COUNCIL bosses in Leeds today unveiled a raft of measures aimed at saving the city’s residents from a nasty case of the midwinter blues.
The measures are all designed to keep Yorkshire’s unofficial capital on the move and in good health after the cold weather sets in.
Key elements of the masterplan include:
* Spearheading a scheme called Wrap Up Leeds ECO, which works to help people heat their homes for less – ring 0113 395 0757 for more details;
* Stockpiling a mountain of 19,000 tonnes of grit ready to treat Leeds’s roads when snow and ice arrives;
* Backing a campaign to raise awareness of flu jabs for people aged 65 and over as well as two and three-year-olds. Visit www.nhs.uk/flu for more details;
* Deploying taxi marshals to help keep the peace as party revellers flood the city centre at night during the countdown to Christmas;
* Encouraging people worried about the cost of Christmas to contact Leeds Credit Union on 0113 242 3343 for financial advice rather than turning to payday lenders to fund the festive break.
Council leader Coun Keith Wakefield said: “We work closely with a number of partners to keep the city moving during the cold snap, but we do rely on local communities to work with us as we cannot cover everything.
“Whether it is checking on a neighbour or lending a hand, all of this helps.”
As previously reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, experts fear that four old people a day will die in Leeds this winter as a result of cold-related problems.