The Planning Committee meetings start at 6.30pm.
The August and December meetings of the Planning Committee start at 6.30pm. *Planning committee only
Parish Council Meetings
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 1st June 2020 at 7pm.
The next Planning Committee meeting will be held on Monday 1st June 2020 at 6.30pm.
Both meetings will be held remotely via Zoom.
Mike, the lengthsman, will be carrying out work in Alwoodley from Monday 1st June 2020
Information from First Bus
– Social distancing measures will be introduced across our buses this week to ensure the safety of our colleagues & customers and in line with Government guidelines
– Reduced capacity will effectively mean we will only be able to carry around 1 in 4 passengers compared to our usual capacity on each bus
– We’re asking those essential travellers who must use buses to check their journey details in advance, avoid busier periods and allow extra time for their journey as they may need to wait if their bus is full when it arrives.
First Bus has responded to Government advice to enable social distancing on public transport and through this week we’re implementing additional steps to ensure a safer journey for everyone:
• Our buses we will be operating at a reduced capacity with around 1 in 4 seats being available. The revised capacity will be displayed via a sticker on the exterior front of the bus. If any journey reaches its revised maximum capacity, the driver will update the destination screen to show “Bus full due to social distancing” and then adopt a one-off / one-on process at subsequent stops.
• Customers will be encouraged to sit next to a window with a row empty in front and a row empty behind with seat labelling in place as necessary. Please note these seating measures are advisory for customers and we will not be asking our drivers to enforce them or leave their cab area, unless operating the manual bus ramp. The driver will help advise customers when boarding where seats are available.
The above procedures are being put in place following consultation with trade union representatives and following learnings from several social distancing trials across the UK.
These measures will be actively promoted through customer channels together with the reinforcement of existing measures to minimise transfer of the Covid-19 virus such as encouraging alternative payment to cash.
We will also be encouraging customers to wear face coverings, if they can. Please note we will not be asking drivers to wear face coverings whilst driving as it may prove to be a distraction. In addition, the cab area is separated from the saloon by a screen.
Although bus services are only provided for those that need to make essential journeys, we expect there will be occasions when customers may not be able to board their intended journey due to capacity levels being reached. In line with this, we are therefore advising those who cannot avoid public transport to check their journey details in advance, avoid busier periods and allow extra time for their journey as they may need to wait if their bus is full when it arrives.
Latest information from Leeds City Council
Please click on the links below:
Please find attached an audio copy of the Corona Virus household leaflet https://youtu.be/JB1KS6kHGcA
The council wants to keep everyone informed and as safe as possible and have produced a leaflet which emphasises the stay at home message and provides important information about where to get help. This leaflet is now being delivered to every household in the City. The leaflet has been translated into the main community languages which are currently used in the City. The translated leaflets can be found on the link below and I would be grateful if you could circulate these across your networks to ensure that they are circulated as widely as possible.
RU OK? – RU OK? is the new welfare calls service starting from 11 May 2020. It is accessed through the Leeds COVID-19 helpline and has been established to provide welfare check-ins and contact to those who request it. The service is a great partnership with the 3rd Sector including Leeds Older People’s Forum & Voluntary Action Leeds and Leeds City Council, drawing on the fantastic pool of volunteers who will make the calls, offer signposting and liaise with LCC if further support is needed.
Small business owners in Leeds can book free telephone 121s with local business experts, for bespoke advice & support.
The website features helpful resources on things like finance, government support, strategy, marketing & people. Free webinars will launch next week.
The project has been supported by Leeds City Council and business transformation experts Insight with Passion.
Citizens Advice Leeds is a local charity providing free, confidential and independent advice to residents of Leeds and the surrounding areas. We provide advice and information on a wide range of subjects, including Benefits, Tax Credits, debt, housing and employment. Due to Covid-19 our face to face services are closed, however we can still help Monday- Friday, 9am-5pm via:
· General telephone 0113 223 4400- if we don’t answer your call leave a message and we will call you back within 3 working days
· Email www.citizensadviceleeds.org.uk– We aim to reply to emails within 5 working days
NOTICE OF ALTERATION TO THE PERIOD OF EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS TO INSPECT THE COUNCIL’S ACCOUNTS, YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020
Sections 25 to 27 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 contain provisions giving interested persons and local government electors certain rights of inspection of the accounts and accounting records. Local government electors may also question the auditor about the accounting records and make an objection to the auditor.
The rights in Sections 26 and 27 must normally be exercised within a period of 30 working days, including the first 10 working days of July.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the government has introduced The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Among other provisions, these still require a local council to set a 30 working-day period for the Exercise of Public Rights, but the council is now permitted to delay this, starting on or before 1 September 2020.
A further notice giving opportunity for the Exercise of Public Rights to inspect the Council’s accounts will be displayed in due course.
Asda and Morrisons have launched schemes that help vulnerable people who are self-isolating. There are cashless Volunteer Shopping Cards, ideal for those who are self-isolating, the card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow family/friends/volunteers to shop on their behalf and means no bank or credit card details are exchanged with the volunteer and removes any risk of handling cash. The card can be bought easily online and then emailed to the volunteer or printed out and left in a safe place for the volunteer to collect. The volunteer uses the card in-store (by simply scanning the barcode) and can return the shopping in a safe place for the recipient. Any change due is left on the card for future use and can be ‘topped-up’ if necessary. Here are the links: Morrisons (with an option for those not online 0333 335 0398) and Asda.
MindWell, the mental health website for people in Leeds, has today launched a Coronavirus Mental Health Hub which will act as a ‘portal’ bringing together information about mental health and Covid-19 for people in Leeds.
Web links: www.mindwell-leeds.org.uk/coronavirus
100% Digital Leeds have launched a new grant funding programme which is for grants of up to £1,000 to apply for digital equipment or other digital-related costs, for organisations working with adults in communities.
It is anticipated these grants could cover:
· The purchase of digital equipment for staff and volunteers, to better enable remote working/support of people
· The purchase of digital equipment for people supported by organisations
· The purchase of phone data/call credit for any of the groups above.
The closing date is Friday 24th April but please note each application will be assessed in the order that they come in so it would be worth acting quickly before the money runs out.
The Digital Inclusion Coordinators (CC’d) are not on the assessment panel so we cannot give you any preference but we could give general advice around your application.
The form is short – max 250 words per section – and the full info, including application guidance, is here: http://digitalinclusionleeds.com/grants
A message from Active Leeds
During these uncertain times the Health Programmes team at Active Leeds are aiming to ensure that you, your colleagues and service users still have the opportunity to take part in physically activity. Currently, physical activity, might not be priority so if we can provide support for anything else please feel free to get in touch with us and we will endeavour to help.
Our Health and Wellbeing Coaches have been working and developing video content to help older adults to stay active, the following link will take you to the ‘Active Leeds Health at Home’ page. The page will provide information on remaining active and health and wellbeing – with a list of services that might provide support during this time: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/healthy-at-home
The following link takes you directly to the Active Leeds YouTube channel where we have uploaded video content for older adults to follow at home: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6stqAOayLwwQJ-zvQjqKDv1JnkEHw9-o . If you are working with other population groups the Active Leeds page and other useful links (below) should provide further support.
On the video list we have Tai Chi, Deskercise – stretching exercises (useful for those working from home), Introduction to Pilates and Chair Based exercises. Please keep an eye on this channel as we will be regularly uploading more videos (on a daily and weekly basis.)
Sport England: https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout
Yorkshire Sport Foundation: https://www.yorkshiresport.org/get-active/active-at-home/
We Are Undefeatable: https://weareundefeatable.co.uk/
Leeds Girl Can: https://active.leeds.gov.uk/leedsgirlscan
Mind Mental Health & Coronavirus – a page with information, guidance, support and activity recommendations
Mental Health Foundation’s Coronavirus page
Anxiety UK blog offering support during Coronavirus
5 ways to get moving and feel better
What are mental health problems?
How to relax | 8 relaxation tips for your mental health
How to manage your mood with food | 8 tips
Parenting with a mental health problem | Talking about mental health – Episode 14
Coping as a carer | Talking about mental health – Episode 12
Feeling Suicidal | Mental Health Talk
Mind Mental Health website – phone line if in urgent need or need to talk to someone
Samaritans Wednesday Wisdom is an ongoing series of videos offering listening tips
Samaritans – a series of videos and stories about ‘what it is like to call us?’
Funding opportunities in Leeds
Turn2us Coronavirus Grant Fund: This grant fund has been set up to support people who have lost their income as a result of the Coronavirus to meet the cost of their immediate basic household expenses. It provides a one-off crisis grant of £500 per household. Applicants need to satisfy all of the following criteria: evidence of at least a 50% reduction in earnings, a resident of the UK / Republic of Ireland, not currently in Further or Higher Education, over 18, with less than £1K savings (single person) or less than £2K savings (couple/family). Further information can be found on the turn2us website.
Additional support in Leeds
Please click on the links below for information if you require financial support
A guide to safe livestreaming
Please click on the link below to join the Alwoodley Ward Group.
Information from Leeds City Council
If you are unable to leave the house and are worried because you don’t have family or friends or existing network, call Leeds City Council on 0113 378 1877, where they will take a note of what you need and match that with a local volunteer.
Please follow this local being a good neighbour guide or this national guidance to help safely provide essential support to those in isolation Coronavirus: How to help safely. If you would like to offer help,please visit Voluntary Action Leeds or email email@example.com. Training will be provided so volunteers meet safeguarding standards and this will give a structured approach to volunteering during COVID-19.
Many people are feeling concerned about the spread of the coronavirus.
The NHS website has relevant advice and information about this: NHS Advice
Advice may be subject to change so it is important to check the national websites. Currently people with symptoms are no longer required to call NHS 111, as the system is under strain, but are instead urged to look for information on the NHS website and 111 online. We all should:
Practice good hygiene:
wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
always wash your hands when you get home or into work
use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
Leeds City Council are in contact with Public Health England and are updating the website regularly. Please click on the link below for website information.
PLEASE NOTE: Leeds City Council have closed all playgrounds.
100% Digital Leeds
Click on the link below to access free tools and resources that you can use through isolation and quarantine.
