LS26 Save Our Homes – Forced To Fight On

Back in March when we were all getting used to the lockdown and the weirdness of staying at home, the residents of Sugar Hill Close and Wordsworth Drive faced another threat.

As if their landlord had not caused them enough stress and anxiety over the last 2 years they decided that this was the perfect time to lodge an appeal to the planning refusal  by Leeds City Council in October 2019.

Pemberstone had six months to appeal the decision but decided to leave it until the last minute probably hoping that people would have other things on their mind.

They carried out a structural survey in Jan/Feb and we believe they will use the findings to try and prove these homes have structural faults, but then again what house that’s 70 years old doesn’t have some structural issues. They will say there is no other option but demolition, we can prove them wrong, these houses can and should be renovated for the community who live here.

Once again we are faced with the prospect of losing our homes dependent on the Government Inspector to look favorably on us and uphold the Councils decision.

Residents have joined together with Elmet and Rothwell constituency Labour party and the NUM to submit a Rule 6 Status which enables us to give evidence at the public enquiry.

We have had to engage the services of a barrister, which the NUM have partly funded, but face the task of raising the rest to fund this.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic and restrictions we are unable to get out and hold fundraising events, so are relying on our Just giving page and the generosity of donations from organizations and the public. So far we have received contributions from as far away as Scotland and from the local Labour party and Unite Union.

We still have a long way to go so if anyone can be of any help please contact us through our Twitter page SaveOurHomes LS26 or through our website SaveOurHomesLS26.org.

Donations can also be made on Just Giving Save Our Homes.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

• Donate to their Just Giving page by visiting  www.justgiving.com

• Add an objection in the LCC Planning Application Portal by visiting publicaccess.leeds.gov.uk/online-applications/with the reference number 17/06933/FU or simply click this link here

• Contact our MP, Alec Shelbrooke, his contact details can be found on www.alecshelbrooke.co.uk or write to him at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

• You can also contact the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick or the Prime Minister Boris Johnson via social media or again by post.

• Follow the groups social media groups @SaveOurHomesLS26 on both Facebook and Twitter and share/re-tweet their posts.

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