Agenda and minutes

Inner East Community Committee - Thursday, 8th December, 2022 6.00 pm

Venue: Kentmere Community Centre, Kentmere Ave, Seacroft, Leeds LS14 1BW (cinema room)

Contact: Governance Services 0113 37 83136 

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Chairs Opening Remarks


RESOLVED: Due to the absence of Councillor Hussain, Councillor Arif was elected Chair of the Committee.




Appeals Against Refusal of Inspection of Documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an Appeal the press and public will be excluded)


(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)


There were no appeals against refusal of inspection of documents.



Exempt Information - Possible Exclusion of the Press and Public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2  To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3  If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


  RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-


There were no exempt items.



Late Items

To identify any late items of business which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)


There were no late items.



Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


There were no declarations of interest.



Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence


The Committee received apologies for Councillor Maqsood and Councillor Hussain.



Open Forum

In accordance with Paragraphs 4:16 and 4:17 of the Community Committee Procedure Rules, at the discretion of the Chair a period of up to 10 minutes may be allocated at each ordinary meeting for members of the public to make representations or to ask questions on matters within the terms of reference of the Community Committee. This period of time may be extended at the discretion of the Chair. No member of the public shall speak for more than three minutes in the Open Forum, except by permission of the Chair


A representative from the Housing Advisory Panel (HAP) was in attendance and requested that a substitute for Councillor Maqsood attend the Housing Advisory Panel meetings. The Committee agreed to appoint a member to the HAP at the next formal Community Committee meeting in place of Councillor Maqsood


The Committee discussed methods for increasing engagement and participation in the Open Forum part of the meeting, as well as digital exclusion affecting residents being able to access information online.


Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the previous meeting held on 29th September 2022.


RESOLVED: The minutes of the 29th September 2022 meeting of the Inner East Community Committee were confirmed as a true record.



Matters Arising

To note any matters arising from the minutes


Minute No.26 – Highways Annual Improvement Consultation. Members sought clarity on the resurfacing of Cross Catherine Street. The Localities Officer will provide an update.


Minute No.27 – Age Friendly Leeds Strategy & Action Plan 2022-2025.  It was confirmed that ‘Come in and Rest’ stickers have been ordered but not have arrived yet. These will be distributed accordingly when they have arrived.



Local Plan Update - Public Consultation pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider the report and accompanying presentation of the Policy & Plans team, City Development, which provides the Committee with an overview of the public consultation process for the Local Plan Update and which seeks Members’ views on such matters.


The presentation regarding the Local Plan Update was deferred due to officer absence. The Committee noted the contents of the report, and their support for the Local Plan Update, particularly as it relates to the environmental needs within the Inner East area.


The consultation for the Local Plan Update ran until 19th December 2022. Members intended to share details of the consultation as widely as possible.


RESOLVED: To share general support of the Local Plan Update consultation.



Inner East Community Committee - Update Report pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To consider the report of the Head of Locality Partnerships presenting an update of the work undertaken by the Communities Team, based upon the priorities identified by the Community Committee. It also provides Members with opportunity to discuss or request more detailed information on a particular issue.

Additional documents:


The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships updated the Committee on work undertaken by the Communities Team on the behalf of the Community Committee and provided an opportunity for Members to provide feedback. This report provided updates on some of the key activities between Community Committee meetings and functions delegated to Community Committees including Community Champions roles, community engagement, partnership and locality working.



Inspector Alistair Nicholls and Police Community Support Officers attended the meeting (West Yorkshire Police). Further details to crime and policing were provided and Inspector Nicholls updated the Committee on the work the police are undertaking to tackle the issue of motorcycle thefts in the Inner East area. This work has included working with partners such as the Integrated Offender Management team, as there is a small number of perpetrators of these crimes who commit the majority of the crimes. There is continuous data analysis to identify hotspots, and PCSO’s have been deployed to those areas for neighbourhood engagement work.


Motorcycle crime in the Inner East area has been targeted by Police under ‘Operation Dieselcrest’, and aims to disrupt the activities of perpetrators, such as by restricting their behaviour through civil enforcement measures including community protection notices, tenancy adjustments and civil adjustments. Civil adjustments operate by either mandating certain behaviour or restricting types of behaviour.


The Committee and Police discussed how to continue to maintain and develop their communication links with one another, including details of engagement work and police attendance at ward meetings.


