Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Council’s new approach to tackling noise nuisance

Problems with noise will now be responded to more effectively through a new approach that will give the council a broader range of options and powers to take action against perpetrators.

In the past, domestic noise nuisance was classed under environmental health at Leeds City Council, but there have been long held concerns from residents that noise is a form of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The council has responded to these concerns by moving noise nuisance into the recently established Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team, which will now offer more powers to take action against those causing persistent noise nuisance.

Noise abatement notices are used to tackle noise complaints, however the joining of the services will ensure other powers to tackle noise complaints such as mediation between the complainant and perpetrator, ASBO, anti-social behaviour contracts, ASB closure notice and possession proceedings against serious persistent offenders are utilised.

Safer Leeds is also developing an out of hours response service for persistent noise nuisance problems, the aim being to enhance response rates and improve customer satisfaction. Developing closer links with Neighbourhood Policing Teams and other key partners is also taking place.

Cllr Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and regeneration said:
“Noise nuisance is a problem that blights many communities in the city, and can really affect peoples’ home life. The new arrangements will enable us to take a more robust approach to deal with this problem, and reduce the disruption that it causes to residents.

“As this is a new approach we are looking to make improvements as we move forward and find what works best for the service to ensure that our customers receive the best possible service.”


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Annual peace lecture looks at how countries can recover from crisis

The annual Olaf Palme peace lecture will be given this year by Professor Richard Jolly and will explore the new thinking required for countries who are recovering from crisis.

Professor Jolly, Honorary Professor and Research Associate at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, will present his lecture titled ‘Security for People -the real alternative to crisis and war’ at the Civic Hall on Monday 26 March at 7pm. The lecture will explore the thinking around recovering from crisis and the national and global challenges countries face.

Professor Jolly worked for the United Nations from 1982 to 1996, serving as a deputy executive director responsible for UNICEF’s programmes worldwide, and from then he worked on the widely acclaimed Human Development Report. Since leaving the UN he has worked on a multi-volume intellectual history of the UN’s contributions to ideas and policy in the economic and social arena.

Speaking ahead of the lecture, Professor Richard Jolly said:
“War and austerity, why not Peace and prosperity? I look forward to exploring the alternatives at this special annual occasion"

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Reverend Alan Taylor said:

“It is excellent to have Professor Jolly speaking at our annual peace lecture, and it will be very interesting to hear his thoughts.

Professor Dave Webb, co-organiser of the peace lecture event, said:
"The annual Peace Lecture is a unique occasion bringing together those groups and individuals in the city who work for a more peaceful society and a more secure world. Every year Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds City Council and the Peace and Human Rights organisations in Leeds come together to welcome and listen to someone who has been able to make a major contribution to peace. Sir Richard Jolly will be an excellent addition to the long line of inspiring speakers. His experiences and thoughts are vital contributions to the discussions on human security and alternatives to war at this time."

The lectures are organised by the Leeds City Council Peacelink Group in conjunction with Leeds Metropolitan University, which offers courses in global development, international relations, peace studies and conflict resolution.

There are a limited number of places available for the lecture. Anyone wanting to attend should email to peace@leeds.gov.uk or call 0113 247 4339 giving full name and telephone number or visit http://leedspeacelecture2012.eventbrite.co.uk

Note to editors:
The Leeds International Peace Lecture is held in memory of the late Swedish Prime Minister, Olof Palme, a leader and campaigner for peace and human rights. Olof Palme was assassinated in 1986 and the lecture has the full support of Swedish Embassy in London and his widow, Lisbeth, who gave the first memorial lecture in 1988.


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
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