Leeds City Council VJ Day Commemoration – 15th August 2020

Whilst VE Day marked the end of the war in Europe on 8th May 1945, many thousands of our Armed Forces personnel were still involved in bitter fighting in the Far East.  Victory over Japan came at a heavy price and VJ Day marks the day that Japan surrendered on the 15th August 1945, which in effect ended the Second World War.

Although the current guidance prevents Leeds City Council from organising any large events, it will continue to remember the day virtually.  LCC will also be lighting up civic buildings red, white and blue over the weekend of 15 August and will be using resources available on line which include:

  • The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) digital toolkit which includes lots of ways you can still get involved. The full toolkit is available here: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/get-involved/.
  • On 15 August, The Royal British Legion will be holding a commemoration at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day. It will be broadcast on BBC One at 11am and will include veteran testimonies and music from military musicians as well as wreath-laying at several memorials.
  • Children in Leeds can get involved in a number of ways including colouring in pictures to put in their windows. Children can also make origami birds (paper cranes) to mark VJ Day 75 and then send them to Big Ideas. For more information on how to make a paper crane and where to send them to go to https://www.big-ideas.org/vjday/. These cranes will be assembled into a paper wreath for the Children’s Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park to remember those who died as a result of the two atomic bombs that were dropped on Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • LCC libraries team have also created a short film of photographic material from end of war celebrations in Leeds similar to the one that they produced for VE Day which will be shown on our social media feeds.

VJ Day 75th Anniversary

The Bramhope Branch of the Royal British Legion will be marking the 75th Anniversary of VJ day with a gathering at the Memorial Garden on Saturday 15th August for the 2 min silence at 11.00am. If you wish to attend please assemble at the Memorial Garden, observing social distancing rules, at 10.50am.

West Yorkshire Police – Safer Roads Media Submissions

Since July 1 West Yorkshire Police joined 22 other forces in England by opening a portal, for use by the public, for the submission of dash cam footage or other forms of digital media where a suspected offence relating to road safety has taken place.

The portal is an easy tool that can be used by all road users; drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders and motorcyclists. It facilitates the submission of footage of driving offences giving the public the power to assist forces in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

There are a couple of rules to bear in mind when submitting footage:

•Incident occurred in the West Yorkshire Police force area
•Has been committed in the last 7 days
•There is sufficient evidence to prove an offence has been committed
•The VRM is clearly visible
•The footage is of a satisfactory quality to stand up in court
•The Reporting Person/Witness is willing to attend court
•The Reporting Person/Witness is willing to provide a statement
•The original footage is still available
•The footage has not been altered in anyway
•The incident does not involve an Road Traffic Collision
•The footage clearly shows whole incident, including the lead up
•The footage has not been uploaded to social media (if so it must be taken down)

For more information please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/SaferRoadsSubmissions

Child Friendly Leeds Live – #GoOrange on 5 August 2020

This year on National Play Day, 5 August, Child Friendly Leeds will be bringing the show which is usually in the city centre, directly to people’s homes free with a live stream event including some of our annual festival favourites and CBBC’s Alex Winters!

CFL are asking the whole city to #GoOrange for Child Friendly Leeds Live and have a free online resource pack (launching on 29 July) to encourage children and their families to get involved and create, make, bake and wear orange.  If you’re out and about in the city centre or parks on the day, you might even find some ‘orange’ surprises dotted around. Leeds Jurassic Trail also invites you to join in a city centre trail where you can hunt for the orange dinosaur eyes. Full details and regular updates will be available on Child Friendly Leeds Facebook event page.

CFLwant to encourage as many residents to join in the celebrations as possible by helping us to turn the city orange on 5 August – so please share the message on social media as well as with friends and family. There are some great prizes on offer for the best #GoOrange pictures and videos that CFL receive

To join the live stream event and access the CFL Live activity pack on 5 August, free tickets can be booked here.

