Holbeck consulted again on ‘managed approach’ to sex work

Residents in Holbeck are being consulted again on the Police and Council’s ‘managed approach’ to dealing with sex work (prostitution) in the area.

Questionnaires from independent researchers Qa Research have been delivered to residents, but the survey can also be completed online here: http://surveys.qaresearch.co.uk/Holbeck.asp

A number of drop in sessions have been organised for today and tomorrow. This is a chance for residents to give their views in person and to talk to Police and Council representatives. The sessions are being held at St Matthew’s Community Centre as follows:

  • Friday 24 June 6-7pm
  • Saturday 25 June 11am-12pm
  • Saturday 25 June 2-3pm

In a background document the Council re-state the rules they are trying to enforce:

  • No offences will be tolerated at any time within residential areas;
  • No offences will be tolerated between 7am and 7pm;
  • No offences will be tolerated outside businesses which are operating;
  • Business premises will be respected and litter disposed of responsibly
  • Drug use, trafficking, organised crime and coercion will at no time be tolerated;
  • Crime, public order and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated
  • Indecency will not be tolerated at any time

Since a public meeting in February 2016 both the Council and the Police have increased the amount of resources going into the area with increased PCSO patrols and a dedicated phone line (07534 309568) to report breaches; as well as increased street cleaning.