Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Richmond Hill community to clean up with new bins

New bin services are being introduced to help keep Richmond Hill streets clean.

The council is responding to complaints from local residents who are fed up of people using back alleys as a dumping ground. Instead of dealing with rubbish appropriately, people have been indiscriminately throwing bags of rubbish over walls, causing a real mess.

Properties in Clark Lane, Dent Street, Kitson Street and Oxley Street will now receive new black and green bins, which will be collected from the end of the gated alleys from Friday 1 June.

Residents will be responsible for taking bins to and from the end of the gated alley. But identifying their bin will be easy thanks to the efforts of pupils at Richmond Hill Primary School.

Their artistic talents were put to the test in a competition to design eye-catching stickers to allow residents and council staff to identify which property bins belong to, with £10 vouchers and certificates up for grabs for the winning entries.

Local residents have already been advised of the upcoming changes, but to help them get used to the new service, council staff will be on hand at an information event on Wednesday 23 May. People can join them between 3.30 and 4.30pm at Richmond Hill Primary School to learn about the new service, good bin housekeeping and ask any questions.

And to make sure the area is clean and ready for the new service starting, a community clean up is being held on Saturday 26 May. Between 10am and 2pm, back streets will be cleared of litter and bulky items.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:

“I hope residents make full use of the new collection service. Not only will it rid a community of the blight of litter and fly tipping, but it will help residents recycle which is great for Leeds’ environment.”

A dedicated team of enforcement officers will be working in the area to help people make the most of the new bin service and understand good bin etiquette.

Residents will be given a set period of time to allow them to settle into their new bin routine.

After this time, anyone who continues to throw litter or leave their bins out on the street after they’ve been emptied will be subject to the usual warnings and fines.

In addition, anyone found to be leaving their bin uncollected, may be subject to enforcement action through their tenancy agreement with East North Homes Leeds.

The scheme has been co-ordinated by the Inner East Area Committees Neighbourhood Manager for Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, in partnership with local councillors, the East North East Locality Team, Environmental Services and East North East Homes Leeds.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk


Lowest ever injuries as pupils learn to become safe road users

CGS: Students from Leeds College of Building learn about road safety with help from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and Leeds City Council's road safety team.

The number of people injured on the roads in Leeds last year reached an all time low.

There were 2686 casualties in 2011- the lowest recorded figures since the district was formed in 1974.

The figures represent a reduction of 78 (3%) on the equivalent 2010 figures and a reduction of 17% on the 2006-10 five year average (3234).

The number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads fell in 2011 to 297 – seven fewer than the previous year and a 14% reduction on the 2006-10 five year average.

A total of 2389 road users were slightly injured, a reduction of 71 on the figure for 2010 and a 17% reduction on the 2006-10 five year average.

The figures were announced as Leeds City Council revealed that a record number of children and young people in Leeds learnt about road safety and sustainable travel last year.

Over 49,000 pupils of all ages took part in road safety education programmes between 1st April 2011 and 31st March 2012. The training could make the difference between life and death – as well as helping young people understand how the choices they make about transport can have an impact on congestion and the environment

The courses, run by Leeds City Council’s Influencing Travel Behaviour team, are designed to influence young people’s attitudes to road safety and to encourage them to choose lower carbon forms of travel, particularly for more local journeys such as getting to and from school.

The team uses a range of techniques to get the messages across, including drama, musical roadshows, and rescue demonstrations by the fire service

The work of the Influencing Travel Behaviour Team is part of a wider programme which includes engineering and infrastructure measures designed to make the roads safer for all users and ensure that casualty rates continue to fall.

Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for development said:
“It’s good to see the downward trend continuing, but even one death or injury on our roads is one too many. We must remember that each and every one of these casualty figures represents a personal story or pain and loss.

“ So often, we hear people refer to road traffic collisions to as ‘accidents’, but in many cases these collisions could have easily been avoided had one or more of the road users involved behaved or acted differently.

“That’s why educating people about using the roads safely and sustainably is crucial to our efforts. The work we do with partners in the fire service and the police to help young people understand the issues is particularly important. If we can positively influence young people’s attitudes now, then we stand a chance of ensuring that they become safe and sustainable road users for life.”


For media enquiries, please contact:
Annie Goodyear, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3937

Email: anniegoodyear@leeds.gov.uk

For more information on the work of the Road Safety Promotion Unit, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/roadsafety or contact us at road.safety@leeds.gov.uk

Truck dumped during fly tipping to be sold

Top: Councillor Mark Dobson inspects the seized vehicle before being sold at auction.
Below: Tonnes of rubbish were dumped before the vehicle occupants fled.

A vehicle that was abandoned when two men were caught fly tipping has been seized by the council and will be sold to pay for the fight against environmental crime.

The flat bed truck was used to dump five tonnes of rubble on council land next to Holbeck Moor on 26 March. Unfortunately for the truck owners, council enforcement officers were already on the scene having received recent complaints about fly tipping at the site.

The officers were astonished to see the vehicle reverse and discard its cargo. The quick thinking staff used their own van to block the only exit. With nowhere to go, the two occupants of the offending vehicle fled, leaving the seven and a half tonne truck behind.

Using the legal tools available to the council, the person in charge of the truck was identified and has been given every opportunity to claim the vehicle and answer for the occupant’s actions.

With no one claiming the truck within the allotted timescale, ownership of the vehicle has passed to the council. The law says that the council can now use the vehicle in any way it feels appropriate.

On this occasion, the vehicle is being sold at auction. Proceeds of the sale will be used to cover the costs of cleaning up the site and moving the rubble which is now forming a barrier to stop anyone else from using the land as an illegal dump. Any money left over will be reinvested in equipment to help the council tackle fly tipping.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said:

“Our continued efforts to wipe out the blight of fly tipping means we are closing in on those who illegally dump waste in Leeds. Thanks to the great work of our staff incidents like this are steadily decreasing.

“To witness a crime in action is one thing, but to take the tools of the illegal trade off the offenders and prevent them using the vehicle for other offences is a fantastic result".

Although the vehicle has now become the property of the council, enforcement staff will continue to try to identify the two offenders and anyone else who commits environmental crime and will take court action against them.

Residents who witness any instances of fly tipping or have any information that will help identify individuals involved in environment crime can call 0113 222 4406.

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577
e-mail: amanda.l.burns@leeds.gov.uk