Row over Kaiser Chiefs Leeds concert litter

The confetti wipe-out. PIC: Andy Manning

The confetti wipe-out. PIC: Andy Manning

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Confetti and historic Kirkstall Abbey are not a marriage made in heaven as far as one Leeds councillor is concerned.

The amount of confetti-type ticker tape left in the grounds of the 12th century abbey over a week after the Kaiser Chiefs’ triumphant home-coming concerts has angered Coun Chris Townsley (Lib Dem, Horsforth).

The brightly-coloured tape was fired from two cannons either side of the stage in the performances.

But taking a walk at the abbey a week after the concerts attended by thousands of people, Coun Townsley was dismayed at the amount of tape and other litter remaining in the grounds.

He said: “I couldn’t believe how untidy it all was. I am in favour of events like the concerts but it is important that a proper and effective clean-up takes place afterwards.

“When I was walking around the grounds I couldn’t see there had been a clean up. The tape wasn’t just where the stage had been, it had been blown by the wind and it was all over the place. It really was an eyesore.

“The abbey is a national treasure and people come from all over to visit it. We shouldn’t be leaving it in such a state.”

A council spokeswoman said: “There was some confetti-type ticker tape that was left over after the concert. The use of this confetti was not included in the event plan and was not expected.

“Our parks and countryside team were responsible for the clean up and used a mechanical sweeper to remove as much of the litter as soon as possible, but the gales on the following days blew some of the remaining litter further afield.

“Further work has been programmed to remove the remaining litter as soon as possible, and lessons have been learnt to restrict the use of this form of confetti at future events. We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused to visitors to this important ancient monument.”

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