Welcome

Welcome to the website for the villages of Bramhope and its neighbour Carlton.

Our intention is to provide local residents with a useful source of information about our villages together with local history and details of existing groups and organisations.  In addition, by providing this information we hope others may  be tempted to visit us here in Yorkshire.

Thank you for visiting the site – we hope to see you around the village soon.
For further details please visit the Latest News page.

Latest News

Annual Carol Service – Puritan Chapel – 19th December

The Parish Council’s Annual Carol service will take place at the Puritan Chapel on Wednesday 19th December commencing at 8.00pm (doors open from 7.30pm) followed by mulled wine and mince pies at St Giles Church Hall. A traditional Christmas service with carols led by Rev Roger Smith from the Methodist Church, supported by Jonathan Slater, reader from St Giles. All are welcome.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Puritan Chapel maintenance.

Notice of Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that a vacancy exists in the office of Parish Councillor for the Parish Council of Bramhope & Carlton (Carlton Ward)

Any person willing to fill this vacancy should apply to the Clerk in writing or by email. The applicant’s name must appear on the current register of the Voters List or the applicant should, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the relevant date, have resided in or within 3 miles of the parish or had their only place of work within the parish.

The Closing date for applications is Friday 11th January 2019.

Dated 22nd November 2018

Mrs Nicola Woodward (Clerk to the Council)
The Parish Office
Bramhope Village Hall
Old Lane
Bramhope
Leeds LS16 9AZ
07530900934 or bramhopecarlton@hotmail.com

Christmas 2018 Bin Collection Information

Every household will be sent details of the bin collection schedule during the Christmas period. Further details can be found on the attached document

Scam Mail

Royal Mail wish to raise awareness of scam mail in our local community. If you think that you have received scam mail via the post please report it to Royal Mail by:-
1. Writing to Royal Mail at FREEPOST SCAM MAIL, enclosing any items of mail that you suspect are scam mail
2. Calling the Royal Mail Scam Helpline on 0800 0113 466 or
3. Emailing scam.mail@royalmail.com

Better Broadband for Bramhope – Progress towards faster broadband as at 26 July 2018

The Parish Council recently met with WY Superfast and BT to discuss the latest position with progress towards faster broadband for some areas of the village that are currently not connected. Details of the latest position can be found on the following link.

Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising

Letter of thanks for contributions to Cystic Fibrosis Fundraising

Ring Necked Parakeet spotted in Bramhope

Bramhope & Carlton residents/readers may be interested in this photograph took recently by a resident of the Birches. It’s Ring-necked Parakeet, a noisy and gregarious parrot species which is resident across much of the Indian sub-continent. Now also commonly found in the parks and gardens in central & western London but is still a rare and infrequent visitor further north. The rumour is that the UK population stems from a pair of birds which originally escaped from Elstree studios during the filming of the African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn back in the 1950s.

Leeds City Council Core Strategy Selective Review, February 2018

Please find attached a briefing document regarding the current consultation that is taking place for the Leeds City Councils Core Stratgey Selective Review. The closing dates for comments is 23rd March 2018 at 5pm.
LCC Core Strategy Selective Review Feb 18

Leeds City Council Site Allocation Plan Revised Submission Draft January 2018

Leeds City Council have published a Site Allocation Plan Revised Submission Draft document, which is currently open for consultation for a period of 6 weeks. The consultation period ends on February 26th at 5.00pm. Please read the attached briefing document if you wish to make a comment to Leeds City Council during the consultation period. LCC’s preference is for comments using an online response at www.leeds.gov.uk/yourcity. However you can email comments to sap@leeds.gov.uk or write to Leeds SAP Revised Submission Draft Consultation, Policy and Plans Group, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HP

Safer Newsletter & Factsheet

Please find below information received from Trading Standards with measures residents can employ to protect themselves from bogus traders and internet scams.

SAFER Newsletter December 2017
SAFER Factsheet

Planning Update – Miller Homes Site

At a meeting held on 9th November 2017 LCC’s South and West Plans Panel agreed to ‘defer and delegate’ Miller Homes application ‘to officers, in consultation with ward members’. This includes decisions on access, highways, the siting, appearance and scale of buildings and the landscaping of the site. Cllr Billy Flynn spoke to the panel on behalf of the parish council.

A further meeting was held on 15th November 2017 with LCC’s planning and highways officers, representatives from Miller Homes, ward councillors and parish councillors. At this meeting significant progress was made including agreement on the following:

• LCC Highways will monitor traffic flows on The Poplars to assess the need for any future traffic management measures.

• subject to confirmation from Metro, bus shelters will be stone with a shingle roof.

• grass verges on the A660 and the site approach road will be planted with daffodils.

• Spring Wood will be extended to the north with no public access into this ancient woodland.

• Parts of the site will be included in a Biodiversity Enhancement and Management Plan and areas such as the duck pond will be left ‘natural in appearance.

• An underground storage tank and ‘balancing pond’ will be required for storm water storage.

• The car park at ‘Bramhope Park’ will contain some disabled parking spaces with parking limited to one hour.

