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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.

Highways Maintenance work in Bramhope 2017/18

Details of Leeds City Council Highways work which will be undertaken in Bramhope during 2017/18 are detailed in the attached document.

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.

West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter

Please find the latest newsletter from the West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team on the following Link

Thefts from Vehicles in Bramhope

There have been a number of thefts from vehicles in The Birches/Poplars over the past few days. Please ensure that you lock your vehicles and don’t leave purses/phones etc on view in cars.

Crime Reduction Newsletter – April 2017

The Neighbourhood Police Team have published their latest newsletter with useful crime reduction information for residents. The newsletter can be found on the following Link

940 Bus Service – trial stop at St Helena’s Caravan Park

The 940 service will run three journeys (Monday to Saturday) via Otley Old Road, stopping on request at the entrance to St Helena’s Caravan Park. This will be on a trial basis for 6 months initially. Usage will be assessed during that period to decide whether to continue. As the service is a trial there will not be a permanent bus stop. The bus will operate on a ‘Hail and Ride’ basis and will stop on request anywhere it is safe to do so along Otley Old Road. Timetable details can be found on the Metro website www.wymetro.com

Garden Waste Collections

Leeds City Council fortnightly brown bin (garden waste) collections start again on 27 February and continue until 2 December. Collection days are the same as last year. To check your bin day and download a calendar, visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/mybinday or download the Leeds Bins app and get your bin day reminders straight to your phone.
Please put your bin out before 7am on your collection day and put it away again as soon as possible after it has been emptied.
Yes please: Flowers and plants, Grass cuttings, Hedge clippings, Leaves, Twigs / small branches, Windfall fruit, Weeds
No thanks: Soil/rubble, Plastic of any kind, Glass of any kind, Food waste, Pet bedding, pet waste or cat litter, Noxious weeds

Land at Breary Lane East

An Extra Ordinary Meeting of the Parish Council was held on Thursday 12th January 2017 at Bramhope Village Hall to discuss the Miller Homes Appeal outcome. The draft minutes can be found on the following Link. Following this meeting the Parish Council will be writing to Miller Homes with their comments. A letter will be sent out to residents with details of the Parish Council’s comments to Millers and information regarding the timescales for residents to comment direct to Leeds City Council when the Parish Council has received the information regarding deadline for comment. Any update will also be posted on the website on a new page dedicated to the Breary Lane East Development.

Land at Breary Lane East / Leeds Road – Outcome of Planning Appeal

Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council has been informed that Miller Homes have been successful in their appeal over the planning application to build on the land between Leeds Road and Breary Lane East. The Inspectors report to Leeds City Council can be found on the followingLink.
Miller Homes applied for planning permission to build on this land in October 2013. There were over 900 responses from residents, the vast majority against the development. Leeds City Council rejected the application primarily on the grounds that it was premature as the LCC Site Allocations Plan identifying building land for the next 15 years was going through the consultation process. Miller Homes promptly appealed and the appeal was heard in April of this year.
The Secretary of State for the Communities & Local Government has decided to allow Miller Homes to build but there are 33 conditions that must be met. It is expected that Miller Homes will submit revised plans as part of a new planning application.
Residents in the vicinity of the site have already received letters from the agents acting for Miller Homes inviting them to a public consultation on the new plans on Thursday 5th January 2017. This is an informal consultation event open to all Bramhope residents between 4.30pm and 7.30pm in The Clubroom at West Park RUFC. Members of the public will be able to look at the development proposals and discuss them with the development team. Further information can be found on http://www.millerhomesbramhope.co.uk
The Parish Council and the Ward Councillors are disappointed by the outcome of the appeal (though it follows several successful appeals by major builders against LCC planning policy). The Parish Council will now read the appeal result in detail and consult with and work alongside the Ward Councillors and Leeds City Council in order to decide our future approach to this planned development. The Parish Council will attend the pubic consultation on 5th January to gain further information about Miller Homes’ proposals.
At all times the Parish Council will endeavour to reflect the views of residents and act in the interests of the community.
Simon Cooper
Chair, Bramhope & Carlton Parish Council
23 December 2016

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.