Leeds City Council has called upon the city’s 50,000 students and their landlords to be mindful of the local communities during the summer changeover period. With numerous student tenancies ending this month in Leeds, the council plans to work closely with the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University to provide support to students, landlords, and their agents, aiming to minimise noise and waste disposal problems.
To address potential issues before they escalate, council staff from various services will be actively patrolling student areas, knocking on doors, and engaging with students. Last year, the council collaborated with the universities to launch an unprecedented dedicated service aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour and noise disturbances in neighbourhoods with a significant student population.
This service, fully funded by the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, has proven highly successful, resulting in a significant reduction in noise reports since its implementation. Nightly patrols to address anti-social behaviour and noise disturbances will be maintained throughout the summer changeover period, with increased resources deployed to ensure swift and efficient response to any such incidents.
In addition to reducing noise levels, students and landlords can contribute by appropriately disposing of waste and recycling or donating items to charities wherever possible, thereby ensuring that nothing is left on the streets or beside their bins. During the changeover period, the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University jointly fund a doorstep collection service for reusable items, providing blue bags to 7,000 households. Residents can fill these bags with their donations, which will be redistributed.
Half of the donated items will be given to the British Heart Foundation, which will also provide additional donation banks in the area, while the other half will be offered free of charge to communities in Leeds. To combat the problem of fly tipping and bin scavenging, the council plans to deploy additional resources for refuse collection and street cleaning, supported by specialised environmental enforcement officers who will focus on preventing the dumping of household items onto residential streets and the practice of “bin tatting.”
To assist students who are unable to reach a charity shop, the council has collaborated with local charities St Vincent du Paul and Slate to establish a pop-up charity drop-off point at Cinder Moor on June 29-30, between 10am and 4pm. Reusable items such as furniture, electrical goods, clean bedding, and sealed food donations will be accepted.
Furthermore, landlords and agents have been reminded of their obligation to properly dispose of waste from their properties and exclusively employ licensed third-party waste carriers. The council is offering support to accredited landlords by providing free disposal of household waste. In cases of non-compliance, council officers will take enforcement action to ensure adherence to the regulations.
All the necessary advice and guidance can be found at www.unipol.org.uk/movingout.
Speaking ahead of the changeover weekend, Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources with responsibility for Safer Leeds, and Councillor Mohammed Rafique, executive member for climate, energy, environment, and green space, emphasised the significance of students in the city’s community, acknowledging their substantial contributions to the economy and culture. However, they also recognised that areas with a higher student population can experience anti-social behaviour issues.
Councillor Coupar and Councillor Rafique stated, “Anti-social behaviour is unacceptable, and no one should have to tolerate it. We will make every effort along with our partners to tackle the issue throughout the changeover period and would like to reassure the local community that any issues will be handled quickly.”