Statement from leader of Leeds City Council following day of high winds in Leeds

Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council, said:

“Staff from across Leeds City Council along with our partners have been hard at work throughout the day in an effort to minimise the disruption the high winds caused to residents.

“Some travel restrictions and road closures have had to remain in place for most of the day, which may make the journey home longer than usual for many, but we are confident that it will be back to business as usual tomorrow.

“Inevitably the wind has meant it has been a challenging day for everyone, but fortunately by taking swift action and the proper precautions, we have weathered the storm well. I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping to keep the city safe today.”


Background information:

- Roads around Bridgewater Place including Water Lane, Victoria Road and Neville Street closed to all through traffic from 06.30am today (Thursday). Access to car parking for business was enabled. The area was reopened by 4pm. Diversions for high-sided vehicles were expected to remain until Friday morning.

- Officers from Leeds City Council’s Building Control and Emergency Planning departments along with the fire service attended Bramley Shopping Centre, where a number of panels were coming off the roof. After a full inspection, it was not necessary for any residents to be evacuated.

- The Forestry Service received more than 100 incident notifications during the day.

- Building Control officers attended the Leeds Grand Mosque on Woodsley Road to help prevent damage to the building’s roof.

- Council officers gave a helping hand to a number of people crossing Water Lane this morning.

For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk