Anxious wait after plans announced to shelve Leeds red light zone - YEP Comment

For the last seven years, it has been a contentious scheme that split opinion.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:45 am
The Managed Approach, which allows sex workers to operate in a non-residential area of Holbeck at certain times without fear of arrest, has been dogged by controversy. Pic: Getty
The Managed Approach, which allows sex workers to operate in a non-residential area of Holbeck at certain times without fear of arrest, has been dogged by controversy. Pic: Getty

The Managed Approach, which allows sex workers to operate in a non-residential area of Holbeck at certain times without fear of arrest, has been dogged by controversy.

Introduced back in 2014, the intention was to make communities safer and, crucially, increase the amount of support received by sex workers.

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Asked if the scheme had been a success, Leeds City Council deputy leader Debra Coupar refused to be drawn and said it was up to residents to decide.

This may come as a surprise to them as many have long-complained that nobody asked for their views in the first place and their worries have gone unheard.

While they are no doubt relieved by the change in approach, both they and local charities will be waiting anxiously to see how it works in practice.

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