Africa-Press – Gambia. The suburb has ‘got some trouble but that’s usual’ say residents who love the area known for high-rise flats and a handy town commuteA suburb in Leeds was once so well known for its fashionable housing and interesting architecture, it was nicknamed Little London.
The nickname came about in the 19th century and has stuck even though the Woodhouse area has changed considerably. The areas was redeveloped in the 1950s and 60s after becoming dilapidated, and various high-rise and low-rise council housing was developed throughout the suburb.
For the latest coverage about people’s lives, click here It now consists of four estates, Lovell Park, Oatlands, Carlton and the Servias. Twenty years ago, the area grew a bad reputation for drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour, there were 66 ASBOs (anti-social behaviour orders) issued there in 2003.
Today, residents say the area has improved – and go as far as saying it’s even better than actual London. “I went to London once and it wasn’t much cop,” said Ian Charles, 62, who has lived in Little London for 20 years.“It wasn’t much good. It’s too expensive. For me, this area is better. The shop’s there and town is nearby. It’s got some trouble but that’s usual.”
He’s admitted that there was more trouble there a “few years ago” but it has since improved. He believes the fact that the area is now far more diverse is the reason why crime has reduced.’