Yorkshire Water works to Billams Hill, Otley – 24th – 28th May 2021

Yorkshire Water works will be taking place from 24th to 28th May, to repair a leaking washout hydrant, at the location of Billams Hill, Otley LS21 2AA, opposite the junction with Farnley Lane

To allow the repair work to be carried out and avoid cutting off vital supply to Wharfedale Hospital, they will need to install a bypass and the works carried out under 3 way signals, with the existing pedestrian crossing bagged off and a temporary one installed to maintain safe pedestrian access and in order to minimise disruption, the lights will be manned all day, it will also require the existing bus stop to be bagged off and temporary stop placed out further up Billams Hill,

There is likely to be unavoidable severe delays, however we will closely monitor the works to ensure this is kept to a minimum, with a view to making changes as the work progresses if the situation can be improved

Advanced warning signs will be placed out on site to warn motorists of the works and Yorkshire Water will letter drop residents and local businesses


Bramhope in Bloom Litter Pick Sunday 2 May

Bramhope in Bloom held its first litter pick since lockdown and what a turnout we had. 27 adults, 6 young children and four Duke of Edinburgh candidates turned up. My usual lists of areas had to be extended and we ran out of litter pickers of all sizes. Fortunately with good humour and optimism everyone joined in.






One hour later bags, either full or part filled bags, were being returned or, as advised, left near a litter bin for the LCC men to pick up, which they did the same day.  What was in those bags beggared belief.  Half a scooter, pieces of metal, bottles, cans and oodles of cigarette ends were just some of the items removed from pathways, the Knoll, Breary Marsh where there appeared to have been group gatherings, car parks and up Leeds Road to Golden Acre Park, down Leeds Road to the Dyneley Arms, up to Harrogate Road and the junction of Moor Road and Otley Old Road and many other housing areas around Bramhope.  Incredible, as when I had previously reviewed areas, only a few days before, there appeared to be little or no litter about.

There are some residents in Bramhope who were given a Parish Council litter picker to keep previously and who go out whenever they can. They are John and Bob, Hilary, Anne and Ian, Lisa and Mark, Eithne and Willie for whom we are all most grateful. Also, I met the other day a couple, Judith and Richard, carrying a litter picker and bag. They told me that since the first lockdown, when they were dismayed at the amount of litter that was accruing, they took a positive stance and decided to do something about it.  They regularly pick up recycleable items, such as cans, glass bottles etc, which they then deposit in their own recycleable bin!  What caring people they all are.

The school is keen to promote safe litter picking with the children and have installed fabulous animal shaped litter bins in their playgrounds.  We can all play our part and take our litter home or deposit it in a nearby bin.  Please note, however, if the bin is full it must be taken home or to another bin nearby e.g. near the benches in front of the Tredgold shops there is a bin and another is located at the nearby bus stop. 

I fully appreciate that not all the litter is created by residents, which is most annoying, as we are all aware of the stuff that gets thrown out of cars passing through the village.  You may have seen people picking up litter in other areas of Leeds.  We all use purple bags so that LCC refuse department can determine how much is being done by residents. So please contact me if you would like a purple bag(s).  Unfortunately I cannot supply litter pickers to everyone but the one thing I would advise is to make sure that safety rules apply, a copy of which can be seen in notice boards.

Janet Hobson, Bramhope in Bloom – 07919087745, janet.hobson47@gmail.com


Otley Bridge will be closed on Sunday 16th May 09.30-15.30 so that a series of structural inspections can be carried out
A signed diversion will be in place via Farnley Lane – Farnley Park – Leathley Lane – Main Street , Pool – Pool Road into Otley and vice versa
Advanced warning signs will be placed out on site to warn motorists of the closure