Face Coverings Compulsory in shops from 24 July

Following the Government announced that wearing a face mask will be compulsory from 24 July in shops, LCC have forwarded the guidance below

  1. What is a face covering?
     Something which safely covers the nose and mouth – reusable or single-use.
     Can use scarf, bandana, religious garment or hand-made cloth covering.
     Not classified as PPE (personal protective equipment).
  2. The reason for using face coverings
     May reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets in certain circumstances.
     Not a replacement for social distancing/regular hand washing.
  3. How to wear a face covering
    A face covering should:
     Cover your nose and mouth while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
     Fit comfortably but securely against the side of the face.
     Be secured to the head with ties or ear loops
     Be made of a comfortable/breathable material e.g. cotton.
     Include at least two layers of fabric.
     Be washable (unless disposable).
    When wearing a face covering you should:
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands before putting on.
     Avoid wearing on neck or forehead.
     Avoid touching the part in contact with your mouth and nose.
     Change if it becomes damp or if you’ve touched it.
    When removing a face covering:
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands.
     Only handle straps, ties or clips.
     Don’t share with someone else to use.
     If single-use, dispose of it carefully in a residual waste bin and don’t recycle.
     If reusable, wash it in line with manufacturer’s instructions.
     Thoroughly wash/sanitise hands once removed.
  4. When to wear a face covering
     Public Transport (mandatory).
     Shops and Supermarkets as of 24 July 2020 (mandatory).
     Other enclosed public spaces where social distancing difficult (advisory).
  5. Exemptions to wearing a face covering where they are mandated
     Young children under the age of 11
     Physical/mental illness, impairment, or disability.
     If causes you severe distress.
     If assisting someone relying on lip reading to communicate.
     To avoid harm/injury, or risk of harm/injury, to yourself or others.
     If you must eat/drink.
     If you need to take medication.
     If police officer/other official requests you remove your face covering.
     Age identification.
    July 2020
    Face coverings: when to wear one & how to make you own
  6. Face coverings at work
     No universal face coverings guidance for workplaces.
     Employers must make sure risk assessments address COVID-19 risks.
     If employees choose face covering, normal policies re PPE/occupational workwear apply.
  7. Making your own face covering
     Make your own face covering.
  8. Maintaining/disposing of face coverings
     Store reusable face coverings in a plastic bag until washed.
     Clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
     If eating in a restaurant, don’t place the face covering on the table.
     Wash regularly.
     Throw away if damaged.

Bramhope Village Volunteers

The end of shielding is on 1st August and on that date the activities of the Bramhope Coronavirus Community Help group will cease. It is proposed that residents who still need support after that date are transferred to a new group Bramhope Village Volunteers (BVV) which will be set up by the current admins as a legacy group for the village. It will carry out the same activities as the current group but could also include for example, recently discharged patients from hospital who need local support for a few weeks until they recover.

On behalf of the village the Parish Council would like to thank all the volunteers who set up and supported the Bramhope Coronavirus Community Help group over the past 3 -4 months and for continuing with the new legacy group BVV.

West Yorkshire devolution Consultation – open until 19th July 2020

Leaders of the five West Yorkshire councils have secured an ambitious devolution deal with Government, which will see an historic transfer of powers and investment from Whitehall to our region. It will give local control of at least £1.8 billion of funding to be spent on the things that matter to the people of West Yorkshire.

The deal means decisions across key areas, such as better transport, skills, the economy, housing and regeneration will be taken in West Yorkshire by people who know and understand the region, bringing benefits for rural and urban communities and improvements to people’s quality of life.

It will also mean a directly-elected mayor for West Yorkshire with elections being held in May 2021.

Following Executive Board last week, public consultation on the deal has now launched and will run until 19 July.

LCC would like as many residents as possible to engage in the public consultation. There are a number of ways in which this can be done

• Through the online survey on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website: http://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/WYdevolution
• By email to wyconsultation@ipsos-mori.com
• By calling the freephone telephone number 0800 141 3657
• By post using the freepost address: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation

LCC Discretionary Grants – Covid-19

LCC have a new grant to assist businesses affected as a result of Covid-19. Further details can be found on the link below.

https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/apply-for-a-discretionary-grant The key criteria is that the applicant :
1) Must be independent & employ less than 50 staff
2) Must not have received Covid grant assistance to date from the Council
3) Must be incurring fixed property costs (defined as rent/rates/service charges/fixed utility costs) of a minimum of £8,000 per annum
4) Must be able to demonstrate significant loss of actual/projected income/sales as a result of Covid (defined as a minimum of 25% reduction over 6 months – March-Sept 20)
5) Must operate from premises with a Rateable value below £51,000 or pay rent/mortgage payments of less than £51,000 pa.
The grant is 50% of fixed property costs over a 6 month period a minimum of £2,000 to a max of £10,000.