YEP 2010 Review of the Year: SEPT TO DEC

The YEP looks back at what was making the headlines in September to December 2010.

SEPTEMBER

COUNCILLORS' plans to limit the numbers of fast-food takeaways in Wakefield were told the planning process could take two years.

Almost one-third of Wakefield's population has been reported as obese. The Council was examining limits such as banning fast-food outlets within 400m of schools.

TENS of millions of pounds' worth of council home building and repairs in Leeds came under threat when the main contractor ceased trading.

Connaught Construction, responsible for repairs and improvements to the council's 55,000 homes in Leeds as well as the city's schools, called in receivers.

The firm said Government cuts had hit its finances. Connaught, with a regional headquarters at Gildersome, also said up to 10,000 jobs were at risk.

CHEFS, cleaners, porters, drivers and gardeners were warned they could lose their jobs as part of plans to privatise services at mental health units across Leeds.

Centres affected included St Mary's hospital at Armley and St Mary's

House in Chapeltown.

RETURNING soldiers were given a heroes welcome as they were presented with the Freedom of the City of Wakefield.

The streets were packed as The Rifles regiment marched through the city.

The event was tinged with sadness as two West Yorkshire riflemen and a lance corporal in the regiment, killed in 2009 in Afghanistan, were remembered

DOZENS of firefighting jobs came under threat in West Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service unveiled an action plan to deal with an anticipated 20m cut in its budget by the Government. Proposals involved the loss of ?33 full-time firefighter positions, 42 other operational posts in areas such as fire prevention and training, and 45 non-operational positions in departments such as catering.

WAKEFIELD Council gave the go-ahead to plans for a new Tesco supermarket in Pontefract bringing 300 new jobs to the town centre.

LEEDS paid tribute to multi-millionaire Jimi Heselden after his freak death in a river plunge.

The 62-year-old former Leeds miner, who made a fortune developing a military blast-protection system and gave away 23m to good causes in his home city, died when his Segway personal transporter plunged 40 feet into the River Wharfe near his home. near Wetherby.

LANDMARK Leeds Parish Church announced that it faced a fight for its future after hitting financial problems.

The church has 4,300 weekly running costs and over the last two years had shown a loss of 170,000. It also had debts of 120,000 owed to the Anglican Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

OCTOBER

A CONTRACT was awarded to build 14.8m new civic offices for Wakefield Council. The contract went to Morgan Sindall, with offices at Garforth in east Leeds.

WHEELCHAIR racing champion and athlete Paul Cartwright, left, was refused entry to a Leeds bar for being a fire risk. Mr Cartwright, 46, was refused entry to OK Karaoke, in East Parade.

Mr Cartwright, who was born with spina bifida and has used a wheelchair all his life, sued the bar for breaching the Disability Discrimination Act.

Leeds County Court District Judge Glentworth awarded Mr Cartwright 3,000 compensation.

A RETIRED senior council official won a right of way battle against his former bosses.

Ex-Wakefield Council head of administration Peter Bancroft, 62, took a year to research his battle to establish a public footpath across a golf course at Lupset.

WEST Yorkshire Councils revealed their preparations to launch fleets of gritters and snow ploughs in the event of any cold snaps this winter.

Leeds City Council said it had stockpiled 19,000 tonnes of grit and was waiting for delivery of another 6,000 tonnes. Kirklees Council had 25,000 tonnes of grit in stock,compared to 14,000 the same time last year.

COUNCIL bosses in Leeds were red-faced after admitting illegally running vehicles on duty-free fuel.

One of the authority's farm tractors was impounded after it was pulled over during a multi-agency operation involving HM Customs and Excise.

A check revealed the vehicle was being fuelled by red diesel, which is not permitted for use on public highways.

OBESITY was blamed for a leap in cases of diabetes in Yorkshire.

Increases in hospital admissions due to obesity were reported in Leeds (64 per cent), and Wakefield (74 per cent),

The number of diabetes sufferers went up by 1,700 in Leeds and more than 11,000 in Yorkshire.

In Yorkshire, 495,531 people were recorded as obese, an increase of 25,028 in a year.

