Oil clear-up covers Leeds city centre pub in powder

Jonathan Rhodes at the Town Hall Tavern following the Council's efforts to clear up an oil spill in the Headrow. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
Jonathan Rhodes at the Town Hall Tavern following the Council's efforts to clear up an oil spill in the Headrow. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.
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A city centre publican has criticised Leeds City Council for its attempt at clearing up an oil spill which has left his pub a “complete mess”.

Jonathan Rhodes, the licensee at the Town Hall Tavern, in the Headrow, explained that council officials laid a chalk-like absorbent powder on a spill left by a street cleaning vehicle on Monday, but the substance has been trodden into units in surrounding streets following heavy rain this week.

Inside the Town Hall Tavern on Tuesday.

Inside the Town Hall Tavern on Tuesday.

Mr Rhodes claims workers at the pub mopped their floors 12 times on Tuesday, with yet more rain bringing the substance into the pub and potentially damaging its carpets today.

Having complained to the local authority, Mr Rhodes said he and some nearby law firms may seek compensation for carpet cleaning costs.

“As customers came into the pub it became a complete mess,” Mr Rhodes explained. “I’m really angry about it. If it had been a private company that had done it there would be council officials all over the place.

“Customers are saying it’s really slippy outside and we are still covered in the stuff.”

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A council spokesman said that a street cleaning crew was sent out on Tuesday to make sure the “unfortunate” oil spill had been dealt with fully.

Adding that the chemicals should “wash away in the coming days”, he said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this spill and if any local traders or premises have any ongoing issues please call 0113 2224406.”

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