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Leeds City Council invests in local housing estates


Leeds City Council has approved further funding for improvements to commercial properties based within housing estates across the city.



The council have committed to invest £130,000 to maintain these premises which are occupied by businesses such as post offices, grocers and takeaways.



The work will include improvements to pitched roof canopies over their shop premises, which in turn will increase the lifespan and rental life of the buildings. Some of the work included will involve a new roof for the property at 6 Bodmin Crescent and a new car park surfacing works at Lincoln Green Road amongst others.



Income generated from these premises amounts to over £1.3million per annum, exclusive of business rates and council tax, and is used to continue supporting businesses and services in and around council housing estates throughout the city.



A further £162,000 has been spent on repairs to these buildings during the last financial year.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:



“It is important that we invest in housing estates across the city to bring them up to a decent standard to improve the look and feel of communities.



“The aim of the refurbishment work is to make each site the hub of the estate and to offer a range of different uses be it retail, office or industrial.



“The income the council generates from these properties can be used to continue to support these businesses and services throughout the year.”



Notes to editors:



In previous years, the council has completed £360,000 worth of improvements to their commercial roofs, window frames, kitchens, bathrooms, central heating systems, further resurfacing works to car parks and improving security lighting provisions on their shopping parades.





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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk