Friday, 27 May 2011

Take away fined for selling food after hours

A take away in south Leeds has been fined for serving hot food after hours without the correct licence.

Sophie Khan, the owner of Salt & Pepper in Middleton, pleaded guilty at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday (May 24) to charges of selling hot food at a time when she did not have a licence to do so.

Ms Khan was fined £600, and ordered to pay cost to Leeds City Council of £1,237.61.

She was contacted on a number of occasions by Leeds City Council warning her to stop selling hot food after 11pm until she had the correct licence. On a number of different occasions undercover enforcement officers from the council’s Entertainment Licensing section visited Salt & Pepper after 11pm and were able to buy hot food.

Leeds City Council’s head of licensing and registration, John Mulcahy said:

“I hope this successful prosecution serves as a reminder to food outlets that they need to make sure they have the right licence to cover the way they are operating.

“Vendors should be aware that any person guilty of an offence of providing unauthorised late night refreshment is liable to imprisonment for up to six months or to a fine of up to £20,000, or to both.”


Note to editors:

Since the 24 November 2005 the provision of late night refreshment between the hours of 11pm and 5am is a licensable activity under the Licensing Act 2003. Premises supplying hot food during these hours require a premises licence or temporary event notice..


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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

Night-time nuisances get silent treatment from noise patrols

Changes to how Leeds’ noise nuisance team is organised mean a round-the-clock, rapid-response system is now clamping down on night-time rowdiness at no extra cost.

Uniformed mobile patrols are on standby to tackle disturbances and their increased mobility means they can nip noise in the bud as soon as possible to restore peace to neighbourhoods across the city.

Leeds City Council has been looking closely at how it can make the best use of its resources while having to make major cuts as its budget from the government has been reduced by £90m this year, with a further £47m savings to be found in the coming year.

While no extra money has been put in to the noise service, the way it is run and staffed has been shaken up to ensure that disturbances which wreck sleep and the city’s peace can be targeted as soon as possible.

Extra night patrols out in the city have been introduced and noise nuisance officers are working more closely with community safety teams.

Reports of excessive noise causing disturbances in communities across the city will be able to be dealt with far more rapidly by the two teams of easily-identifiable officers in high-visibility jackets as they can get to the scene more quickly.

Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services, Leeds City Council, said:
“The whole purpose of having a noise nuisance service is to stop distress caused to residents by tackling the rowdy behaviour as soon as possible.

“Leeds City Council- like many other councils across the country- is having to make severe cutbacks yet we still have one of the largest cities in the country to run. It’s our responsibility to get the best for our residents within these limits and we’ve managed to improve this service without spending any extra money.

Cllr Peter Gruen, chair of the Safer Leeds Partnership, said:
“I’m delighted that we are focussing our stretched resources on tackling the root of the problem in this intelligent way.

“By having more mobile patrols out in the community working closely together we can respond to reports more rapidly, put a stop to rowdy behaviour and restore the peace that people deserve.”

Anyone wishing to report excessive noise disturbance should contact the council on 0113- 222 4406 (day) or 0113- 242 5841 (night). Please note that although there will be much more focused attention on your call, no cash is available for extra staff so some peak times may prove busy.

• This week is national Noise Action Week. For advice on what to do about ringing alarms or other noise nuisance issues visit this page on Leeds City Council’s website Noise Action Week

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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Statement regarding the closure of the Tetley Brewery

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive board member for development, said:
“The closure of the Tetley Brewery, which has been part of Leeds for nearly 190 years, is an end of an era. It is disappointing that a Leeds institution is coming to an end but whilst the brewing operations will relocate elsewhere, we are pleased that 114 jobs will remain on site.

“Since the closure was announced we have worked with the landowners on redevelopment proposals for the area. The land is included in the south bank plans which will establish a new quarter in the city centre, creating new jobs and regenerating the local area. Part of the redevelopment includes the potential for a new park which will be a unique and exciting addition to Leeds.

