Archive for Month: September 2012

  • NEW NOISE NUISANCE PATROLS SET TO KEEP NOISE DOWN

    I am pleased to report that the Council is investing in new vehicles to tackle anti social noise outside of normal working hours. They are investing £31,000 in two new vehicles that will be used to deal with noise nuisance on a city wide basis, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The…

  • LEAF CLEARING PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN/WINTER 2012

    It’s that time of year again when leaves are starting to fall, I have recently received the following information, which I have preci’d, from the Council’s Streetscene Services team: “I am writing to you to let you know of our programme for clearing the leaves over the next few months. Last year we did a…

  • PLANNING MATTERS

    As you may be aware in the current Unitary Development Plan (UDP) the Planning Inspector (an independent body) deemed some sites adjoining the green belt as Protected Area of Search (PAS) sites for future identified housing needs. At a recent Council meeting a debate was held in which concerns were raised about recent activities of…

  • DON’T TRADE PARKING INCOME FOR AN EMPTY HIGH STREET

    I have been vocal in voicing my dissatisfaction over Leeds City Council’s plans to review evening and Sunday car parking charges across the City Centre. I would like the Council to think carefully before introducing charges on evenings and Sundays. At a time when high street shops are closing down in record numbers, the Council’s…

  • PAY DAY LOANS

    I was concerned to read in the press recently about the increase in pay day loans and pay day loans companies which can charge customers up to an eye-watering 4,214%. Typically debt collectors are sent out after just 60 days. Compared to other countries the service is regulated very lightly here. If not used properly…

  • FOOTPATH – SIR GEORGE MARTIN DRIVE

    I am pleased to report that the Council’s Highways Department have agreed to match fund a recent £6000 contribution from the Ward Councillors to pay the installation of a footpath  1.8m in width on the east side of Sir George Martin Drive, between East Causeway and East Moor Lane, where an existing uncontrolled crossing is…

  • LEEDS’ ECONOMY

    A recent bulletin issued on the Leeds Economy highlighted plans for an Ice Rink at the Elland Road regeneration site. Confirmation has also been given that John Lewis will anchor the first phase of a £120m development at Eastgate, work will begin in 2014.  Planning Permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Merrion…

  • ENERGY MATTERS

    As you may have noticed from previous articles I have a special interest in energy and fuel poverty issues. In this respect at a recent full Council meeting I asked a formal question of the Executive Member for the Environment about Community Energy plans and what proposals he has for developing these in Leeds. The…

  • CONCERN AT DROP IN DOG FOUL PENALTIES

    I have voiced concern that the Council is still not doing enough in the fight against dog fouling.  At a time when new legislation has seen Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) for dogs not on leads increasing from 0 in 2010/2011, to 78 in 2011/12, in the same period, total FPN’s issued for dog fouling dropped…

  • CALL FOR ACTION TO QUELL QUARRELS OVER QUARRY

    I am calling on Council officers to undertake a full audit of all operations at Arthington Quarry, to try and resolve some of the longstanding issues associated with the site.  Ever since Nutramulch were issued a waste management permit, residents and road users have been complaining about a variety of things, including odour from stockpiled…