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West Yorkshire Police – Spring 2019 Crime Prevention Newsletter

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

Tour de Yorkshire 2019 – Invitation to Local Businesses and Community Organisations to get involved

The Tour de Yorkshire 2019 is coming to Bramhope! For the first time since this Yorkshire wide event began, the village is on the route. This is a great opportunity to showcase Bramhope, as the event is broadcast to 190 counties round the world. It is also a great opportunity for the community to take part in the festivities that traditionally surround this 4 day premier sporting event.
The Parish Council would like to involve every business and every community organisation in making this a memorable occasion. So we invite you to a kick-off meeting to be held on Wednesday 6th February at 7.30 pm at which there will be a briefing on the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 and a discussion as to how the community can make the most of the event. The Britannia Hotel has kindly offered to host the meeting.

More information can be found on the attached letter.

Removal of diseased Beech Tree, Puritan Chapel, 9th October 2018

Unfortunately one of the large Beech trees in the grounds of the Puritan Chapel has been identified as having a disease which slowly destroys the roots of the tree. Following directive from Leeds City Council Tree Officers, the Parish Council have arranged for it’s removal as soon as possible. The works will take place on 9th October 2018.

The Parish Council will be planting a suitable replacement in the coming months.

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.

Euro Profile Locks

Please read the attached documentfor the latest information from WY Police regarding replacing locks and lock security.

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

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

Further information can be found on West Yorkshire Police Website https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/help-advice

Message from Police Action Fraud

There has been a series of recent incidents reported to Action Fraud where a lone fraudster has approached victims whom they believe to be unfamiliar with the local area. They make an excuse to talk to the victims such as enquiring about directions or offering a recommendation for a good hotel.

After this interaction, several other fraudsters will intervene purporting to be police officers in plain clothes and will sometimes present false identification as proof. The fake officers will then give a reason to examine the victims’ wallet, purse or personal items. They may also examine the first fraudster’s items or try to tell victims that the first fraudster is suspicious in order to gain victim trust and appear more realistic in their guise.

After all the fake police ‘checks’ are finished, victims have then reported being handed back their personal items only to later realise that a quantity of money or valuables were missing.

How to protect yourself:
• If an individual claims to be a police officer ask for their name and rank, force, and examine any identification presented; this is always good practice but especially important if they are not wearing a uniform.
• The Police will never ask for your passwords or PIN details. Do not give this information to anyone.
• The Police will never request that you withdraw/transfer any money to them or to a ‘safe’ account.
• If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk

Breary Lane East Development – Reserved Matters Application for residential development of 319 dwellings, a convenience store and public open space

The reserved matters planning application for the Breary Lane East development site has been submitted by Miller Homes. The full application is available on the Leeds City Council website on the following Link. The deadline for comments to Leeds City Council is Friday 2nd June 2017.
The Parish Council will be holding a Planning Committee Meeting on 10th May 2017 at 6.00pm to discuss the application and formulate it’s comments. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The Parish Council’s continued aim is to ensure a smooth transition as possible and achieve the best possible outcome for the village.

Department for Transport announcement

Leeds City Council are delighted that the Department for Transport has today given its support to it’s plans to transform public transport in Leeds, with their confirmation of £173.5million funding.
This is just the start of the major improvements needed to make it quicker and easier for everyone to move around the city; and to connect people to jobs, open up more opportunities for businesses, and increase productivity.
Leeds City Council will now work with it’s partners to develop and deliver these exciting plans, but also recognise that much more needs to follow.
The package of improvements includes:
–           Easing congestion, improving bus journey times and reliability through bus priority measures on key corridors in the city
–           New park and ride services at Stourton and north Leeds joining the new service at Temple Green opening later this year and the successful site at Elland Road
–           Improved district transport hubs making use of the latest technologies and better connectivity between local communities and neighbourhoods
–           Developing proposals for new rail stations to support job creation and housing growth at Thorpe Park and White Rose/Millshaw Business Park
–           Developing proposals for a new parkway station on the Leeds to Harrogate line to serve Leeds Bradford Airport and also act as a park and ride in both directions
–           Enhancing access at Cross Gates, Morley and Horsforth rail stations and car park expansion at New Pudsey to increase its park and ride capacity
–           Connecting with city centre plans to create modern transport interchanges, enhanced public spaces and maximising the benefits from the remodelled Leeds Station and the arrival of high-speed HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail.
The strategy also looks to encourage more walking and cycling on people-friendly streets, contributing towards better air quality and reduced carbon emissions.
The plans has been supported and guided by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Leeds transport advisory panel. The panel is chaired by Director of Strategy for Transport for the North Nigel Foster, and includes leading transport experts and senior figures from transport bodies and organisations, along with representatives from the worlds of business, education, planning, accessibility, equalities and campaign groups.
The transport improvements form part of the wider Leeds City Region economic plan which aims to deliver up to 35,000 new jobs and an additional £3.7billion of economic output by 2036.

Almscliffe Crag Wind Turbines Scheme – Withdrawn

In April 2015 a Huddersfield firm, DC21, submitted an application to erect two 48 metre high wind turbines on green belt land northwest of Almscliffe Crag.  The location of the turbines meant that they would appear significantly higher than the crag.  Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council objected on the grounds that this would spoil the view from Bramhope across Wharfedale and encouraged neighbouring town and parish councils to object.

Over 450 objections were received, including one from Harewood House, and from the Ministry of Defence as the turbines would interfere with the radar at RAF Topcliffe.  The application was eventually withdrawn without going in front of the planning committee, and the outcome announced in March 2017.

The reduction in subsidies for land based wind turbines announced mid-2015 has removed the incentive for this and similar schemes.  Unless the funding model for wind turbines is changed, it is unlikely that this proposal will be revived.

Unlicensed Scrap Metal Dealers

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council Licensing Officers ran a joint operation on 14th November in the Bramhope area to enforce breaches of scrap metal licenses. If any resident has concerns that they have been approached by an unlicensed scrap metal dealer, Leeds City Council enforce scrap metal collector licences (0113 222 4444), rather than the police.bb

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