One recent success was a reduction in antisocial behaviour during the fireworks period due to early intervention measures, in addition to work carried out by partner organisations such as street level spontaneous workshops for young people on topics such as toxic masculinity. WYP endeavour to build relationships with community organisations to improve communication and intelligence gathering. The Committee were informed how WYP presence at community events recently has been well received on social media.


There was discussion of training and recruitment within the police force, with a previous recruitment drive now coming to fruition with fully trained officers ready to be deployed. There is currently no Sergeant for the Burmantofts area.


Police encouraged members of the public to aid them in ‘Operation Dieselcrest’ by providing intelligence, such as by contacting Crimestoppers (0800 555 111).



In attendance were:

• Jess Dewhurst – Advanced Health Improvement Specialist

• Nicola Kelly Johnson – Advanced Health Improvement Specialist


Officers in attendance updated the Committee on cost-of-living events in the Inner East area. The events have been held in schools with numerous partner organisations attending to provide support, signposting, and resources. There has been vaccination and vaccine information available, as well as several attendees being referred to their GP for blood pressure monitoring. Partner organisations include Yorkshire Water, Feel Good Factor (recipe cards, household products and food) and Money Buddies.


Communities across the Inner East ward have been identified as having lower vaccination rates as well as being particularly vulnerable to the impact  ...  view the full minutes text for item 41.


Inner East Community Committee - Finance Report pdf icon PDF 652 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Locality Partnerships presenting the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund, Capital Budget and Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2022/23, and which seeks the Committee’s determination of the funding applications, as detailed.


The report of the Head of Locality Partnerships provided the Community Committee with an update on the budget position for the Wellbeing Fund, Youth Activity Fund as well as the Capital (CRIS) and Community Infrastructure Levy Budget for 2022/23.


The Committee noted the following;






We Are Seacroft

Killingbeck & Seacroft

£6,000 (Wellbeing)


Nowell Mount Community Centre Teatime Club

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill

£3,205 (Wellbeing)


Safer Sleeping Project

Gipton & Harehills, Burmantofts & Richmond Hill

£2,000 (Wellbeing)


Inner East Youth Summit

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill, Gipton & Harehills, Killingbeck & Seacroft

£1,800 (£600 YAF per ward)


Little Library Lincoln Green

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill



Harehills Lane Action Team Start UP

Burmantofts & Richmond Hill, Gipton & Harehills



West Yorkshire Fire Youth Intervention’s programmes

Killingbeck & Seacroft

£4,842.50 (Wellbeing)


Connecting Crossgates Community Fridge

Killingbeck & Seacroft

£2,949.50 (£1,033.00 from Inner East)



Members were informed that since the last Inner East Community Committee on the 29th September 2022 there have been no projects funded by Delegated Decision


The Committee discussed the importance of monitoring the impact of Committee funding. Inviting community groups to attend Community Committees as part of community engagement work outlined in the Open Forum item was proposed, with the importance of measurability being a part of the process so that value can be demonstrated.


The Committee requested the Community Team to make small grant application for the resupply of two defibrillators.



a) Note details of the Wellbeing Budget (Table 1) (paragraph 19)

b) Consider and determine funding proposals (Paragraph 20 - 27)

c) Note details of Delegated Decision Notice (Paragraph 28)

d) Note details of Declined Projects (Paragraph 29)

e) Note details of Monitoring Information (Paragraph 30)

f)  Note details of the Youth Activities Fund (Table 2) (Paragraph 31)

g) Note details of the Small Grants & Skips Budget (Table 3) (Paragraph 34)

h) Note details of the Capital Budget (Table 5) (Paragraph 35)

i) Note details of the Community Infrastructure Levy Budget (Table 6) (Paragraph 36)

j) To pre-approve funding the Safer Sleeping programme of Moses’ baskets with £500 from each ward. (See Minute 41).



Date and Time of next meeting

To note that the next scheduled meeting of Inner East Community Committee is scheduled for Thursday, 16th March 2023 at 6.00pm.


RESOLVED: The Committee noted that the date and time of the next meeting will be Thursday 16th March 2023 at 6.00pm.



Any Other Business


Further to Minute No.23 of the minutes from the previous meeting held Thursday, 29th September 2022. Councillor Dye was nominated to Champion the role of the Corporate Parenting Board. Upon voting, Committee members were all in agreement.


RESOLVED: To approve the appointment of Councillor K Dye as the Champion for the Corporate Parenting Board.