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.

Coronavirus information – 23.03.2020

A new page dedicated to Coronavirus information has been set up and can be found on the following Link.

Protecting our local NHS Workers – Can you Help? 03/04/2020
Message From Cllr Hilary Harris, Chair, Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council.
I Recently put a post on the local Facebook sites asking if anyone had any masks or goggles suitable for use by the staff at our local medical practice. Even those not up to the usual NHS specifications can be helpful at this time. I received responses from two residents who provided the equipment shown in the attached Flyer which I have delivered to Chevin Medical Practice today where I received a grateful thumbs up. If you have anything similar at home, as long as it is sealed and unused then please let me know. I will collect it and pass it on. For obvious reasons the practice does not want a lot of individuals turning up. I can be contacted via harris.hilary71@gmail.com or telephone 07742 927253. Thank you to the two lovely residents who have donated so far.

Mobile Phone issues affecting local GP’s 24.03.20

Important message from local GP Surgeries – mobile networks are clogged so we are having difficulty getting through to our patients. There is also a delay on texts. Please can residents be judicious in using text messaging and limit unnecessary mobile use. (WhatsApp is unaffected).

Bramhope Playground Closed 23.03.2020

Following the announcement by Leeds City Council today that all of its playgrounds will be closed with immediate effect, to support the Governments call for social distancing, the Parish Council have decided that Bramhope Playground will also be closed until further notice.

Thank you for your co-operation

Changes to Bus/Rail Timetables 23.03.2020

Whilst everyone is being encouraged to avoid non-essential journeys, our public transport network is still available for key workers and essential trips. The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is working with operators to ensure a resilient service remains available, particularly for key workers.
Public transport users are being urged to regularly check travel information as the network prepares to move to new timetables.

Further information can be found on the attached document.

Leeds City Council – Refuse Collections

Leeds City Council are experiencing a shortage of staff across some of their services therefore are prioritising which services will be covered during this period. Black and blue bin collections will be prioritised over brown bin collections. If your brown bin is not collected on the due date please put it away until the next collection date.

Volunteers to help the self isolated

Two Bramhope residents have set up a Facebook page called Bramhope Coronavirus Community Help whose aim is to help connect those in need with those volunteers that can give help with shopping, prescriptions etc.

Please follow the following
Link to access the Facebook page.

Volunteers can also register directly via Bramhopecorona@gmail.com

Message from First Bus

At First Bus, your safety is our top priority. In the wake of the evolving impacts of coronavirus, we are working with the Government and wider industry to ensure we are following the latest advice to keep you safe on our buses.

We recognise that buses play a significant role in many of our customers’ lives; in connecting you with communities and places of work. We remain focused on continuing to serve you, wherever and whenever it is safe and operationally possible for us to do so.

Keeping our customers safe
To help keep you safe we’re taking the following action:
Stepping up our cleaning regimes including regular disinfection of all grab rails and poles, entrance door handles, window ledges and other touchpoints
Encouraging good hand hygiene amongst all our staff
Displaying NHS advice on our buses wherever it is practical to do so.
We’d also value your help in staying up-to-date with the latest coronavirus information by using the NHS or Department of Health and Social Care websites.
Wash your hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitiser whenever soap and water are unavailable.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then place the tissue into the bin straight away.
We encourage all customers to switch to contactless payments and purchasing tickets via our Mobile app where possible. We appreciate your assistance in helping to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Service Updates
In the event that we have to make short notice changes as this situation evolves, updated timetables will be published on our website in the first instance. We’ll do all we can to keep providing you with the service you expect. It may become difficult to keep real time information and service changes updated in our app so please refer to our website http://www.firstgroup.com/coronavirus for the latest updates.

Travel Plans
We understand that it may be challenging to plan too far ahead at the moment. In line with current Government advice, our standard terms and conditions of travel remain in place. If you are uncertain of your rights and the flexibility of your ticket you can find them here. Thanks for your ongoing custom and support.

