Monday, 20 December 2010

Get your bins out in time for Christmas collections

Make sure you get your bins out a day early this week in time for Christmas collections, Leeds City Council is reminding residents.

Bins should be placed outside homes a day earlier than usual, unless collections are due on Saturday, January 1- in which case the bins will be emptied the following day, Monday January 2.

Bank holidays Monday and Tuesday December 27/28 will be normal working days for collection crews, so there will be no changes then.

Changes to collection dates are as follows:

• Wednesday 22 December 2010 changed to Tuesday 21 December 2010
• Thursday 23 December 2010 changed to Wednesday 22 December 2010
• Friday 24 December 2010 changed to Thursday 23 December 2010
• Saturday 25 December 2010 changed to Friday 24 December 2010
• Saturday 1 January 2011 changed to Sunday 2 January 2011

Don’t forget that your local household waste site is open throughout the holiday period, from 9am to 4pm every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Extra skips will be on site for any additional green bin recycling that will not fit into bins and that residents wish to recycle before their next collection day.
Meanwhile, Leeds’ garden waste collections have been suspended to allow refuse crews to focus on black and green bin collections and Christmas services as harsh winter weather bites.

Back-up arrangements have been put in place to tackle missed collections with the aim of emptying all missed bins within 48 hours. Householders are advised to:

• Put bins out before 7am and bring them in when they have been emptied;
• If your bin has not been emptied by 6pm on your normal day of collection, leave it out for a further 48 hours;
• If it is still not emptied after this time, take it back in and put it out on your next scheduled collection day;
• If your bin is full, put your rubbish into bags and put them out next to your bin on your next scheduled collection day;
• Bags clearly labelled as recycling will also be taken and the contents recycled as normal;
• If your bin has not been emptied on more than one scheduled date contact the council so it can be investigated. Call 0113 222 4406 (Mon-Fri 8am- 6pm), call into your local One Stop Centre or email refusecollection@leeds.gov.uk

Further information about household waste sites, collections and other council services over Christmas can be found on the council’s web pages at www.leeds.gov.uk

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335
e-mail: donna.cox@leeds.gov.uk

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Fourth landlord prosecuted over selective licensing failure

Another Leeds landlord has been prosecuted for failing to properly licence a property – in the continuing campaign to improve housing in an area of the city.

FBA Properties Ltd has been given two-year conditional discharges in respect of each of six offences regarding properties they own and managed in the designated Selective licensing area in Cross Green and East End Park. Should they return to court within the two years the magistrates will be informed of this fact.

At Leeds Magistrates Court on 9 December, the company pleaded guilty for failing to apply for Selective Licences for six of their properties. Leeds City Council, which brought the prosecution, was awarded full costs of £4,787.

In a bid to crack down on anti-social tenants and poor housing, part of Cross Green and East End Park in Leeds was designated as an area of Selective Licensing last October. It means all owners of privately rented properties in the area need a special licence to operate.

The company is the fourth landlord in the city to be prosecuted for this offence after ignoring numerous warnings to apply for the five-year licenses, which cost just £525 a year per property. They eventually applied in October – after legal proceedings had begun and more than a year after the Selective Licensing regime started.

Where a landlord holds a current HMO Licence for a property within the Selective Licence Area they do not need to apply for a further licence. However, landlord, owner or person in control of a property which is being let who fails to obtain a licence could face a fine of up to £20,000.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, said:
“Ignoring repeated warnings will not make selective licensing go away – it is in place not only to protect tenants but also to help improve life for people living in these areas.
“Failing to apply is a dereliction of a landlord’s duty and applying once the prosecution is underway is too little too late.
“We will not fail to prosecute landlords who knowingly fail to comply with this legislation.”

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

Make sure your Christmas isn’t on the menu for criminals

People in Leeds are being offered a Christmas menu with a difference – one that could stop criminals from ruining the festive period.

Safer Leeds, the city’s crime-fighting partnership between Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police, is urging people to take greater security measures against burglars and thieves as the dark nights continue.

The ‘menu’ of Yuletide safety tips covers everything from making sure your house is secure – the vast majority of burglaries happen when the house is unoccupied – to taking care on a pre-Christmas night out.

The starter:
When you are leaving home:
Lock doors and windows
Leave a light on – or use a timer
Don’t leave presents on display – they are an invitation to a thief
Hide handbags and car keys – hall tables are the first place a burglar will look
Draw curtains at night
Remember to lock sheds and outbuildings too

The main course:
When you are out:
If you are driving:
Park in a well lit place
Don’t leave presents and valuables on display – or even in the glove compartment
Wipe sat nav marks off the windscreen
Don’t drink and drive

Dessert:
If you are not driving:
Book a return taxi before you leave if possible
Otherwise use a licensed cab and queue up where there are taxi marshals
If you are out clubbing, don’t leave your drink unattended.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for community safety, said:
“Everyone wants a safe and pleasant Christmas without worrying about whether they, their homes and their possessions are safe, but all it takes is a few simple measures and you can relax and enjoy the festive period.
“Present-stuffed Christmas trees, unlocked cars and clearly-unoccupied homes are easy targets for burglars, while a good night out can turn nasty if you don’t take care.
“We’re hoping this Christmas ‘menu’ with a difference will remind people to stay safe while they have a good time.”

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