What Safer Leeds says about city’s ‘legal’ red light area

Safer Leeds must balance the different needs of residents, businesses, sex workers, agencies and support teams.
Safer Leeds must balance the different needs of residents, businesses, sex workers, agencies and support teams.

The ‘managed Approach’ in the Holbeck area of the city is monitored and reviewed by Safer Leeds, a partnership of various organisations headed up by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.

A spokesman said: “We have made an ongoing commitment to listen closely to all of the views that have been expressed regarding this particular approach, and adapt and modify the strategy as appropriate.

A picture taken by a resident who lives near the area covered by the 'managed approach'.

A picture taken by a resident who lives near the area covered by the 'managed approach'.

“To inform this work, and balance the different needs of residents, businesses, sex workers, agencies and support teams, this included undertaking a wide-ranging public consultation and review of the scheme last summer.

“In response, we have worked extremely hard with partners to reduce the impact and tackle the concerns raised in the community. This includes, for example, changing operational hours of the Managed Approach, and increasing local environmental budgets to support local businesses.

“Residents, businesses and all interested parties can be fully assured that the work undertaken as part of the Managed Approach is under continuous review to ensure it is meeting our aims of helping vulnerable sex workers to exit the streets, enforcing against criminality and supporting the community.

“If this is not the case, further steps will be taken and further options considered as appropriate.”

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