Leeds & West Yorkshire

Under 50s ban planned for Leeds flats

People aged under 50 could be barred from moving into a block of flats in Leeds which has been blighted by anti-social behaviour.

The city council is considering the ban after residents complained about loud music and crime at Moor Grange Court in West Park.

A deputation was sent to the council in July, calling for a change in the letting policy for the 58 flats.

The council said the ban would be a "helpful solution".

Residents told BBC News that anti-social behaviour in the area was decreasing thanks to police action and the eviction of some tenants.

Lorna Pittam, who was the second tenant to move into the flats in 1961, said: "We had gangs of youths and girls coming in late at night and making a noise and all that kind of thing and breaking one or two of the windows and doors."

Jonathan Harris, 26, said he supported the proposed change in the lettings policy.

He said: "There was a lot of anti-social behaviour here when I moved in, windows were getting smashed and kids were outside the building getting drunk.

"The police are the main ones who have got them out of the block."

The proposal will be discussed by the council's executive board on 13 October.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: "We don't think it hits the discrimination barrier but we will obviously take that into consideration.

"We are responding to very genuine anxieties.

"In terms of anti-social behaviour somebody has to say some of the behaviour that's carried on is unacceptable and we have to take proper action against it."

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