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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 22ND OCTOBER FOR 4 MONTHS

The bus stop (Bus Stop, ID no. 45014866) opposite The Poplars – Leeds bound – will be closed from Tuesday 22nd 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.

Pool Parish Council – Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Following six years of consultation with residents, Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Council has produced a Neighbourhood Plan which covers the whole of the civil parish of Pool-in-Wharfedale. The plan contains a vision for Pool along with a set of objectives, planning policies and proposals and community actions to achieve the vision. The planning policies within the plan seek to protect the character and meet the needs of Pool, with policies guiding new development, traffic and transport and travel, as well as protection and enhancement policies relating to the green environment (including Local Green Spaces), the historic built environment and community facilities.
Following this consultation, the plan will be amended and then submitted to Leeds City Council, as required, for a further Regulation 16 consultation and independent examination. The plan, if successful at examination, will then proceed to a local referendum. Assuming it receives a majority vote, the City Council will adopt the plan which will then become part of the statutory development plan – the Local Plan – for Leeds. Any planning applications submitted within the Pool boundary will be determined in accordance with this plan.
This consultation seeks your views on the content of the proposed Pool-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Plan. Following revision, the Plan, with the supporting Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) Screening Report, will be submitted to Leeds City Council.

The Pool-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Plan seeks to:
• ensure that future policies reflect the needs and aspirations of the local community
• be a means to guide, promote and enable balanced and sustainable change within the designated area
• preserve the character of Pool-in-Wharfedale and its parish as an attractive rural location with some local industry and good links with its local market town
• enable the retention of Pool-in-Wharfedale as a distinct community, protecting the natural and built heritage, enhancing the conservation area and ensuring that Pool-in-Wharfedale is not swallowed up by encroaching urban sprawl
• ensure that the needs of residents are met in the areas of housing, employment, education, health, leisure, recreation, sport, transport and burial, and that Pool-in-Wharfedale maintains a well balanced, sustainable economic and physical environment
How to access the Pool-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Plan
Electronically from the Pool-in-Wharfedale Parish Council website including, maps, screening report, supporting documents and evidence base: http://www.poolparishcouncil.gov.uk

How to respond to the consultation:
Complete the electronic questionnaire at:www.poolparishcouncil.gov.uk

King Lane road closure – October 2019

Resurfacing works are due to take place on King Lane over the next 2 weekends (12th and 13th – 19 and 20th October)

To ensure that this work is carried out safely, King Lane will be closed from Nursery Lane to the Ring Road in both directions.

On each occasion the road will fully closed from 0800 on the Saturday to 2300 on the Sunday

Diversions will be available via Alwoodley Lane – Harrogate Road – Ring Road Moortown and vice versa

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.

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.

Headrow Improvements

From 1st September 2019, bus services and stops in Leeds city centre will change as Connecting Leeds starts major works on The Headrow.
The improvements are set to transform transport in the city centre – making it easier for bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, while continuing to provide access for businesses.
Popular Leeds streets such as the Headrow, Westgate, Vicar Lane between The Headrow and North Street, New Briggate, Infirmary Street, Park Row and Cookridge Street will be transformed. The scheme, undertaken in stages, will be completed by autumn 2020.
The plans aim to improve bus reliability, making bus use and walking a more attractive way to navigate through the city centre whilst substantially enhancing and increasing public space with more planting.
Work has already begun on the removal of the central reservation. Until September 1st, the Headrow will remain open in both directions, apart from some overnight works at junctions.
From 1st September 2019, the eastbound carriageway will close and bus routes will relocate. Temporary bus diversions will be in place, Metro apologise for any inconvenience.
Get up-to-date bus diversion information by visiting wymetro.com/theheadrow.
To find out more about plans for the Headrow, visit bit.ly/theheadrow.

WARNING – ADEL – SEXUAL ASSAULT – INDECENT EXPOSURE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE HAVE BEEN THREE RECENT, VERY UNPLEASANT INCIDENTS LOCALLY, ONE INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT AND TWO OF INDECENT EXPOSURE.

A LADY WALKING IN GOLDEN ACRE PARK ON 24 JUNE WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY A MALE AGED ABOUT 40. FORTUNATELY, THE LADY FOUGHT HIM OFF.

I UNDERSTAND THAT TWO OTHER LADIES WERE WALKING SEPARATELY IN ADEL WOODS LAST WEEK WHEN A MALE, DESCRIBED AS A YOUNG MAN, WAS SEEN BEHIND A BUSH. THE FIRST LADY HAD A DOG WITH HER WHICH FRIGHTENED THE MAN AWAY. THE SECOND INCIDENT INVOLVED INDECENT EXPOSURE.

IT IS NOT KNOWN WHETHER THE THREE INCIDENTS ARE CONNECTED. THE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THEM ALL AND HAVE ARRANGED ADDITIONAL PATROLS IN OPEN AREAS.

WHILE THIS KIND OF CRIME IS RARE IN ADEL & WHARFEDALE WARD AND IT IS EXTREMELY UNLIKELY YOU WILL EVER BE INVOLVED IN ONE IT IS SENSIBLE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS, PARTICULARLY IF YOU ARE INTENDING USE LOCAL PARKS OR WOODED AREAS.

I HAVE DISCUSSED THE MATTER WITH OUR LOCAL NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING INSPECTOR AND HIS TEAM. THEY ARE VERY CONCERNED AND HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PLAN TO ADDRESS THESE EXTREMELY UNPLEASANT INCIDENTS.

IF YOU SEE ANYTHING REMOTELY SUSPICIOUS, PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO RING THE POLICE. THEY WILL RESPOND IMMEDIATELY.

Billy Flynn
Ward Councillor
Adel & Wharfedale
3 July 2019

Bramhope Post Office Temporary Closure from 20th May 2019

The Post Office has advised that the Bramhope Post Office, located on Tredgold Avenue, will be temporarily closed from Monday 20th May 2019. Further details can be found on this Link.

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.

Shed and Garden Security Advice

Some useful advice from WY Police Neighbourhood Watch Team regarding shed and Garden Security.

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