Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Local mosque plays host to “crime and grime” consultation

Muslims from the Hyde Park area of Leeds are to be to be asked how they feel about public safety, crime and environmental issues where they live.

An open consultation is to take place at the Makkah Mosque on Thornville Road this Friday, 22nd October, between 2:30 and 4:30 pm. The event has been timed to coincide with the end of prayers.

A number of council services and other agencies will be present at the event, including, West Yorkshire Police, West Yorkshire Fire Service, West North West Homes and NHS Leeds as well as Children’s Services, the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, Safer Leeds , Area Management and Leeds University, who have worked with local councillors to organise the event.

It is the first time such an event has taken place in the mosque. The organisers hope it will give the community the chance to speak out about their concerns and their priorities.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for community safety and chair of Safer Leeds said:
“Hyde Park is a diverse area with a significant student population but there is also a large Asian community, many of them Muslim, and it’s important that their voices get heard.
“Enabling representatives from our services to visit communities in this way gives us an opportunity to get the views of a wider range of people, and this event offers the chance for us to engage with local Muslims. We want to find out how safe they feel, what is important to them, what the council and its partners are getting right, what needs improving and what is missing”
“I encourage all residents to come and attend the event and have their say on how to improve the area.”

Inspector Ian O’ Brien from the North West Inner Neighbourhood Policing Team said:
"This is a great opportunity for the Police and Partners in the Hyde Park area to explain what we are doing to create a safer more cohesive neighbourhood. More importantly, it is an opportunity for the Community to let us know if we are getting things right. It is vitally important that we listen and act on their concerns."

Qari Asim from the Imam at Makkah moque said:
"Makkah Masjid is pleased to be working with a number of Council Services and partner agencies to improve the area. This event provides local residents with an opportunity to express their concerns to the relevant agencies and work with them to bring about positive changes in their area."

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