17
July
2014
|
00:00
Europe/London

Team work delivers better communities





A
mixture of Leeds local organisations joined forces to improve housing and
communities in the Edinburghs area of the city yesterday.





The
event was part of the Leeds Neighbourhood Approach aimed at targeting
properties where landlords have failed to respond to invitations to work with
the council to improve their private rented accommodation or bring their empty
home back into use. It also provides advice and guidance to local people
about safety and crime prevention.






Councillor Peter Gruen,
executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel,
said:






“I’m
delighted that we’ve been able to provide support to people in the Edinburghs as
part of our commitment to working in targeted areas which house some of the
city’s most vulnerable people. The conditions found inside some of the
properties justify our partnership approach.






“We
know some of the tenants the teams met would never complain to the council for
fear of retaliatory eviction and working in this proactive way offers them a
safe way to make their concerns heard.”






Officers
from the council’s Neighbourhood Team and the Neighbourhood Police Team inspected
15 properties where formal notice to gain entry had already been served. They
found conditions including overcrowding, fire safety issues, electrical hazards and
entry by intruders and will now start follow up enforcement work to deal these concerns.






Crime
Prevention Officers gave specific advice to residents on the day and general
advice was handed out to all properties in the area regarding the Police’s
Summer Burglary Campaign 2014, while Leeds City Council’s digital inclusion bus
was present throughout the day to provide online access to services for residents
and for use as a base by the partners.






Ends:






For media enquiries, please contact:






Phil Morcom



Communications
and Marketing team, Leeds City Council,



4th
Floor West, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR






Mobile:  07891 276270



Tel:
0113 224 3602



Fax:
0113 247 4736



www.leeds.gov.uk