Your transport, your future, your West Yorkshire

Your transport, your future, your West Yorkshire   We have a vision for the future of transport in West Yorkshire – and we want to hear if you think we’re focusing on the right areas to connect, and in the right way.    Join the conversation around the future of transport in West Yorkshire, in our Connectivity Plan engagement.      We are running a series of webinars to explore the roles of bus, rail, walking and cycling and mass transit in creating better future transport for West Yorkshire. Find out more and sign up here.    There are a range of other ways you can share your thoughts too:     > Take 20 seconds to vote in our quick opinion poll 
> Complete our survey to tell us what you think about the plans, priorities and places 
> Suggest a place where you’d like to see improved transport on our interactive map   Your views are really important in shaping the future of transport, so please also pass this on to your friends, colleagues and groups. This engagement is open for feedback until 11th April 2021. 
Best wishes,  
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Consultation & Engagement team 

CENSUS 21st March 2021

If you or anyone you know are unable to complete a digital census questionnaire below is a list of the various ways in which people can request a paper questionnaire to fill in and also how they can receive help to fill it in once it arrives. Please pass on this information to anyone who may need a paper questionnaire or assistance with completing the questionnaire. 1) Ordering a paper Census.

a) Phone the Contact Centre and ask for one. 0800 1412021.A family member, trusted friend or carer can also phone up on their behalf.This is an automated service, available 24/7.Choose Option 1 and type on the phone the ten digit number found on the RHS of the Census letter, when requested.

b) Phone the dedicated helpline to ask for one. 0800 876 6276.This has been added in case of higher volumes of calls. It is for ordering paper forms only.This is an automated service, available 24/7.Choose Option 1 and type in the ten digit code when requested.Or Choose Option 3 to speak to an adviser. This option allows for a large print version to be asked for and sent out.

Phone lines are open :-Mon to Fri 8am – 8pmSat 8am – 1pm, except on Sat 20th March 8am – 8pmSun closed ,except on Sun 21st March 8am – 8pmPlease note it can take 5 working days for the paper form to arrive after the request.

2) Completing the paper Census.

a) A family member, trusted friend or carer can help them to complete.

b) The person can phone the Contact Centre and choose option 3, speak to an adviser who will arrange to phone them back to complete it with them or for them. They will arrange an appointment at a convenient time to do this.

c) There is Text relay service to assist people with hearing or speech impairments. Dial 18001 followed by the phone number.

d) Household field support officers. These staff will not enter anyone’s home. They have been trained in Covid safety and have been provided with masks and hand sanitiser. They are not assisting in doorstep completion. They are simply signposting the help available to complete the census. They will be wearing a purple and yellow hi-vis vest and a census ID badge on a lanyard. They have been provided a black shoulder bag and phone. Please see attached photo of the outfits as the vests are quite distinctive.

Image of Census Officer

National Insurance Number scam

West Yorkshire has seen a sudden rise in reports to Action Fraud around a National Insurance number scam.

Victims have reported receiving an automated telephone call telling them their “National Insurance number has been compromised” and in order to fix this and get a new number, the victim needs to “press 1 on their handset to be connected to the caller”.

Once connected to the “caller”, victims are pressured into giving over their personal details in order to receive a new National Insurance number. In reality, they’ve been connected to a criminal who can now use their personal details to commit fraud.

If you get a similar call and are unsure, dont be afraid to hang up and get advice. If you think you have fallen victim please act and contact your bank and Action Fraud. Further details re Identity Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/identity-fraud-and-identity-theft


As ever remain vigilant, criminals will try and pressure you into quick decisions. Don’t fall for it.

Connectivity Infrastructure Plan

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has set out a CLEAR vision for the future of transport and how we want to get there. We want to hear your thoughts on this vision, in our Connectivity Infrastructure Plan public engagement.  

 This is about more than getting people from A to B. It’s about getting all of us?– our people, our communities, our businesses –?to where we want to be as a region and how better transport can help us do that. And it’s about getting there in the best way possible. Whether you travel for work and want to discover brilliant new opportunities, or seek to enjoy more of our beautiful region, or to meet up with loved ones. We want our transport system to bring easy connectivity through an integrated network including walking and cycling, bus, mass transit and rail. 

 We would love to hear your thoughts on our Connectivity Infrastructure Plan via our short survey and map at: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/connectivity  This engagement is open for feedback until 11th April 2021. 

Please feel free to pass this on to your networks. 

Best wishes, 

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority Consultation & Engagement team