Council closes buildings with low demand over the festive period

The council is trialling a festive shutdown of buildings that are in low or no demand over the Christmas period as one of the ways of looking to save money.

Non-essential services and those with very low demand will be closed so as to reduce energy and building costs from midnight 23 December to midnight 1 January 2013.

Services with high demand over this period will not be closed and staff will be in place to ensure services are maintained. The refuse collection, street cleansing and traffic management services will not be affected.

Child protection remains a priority and there will be sufficient social work staff in place to deal with all enquiries and new referrals. Similarly the majority of Adult Social Care services will also remain open.

For a more detailed list of affected services in your area visit www.leeds.gov.uk and click through to the specific service page.

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We have had detailed conversations with the trade unions to agree a change to the open hours of some council services between Christmas and the New Year.

“This is to ensure services are still being provided whilst enabling the council to save public money by closing some buildings which are not used or are in low demand over this period. Rest assured although buildings are closed, the council is still contactable and will be well equipped if an emergency situation occurs.

“Combined with reduced energy and building costs during the festive period this measure will save us public money - money that can be diverted to frontline services.

“We will make sure that all affected service users are being contacted to inform them of any relevant changes and alternative arrangements, and I would suggest visiting the website if anyone needs any further information.”


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk