LCC Highways recommend that the speed limit on the A660 though Bramhope should be reduced to 30 mph

LCC Highways recommend that the speed limit on the A660 though Bramhope should be reduced to 30 mph

Implementation likely to be Spring 2023

Leeds City Council Highways have completed the strategic review of the A660 trunk road requested by the Parish Council following the September Parish Council meeting.  In recent years the Parish Council and Ward Councillors Flynn and Anderson have regularly asked for a review of speed limits through Bramhope in the hope of a reduction to 30 mph. Covid, reduced traffic volumes post Covid and a need to assess the impact of the full occupancy of Spring Wood Park had delayed the review, but the Parish Council felt that so many measures were affecting the road that an overall assessment was required.

Highways had planned to implement larger traffic islands along the A660 as a traffic calming measure to avoid the need to reduce the speed limit.  (Government guidelines indicate the limit should be 40 mph.)  However, the A660 is designated as a key route for wide loads and no design could be found for the islands that provided sufficient width for abnormal loads.

As a result the Highways Officer has recommended that in the interests of road safety the speed limit on A660 Leeds Road from the Britannia Hotel to the Kings Road roundabout should be reduced to 30 mph.  West Yorkshire Police support this move, subject to a reassessment of speeds 12 months after implementation.  A report recommending this change, plus further measures to manage parking in the vicinity of Bramhope Primary School, will be presented to the Chief Officer for approval on 8th February.  Assuming the measure is approved the required public consultation and advertisement of legal orders will follow.  Implementation should take place in the Spring but this is subject to resolution of any objections received.

The 30 mph speed limit has been advocated by Ward Councillors and the Parish Council for several years, finally with a successful outcome.  Special mention must be made of the Welcome to Bramhope campaign whose petition emphasised to LCC Highways the importance of the issue to residents and helped bring the decision forward.

Urgent Northern Powergrid works ( airport road) A658 Harrogate road /Otley Old Road crossroads

Northern Power Grid are due to begin urgent works at the A658 Harrogate Road(airport road) /Otley Old Road cross roads to restore electricity supply to affected residents

At the moment the supply is being provided by generators, temporarily, but these works will restore the permanent services.

Temporary multiway signals will be in place at the junction to allow traffic to pass the working areas safely.

It has been agreed that the works will begin tomorrow 10th Jan with the temporarily lights in place from around 11.30am

Northern Powergrid won’t know the full extent of the damage to their high voltage cable until they can excavate and expose the damaged section  –  so its difficult to give a precise end date at the moment, however, it is likely that the works will take around 5 -7days to complete

This is a busy junction through the morning and evening peak hours so significant delays should be expected

The lights will be manually controlled 06.30- 19.30 to ensure that the queues are being managed as efficiently as possible

The teams working on the Dyneley Arms junction/scheme  have been informed and LCC are looking at what measures can be put in place to reduce further disruption while the emergency works are ongoing.

E-scooter advice from West Yorkshire Police

West Yorkshire police don’t want to be a Grinch but please be aware of the laws before buying one of the below for your children this Christmas.

While it is legal to buy or sell an e-scooter, riding them on public roads, pavements or cycle lanes is currently against the law.

E-scooters are covered by the same laws and regulations that apply to all motor vehicles meaning they have to comply with the requirements of the roads traffic act 1988 i.e. tax, technical and safety standards. Where e-scooter are available to hire these rules do not need to be met.

The next category deals with bikes restricted to a top speed of 28mph. The law treats these in the same way as 50cc scooters, so riders must wear a helmet, the bike must be registered for tax (but road tax is free for electric bikes), wear a number plate and have an MOT once it hits three years old. You can’t ride these vehicles on motorways or in cycle lanes.

To ride one, you need to be at least 16 years old and have a provisional driving licence. You also need to take a CBT test and put L-plates on your bike, and you can’t carry a passenger. If you passed your driving test before 2001, you don’t need to sit a CBT or display L-plates.

For bikes with a top speed faster than 28mph and a power output of 11kW (125cc) or less, riders need a full driving licence and must pass a CBT test every two years.

2022 Christmas Bin Collection information from Leeds City Council

With Christmas Day falling on a Sunday and Boxing Day on a Monday this year, we will collect everyone’s bins a day earlier the week before Christmas, starting on Sunday 18th December. Boxing Day Monday collection will be made 2 days earlier, on Christmas Eve. However, from 27th December onwards, all bins will be collected on their normal collection days.

These date changes will ensure everyone receives their usual number of collections over the full festive period and our hard working staff can have Christmas and Boxing Day off.

The key message is: Your bin collection day the week before Christmas will be a day earlier this year. If you are due a collection on Boxing Day Monday, that collection will be made on Christmas Eve (Saturday) instead. After Boxing Day your bin will be collected on your normal, scheduled days.

The 8 Household Waste and Recycling Centres will only be closed on the 25th and 26th December and 1st January.

Christmas is always our busiest time of year and we usually see a big increase in cardboard, paper and plastic recycling. This year we’ve again highlighted the wide range of common household items that can go in the Leeds green bin. We’ve also added some festive recycling tips and a reminder that people can recycle their empty bottles and jars at one of the 700+ recycling banks across the city and donate any unwanted gifts in our recycling centre charity containers.

Bridge inspection works – Pool – A658 – 30th November 2022

Inspection works are due to take place on the A658 at Pool Bridge over the River Wharfe are planned to commence on Wednesday 30th November 2022 between the times of 20:00pm – 06:00am.

It will be necessary to fully close the carriageway next to the structure in order to safely carry out the works. The works are due to start at 20:00pm, this time has been chosen to minimise disruption in the area.

Access to property and adjacent businesses will be maintained throughout this closure.

Brown Bin Collection ending for 2022 on Saturday 3rd December

Last garden waste collection: Brown bin collections are going into their annual winter hibernation after Saturday 3 December, meaning most households will have their last collection in late November. To find out when to put out the brown bin for the last time in 2022, residents are advised to check the dates on or download the Leeds Bin app to get a reminder sent straight to their phone.

The Royal British Legion – Bramhope Branch

The Bramhope Branch of the Royal British Legion is seeking new members and are urgently in need of a Secretary and Treasurer to conduct the business of the Branch.

Membership of the R.B.L. Is available for anybody to take out and not as people think only available to ex service people.

Both voluntary roles for the Charity are not onerous, meetings are bi-monthly and financially the Branch does a minimum of transactions.

Anyone  interested in helping with the Branch can contact John Broadley 07791085753 or