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19/07/21 | Leeds local news | Nightclubs across Yorkshire can now reopen following the easing of most COVID-19 restrictions in England.

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More needs to be done to stop street parties in the student hotspots of Headingley and Hyde Park getting “got out of control”, according to a Leeds city councillor.

A meeting of a council scrutiny committee also heard how a letting agent in Leeds encouraged tenants to leave a previous occupant’s household waste on the streets to be collected by the council.

It follows a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) introduced in Headingley and Hyde Park last year, which bans street parties, drinking alcohol in public and taking drugs in public, while also requiring that  all rubbish should be in bins. The order gives council staff the ability to issue on-the-spot fines for those in breach.

But some councillors are concerned that the orders are not being enforced properly.

Coun Keyleigh Brooks (Lab) said: “(The PSPO) doesn’t seem to be having the desired impact. There have been problems with implementation and, from most accounts, it doesn’t seem to be being enforced, particularly around street parties and gatherings – there have been quite a few that have got out of control.

“Changeover has also been very trying and stressful for residents. As old tenants move out, you have new tenants moving in.”

She suggested connecting with the universities’ contacts to identify which students were causing antisocial behaviour, and asked whether universities collected data on where students were moving to in the summer months.

Coun Kevin Ritchie (Lab) claimed that his son and his friends were met with waste left behind by a previous tenant when they moved into a house in Headingley, only to be told by the letting agent to dump the rubbish in the street.

“I have seen the state of (Headingley) and it does concern me,” he said. “I was interested in the PSPO on leaving bags on the street.

“There was an experience my son and his friends moving into their property had about the waste being left behind – in theory by an identifiable tenant. The letting agent said ‘leave it on the street and the council will collect it’.

“I don’t think that is a sustainable approach for us as a city.”

Claire Smith, head of service for the council’s Leeds Antisocial Behaviour Team, said: “There are officers going around enforcing the PSPO at the moment. It is not acceptable leaving it on the street and expecting the council just to come along and remove it – that is not the right advice.

“I am pleased you have brought this to my attention – it is something I can take forward to the next landlord forum meeting. It is not right that rubbish is left out on the streets – this is the reason we added it to the PSPO this time.”

Responding to the concerns raised by Coun Brooks, she added: “Universities are not able to share data with us and do not have access to that information until September or October time.

“We have an antisocial behaviour awareness week next week, where we do door-knocking with WYP. there are some cases that are high priority at the moment what we have identified at an early stage.

“It is difficult around the information sharing agreement. We do share the data we get when we take an action against an individual with universities, but it is difficult when they are not classed as students until September/October time.

“But we are able to use enforcement powers if there is antisocial behaviour or noise nuisances.”

(LDRS | Richard Beecham)



Archaeologists digging at the site of a 2,000-year-old Roman fort have uncovered tens of thousands of artefacts - including Britain's oldest pistachio nut.

A vast haul of fascinating items have been discovered around Catterick, North Yorks., as part of a £400m Highways England project to upgrade the A1.

Workers excavated an astonishing 62,000 items from the ground, along with 2.8 tonnes of animal bone and 2.5 tonnes of pottery.

Among them was a pistachio nut dating all the way back to the first century which was excavated from a well - and is the oldest example ever found in this country.

It us thought to have been imported from the Mediterranean, where, along with North Africa, exotic items were shipped to serve the wealthy elite.

In addition to the nut, incense burners and ivory bracelets from overseas were found as well as a phallus carved out of stone, thought to symbolise protection and power.

According to experts, the discoveries cast new light on the Roman history of the region, once known as Cataractonium, and provide a rare insight into the civilian and military population millennia ago.

Northern Archaeological Associates (NAA) spent more than three years investigating remains exposed during construction, shedding new light on both known and previously unknown historical sites.

Analysis of THE objects has been used to tell the story of the area, which was likely occupied by Romans from the AD70s until the late 4th or early 5th century.

Highways England's Liam Quirk project managed the works, which were completed in 2018, long before the archaeological findings were recently revealed.

He said “By commissioning experts and working closely with the country’s heritage bodies and local authorities, we can ensure knowledge is conserved, our understanding of the past is enhanced and the archaeological findings are available for everyone now and in the future.

“We are proud to be able to contribute to the knowledge of the past through our funding of the archaeological work and we are delighted to have been able to add to the understanding of Roman settlements like Cataractonium and preserve the history of Yorkshire.”

The finds from the excavations are now held by the Yorkshire Museum in York, where the artefacts will be displayed and made available for future research and learning.

Mary Fraser, director of NAA said:

“NAA is delighted to be able to work on such prestigious archaeological projects for national infrastructure schemes.

"We are thrilled to present the stunning results of our excavations at Cataractonium in such a lavish monograph."

Engineering firm AECOM were lead designers on the A1 project, responsible for managing the archaeological work and analysis.

Principal heritage consultant Dr Jonathan Shipley said: “The archaeological works undertaken at Cataractonium represent some of the most significant excavations undertaken of a Roman town, and have hugely increased our understanding of the development of the site.

“The remains also tell the story of the people who lived in and around the town that developed alongside the Roman fort, and represents a wonderful link with the modern-day settlement that has developed because of the military camp at Catterick.

A digital book called Cataractonium is available for free from the Archaeology Data Service: https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/search.xhtml

(SWNS | Barnaby Kellaway)

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