Cllr Bromley left the meeting at 2:50pm at the start
of Item on Leeds 2023.
Officer Culture and Economy submitted a report to provide the Outer
North West Community Committee with an update on LEEDS 2023 and to
gather input and support from elected members and
were shown a presentation as an introduction to the LEEDS 2023 year
of culture with a brief background which included the setting up of
the Leeds Culture Trust with an independent chair, funding,
scrutiny, partnership working and promotion of the year of
were informed of the following points:
- It is
the aim of LEEDS 2023 for 75% of Leeds residents to be involved in
the events. Some of the events will be free and held in all 33
wards with schools being invited to get involved. The aim is to
show the diverse heritage of the city.
- Economic research has suggested that holding this type of event
will attract investment to the city particularly through retail and
LEEDS 2023 aims to empower the local communities through
partnership and community working. There will be 33 Neighbourhood
Hosts with one host recruited from each ward, this will be a paid
role as a member of the LEEDS 2023 Team. The role will be as a
connector to local residents to access and make the most of the
Year of Culture. They will also play a key role in an event called
Weekender will take place for two days in August 2023 animating
every ward with neighbourhood events. The aim is to bring together
the communities through events such as street parties, cook outs
and mini carnivals.
- Currently the team are holding events in wards to promote the
LEEDS 2023 Year of Culture.
Member’s discussions included:
to address all areas within wards such Pool, Arthington and
- Members suggested that the Team should invite the Parish and
Town Councils to get involved.
Team should start communication with the Heads of schools to
involve all children to get involved and participate in
- It was
noted that the Guiseley Carnival had taken place the weekend prior
to the meeting, and no-one had attended from the Leeds 2023 Team.
Members were of the view that this was a missed opportunity to
engage with people in the area. The Team were advised that Yeadon
will hold its carnival on 2nd July and it would be a
good opportunity to engage with the community.
- Members noted that 25-30 people had attended the Guiseley and
Rawdon Roadshow to promote the Leeds 2023 Year of
- Members were of the view that work was required in older
people’s network groups and with the third sector
- Members acknowledged that the Team wished to communicate with
all ward members to access their knowledge and expertise in
relation to contacts and groups in the area.
- Members noted that the position for Neighbourhood Host would be
advertised from July with the closing date for applications in
August. It was also noted that this would be a paid role and the
post holder would be required to work 3-6 hours per week, they
would receive training for the role. Members suggested that the
Neighbourhood Host once appointed be invited to a future meeting of
- Members were advised that the Community Grant Fund would be
split equally across all 33 wards. The Committee noted that further
details in relation to this and the programme of events would be
released on 23rd September 2022.
RESOLVED – To note the content
of the report.