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1. Effects of city floods ‘still felt’
Victims in Leeds are still suffering from the devastating impact of last year’s Boxing Day floods as the first anniversary of Storm Eva looms. Leeds City Council’s leader Coun Judith Blake has pledged the local authority will continue to help victims while pressing for comprehensive flood measures to be put in place. A Storm Eva recovery update report will be discussed by senior councillors next week.
Read more in today’s Evening Post
2. Go Ape plan for city park
High-wire adventure could be coming to Roundhay Park- along with 40 new jobs. A Go Ape attraction with aerial zip wires and treetop rope climbing is being considered as part of a package that also includes improvements to the nearby nature attraction Tropical World, to the bird garden at Lotherton Hall, and a city arm at Temple Newsam. Leeds City Council’s executive board will consider the proposals when it meets next Wednesday. A council survey of 450 people at Roundhay Park saw 81 per cent supporting a Go Ape attraction in principle.
3. Speak your mind at work
Employers in Leeds are being urged to become more positive about mental health in the workplace as part of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s new #SpeakYourMind campaign to combat stigma surrounding the issue. The Mindful Employer Leeds initiative was set up as a call for employers to tackle discrimination in workplaces and recruitment procedures against people with mental health difficulties. Hundreds of Employers have so far pledged their support to the initiative, which includes a ‘ten step toolkit’ with advice on how to create a mental health friendly workplace, and an online charter that businesses can sign. The YEP is also urging businesses to become more positive about mental health by supporting employees’ well-being in the workplace and challenging perception as part of the #SpeakYourMind campaign, which launched this week.
4. Ban’s no bother
Leeds United head coach Garry monk insisted last night that he was the victim of an “extremely harsh” touchline ban. He claimed the punishment would have no impact on tomorrow’s clash with Derby County. Monk is preparing to watch a game from the stands for the first time in his managerial career after the Football Association imposed a one-match suspension and a £2,000 fine for his sending-off at Bristol City last month. Monk, who was accused of swearing at referee Keith Stroud and calling him “a disgrace”, pleaded guilty to the offence but voiced surprise at the decision to banish him from the dug-out.
5. Pupils praised for progress
Council bosses have praised the performance of the city’s school staff and students as the first set of GCSE tables measuring pupil progress shows Leeds outperformed most other core cities. However the new Government data also showed that the city’s progress score was only ranked ninth out of 13 education authority areas in Yorkshire. New figures were produced yesterday which aimed to show how much progress students make across eight subjects from starting secondary school until their GCSEs. The Department for Education previously measured schools and areas on the number of 16-year-olds who achieved at least five good grades including English and maths.
Read more in today’s Evening Post