NOVEMBER

MORE than 26,000 families in West Yorkshire were expected to be hit by Government cuts in housing benefit.

A Government analysis of housing benefit cutbacks revealed 26,410 claimants across Leeds, Wakefield and Kirklees would lose out financially when reforms take effect in 2011.

TWO people escaped unscathed when a two-seater Robin 2160 light aircraft crashed into the River Derwent at Aughton, near Selby.

RETAIL giant Debenhams announced plans for a distribution centre bringing 800 jobs to Leeds.

JOURNALISTS at Radio Leeds and BBC TV Look North went on strike in protest against pension cuts. The action was staged by the National Union of Journalists.

VANDALS defaced a memorial to Leeds police officer John Speed who was shot down 26 years ago.

A hand-carved tribute to the sacrifices made in two world wars was unveiled at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The tribute, comprising 95 individual wooden panels, was created by the West Riding Wood Carvers' Association, and took 8,000 hours to create.

LEEDS' German Christmas market returned to Millennium Square for a ninth year.

High winds which battered Yorkshire caused the death of a woman car passenger when a branch fell through the windscreen of her vehicle at Stanley in Wakefield.

A ROYAL Mail re-organisation in Leeds was labeled a "disaster" after it led to a huge backlog of mail.

THE GOVERNMENT announced that aircraft carrier the Ark Royal was to be retired. The vessel has historic links with Leeds. After the Ark Royal was sunk in a torpedo attack early in the Second World War, the people of Leeds raised the funds to build a replacement. Ark Royal's crew enjoy the Freedom of the City.

West Yorkshire Police Federation accused Prime Minister David Cameron of being "naive" for saying a 20 per cent cut in the force's budget would not affect services.

THREE thousand students took to the streets of Leeds to protest against tuition fees of up to 9,000 a year, and swingeing cuts in University funding.

DECEMBER

TRANSPORT was thrown into chaos across Yorkshire and the rest of Britain as the country was hit by one of the worst early winter snowstorms in decades.

Leeds city centre came to a halt and road, rail and air services were hit. To add to the misery England lost its World Cup bid. Gritting teams and snow plough drivers across West Yorkshire made valiant efforts to re-open roads as the snowfall was followed by freezing conditions.

STUDENTS from Leeds were involved in protests in London as the Government pushed its tuition fee increases through the House of Commons. Dozens of students and a number of police officers were injured in angry clashes.

RACIST vandals targeted Muslim graves in a Leeds cemetery for the third time in nine months. Name plaques were ripped from posts and a gravestone pushed over at Harehills cemetery. Fences were ripped up, motorcycle tyre marks scored into graves, and beer cans strewn around the Muslim section of the cemetery.

A MIDDLE-aged man froze to death after collapsing in the street in temperatures of minus 10. The man, in his 40s and single, was found in Barley Hill Road at Garforth, east Leeds.

THE Coalition Government abandoned plans to create nine regional fire service control centres to replace the existing 46 county control rooms. The decision meant abandoning a super centre for Yorkshire without it having handled a single call, and costing 25m.

CROSSBOW cannibal killer Stephen Griffiths was told he would spend the rest of his life in jail for the murder of three prostitutes in Bradford. He was placed on suicide watch at Wakefield high security prison after making attempts on his own life.

A 23-year-old mum was stopped from buying Christmas crackers because she did not look old enough. Libby Whitehead, from Bramley, tried to buy crackers at Asda's Pudsey store but was refused by the cashier. Asda said the law forbids anyone under 16 buying crackers, but its own policy was that customers must be 25.

ANIMAL rescues cost West Yorkshire Fire Service 35,000. Fire crews were called out 85 times to rescue pets.

A 42-year-old man was was killed during an armed siege at Kirkheaton in Huddersfield. The man repeatedly fired at police who were trying to persuade him to surrender. Police eventually stormed the house, shooting the man who died in hospital. One officer was slightly injured when he was shot.

Emily Turner, an outreach worker with the Basis Sex Work Project, who support sex workers in the managed zone in Holbeck. Picture Tony Johnson.

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