Regards
Giles Fearnley
Managing Director, First Bus

Bramhope Film Club – April Film Club cancelled

Bramhope Film Club would like to notify all Film Club members that the April film showing of Fisherman’s Friends is cancelled. No future date has been arranged in light of the current situation.

Theft of sapling trees on Jubilee Copse – between Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March 2020

A number of sapling trees donated to the Parish Council by the Woodland Trust and planted by the Parish Council and Bramhope in Bloom volunteers in November 2019 have been taken from Jubilee Copse sometime between Friday 6th and Saturday 7th March.
If you saw anyone taking the saplings and have any information that could lead to their recovery please get in touch with the Parish Council (email bramhopecarlton@hotmail.com).
Thank you.

Temporary change to inbound bus stop – A660 opposite Cairns & Hickey wine shop

The Parish Council has been notified that as part of the highway works in Bramhope (associated with Miller Homes Development) there is a need to temporarily relocate Bus Stop ID 450 10495 – the inbound bus stop on A660 Leeds Road adjacent to Cairns & Hickey wine shop.
Initially it was hoped that the bus stop would only be moved a few metres so it is just outside the works, however after further consideration it is necessary to move it to the other side of the Kings Road Roundabout. Please refer to the attached plan below showing the relocation position.
The changeover will now happen on Wednesday 18th March 2020 (not Tuesday 10th as previously stated). For the first few days the contactor will have men on site during the day directing the public to the relocated bus stop. LCC will make some signs and have them up as soon as possible.
The relocated bus stop will remain in place for several weeks. Please be aware there will be 4 way temporary lights at the Kings Road Roundabout during the works (9.30-15.30 daily).

Bus stop location Mar 20

Planned Culvert Works – Jubilee Copse – 7th – 9th March

There will be planned works taking place on the culvert on the section of Jubilee Copse between The Poplars and The Birches this coming weekend and next Monday (7th – 9th March).

The culvert was cleaned a few weeks ago, in order to be ready for the next phase of works. A pipe will be installed through the culvert by pulling a pipe from the downstream end, at the small footbridge on Parish Council land. Plant will be required to track down the footpath to get beside the footbridge. The area will be cleaned up of mud after the works is completed.

Please note that there will be pumping of the culvert at the upstream end during the works and residents may notice a stop in the flow whilst works is in progress. Also pedestrian routes and traffic will not be affected by the works.

Kings Road Roundabout works w/c 9th March 2020

During week commencing 09/03/20 daily, between 9.30-15.30hrs, works will be undertaken to complete a carriageway crossing. This will affect traffic with 4 way lights required at the Kings Road roundabout. Signs are in place around the roundabout informing commuters and local residents of the upcoming roadworks and likely disruptions.

Shed Security Information

Following a recent increase in the number of thefts from sheds and garages in the Leeds area over the past few months WY Police have forwarded some security information for householders to help prevent theft of their property. See attached two documents for further information
2020 Shed Security page 1
2020 Shed Security page 2

THE NAVVIES WHO BUILT THE BRAMHOPE TUNNEL – Film Event

The story of how it was built (1845-49) and the many lives that were lost
Films by Mark Currie, a talk by Angela Leathley (author of What Lies Beneath) and song by Serious Sam Barrett
31st January 2020
Bramhope Methodist Church Hall
7.30 pm
Doors open at 7
Tickets £4 Adults and £3 Concessions
Book by email bramhopetunnelevent@gmail.com or text 0770 203 3653 with your name and contact details
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT WE ARE KEEPING A WAIT LIST IN CASE OF RETURNS.
WE ARE ALSO DISCUSSING A REPEAT OF THE EVENT AT A LATER DATE. SO PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED
If you have reserved seats, you will shortly be contacted about payment and delivery of the tickets. Because of demand, all tickets must be paid for in advance.

Latest News

Home Security Advice Booklet – December 2019

There has been a slight increase in residential burglaries across Leeds North West. Therefore, WY Police have sent a home security booklet which provides some very useful advice on how to increase your home security.

