5 or more will be able to claim £2 back off a stay of up to two hours at the NCP car park on New York Street.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for transport and economy, said:“In addition to the work we’ve done to encourage people to use the nearby alternatives and other travel options, we’ve put in place these offers to support traders and help shoppers.

“As well as many loyal customers, people will be supporting the market even if they visit a couple of times a week to buy their lunch or spend a fiver."

Touch of Rio to light up Leeds' Millennium Square

England fans in Millennium Square
England fans in Millennium Square Credit: Leeds City Council

The sights and sounds of host country Brazil will bring a carnival atmosphere to a popular Leeds city square this week as England continue their bid for World Cup glory.

With Roy Hodgson’s men’s next two group games set to be screened live on the big screen in Millennium Square, fans will treated before each match to entertainment provided by DJ Lubi and Brazilian dancers. Keeping with the theme, there will also be a Brazilian BBQ catering option available.

A specially created outdoor viewing arena will once again be available for supporters to watch England’s final two group games on Thursday 19 June (8pm KO) against Uruguay and Tuesday 24 June (5pm KO) against Costa Rica.

If England progress from the group stage, the round 16 knock-out game will also be shown on Millennium Square on either Saturday 28 or Sunday 29 June.

Fans are asked to note that due to the arrival of the Tour de France, all World Cup quarter final matches taking place on Friday 4 to Sun 6 July will not be screened on Millennium Square.

Gates for Thursdays now crucial game against Uruguay will be open from 4.45pm showing coverage of the earlier game (Columbia v Ivory Coast) followed by the Brazilian themed entertainment in the lead up to the big kick-off for the England game at 8pm.

For all games, fans are advised to arrive early to secure their places as admission is on a first-come first-served basis until the capacity is reached. No tickets will be issued or required and the outdoor arena will also feature a fully-licensed bar, food concessions and toilet facilities.


Leeds City Council 'takeover' underway

The councillors of Leeds City Council have been replaced for the day by people with learning disabilities.

Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber
Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber

The event kicks off Learning Disability Week in the city as speeches are delivered in the chamber by people involved in the scheme.

They will speak about issues most important to them, such as employment, feeling safe and having good friends and social networks.

Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber
Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber

After the speeches the audience, made up of more than 100 people with learning disabilities as well as Hilary Benn, MP, Tom Riordan, Leeds City Council Chief Executive, Mark Burns Williamson, the West Yorkshire Crime and Police Commissioner.

Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber
Takeover of Leeds City Council chamber

New war memorial moves step closer

A proposed design of a new war memorial in Bramley Park.
A proposed design of a new war memorial in Bramley Park. Credit: Leeds City Council

Plans for a new war memorial and peace garden in a west Leeds community have moved a step closer.

Currently Bramley does not have a war memorial, but working closely with partners including local sponsors and the Friends of Bramley War Memorial, the city council's inner west area committee have now agreed to provide £10,000 towards the project.

As part of their research, the Friends of Bramley War Memorial have identified 270 individuals from the areas of Bramley, Rodley and Stanningley who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country, and their names will be inscribed on the new tribute.

Set to be unveiled at Bramley Park later this year, a peace garden will also be opened, which will provide people with the opportunity to quietly reflect and remember those people who served.

Anyone wishing to nominate a family member or friend to be included on the war memorial who lost their life in combat or as a result of their injuries whilst in combat, are asked to contact the Friends of Bramley War Memorial

200 jobs to go and rise in council tax in £50m Leeds' budget cuts

Leeds Civic Hall
Leeds Civic Hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Leeds City Council is set to raise council tax, after a three year freeze, by 1.99% as part of a raft of measures to cut £50m from its budget.

Other measures include increasing council house rents by 5.9% and the loss of up to 200 jobs over the next 12 months.

The job cuts are on top of over 1,800 that have gone in the past three years, including 25% of senior manager posts.

The council tax rise would represent an increase of 43p a week for a Band D household.

Councillors set to approve Elland Road park and ride scheme

Artist's impression of proposed Elland Road park and ride scheme
Artist's impression of proposed Elland Road park and ride scheme Credit: Leeds City Council

Final approval for the creation of the city’s first major bus-based park and ride scheme will be considered by senior councillors in Leeds next week.

At its meeting at Civic Hall on Wednesday 6 November, the council’s executive board will be asked to give the go-ahead to the £2.8million project to create a new park and ride scheme to be run from the council-owned car parks to the west of Elland Road Stadium.

The plan and designs have been drawn up by Leeds City Council and Metro, with the scheme seeing the introduction of an express bus service running every 15 minutes to and from Boar Lane in Leeds city centre.

The service would run from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, excluding Saturday matchdays when Leeds United are playing at home. Running initially for a five-year period, the service would provide parking space for up to 800 vehicles.

Work on site would see a formal parking area being put in place along with bus waiting facilities, a shelter, lighting, signage, ticketing machines, fences, CCTV and landscaping .

Planning permission was granted last week, so should executive board approve the plans work would be expected to start on site in February 2014 with the service scheduled to start operating three months later in May.


£16m Woodhouse Tunnel project to start next month

Essential strengthening work on Woodhouse Tunnel in Leeds is set to begin next month after funding approval was confirmed today.

The work can now go ahead after the Department of Transport formally approved funding of £16.34million for the project, which is part of a wider £24.96m maintenance scheme of improvements to the Leeds Inner Ring Road (A58M).

The project is expected to last approximately two years, with the majority of the works being carried out at night from 7pm-6am Sunday to Thursday during which times the tunnel will be fully closed.

Competition hots up for Leeds Childrens' Mayor

The Leeds Children's Mayor 2012-13 Oliver Larkin with 'Mango the Meerkat'
The Leeds Children's Mayor 2012-13 Oliver Larkin with 'Mango the Meerkat' Credit: Leeds City Council

Ten Leeds school children who are taking their first steps into politics are now campaigning hard to win votes to become the new Leeds Children’s Mayor. Voting is now under way in this year’s competition, which saw the most entrants ever, with 28 primary schools submitting their best manifestos.

Year 6 pupils in primary schools were invited to enter the Leeds Children’s Mayor programme, by writing a short manifesto saying how they would improve Leeds if they were the Children’s Mayor.

The manifesto had to be based on one of the 12 wishes for a more child friendly Leeds, which include; travel, healthy lifestyles, safe play areas, jobs and learning.

Last year, thousands of people voted and Oliver Larking from Bardsey Primary school was elected as the 2012-13 Children's Mayor of Leeds.

The ten finalists’ manifestos have now been uploaded to the Breeze website allowing people across the city to vote for their three favourite entries. Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 4th November.

The ten finalists will be invited for tea with the Lord Mayor on 7th November where the winner will be announced, who will then accompany the Lord Mayor to the turning on of the Leeds Lights – which will just be the start of a year of exciting opportunities representing the children of Leeds.

Voting is open to everyone. People can cast their votes at:'sMayor/ or by email to[


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