As you know COVEN has been campaigning hard over the last couple of years to force someone to take responsibility for the state of dereliction the Old York Road Library has been allowed to fall into.
The Library besides being almost totally destroyed inside, having its roof removed and the fabric being allowed to decay dangerously, has also become the focus for anti social behaviour, the building itself being regularly broken into and, from the drug paraphernalia strewn around, a haven for local drug addicts.
In the latest act of criminality the derelict land behind the building has become a site for fly tipping. Dangerous and unsightly piles of rubbish and abandoned furniture have been dumped behind the building which, together with the overgrown bushes and heavy vegetation around the building itself, is causing a serious fire hazard.
The manhole covers have also been stolen leaving very dangerous open holes in an area where children are attending both local school and, when it is open, the library. The risk of serious injury is obvious especially since nights are drawing in. This area is a magnet for graffiti and vandalism.
COVEN have passed these pictures and details of the address from which the rubbish is believed to have come from to the police and council officials as well as the Councillors for this ward.
The apparent abandonment of this building and surrounding area is promoting crime and anti social behaviour and now, more than ever, it is posing a genuine threat of physical harm to local people, especially children. The costs of repeatedly securing the building, the costs of this and previous clean ups are increasing year by year and they fall on the Council Tax payers of Leeds. It is time that substantial and effective action is taken against the building owner to make the building safe, to see that it is properly patrolled and to start the process of bringing the building back into use, as the only way of ensure that this situation is resolved long term.