On Thursday I attended this resident meeting. Here is my report:
Path behind the Northcote Drive/Crescent: Resident asked if there had been any progression regarding making this path better to use. I advised the path isn’t on the register of paths and Cllr Nash had now started the process to have this added. Once this done, the path can be adopted. Until this was done, nothing could be done to the path as there is no clear owner. Residents expressed frustration at this as it has been used for nearly forty years. I fully appreciate this but if the path was not registered when the estate was built, the council must follow a process to officially create it as a path and take ownership.
Drains on the path behind Northcote Drive/Crescent: Residents advised these drains become blocked due to sediment run off from the playing fields mound. I advised the drains are shared and thus the responsibility of Yorkshire Water. I will raise a request to have these cleared.
Dumped needles: Resident advised needles were being dumped in the bushes off the playing field leading to the bridge over the M621 to Dewsbury Road. The Police advised they knew this location well but didn’t know if this information had been passed to the Clear Neighborhoods’ Team. I advised I’d pass this on to see if we can get regular proactive checks.
Clean Air Zone: Residents were updated on phase two of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) proposals. It was advised reducing private hire (taxi) and bus emissions were the top priority as this had the largest effect on the city and in South Leeds - excluding the motorway. HGVs were a concern but imposing the CAZ on the whole of South Leeds would have a negative effect on many local businesses who would be charged even if not using their van/lorries, whereas pollution from vehicles on the motorway wouldn’t, as they can’t charge when on Highways England roads. South Leeds would still see large cuts in damaging pollution but to compensate for not covering the whole south due to industry, the area would be used as the test bed for clean energy in HGVs and other transport. Work on this was still being done and was subject to government funding. The phase two consultation on the CAZ was still running.
Estate maintenance: Resident shared their frustrations about the maintenance work being done on the inner street of the Leeds Home estates. Though time was short and this didn’t develop in to a full conversation, it is something I plan to take away and discuss with the estate management team from Leeds Homes.