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Free solar panel project steps up a gear

Leeds – Tenants whose homes are potentially suitable for free solar panels are being contacted this week. Leeds City Council is installing the energy generating kit on 1,000 council properties this year. Council tenants will be able to use as much of the free electricity as they want during the daytime, cutting their energy bills and helping to reduce the city’s emissions. Initial surveys have identified properties that might be suitable for solar panels and those tenants are being contacted this week to let them know they could benefit and…

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Sport Urban Echo News 

Cycling spectacular rolls into Leeds

Leeds – Join the cycling revolution in Leeds as Sky Ride returns for its third year bringing thousands of cyclists and spectators to a traffic free city centre. The free family friendly mass-participation bike ride takes place on Sunday 14 June 10am – 3pm. Registration is now open at www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride and people are being encouraged to sign up fast as places are filling up. Previous years have proved to be very successful attracting more than 8,500 people of all ages and abilities, with many more lining the streets to cheer…

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Health & Diet Lifestyle 

Ee by gums! – New campaign targets oral health for Leeds children

  Leeds – A new campaign to encourage little changes to make a big difference to later lives is being launched by Leeds City Council. The oral health campaign will encourage families to look after the oral health of children with the aim of reducing a wide range of health problems which could face them in later life. Tooth decay is the most common oral disease affecting children and young people in England, but it is largely preventable. Leeds is targeting areas with highest amount of tooth decay in children…

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Sport Urban Echo News 

Leeds selected as UK candidate city to host ITU World Triathlon Series race

Leeds – Leeds could play host to another major international sporting event next year as the city is being considered to stage a round of the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series. If successful it would give Leeds’-own triathlon superstars Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee the chance to compete in front of packed crowds and in an atmosphere similar to the unforgettable Tour de France Grand Départ in the city last summer. Being chosen would see Leeds join other major international cities such as Cape Town, Auckland, Gold Coast, Yokohama, Chicago, Abu…

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Discover the magic of the new and improved Tropical World

Leeds – Visitors can once again experience the magic of one of Leeds and Yorkshire’s most popular visitor attractions, after Tropical World reopened its doors to the public following an exciting refurbishment programme. Home to a wide range of animals from butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, meerkats and nocturnal monkeys to bearded dragons and bats, Tropical World has now also welcomed a host of new arrivals to its ranks following the revamp. On offer includes an octopus, seahorses, stingray, dart frogs, Asian Tigerfish and a red bellied piranha that sit aside…

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Budget 2015 – “This does not match our ambitions”

Leeds – On the devolution deal for the Leeds City Region announced today, Leader of Leeds City Council Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “This does not match our ambitions for the people of Leeds and the city region.  We were promised by the Deputy Prime Minister that there would be no strings attached in relation to governance models so we are disappointed by the lack of devolution on transport and housing investment powers. Additionally, given that our Devolved Youth Contract is getting eight out of 10 young people into work compared…

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Arts & Entertainment Hollywood Urban Echo News 

Get ready for The Film House – the UK’s largest family film adventure this Easter

Leeds – Leeds Young Film Festival celebrates its 16th edition with a spectacular, nationally unique new film event this Easter with support from British Film Institute and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. From 3-6 April 2015 Leeds Town Hall is being transformed into The Film House, a brand new attraction for families to discover the magic of cinema. The Film House offers a whole day out for all the family that’s filled with activities, events and exciting things for young people to do and…

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Leeds poised to move ahead with a 2023 European Capital of Culture bid after public backing

Leeds – Following a year of conversations with local communities, children and young people, flagship cultural organisations and the city’s independent arts sector, senior councillors will be asked to recommend next week that Leeds’ bids to become the European Capital of Culture 2023. Forming part of a report to Leeds City Council’s executive board on 18 March 2015, members will have the opportunity to consider for the first time the views, opinions and results of a detailed public consultation on a potential bid which has taken place over the last…

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Urban Echo News 

Enjoy the fun and colour of Leeds St Patrick’s Day Parade

Leeds – The city centre is once again set to become a sea of green, white and gold as Leeds hosts its annual St Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday March 15. In what is always a highlight in Leeds’ cultural calendar, the parade will begin with a colourful convoy of floats featuring live music and entertainment which will leave Millennium Square at 11.00am before making their way around the streets of the city centre. Accompanying the floats and taking part in the parade, which will return to Millennium Square just…

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Food & Drink Lifestyle 

Fortune Cookie – Yorkshires ‘best’ halal Chinese eatery

Leeds – A journey that started in 2000, one of Yorkshire’s most popular Chinese halal food venues, Fortune Cookies is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year. Urban Echo caught up with Mohammed Ishfaq, manager of the chic takeaway based opposite Leeds University, to talk about how it all started and what their future plans are. As we met at the Leeds branch on a busy evening, it was difficult to get through the entrance as hungry customers were ordering from the diverse menu. One dish in particular that was proving…

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