Category: Housing

  • Right to Buy

    Housing Associations in Leeds are being urged to bid for a slice of funding designed to help deliver much needed specialist housing in the city. Nearly half a million pounds worth of funding from ‘Right to Buy’ sales – council properties that have been sold to tenants – is now available. The funding will be…

  • LEEDS EMPTY PROPERTY STATEGY

    When new housing is proposed for greenfield or green belt areas I am often asked about empty properties and what’s being done about them. There are a number of reasons why properties are empty and some are part of the churn that goes on in the housing market so there are always a large number…

  • TRAVELLERS ENCAMPMENT – RING ROAD, WEETWOOD

    A number of residents have been in touch with me to ask about the current position with the Travellers Encampment that is situated on the Ring Road. Set out below is the latest update from the Gypsy and Travellers Service: “Dear Cllr Anderson In response to your email regarding the encampment on Redvers Close off…

  • LATEST UPDATE – ILLEGAL TRAVELLERS ENCAMPMENT – BEDQUILTS

    I have received the following updates:  1. From Leeds Met University “It has been confirmed this morning that the travellers have vacated the Bedquilts site following notice served yesterday by the enforcement agents of eviction today.  We will be securing the site today to prevent further occurrences.” 2. General Update from me based on conversations…

  • UPDATE ON ILLEGAL TRAVELLERS ENCAMPMENT – BEDQUILTS

    Due to my continuing concern and the fact that I am getting more and more concerned about a number of issues in respect of the travellers on Bedquilts I sent this to the Council, the Police and Leeds Met University at midnight last night: “I am receiving more and more contact from residents about the…

  • UPDATE – ILLEGAL TRAVELLERS ENCAMPMENT – BEDQUILTS

    To answer some questions raised by residents and also to provide updates, I have received the following: Gypsy Traveller Services Manager Wades Charity Trust lease their land to LCC, this is all covered within our court application. The Police- Update 1 The police have been asked today why they have not used Section 61 of…

  • UPDATE ON ILLEGAL TRAVELLER ENCAMPMENT – BEDQUILTS

    I have now received two responses from Leeds City Council, one from the Police and one from Leeds Met. University. You will also note that the Police are of the view that there has been no increased  crime and disorder in the area, I am concerned that this is their  view as a number of residents…

  • UNAUTHORISED TRAVELLERS ENCAMPMENT – BEDQUILTS, ADEL

    I have been in contact with the Council, the Police and the University in relation to the unauthorised traveller site that has been set up on Bedquilts in Adel. Below are the updates I have received. In addition you may find the attached link helpful in relation to national guidance on enforcement action in these…

  • Council needs to ‘think outside the box’ to help bring empty properties back into use

    The Council needs to make more progress to tackle the 5,000 homes in Leeds that have stood empty for more than six months – but I am praising the government’s latest round of investment in the region to address the problem The government’s latest £40.8 million investment across the country in bringing empty properties back…

  • REVIEW OF ALMOs

    Below is the text of a letter I have sent to the press in respect of the ongoing review of the ALMOs (Arms Length Management Organisation) who have responsibility for the council housing in Leeds.  Dear Sir, The Council is looking to change the way it delivers housing services in Leeds (‘Leeds council housing shake…