New funding from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds, will offer a new, dedicated community service for the Headingley, Hyde Park and Little Woodhouse areas.
This builds on existing work by a partnership, which includes all seven of the city’s higher education providers and their students’ unions, Leeds City Council and West Yorkshire Police.
The partnership’s aim is to improve relations between students and the local communities. With the new funding the partnership will focus on managing:
- Noise nuisance.
- Antisocial behaviour.
- Waste and environmental crimes such as littering and fly-tipping.
- Increased enforcement where issues arise.
New resources will be operational from January 2022 and the new measures include:
- Two full-time response officers dedicated to the area seven days a week, working from 5pm to 4am and proactively monitoring concerns relating to noise nuisance, in addition to the city-wide out of hours provision.
- Two police community support officers (PCSOs) will continue to support response officers on Friday and Saturday nights.
- The Leeds Watch triage service will have additional call handling capacity in place on Friday and Saturday.
In addition to more officers on the ground, the partnership will be supported by:
- A new full-time community coordinator employed by Leeds City Council.
- Anew community relations post being appointed by Leeds Beckett University.
These new postholders will work with an existing community and student engagement officer at University of Leeds, and will engage regularly with community groups, landlords, Unipol and other key stakeholders.
The partnership plans to meet each term with chairs of residents’ associations. Improved processes will also be put in place to give residents more information about their complaints.
Both student unions at Leeds Beckett and University of Leeds are involved and will support a programme of student engagement.
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