It was standing room only when almost 70 people came to Armley Library on Friday 18th September to attend a public meeting called and chaired by Member of Parliament for Leeds West, Rachel Reeves, on the future of Armley Town Street. The meeting followed up on the enormous response that Rachel received to the Armley Town Street consultation that took place over the summer.
The results were circulated and discussed at the meeting, with 86% of respondents believing that there are problems on Armley Town Street and 72% attributing these problems to anti-social behaviour.
With representatives from the Police, Leeds City Council and local charities in attendance, residents were able to put their thoughts and concerns to the panel that included Rachel and Armley Councillors Alison Lowe and Alice Smart. The meeting covered concerns to do with street drinking, anti-social behaviour, lack of investment in the area and two new applications for off-licenses on Branch Road. The meeting was unanimous in opposition to the applications, including one for a 24 hour license to sell alcohol.
Rachel said, “We already have more than enough off-licenses in Armley. I will be writing to Leeds City Council Licensing Committee to oppose these applications on Branch Road. A decision to approve these applications would cause more problems in an area that already has more than its share. I urge any local resident who is also against these proposals to contact the Licensing Committee to ensure that Armley speaks with once voice in opposition to more off-licenses in the Town Street area.”
The outcome of the meeting was to establish an Armley Town Street steering group, led by local residents and supported by Rachel and the Armley Councillors. The purpose of the group will be to meet once a week for the next month and establish a plan to take forward to the Police and Council. There will be another public meeting in mid-October to review how this plan will be implemented.
Rachel said, “It is crucial that people who live and work in Armley are involved in creating a revival plan to change Town Street for the better. This is why I was delighted to have so many people come to me at the end of the meeting to offer their time and energy to be involved in coming up with proposals to help tackle the problems on Armley Town Street and make it the great area to live and work that we know it can be.”
If you are interested in being a part of the steering commitee, or if you have any further comments on Armley Town Street that you would like to share with Rachel, you can email email@example.com or call 0113 255 23 11.