Joined up community activity making a difference for Armley

Teams from across Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and the Home Office joined up to offer advice and support to communities in Armley this week as part of work tackling ‘rogue landlords’.

The operation was undertaken using funding secured from government following a successful joint bid made by WYFRS and the council. Leeds Council’s neighbourhood team carried out 14 inspections of flats to identify problems such as lack of fire detection equipment, risks of entrapment in the event of a fire, poor heating and insulation and electrical hazards.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel said:

“I would like to thank everyone who took part and committed resources to yesterday’s multi-agency event on Armley Town Street. The conditions found in some of the flats during the event again confirmed that we were right to target these premises and the multi-agency approach helped provide a wider impact on Armley Town Street by giving support and advice to businesses while addressing a range of other issues in the area.”

As a result of the inspections formal action will now be taken against the landlords and an emergency prohibition order was served on one flat preventing its use due to the risk of entrapment in the event of fire.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Executive Member for Cleaner, Safer and Stronger Communities said:

“These actions are really showing the value of teamwork. The food safety team visited 15 food businesses, resulting in three new food business operators being identified and enforcement action being taken against a further eight businesses because of conditions found at their premises.“

The activity is part of a range of multi-disciplinary visits planned throughout the city to improve safety, reduce anti-social activity and offer advice to businesses, landlords and tenants about their rights and responsibilities.


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Phil Morcom

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Leeds City Council

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