• The Local Equipped Area for Play (LEAP) can be removed should there be problems with anti-social behaviour

• The dry stone walls will be built adjacent to the A660 and along the approach road, with those walls to the north and east of the orchard conserved.

• The ‘green conservation area character’ housing will now be used at all locations around the edges of the development and also for the convenience store.

The parish council would like to see more tree and hedge planting in and around the site, including standard trees and evergreens for immediate impact, and to reflect the rural fringe setting of the development. It has also been agreed that there will be further opportunities for the parish council to comment on the detailed landscape plans.

The parish council are concerned about the lack of affordable housing for the elderly and have asked for some of the dwellings to be allocated to the over 55s. There are also concerns about the effects of the convenience store on the viability of the local shops. However the store is to be built as the planning inspector gave permission with the view that it would make the site more sustainable.

Construction of the access roundabout is not expected to take place before May 2018. This is expected to take around 9 months with the method of construction aiming to keep disruption on the A660 to a minimum. Housing construction will possibly start in early 2019.

As outline planning permission, which cannot be withdrawn, was granted by a planning inspector last year, the Parish Council have been working to achieve the best possible outcome for the residents of Bramhope.

Fraud Advice

Police in Leeds are urging residents to be wary of cold callers following reports of bogus calls from Department of Work and Pensions.
An elderly female victim, in her 80s, from Leeds, was contacted by someone claiming they were from the DWP stating she owed thousands of pounds.
The caller told her she could pay this off at a reduced rate if she purchases I-Tunes vouchers. The lady bought some vouchers, £500 in total, and they then contacted her by phone and asked her to scratch the panel and give the serial numbers to them.
Enquiries are ongoing in relation to this incident.
Detective Inspector Anne Banks, of Leeds CID, said: “If you receive un-solicited telephone calls from anyone saying they are from a Government agency saying you owe them money which you can pay back by purchasing I-Tunes or other vouchers, please do not buy any – contact the police.
“We ask residents to remain vigilant and not to pass on any personal or bank details to anyone they are not expecting a call from.
“If you are unsure ask for a contact telephone number and for a letter to be sent to you. Never feel under pressure, you are under no obligation to give them personal details over the telephone.
“Make sure you check their identification and if you have any doubts at all about their authenticity ask them to wait while you call the company they claim to work for to verify they are indeed an employee.
“Anyone with any information or concerns is asked to contact the police via 101 or alternatively information can be passed to Action Fraud.”

Internet Scams – HMRC & BT Scam

Please be aware of scams that catch people out especially if they happen to be a customer of the company the criminals are purporting to represent.
An HMRC scam is doing the rounds by both telephone and email messages. HMRC don’t ring or email. All their communication is by letter in respect of any monies owning or refunds.

Below is the most recent BT scam doing the rounds.

New BT Online Notification

Your monthly payment was recently declined. The decline could be due to
insufficient funds, card expired, etc.

Since you haven’t provided us new billing information yet, we thought we’d
remind you to please provide us with updated billing information to avoid any
billing problems with your account.

Review account information.

Thanks for choosing BT.

Graham Sutherland
CEO, Business and Public Sector

Please do not respond to such scams. If you are unsure always ring the company direct on the phone number that you would always use rather than the one supplied in the email.

Crime Prevention Information

Following recent burglaries in Carlton, the Neighbourhood Police Team have sent some useful Crime Prevention information for us to share with residents of Bramhope & Carlton.
Current concerns for the Police are around burglary of dwellings and theft from motor vehicles.  Some crimes are the breaking into properties to steal car keys and then to take the car.  A fact sheet for both of these crimes can be accessed below, additional advice from the Police is as follows:

·         Make sure that any Europrofile locks are to a TS007 3 star standard.  These are snap proof locks, when fitted they should be fitted flush to the handle so that they cant be snapped.
·         Remove all items from display in vehicles – thieves may think you have a sat nav in the glove compartment if you leave the cradle in the window
·         Move all keys out of sight or from kitchen drawers at home
·         Do not leave keys in the backs of doors

Europrofile lock crime prevention information sheet Aug 2017
Theft from Vehicle crime prevention information sheet August 2017

What’s On?

Santa’s Disco – 9th December


Annual Carol Service – Puritan Chapel – 19th December

The Parish Council’s Annual Carol service will take place at the Puritan Chapel on Wednesday 19th December commencing at 8.00pm (doors open from 7.30pm) followed by mulled wine and mince pies at St Giles Church Hall. A traditional Christmas service with carols led by Rev Roger Smith from the Methodist Church, supported by Jonathan Slater, reader from St Giles. All are welcome.
There will be a retiring collection in aid of the Puritan Chapel maintenance.

Time to Shine is a programme, led by older people, that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation in people over the age of 50. These are major issues, not fully understood, and our job is to learn what makes a difference. Time to Shine works in partnership to deliver activities, training and campaigns across Leeds that celebrate and promote positive ageing. What we learn will help older people live fulfilling lives now and in the future. For more information please visit: timetoshineleeds.org

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