Tenants keep out construction vehicles

By John Fisher, April 23, 2009
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Leeds Jewish Housing Association residents have won a battle to keep cranes and diggers away from their street during the £4 million expansion of an LJHA sheltered housing complex.

The association had earmarked Queenshill View, where they live, as a site entrance for the development, which is directly linked to the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre.

Residents voiced concern at the prospect of pollution, noise and parking problems in the narrow street where the 10 properties are home to families with a total of 17 children.

After a number of complaints, LJHA has agreed access to the site from Stonegate Road, where the community centre is located, until September. After that, it will be from the car park of Skyte House, which adjoins the community centre.

Queenshill View residents’ representative Andie Riley hailed the decision as a victory for common sense. “Residents are relieved because their children are now not going to be in danger.”

LJHA project manager Craig Simons was pleased an amicable solution had been reached. “The last thing we wanted to do was alienate our tenants.”

The association has received Homes and Communities Agency funding to build 62 one- and two-bed flats, bringing the total on the site to 130 units. Building work is expected to take two years.

    Last updated: 4:32pm, August 17 2009