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Council vows to prosecute lazy students over ‘absolutely disgusting’ street

Council vows to prosecute lazy students over ‘absolutely disgusting’ street

Students who leave piles of trash behind when they leave could end up being sued.

Leeds Council has issued a warning after a 97-year-old Headingley resident complained about the mess left by students on Trelawn Avenue over the weekend. The resident’s anger was raised by her niece, Helen Haigh, who described the mess left on the pavement as “absolutely disgusting”.




The piles of rubbish included mirrors, cardboard, shoes, clothes and bedding. Helen said her aunt was disgusted. “She was sitting watching them through the living room window. She is shocked and upset. It’s a throwaway society.”

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Leeds Council today responded to a Leeds live request for comment – and promised an investigation by law enforcement officials.

A city council spokesman said: “The council works closely with the city’s universities, student representatives and landlords to minimise the impact of student relocation on local communities and to encourage students to show consideration for other residents when disposing of rubbish and unwanted household items.

Household rubbish left on Trelawn Avenue, Headingley.(Image: Helen Haigh)

“This includes facilitating responsible waste disposal and reusing or recycling wherever possible.

“No one should tolerate antisocial behaviour or thoughtless littering, and we urge residents to inform us of any issues as soon as possible so we can quickly arrange additional collections or clean-ups where necessary.