Council cancels meetings following Queen’s death – New Wortley off licence hearing delayed

Booze Plus Tong Road
Booze Plus on Tong Road. Photo: Google

By David Spereall, local democracy reporting service

Additional reporting: John Baron

A series of council meetings in Leeds have been cancelled, following the Queen’s death – including today’s hearing to decide an application to sell alcohol 24/7 at a New Wortley off licence.

A total of five meetings due to be held at the Civic Hall and elsewhere this week have been called off, as the nation pays its respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Full council – where all 99 of Leeds’ elected members debate issues affecting the city – is among the cancelled meetings, having been due to take place on Wednesday afternoon.

However, that will be replaced by a special council meeting held at the same time, where councillors will be able to pay tribute to the Queen.

As reported by WLD, applicant Saqib Ahmed has applied to extend the sale of alcohol at Booze Plus, 33 Tong Road – but West Yorkshire Police have mounted a strong objection to the proposal. Councillors will now decide the application at a future date.

Leeds Civic Hall.
Leeds Civic Hall. Photo: John Baron/

A further two meetings due to take place next Monday have been cancelled as it has now been declared a bank holiday due to the Queen’s funeral taking place that day.

In his own reflections following Her Majesty’s passing on Thursday, Leeds City Council leader James Lewis said the Queen had “left a lasting legacy” on Leeds.

Floral tributes have been left on the steps of the Civic Hall in Millennium Square by members of the public, while the council has opened a Book of Condolence within the hall itself.

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