UPDATE – COVID-19: INFORMATION FROM OUTER NORTH EAST NEIGHBOURHOOD NETWORK
We are now able to share details of a volunteer network that has been established. Please direct eager volunteers to the special Doing Good Leeds website where they can sign up as a Community Care Volunteer.
We have identified two tiers of volunteers and both should sign up through the Doing Good Leeds website.
Tier 1: DBS-checked assistance
Volunteers who have a current DBS and would be willing to volunteer to carry out non-personal care tasks to assist people with care and support needs. Such tasks might include: shopping, collecting prescriptions, preparing a meal, assistance with laundry, just checking/ reassurance by visit or phone call, sitting with someone for a while. This list is not exhaustive. We would support volunteers with training where appropriate and they would be issued with an identification badge.
Tier 2: Neighbourly assistance
People looking out for their neighbours who may be in some way or another vulnerable but not in receipt of formal care whether self-funded or state supported. This might be about supporting people who choose to self-isolate. It will also include the deployment of volunteer community leaders to support community cohesion related activities.
1. Please share the attached PDF poster with your communities in order to raise awareness of the Doing Good Leeds website.
2. Encourage our communities to be neighbourly and call elderly or vulnerable neighbours to see if they need assistance.
3. Direct any local volunteers to the Doing Good Leeds network.
We are now working on the next phase of our response and will be in touch shortly with information for those who may need to access support in the coming weeks.
Finally, thank you for your co-ordination to date. Please remember, everyone should keep checking the official Government advice website: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Please click on the link below for the Information Guide
Alwoodley Gates Park and Ride
Please click on the link below for further information
Annual Report 2018-2019
Please click on the link below to find out what Alwoodley Parish Council did in 2018-2019.
WW1 Commemorative Garden
A new World War One Commemorative Garden situated on King Lane has now been completed.
Band Concerts on the Village Green this summer!!
The sun stayed out for Kibitz on 18th August.
The Altofts and Normanton Brass Band visited the Alwoodley Village Green in June.
We hope that you all enjoyed the music on the Village Green this Summer!
Notice of Election
Please click on the link below for the Notice of Elections
Please find below the best ways of contacting West Yorkshire Police and in particular the local officers that cover Alwoodley:
· To email the Outer East Leeds NPT which covers Alwoodley: firstname.lastname@example.org
· To email the Leeds District Crime Prevention Officers: email@example.com
· For non-urgent issues and to pass on information, call West Yorkshire Police on 101.
· In an emergency (if a crime is in progress or you think the offenders are nearby), call 999.
· To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
· To report any anti-social behaviour to Leeds Council call LASBT on 0113 2224402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
· To report any out of hours noise nuisance to Leeds City Council call 0113 3760337 (18:00 – 03:30 hours)
· To report fraud or Cyber Crime contact Action Fraud – www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040
New play equipment has been added to the Playground. These include a Carousel, an exciting swing and a Sid the Snake bench.
Unwanted tradespeople and Cold Calling Control Zones – the Parish Council was recently contacted by a local resident who is very concerned about the increase in aggravated cold calling – visits by tradespeople to people living alone or vulnerable people in an attempt to persuade them to agree to work being carried out, often unnecessarily. Click the following link to read more about how to set up a Cold Calling Control Zone to tackle this problem.Cold calling
Alwoodley Book Event – the Alwoodley Book Event on 14th October was greatly enjoyed by all the children and parents who attended and we received some very positive feedback. We would like to thank everyone who participated – Susie Sparkles and her team, Jason Beresford, The Little Bookshop, Creation Station and our own Alwoodley WI.
The entertainment was fantastic and the craft activities first class. We have mentioned on several occasions – in last year’s newsletter, in articles and at our APM – that the Parish Council could not stage this event on a regular basis without volunteers from the wider community. One of our local Ward Councillors also wrote about this in his monthly article in North Leeds Life, but sadly nobody has come forward to offer any help and therefore we have decided that it is not feasible to repeat this event in the future.
Oppose the proposed A61 bus lane – download the A61 flyer for more information
Alwoodley Parish Neighbourhood Plan – The referendum took place on 28 June and 92% of the 1316 voters supported the proposal.
Little Free Library – Alwoodley Parish Council have funded the new Little Free Library on the Village Green. It’s there for everyone to use and enjoy.
Parish Council Information
Alwoodley Parish Council was set up in May 2008 and consists of eleven elected Parish Councillors, the Clerk and the Lengthsman who both work part-time.
The Parish Councillors are volunteers who are elected to serve a four year term of office. The next election will take place in May 2019.
Alwoodley Parish Council exists to represent the people of Alwoodley Parish as part of the local government structure of the City of Leeds. (The Parish Council is not part of the Church).
The Parish Council is funded through a local tax called the precept which is around £14 for a band D household – this has been increased by £2 for a Band D household this year. The Parish Council aims to use the precept for the benefit of residents to improve and enhth ance the local area.
The Parish Council runs a small grants scheme for voluntary organisations in the parish.
The Planning Committee meetings start at 6.30pm.
The August and December meetings of the Planning Committee start at 6.30pm. *Planning committee only