Tuesday, 9 November 2010

New markets manager is announced

Leeds City Council has today announced that they have appointed a new markets manager.

Sue Burgess will move across from her current role at Leeds City Council where she manages the support to the leader of the council, Councillor Keith Wakefield.

Sue is an experienced markets manager as she managed both the markets and the town centre in Stockton on Tees.

Her career in local government started in 1998 when she graduated with a first class honours degree in place management and marketing from the University of Leeds.

She has a track record of working in economic development and regeneration across North and West Yorkshire and the North East, managing complex redevelopments and funding programmes, and supporting small businesses.

Sue will take up her new role as markets manager in the New Year.

Sue has a real desire to challenge people’s perception of Kirkgate Market, and is really looking forward to taking on this new role:
“Kirkgate, Yeadon, Pudsey and Otley markets are wonderful places, and real treasure troves.

“Kirkgate especially is a historic gem in the city. It is at the heart of the city centre and offers a bustling atmosphere.

"It is important for the people of Leeds to understand what a great place it is, and how much variety and quality it has to offer."

She continued:

“Markets offer a fantastic place to shop, with great value for money and really fresh and local produce.

“The council fully support the markets in Leeds, as can be seen with developments in the last 12 months.

“We will continue to work with traders to identify ways in which the market can be improved and bring new businesses into the market.”

Leeds markets champion, Councillor Mark Dobson said:

“It is fantastic that we have now appointed to the post of markets manager.

“Sue has a fantastic background in working with markets, and really understands the issues. I am sure she is going to do an excellent job with the Leeds markets. I look forward to working with her and seeing the developments over the next 12 months.”

Throughout her working life, Sue has also set up and run three successful small businesses, and has lived and worked in Germany and the Canary Islands, before settling in Halifax where she lives with her partner Paul.

Kirkgate Market has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months with a number of new initiaitves including Jamie’s Ministry of Food, which was introduced in the summer, and also the Bazaar which opens every Wednesday on the open market. Recently the new website has been launched, which features trader profiles, news and events for all the markets across Leeds. Visit www.leedsmarkets.co.uk for more information.

Notes to editors:
Sue is available for interview this week. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange an interview.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Landlord gets £4,822 bill over failing to follow regulations at student house

A landlord who failed to comply with housing regulations at a house in multiple occupation he rented to students is facing a bill of almost £5,000.

At Leeds Magistrates Court on 5 November 2010, Mr Ahmed Mushtaq of Broomhill Drive, Leeds pleaded guilty to five charges relating to a house he rented out on Richmond Avenue, Headingley, Leeds.

Following a Leeds City Council prosecution, Mr Mushtaq pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with conditions attached to his House in Multiple Occupancy (HMO) licence and three offences under management regulations.

He was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,322 with a victims surcharge of £15.

A complaint from tenants about conditions at the property, for which Mr Mushtaq was receiving approximately £16,000 a year in rental payments, prompted the council’s HMO Licensing Team to carry out an inspection in January this year. It was during this inspection that breaches of licence conditions and Management Regulations were identified including:
o Failing to install the required fire detection system
o Failing to install all of the necessary fire doors
o Failing to maintain the kitchen fire door
o Failing to maintain an existing battery operated smoke detector
o Failing to provide hand rails on staircases

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, said:
“These properties are licensed to ensure the protection of the people living in them.
“The majority of landlords take their responsibilities seriously but when a landlord fails to maintain such a property, we will take action against them.
“I hope this sends out a very clear message to tenants in both the private and public sectors that if there are problems with your accommodation the council is there to help.”

Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation comprising three or more storeys, occupied by five or more people who share basic amenities, was introduced by the Housing Act 2004. It came in to force in 2006 and so far around 2,800 licences have been issued by the council for properties across the city. HMO licences contain conditions relating to matters including fire safety, heating and kitchen and bathroom facilities. Licences also restrict occupancy levels at a property.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Michael Molcher, Leeds City Council (0113) 224 3937
e-mail: michael.molcher@leeds.gov.uk