Wednesday, 7 May 2014

New integrated noise nuisance service launched in Leeds

A new integrated single service to tackle noise nuisance across the city has been launched by Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.

As part of a six month pilot, the revamped service will see staff from the council and West Yorkshire Police, working under the banner of Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team (LASBT), join forces to tackle noise nuisance and low-level anti-social behaviour across the city.

This follows a review by partners, which looked at a range of options to see how the out of hours noise nuisance service could be further improved to meet the needs of residents.

The new noise nuisance team will incorporate resources from LASBT, LeedsWatch Security Service and West Yorkshire Police, and include a 24 hour telephone response capability. Two mobile marked vehicles will also operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 6pm to 4am, with a reduced service being offered from Monday to Thursday, where one vehicle will be available.

Any residents suffering from excessive and/or intrusive noise problems can get in touch with the noise nuisance service on 0113 3950143

Councillor Peter Gruen, chair of Safer Leeds said:

"We recognise that noise nuisance is a very real issue across the city and causes significant distress for neighbours. With this in mind, we have completed a review with partners to see how the combatting of anti-social behaviour in Leeds can be improved.

"We have now taken the decision with our partners to join up our resources in order to provide a greater strategic approach to how this problem is tackled and resolved for residents.

"With summer traditionally offering the most problems regarding noise nuisance, this is the perfect time to launch our new enhanced service, which will include improvements to how we respond to calls in our control room and again the deployment of two mobile vehicles that will deal with cases across the city."

Superintendent Sam Millar, West Yorkshire Police said:

"There is a very strong and effective community safety partnership in the Leeds district and it is fundamentally important that we work together to tackle and deal with anti-social behaviour which ruins communities and life for so many residents.

"Tackling anti-social behaviour, whatever form it takes, is a key priority for the police and for our partnership and we will play our part in delivering the right service for the city."

Notes for editors:

The mobile marked vehicles will be staffed on Monday through to Thursday by Anti-Social Behaviour Response Officers with an enhanced service put in place on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday when calls are at their highest to meet an increased demand for service. From Friday to Sunday, when calls for service are at their highest, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) will work alongside their colleagues from the anti-social behaviour response team to deal with noise related incidents.

Residents suffering from excessive and/or intrusive noise problems can get in touch with the service on 0113 3950143. Calls for service will be received and advice, assistance will be given. Where calls require a visit vans will be dispatched through our Leeds Watch control room and sent through to the response vehicles, which are equipped with laptops to enable calls to be prioritised to ensure residents are responded to appropriately and efficiently. Where a visit is required to the problem areas, the response officers will seek to address problems with noise and if necessary issue appropriate advice or notices.

Households subject to repeated reports will be passed through to LASBT’s daytime team for further investigation and could find themselves subject to enforcement action under either the Environmental Protection Act or further anti-social behaviour legislation.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Grub’s up at local café from market food waste

Many more meals will be served up at an innovative local café thanks to a new partnership with Leeds Kirkgate Market.

Food from outdoor market traders that would otherwise be headed for the bin has been donated to the Real Junk Food Project.

The first collection saw nearly 250kg of fruit, veg and other items nearing their use-by date collected by project volunteers.

The leftovers helped the pay as you feel café in Armley feed their guests in a Sunday feast last month.

With the potential to stop around a tonne of food from the market going to waste in landfill each month, both the soon-to-be-refurbished market and Real Junk Food Project hope this will be the start of a beneficial partnership.

Sue Burgess, markets manager, said:

“We’re really excited about teaming up with the Real Junk Food Project. Not only are we reducing our environmental impact, we’re also helping to feed people in an imaginative and successful way. Our thanks go to traders for getting on board.”

Adam Smith, co-director at the Real Junk Food Project, said:

“It’s great that the traders and team at Kirkgate Market were willing to open their doors to us. With this first collection under our belts, we hope this will be a catalyst for the Real Junk Food Project and the council to work together more effectively in the future to manage waste around the city.”

The market and project will be working together to establish regular collections.

More information about the Real Junk Food Project and pay as you go café can be found on Facebook.

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