Rachel and local councillors Jim McKenna, Alice Smart and Alison Lowe have expressed concern that work at the iconic Mike’s Carpets building in Armley has not progressed, despite the building being encased in scaffolding for a number of months.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and Leeds City Council had promised to spend £500,000 on renovating the site but, there is now major concern that this work will not be carried out and the building will remain an eyesore. Rachel has written to Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, to express her concerns and support the action taken by the Council to enforce the notice to renovate the building. Rachel said:
"This building has been an eyesore for far too long. It is incredibly disappointing that so much money has been wasted on scaffolding, but the building remains in exactly the same state. I want to see progress which restores this prominent site into a fit state of repair."
"The building’s owners must stand by their obligations to it, or the Council should take every possible action including through the courts to ensure no more money is wasted and that this building is not left to crumble.”