Monday, 12 September 2011

Restaurant fined after black bags pile up.

CGS: Bin bags outside the Common Place bar

The owners of a Leeds bar and restaurant have been fined two thousand pounds for allowing waste to pile up on the street.

Local residents complained to the council about the rubbish at the rear entrance of the Common Place bar and restaurant on Wharf Street.

Staff from the council’s environmental action team visited the bar on 6th January and found around 40 black bags of waste. The bar did have a large bin but this was locked and empty.

Last week (Sept 7th) Leeds magistrates found the company guilty under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act for failing to store and dispose of the waste and fined them £2,000 with costs of £1,462.

Representatives of the bar failed to attend court and the company was found guilty in their absence.

Cllr Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services with Leeds City Council said:

“Businesses in Leeds have an obligation to store and dispose of their rubbish properly.

This company ignored that obligation and showed a complete disregard for local residents.

“ As a council we take these cases very seriously and will always take action when it is required.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office Tel:0113 2243937

Statement on success of Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee in 2011 Triathlon ITU World Championship Series

Caption: Brothers Jonathan (left) and Alistair Brownlee (right) are now officially the two leading triathletes in the world

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor has made the following statement congratulating Leeds triathlete Alistair Brownlee who became world champion for the second time in China this weekend and his younger brother Jonathan who claimed second place in the final standings.

Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor said:

“Congratulations to Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee for their superb achievements this year. To have two brothers ranked first and second in the world in such a gruelling sport is amazing and Alistair becoming world champion for the second time is fantastic. They are wonderful ambassadors for Leeds and Yorkshire, and the whole city is very proud of them as we look forward with huge excitement to seeing them compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.”


For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Senior communications officer,
Leeds City Council, Tel 0113 247 5472