A criminal is simply looking for the opportunity to commit crime, or is suddenly hit by a tempting situation. If we remove that opportunity/temptation and make it difficult for someone, then it is estimated that 90% of crime could be prevented.

The best way to conduct a review of your own home security is to approach with the mindset of a potential burglar. This is referred to as the “onion peeling principle” and can be approached by starting with the boundaries and working inwards towards the centre.

There are 3 key area where you can be most effective in reducing the likelihood of your home being burgled.

1- To Deter: measures you can use to make it harder for a criminal to identify your home as an easy target.
2- To Delay: measures you can use to make it more difficult for a criminal to physically break into your home and take away your property.
3- To Detect: measures that you can use to help detect if a criminal tries to break into your home or attempts to steal your property.

Remember most criminals will not target your home if the risk to them of being seen, noticed and getting caught is too great.

Please refer to the attached Home Security Booklet to improve your home security.

Annual Civic Carol Service – 18th December 2019

The Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council’s Annual Civic Carol Service will be held on 18th December at 8.00pm (doors open from 7.30pm) at the Puritan Chapel, adjacent to the Britannia Hotel, Leeds Road. The service will be led by Reverend Tom Lusty (St Giles Church) and Reverend Roger Smith (Bramhope Methodist Church). Refreshments will be served at St Giles Church Hall after the service. There is limited seating in the chapel so seats are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Parcel Deliver Scam – Info from WY Neighbourhood Police Team

Just a reminder that especially at this time of year there are a number of scams relating to parcel deliveries. Over the last few years we have had report of slips being put through doors which resemble Parcel Force, they request you ring a number to arrange further delivery. This is a premium rate number.
There is currently a scam call purporting to be from Sky, The caller asks the customer to log on to their Sky account and go through some checks. They then ask you to log into your bank account. Do not do this under any circumstances.
Please don’t be tempted to keep Christmas gifts out of the way in the boot of the car. One inside the vehicle easy access can be gained in most vehicles by just pulling forward the rear seats.

Leeds City Council – Climate Conversation

Following Leeds City Council formal declaration regarding the Climate Emergency, it is working in partnership with the independent Leeds Climate Commission and is part of the council’s response to the climate emergency. Residents of Leeds are encouraged to engage with the Big Leeds Climate Conversation. More information and details of a survey for residents to undertake as part of the consultation can be found on the link below.
https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/climateconversation

Changes to X84 & X85 timetable from 8th December

X84 X85 Leeds • Otley • Ilkley • Skipton
Change to the timetable from Sunday 8 Dec 2019
Operated by First. A revised timetable will be introduced, with some journeys altered by around 5-10 minutes.

Brown Bin Collections – last collection for 2019 is in November

Brown bin collections finish for winter in November and start again in March 2020.
Check your final collection dates at www.leeds.gov.uk/mybinday

In the meantime you can drop off garden waste for free at your local household waste recycling centre www.leeds.gov.uk/recycling

You could even try composting garden waste at home! Deals on compost bins available at http://www.leeds.gov.uk/compost www.leeds.gov.uk/compost

BUS STOP CLOSURE FROM 28th OCTOBER FOR 4 MONTHS

The bus stop (Bus Stop, ID no. 45014866) opposite The Poplars – Leeds bound – will be closed from Monday 28th October for approximately 4 months.

This is due to works on the footway in relation to the new roundabout on the A660. The footway will also be closed to pedestrians.

Alternative bus stops at Creskeld Lane and Kings Road will remain open.

A660 Leeds Road – Roundabout Works – Letter to residents

Please find the latest information for residents from Leeds City Council, regarding the works on the A660 Leeds Road to create a new roundabout, on the following Link.

Bus timetable amendments – 940 Holt Park • Otley Circular

Mon 28 October 2019
Operated by Keighley Bus Company/Connexions Buses
A revised timetable will be introduced. Keighley Bus Company will no longer operate journeys on this service. The 1505 (Mon-Fri) journey from Otley will now operate via Garnett Wharfe.