“Whilst it is sad that the brewery will no longer exist, it is an exciting opportunity to regenerate this part of the city and the new proposals will continue to be discussed over the coming months.”

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Landlord fined for not obtaining licence

A Leeds landlord has been fined for not obtaining a licence for the house she rents out.

At Leeds Magistrates court on Tuesday 24 May, Yvonne Ruddock pleaded guilty by post and was fined £4525 and ordered to repay costs to Leeds City Council of £666 and a victim surcharge of £15.

As part of a campaign to improve housing in the Cross Green and East End Park part of the city , the Selective Licensing Scheme ensures that all owners of privately-rented properties need a licence to operate. Failure to get a licence, or comply with the conditions, can lead to a fine.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“It is important that landlords in this area of the city understand is the requirement to obtain a selective licence.

“To date there have been over 550 applications for licences for private rented property in the area, and I am pleased to see that most landlords are taking on board the need for a licence. However there are still a few landlords disregarding the scheme, and the selective licensing team continue to prosecute these people. I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder to those who ignore the scheme.”

The cost of the five year Selective Licence is normally £525 which equates to approximately £2.00 per week over a five year period.

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 under the Selective Licensing provisions.


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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

Singing star Aled tuning up for Opera in the Park in Leeds



Caption: TV star and singer Aled Jones (top) will be the leading performer at Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam

Television singing star Aled Jones has today been announced as the presenter and leading performer at this year’s Opera in the Park at Temple Newsam.

The popular singer, actor, author, presenter and radio star who can currently be heard on BBC Radio 2 and seen on BBC television shows ‘Cash in the Attic’ and ‘Escape to the Country’ will be the compere for the open-air evening classical music concert on Saturday 30 July.

The 40-year-old, who first shot to national prominence with his version of Christmas smash-hit ‘Walking in the Air’ in 1982 and has gone on to produce 28 albums in a hugely successful career, will also be performing at the event in front of a capacity 50,000 crowd.

He will be joined on stage by renowned opera soloists Orla Boylan, Heather Shipp, Gwyn Hughes Jones and David Kempster as well as The Leeds Festival Chorus, while the music will be being provided by The Orchestra of Opera North.

For the first time, this year’s event organised by Leeds City Council supported by media partners Magic 828 and the Yorkshire Post will also feature a spectacular fireworks finale.

Tickets for the event are priced at £12 general admission, £9.50 LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders and £8.50 for LEEDSCard Extra holders (all prices inclusive of VAT) and will be available from Monday 6 June.

The tickets can be booked online at www.leeds.gov.uk/opera as well as in person or by calling Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Rail Station (0113 242 5242), or from the City Centre Box Office at The Carriageworks off MIllennium Square (0113 224 3801). Tickets will also be available at The Leeds Grand Theatre box office on New Briggate (0844 848 2706).

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Aled Jones to be our star presenter and performer at this year’s Opera in the Park. He is hugely popular figure as well as a superb singer and along with excellent soloists, the wonderful Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and the fantastic Orchestra of Opera North it is sure to be a great event.

“In response to the extreme budget pressures we are facing we have reluctantly introduced an admission fee for this year’s event, but we think the entertainment on offer makes it excellent value-for-money and we are looking forward to it.”

Magic 828 breakfast show presenter Glenn Pinder said:

“Opera in the Park is always one of the highlight events of the year in Leeds – it has a special atmosphere all of its own and the setting at Temple Newsam is perfect.

“Having Aled Jones there this year is going to be fantastic and I am really looking forward to being there to introduce him and along with the crowd give him a great Leeds welcome and start a wonderful evening’s entertainment.”

Anyone requiring further information about the ticketing system or access to Opera in the Park can also contact Leeds City Council’s events team on 0113 224 3600 or by email at events@leeds.gov.uk. Full event details and travel information will be available at www.leeds.gov.uk/opera

Note to editors:

A booking/transaction fee will apply to bookings made online or by telephone.

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For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk