Holbeck by Nighat Qureshi
Holbeck has been my home for 12 years now. I was just 17 years old when I came to England. Since then I've been living in Holbeck.
Holbeck has got a bit of a bad reputation. There are some bad areas which are full of crime as well as prostitution. Two areas of Holbeck are full of prostitutes. Women living in the area are quite intimidated. They don't feel comfortable walking down the streets.
My work colleagues are not from Holbeck. Some of them don't come across this kind of behaviour in the areas they are living in and find it quite disturbing having to walk to the bus when leaving work. On many occasions the police have had to come and remove prostitutes from that area, because people living there complain about them.
Drug related incidents are an everyday phenomena. A few times I have seen people selling drugs in the streets, although I don't know them personally.
Years ago Holbeck used to be a posh area, it wasn't full of vandalism or crime. According to some people Holbeck is a dump, but in my opinion it is not a dump at all. It just needs a lot of help to eliminate all the crime from the streets of Holbeck.
Holbeck is a multi-cultural community. The part of Holbeck I am living in is very pleasant. Everyone knows each other and they are all very friendly with each other as well.
The best thing about Holbeck is that it is near to the city centre and the White Rose centre too, which is very convenient for people living in the vicinity of Holbeck.
It has got a number of issues the council need to look into.
Holbeck by Audrey Busfield
Holbeck has changed a lot from when I first came here. We live in a part where there are lots of drugs, alcoholics and abuse of all kinds. We have working girls on the streets of all ages. Wilful damage to properties, break-ins and all sorts of things going on. We have police walking around the estates but even they can't be there 24 hours a day.
|A road in Holbeck|
There are some pubs or clubs. We have some shops but not very good ones. We have churches of all different denominations, libraries, sports centres, colleges and a bit of a park if you can call it a park. It used to be Holbeck Moor but now people know it as Top Moor S. Some people use it for sitting on and getting drunk and taking drugs which is not good where children go to play. Some people take their children in in warm weather.
There is no unity now like there used to be. No community anymore. It is a shame because it could be made a nice place to live in if things were sorted out. I have never liked it but when you have no choice what else can you do?
There is nothing for the older people around here except pubs, clubs and bingo. If I could move out of Leeds altogether I would. I was brought up in Leeds and have seen it change for the worse over the last number of years. You used to be able to go out and leave your doors unlocked and windows open but not now. It is not even safe to go out at night. Not on your own in case you get attacked on dark winter nights. You don't know who is around the corner and who you can trust.
To sum up it is a shame because there are some good people around in this world. Even though the bad people sometimes outnumber the good. It could be a decent place to live in if people considered others instead of themselves.