The following emails are the conversation between Save Our Eyes committee member, Paula Brown and Dr Kate Lister who works closely with Basis. Basis are LCC partners in the Managed Approach. Paula says “I’d never met Kate Lister or had any previous correspondence with her. As she doesn’t know me she thought she’d “discovered” something controversial… when in fact, everybody knows my husband is an architect and works on the regeneration of Holbeck! I’ve had meetings with Gemma, Joan and Moya who Kate knows at Basis. They are all aware why I’m involved in helping the residents.”
Paula has asked for this note to be added:
“I am aware that Dr Kate Lister is very close to Basis management and that they gave her my email address to contact me for her article. This was done without my knowledge or permission. Myself and Kate Lister had never had any contact until she emailed me using an email address that only Basis staff had.”
Following the recent press coverage of the Leeds managed approach, I am writing an article for inews that will go to press this week.
I would like to interview you over the phone to discuss the campaign and the long term goals of Save Our Eyes.
Please let me know if you have any availability and would be willing to offer your perspective.
I may not be the best person to talk to if you’re after an official SOE position. Views of the committee members can differ on certain points.
Do you have a set of questions we could provide written answers to? There’s an SOE committee meeting tonight. I could draft some responses today and get them amended/ agreed this evening as I understand you’re on a tight schedule.
Hi Paula,Thank you for the offer of drafting responses as a group, I want to talk specifically to you, rather than the committee as a whole.
Do you have time for a phone conversation this afternoon?Kate
Sorry, I can’t. If you email me any questions I’ll do my best to have them back to you tomorrow morning.
Dear Paula,I’m sorry you can’t speak today, but here are my questions. My editor wants the article today, but I can request a brief extension if you would like to make a comment.
What is your role within Save Our Eyes? As I understand it, you do not live in Holbeck, but run much of the online content. Is that correct?
Do you feel there is a conflict of interest given that you are campaigning to close the managed area down, but are also a director at Nick Brown Architects – who currently have three projects to build near or in the managed area? Including ‘Radius’, which is directly in the managed area.
Did you or other committee members declare this conflict of interest to the press?
I will draft something for you and send it over. However, just so you’re aware, I am not a director of NBA.
You should have checked the official listing at companies house! If you look again at that link it actually says I was a director for around 6 weeks in 2012. The CH listing will show you the current company directors.
Thank you for the clarification. It’s helped enormously.
Dr Kate Lister “liked” the comment above made by Carmen. The community feel that most pro-prostitution campaigners have failed to investigate what is happening to residents in Holbeck and have no understanding of the community complaints. They will not accept any evidence that puts the zone in a bad light.
In Kate’s article for inews she writes “Just last week, Leeds based Nick Brown Architects Ltd submitted planning and listed building applications to Leeds City Council to build a 33-storey tower of luxury apartments in Holbeck, on Water Lane – a mere 0.3 miles from the boundary of the managed area. It is one of three major development projects Nick Brown is applying for that will be built just metres from where the managed area is now.”
The apartments she refers to are high quality rental properties for the people of Leeds to live in! They are not high cost luxury apartments that will be out of reach of local people. Rents have not yet been set because the properties have not been built, though rents are expected to be from £650 a month.
As the whole of the South Bank is earmarked for regeneration there are many architects, land owners and property developers involved. The estimate is that 10,000 people will move into the area over the next 5-10 years.