Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Top traffic and travel tips on twitter

Twitter users are being encouraged to follow Leeds City Council’s new real-time traffic and travel Twitter account; @LeedsTravelInfo to help them avoid the queues and get through Leeds quicker.

The account is run by the team in Leeds City Council who keep an eye on traffic moving through the city, it combines information about traffic lights and delays the team can see on their CCTV, with journey time information from various sources and re-tweets of relevant traffic related news. It’s not just for car users – bus and rail information is included and a cycle route map.

Road users can also help each other by passing on up-to-date news of any problems or delays they encounter via the @LeedsTravelInfo Twitter feed.

This Twitter feed is an extension of the council’s website which contains a vast array of information including: live Leeds CCTV; car park occupancy; journey times; motorway messages; latest road works; taxi rank locations; disabled bays and; live bus, rail and airport data.

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Retailer fined in clean streets clamp down

A Leeds based retailer is paying the price after ignoring warnings to deal with rubbish from his business located in one of the city’s environmental improvement zones.

Fayjal Hassan Chowdhury, owner of Mas Bazaar on Roundhay Road, was found guilty of offences under Section 47 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

His shop is based in one of the council’s environmental improvement zones, which aim to keep streets clean by making sure residents, landlords and businesses know how to deal with their rubbish and fully understand their waste responsibilities.

Alongside this educational focus, environmental enforcement staff take a tough approach to anyone not storing or disposing of their rubbish properly.

The zones were established last summer in inner north east and inner east Leeds in response to concerns of local residents and councillors about continued littering and waste issues in certain areas.

Chowdhury came to the attention of staff as part of their educational efforts to help people change their behaviour towards waste.

In October 2011 he was issued with a legal notice to keep the back yard of his shop clear of rubbish. Then in December 2011 Chowdhury was issued with a fixed penalty notice having breached the notice on more than one occasion.

Despite this, Chowdhury failed to clear the yard of rubbish and was prosecuted.

Magistrates fined Chowdhury £265 and ordered him to pay £1,117 costs and a £15 victim surcharge last week.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:

“In most cases the response to the environmental improvement zones has been really positive. Once people understand what they need to do, they are happy to help keep their neighbourhood clean.

“However, a few who don’t believe that this approach applies to them should take note. It would be easier, more cost effective and of benefit to the community they are part of to act responsibly and within the law.

“Failing to do so means we will exercise the legal powers at our disposal.”

For media enquiries please contact:
Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577