The meeting of the inner south area committee, held at Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton, saw councillors from all three local wards discuss important issues.
Councillors discussed obesity in the area and Cllr Paul Truswell raised the issue of the number of unhealthy hot food takeaways, particularly down Dewsbury Road.
Cllr David Congreve said it was difficult for the council to oppose new plans and stop the spread of takeaways, as applicants were appealing to independent planning inspectors if the council refused the plans and winning the appeal.
“We rejected one application on the grounds there were 34 takeaways within a square mile in Beeston and that they were damaging the area – not just from a health standpoint but that their shutters are down all day and it looks bad. It doesn’t help the area’s shops.
“Anyway, they went to appeal, got planning permission and the council got £12,000 costs awarded against us.”
Cllr Congreve said educating people not to eat a lot of takeaway food was important.
Councillors also heard of efforts to reduce the amount of domestic violence in the area. Domestic violence accounted for a third of all violent crimes in City and Holbeck Division in 2011.
A full report of the meeting will be in the next issue of South Leeds Life magazine, whoch is out later this month.
The next inner south committee meeting is on Wednesday, Feb 13 at Leeds Civic Hall (6.30pm). Residents welcome to attend.
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