Member of Parliament for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, and the Armley ward Councillors, Jim McKenna, Alison Lowe and Alice Smart launched a consultation at the beginning of June this year to identify what local residents felt were the main issues facing Armley Town Street. The consultation included a street stall, the use of social media to encourage people to fill in the online survey and volunteers going door to door in most areas of Armley.
A total of 648 responses were registered.
Below is a breakdown of the results.
Do you use Armley Town Street?
YES – 90%
NO – 10%
- The overwhelming majority of people who responded to the survey lived in Leeds 12. The 10% of people who said they do not use Armley Town Street nearly all lived in Leeds 12 and attributed not feeling safe on the street and a lack in variety of shops and services for why they stay away.
Do you think there are any problems with Armley Town Street?
YES – 86%
NO – 14%
- The response to this question illustrates the mood of local residents; Armley Town Street had changed for the worse and is no longer catering for the needs of all the community.
When do you use Armley Town Street?
DAYTIME – 73%
EVENING – 24%
WEEKDAYS – 67%
WEEKEND – 44%
- It is clear that most people use Armley Town Street in the daytime, Monday to Friday. A noticeable number of people said that they use Armley Town Street all the time and ticked all boxes. Only a handful said that they only use it in the evening or at the weekend. This can be explained by people commenting that they felt unsafe at night and that they feel there is little to do on Town Street in terms of shopping and leisure at the weekend.
What do you use Armley Town Street for?
SHOPPING – 79%
SERVICES – 43%
TRANSPORT – 35%
OTHER – 19%
- Most people use Town Street for Shopping, with many more using it for services, like the Library or the bank. A sizable amount of people also use Armley Town Street to access transport, such as bus services.
What are the main problems on Armley Town Street?
TRANSPORT – 5%
ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR – 72%
CLEANLINESS – 59%
LACK OF SHOPS – 46%
PARKING – 13%
- Nearly three-quarters of people said that anti-social behaviour was a main problem on Town Street. Anti-social behaviour can include: street drinking, fighting, intimidation and harassment, amongst other issues.
- Over half of respondents said that cleanliness is a problem. In the comments, concerns about cleanliness varied from littering on the pavements, fly-tipping behind the shopping plaza and the amount of abandoned buildings or empty shops.
- Nearly half of people said that lack of shops was a major problem for the area. Many people went further to explain that there was not a large variety of shops to entice them to do a big shopping trip in the area and that many useful places like bakers, butchers and clothes shops have been turned into off-licences. Many said it was easier to go to Bramley or Leeds because there is a wider variety of shops available.
- There were also concerns about how expensive goods are on the street compared to other places and how this was putting local people off from even just popping into Armley to buy essential items, along with feeling unsafe.
Have you witnessed any criminal activity on Armley Town Street?
YES – 47%
NO – 53%
- Nearly half of respondents claimed to have witnessed criminal activity on Armley Town Street. Most comments explained peoples’ first-hand experiences of street drinking, theft and muggings.
If answered YES on question 6 [above], have you contacted the police about what you witnessed?
YES – 43%
NO – 57%
Nearly half of all people who said they had witnessed crime on Armley Town Street had reported it to the police. Some people feel the police do not do enough patrols on Armley Town Street. Other people said the Police were doing their best in difficult circumstances. Others have said that more work needs to be done to prevent crime from taking place.
If you have any further comments about Armley Town Street that you would like to share with Rachel, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 255 23 11.