East Leeds – Incinerators get the go ahead

Waste incinerators for east Leeds gets go-ahead from councillors Two power stations that burn waste instead of coal, and will generate power for up to 73,000 homes have been granted planning permission by Leeds City Council. A £200m plant will be built at Skelton Grange by waste management specialist Biffa. The second – which had aroused much more controversy– will be built and run by multi-national Veolia just one mile away on a former market site at Cross Green, the £460m facility will be paid for by a 25 year PFI contract. For the full story please visit: http://theleedscitizen.wordpress.com/2013/02/08/plain-sailing-as-waste-incinerators-for-east-leeds-get-go-ahead-from-councillors/

Seacroft – vision to convert Methodist Chapel into Arts Centre

A community arts organisation has revealed its vision to convert Seacroft Methodist Chapel into a bespoke arts and broadcasting centre in the heart of East Leeds. Heads Together has managed to raise the £800,000 plus needed for the conversion of this building. See http://www.thecitytalking.com/news/2013/2/4/community-arts-group-unveils-vision-for-first-east-leeds-art.html#.URIZffISFek  [04/02/2013  Leedsonline]

Funding – Spirit of the Community Awards for Voluntary Groups in Leeds

Yorkshire Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards will donate £75,000 to voluntary groups in Leeds in the spheres of education, employability and environment.  [05/02/2013  YEP]

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Personalise your own Crime Map

Members of the public can now check the safety of their estate, village, or route to work by making their own personalised crime maps. [01/02/2013 Home Office]

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Concerns Government ‘Bedroom Tax’ may force families into flats

Hundreds of Leeds families could be forced to move into high rise flats. The warning comes following the Government’s controversial welfare reforms – dubbed Bedroom Tax – which may force tenants to downsize their homes. [04/02/2013 YEP]

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East Leeds – Planners recommend approval for large Waste Treatments

Two waste treatment and energy projects representing investment in excess of £700m have been recommended for approval by planners. Construction and operation of the two facilities is expected to create more than 600 jobs and provide enough electricity to power 70,000 houses. [01/02/2013 Insider]

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Consultation begins on how council housing should be run in Leeds

A consultation to decide how council housing should be run in Leeds started on Friday 1 February 2013.

Leeds City Council is looking at two new options for delivering housing management services, one being a move to a single company model, such as one ALMO, and the other being to transfer all services to be integrated within the council. [1.02.2013 Leeds City Council]

For further information CLICK HERE