Miller Homes Update – 1st October 2019
A660 Leeds Road, Bramhope – Start on Site of Highways works associated with Miller Development

The Parish Council have received notification that Leeds City Council Highways Department are now in a position to start the highway works associated with the Miller Homes residential development in Bramhope.

The start date is 21/10/2019. LCC will initially be setting up offices on site in the first weeks before the highway works can actually begin.

LCC are currently preparing ‘construction start’ letters to residents which will delivered by Tuesday 8th October. The letter will inform of the start date, contact names and it will also have details of an evening meeting for residents where stakeholders will be available to answer queries related to the highway works.

The evening meeting is being organised at the Village Hall (Robert Craven), Old Lane, Bramhope on Friday 11th October between 5.15pm – 7pm.

<X84/X85 – Bus stop Changes – Leeds City Centre

The bus stop for the x84 and x85 has now reverted back to Woodhouse Lane from Albion Street with effect Saturday 28th September 2019.

Thomas Cook Scam (27/09/19)
We are seeing an increase in calls regarding a scam involving the latest Thomas Cook Collapse.

Scammers are targeting people who were victims of the collapse by ringing up claiming to be from Thomas Cook and trying to arrange a refund for their holiday. The scammer then asks for your long card number and the 3 digit security number from the back.

Please do not disclose any personal information and report anything like this to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

Message Sent By
(West Yorkshire Police, Crime Management Investigator, Economic Crime Unit)

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED REFORMS TO PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS TO SUPPORT THE DEPLOYMENT OF 5G AND EXTEND MOBILE COVERAGE

This consultation seeks views on the principle of amending permitted development rights in England to grant planning permission for mobile infrastructure to support deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage, particularly in rural areas, and the circumstances in which it would be appropriate. It covers the following areas:
● Deployment of 5G and extending mobile connectivity;
● Proposed planning reforms to support deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage;
● Code Operators and Permitted Development Rights;
● The Role of Industry;
● Potential changes to the General Permitted Development Order;
● Enabling deployment of radio equipment housing on land without prior approval, excluding sites of special scientific interest, to support 5G deployment;
● Strengthening existing masts to enable sites to be upgraded for 5G and for mast sharing without prior approval;
● Enabling the deployment of building based masts nearer to highways to support deployment of 5G and extend mobile coverage;
● Enabling higher masts to deliver better mobile coverage and mast sharing; and
● Public Sector Equality Duty.
To participate in the consultation please click here.

20mph Zone for North Bramhope

Leeds City Council have finalised the map for the 20mph zone for North Bramhope. The scheme will be implemented in the next couple of months. The roads included in the scheme can be seen on the attached map.

Miller Homes Update – 28th June 2019

The Parish Council has received notification this afternoon that work on the Miller Homes site at Breary Lane East is likely to commence week commencing 1st July 2019. The nature of the initial works have not been clarified and the Parish Council have requested further information. As soon as any additional information is received it will be posted on the website and Parish Council Facebook page.

Cold Callers in the Area – 25/06/19

The Parish Council has received notification that there are hawkers in the area again selling household good door to door. In the are polite to residents which can lull the householder into a false sense of security or sympathy. They produce what looks good ID and say they are ex offenders on probation and authorised to house call. Although not aggressive they are persistent and concentrate on the vulnerable. The no-cold caller zones do not always work as they claim to be a charity, Trading Standards say that the law isn’t precise on this. However, residents can point out that they are in a cold caller zone and close the door. If the caller persists or you feel vulnerable please the police.

Better Broadband for Bramhope

Faster Broadband connections are now available to residents on Kings Road, Kings Drive, The Sycamores, The Birches, The Cedars, The Rowans, The Poplars, and the stretch of Leeds Road between The Birches and the Kings Road roundabout. Further information can be found on the attached.

West Yorkshire Police – Spring 2019 Crime Prevention Newsletter

See the attached newsletter for some useful crime prevention information from West Yorkshire Police.

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

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

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