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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

Leeds Bradford Airport Public Consultation Event – 27th September 15.30-20.30

Leeds Bradford Airport are holding a public consultation event on Thursday 27th September in the Bramhope Suite of the Britannia Hotel, Leeds Road, Bramhope, LS16 9JJ.

The event is taking place to outline the Airports plans for a new Arrivals Hall, incorporating new departure gates as well as improved immigration capacity and baggage reclaim facilities. The proposal is in line with the Airports ‘Route to 2030 Strategic Development Plan’ published in March 2017 and will provide capacity for up to 5m passengers from the 4m currently experienced.

The event will be open to the public between 15.30-20.30. Members of the Airports senior management team will be in attendance as will members of the design team to discuss this exciting chapter in the growth of the Airport.

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.

A658 Pool Bank New Road Closure – Pool Bank Culvert Works UPDATE 02/08/18

As part of the above works, the A658 Pool Bank New Road will be closed overnight on Monday 6th August. The road will be closed in both directions from 10:30pm until 4am on Tuesday 7th August at the latest, to allow the safe switch around the traffic barriers so work can begin on the opposite side of the road. This will, in effect, mark the completion of the first half of the structural works.

The closure is being carried out overnight to minimise disruption, with particular care taken to avoid bus services and those travelling to catch outbound flights at the airport. Signage and diversions will be in place whilst the work is carried out, directing traffic via Otley, although local traffic may well find their own alternative routes.

As soon as the closure is over the road will return to the single lane with temporary traffic signal arrangement, with traffic travelling over the newly repair section of road.

Digital Framework Consultation

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) has launched a digital consultation with the aim of boosting the local economy and providing social and environmental benefits for the region.

Further information about how you can contribute to the consultation can be found here.

Euro Profile Locks

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

A658 Pool Bank New Road – Pool Bank Culvert Strengthening Works – continuing until 30th September 2018

Works will begin on 8th May 2018 to replace the damaged culvert that runs underneath Pool Bank New Road, approximately 300m north of the Dyneley Arms crossroads

Two way traffic lights will be installed to manage traffic safely around the works/excavations

The lights will be in place for the full duration of the works and will be manually operated between 7am and 7pm to ensure that the queues are being managed as efficiently as possible, however, given the highly traffic sensitive nature of this particular road, delays should be expected – especially during the am/pm peak hours

The teams will work extended hours, 7 days a week in order to get the works completed as quickly as possible

To ensure the safety of both the workforce, and the travelling public, a temporary 30mph speed limit will be in place from the Dyneley Arms junction through the works.

Pedestrian access through the works will generally be maintained, although there may be a short delay on occasion to ensure their safety.

Police Update received Monday 26th February 2018

At around 1645 hours Sunday 25th February a homeowner returned home and disturbed burglars in her home. Two males had snapped the lock in her door to gain entry and then made off in a white van.
About half an hour prior to this two men in a white Ford van were challenged on Long Meadows, Bramhope, they stated they were offering to replace driveways in the area.

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

Post Office Service to return to Bramhope in March 2018

A new Post Office will be opening in Christalya, 3 Tredgold Avenue, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 9BS on Wednesday 21 March 2018.
The service will be one of the Post Office’s local style branches with a low-screened, open-plan Post Office service point carefully integrated into the retail counter. Customers will be able to carry out a wide range of Post Office transactions alongside retail purchases. The new service will offer long opening hours, with the Post Office opening hours in line with the retail business.

Safer Leeds Newsletter February 2018

Please view this SAFER Newsletter feb 2018 final1 document for the latest Safer Leeds Newsletter.

West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter January 2018

Please view this West Leeds Newsletter – January 2018 document for the latest West Leeds Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter

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 However you can email comments to or write to Leeds SAP Revised Submission Draft Consultation, Policy and Plans Group, The Leonardo Building, 2 Rossington Street, Leeds LS2 8HP

X84 Timetable Changes from w/c 5th February 2018

There will be changes to several local bus timetables, including the X84 mainly to improve punctuality. Full details will be available from WY Metro website, from w/c 5th February.

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.

SAFER Newsletter December 2017
SAFER Factsheet

Crime Update from WY Police – 29th November 2017


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 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.

Fraud Alert

On the afternoon of Friday 10th November “rogue traders” attended at the home of an elderly person in Pool in Wharfedale and advised her she needed some guttering work doing at her home. This work did not need doing and they quoted an amount of £860. The men asked for cash payment, the resident went out to withdraw cash and thankfully the Post Office were concerned and alerted the Police. No money was handed over to the men on this occasion but please be aware, do not feel pressured to have any work done, if worried call the Police or a family member or friend. The “rogue traders” were using a white Ford Transit van and had left before the Police attended.

Remembrance Day Parade – 12th November 2017

The Annual Remembrance Day Parade took place in the village on 12th November. A large number of residents, including representatives from the British Legion, local cubs, scouts, brownies and guides attended for the Parade from the village hall and service at the Memorial Garden on Breary Lane.

West Yorkshire Neighbourhood Police Team Newsletter – October 2017

Read the latest newsletter from the WY NPT and information on how to stay safe on the dark nights in the SAFER Newsletter October 2017.

West Leeds Newsletter – October 2017


On the 3rd October a resident attended at Bramhope Medical Centre in their vehicle. Before they got out of the car they were approached by a male who distracted them with a large paper map and spoke with broken English, asking for directions. Whilst the resident was distracted by this male her handbag was taken from the vehicle.
This distraction was used before in our area in Cookridge, residents were followed home from supermarkets after being watched using their chip and pin cards. Handbags were then stolen and the bank cards were used by the suspects who had seen the pin numbers whilst in the shop.
Please be vigilant and if approached do not speak to the person and lock your car door and protect your possessions.
Please report any incident to the Police on 101 or if an ongoing crime via 999.

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

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

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.

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

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