Crackdown on large street parties, noisy neighbours, overflowing bins and public drug use in north Leeds

Leeds Council has issued a crackdown on large street parties, noisy neighbours, overflowing bins and public drug use in north-west Leeds.

Wednesday, 1st July 2020, 4:45 pm
Leeds Council has issued a crackdown on large street parties, noisy neighbours, overflowing bins and public drug use in north-west Leeds. Pictured: Hyde Park.

The council has put a protection order in place in Headingley, Hyde Park, Weetwood, Little London and Woodhouse following concerns raised by residents and local businesses.

The areas, which are home to a high number of the city's student population, will now be subject to Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

This order will target noise nuisance, and large scale parties in the street; the disposal of rubbish and household waste; anti-social behaviour and criminality; the drinking of alcohol and the use of psychoactive substances in public spaces.

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It will be in place for three years.

The council’s environment team will be phasing-in use of powers contained under the PSPO specifically around the rubbish and household waste from autumn.

Bins will only be allowed to be left out on the street from 6pm the day before collection and only allowed to remain until 9pm on the day of the collection.

This order will apply to all residents living or residing in residential properties or premises.

Continued failure to comply with any requirements contained under the PSPO could result in enforcement action being taken, which could include a fine or action through the courts.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities, said: "We will always seek to acquire any additional powers or legislation which can further support our work to tackle any issues that are having a detrimental impact on the day-to-lives of residents, businesses and stakeholders in all of our communities.

"It is for this reason that we have taken the decision following a public consultation to now introduce a PSPO in a number of communities residing in inner north west Leeds which was delayed due to the challenges that we faced across all our services from coronavirus.

"Our work on coronavirus very much remains, but having assessed our resources and with government guidance changing we feel that we are now in a position to move forward with many elements that form the PSPO, although some areas such as rubbish and waste may need a little bit more time in terms of implementation to ensure the appropriate consultation is undertaken.

"This PSPO will support our work to tackle various topics of concern which includes anti-social behaviour, noise nuisance, how rubbish and household waste is disposed of, and negative issues stemming from the drinking of alcohol and use of psychoactive substances in public spaces.

"The introduction of the PSPO will we hope make a positive impact in these different areas, but there is no doubt that if we are to see long-lasting improvements, local residents, organisations and all stakeholders have a hugely important and vital role to play in helping us achieve this goal.

"With that in mind, we are looking forward to working with and hearing their views through our on-going behavioural change and face to face engagement and outreach programme."