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.
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.
Crime Update from WY Police – 29th November 2017
AT 11:00 LAST NIGHT TWO MEN KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF A LADY WHO LIVES IN HORSFORTH PRETENDING TO BE FROM THE WATERBOARD AND CLAIMING A PIPE HAD BURST OUTSIDE. ONCE THEY GAINED ENTRY TO THE PROPERTY THEY RANSACKED IT TAKING MONEY AND JEWELLRY AND LEAVING THE RESIDENT VERY UPSET.
This is has been a very distressing incident, we are informing you not to cause alarm but to help you make sure you do not fall victim to a similar crime.
What you can do to protect yourself:
· If you have a chain always use it when answering the door until you are happy the caller is genuine.
· Ensure other external doors are locked before opening your front door, this prevents criminals working together to use “distraction techniques” where one will come to your front door while an accomplice will try to gain access through a side or back door.
· If someone claims to be from ANY utility company (or similar organisation) check if they are genuine before allowing them access to your home. All genuine companies are aware of scams such as these and so will NOT be offended if you take steps to check the identity of callers, in fact they will encourage you to do this.
· To check a callers identity DO NOT call the telephone number on their own ID card, if the card is fake the telephone number will be too. Use the telephone number on a recent bill or from a telephone directory.
IF IN DOUBT KEEP THEM OUT
If you are on facebook you can follow the Safer Project, this is a Leeds based project working with West Yorkshire Police to prevent scams and frauds.
Yorkshire Water have a phone line 0800 1 38 78 78, you can use this to check the identity of any callers or set up a password which will be given to any genuine callers from them. If a caller does not know the password you know they are not genuine.
If you have any specific concerns you can phone the local police crime number on 101.
If there is a crime in progress phone 999.
Planning Update – Miller Homes Site
At a meeting held on 9th November 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 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.
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.
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
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