OTLEY BRIDGE CLOSURE – SUNDAY 16th May 2021

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

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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 

Leeds City Council – Local Centres Survey

LCC is carrying out a survey to get a view of changes in usage patterns for the City Centre and for local centres, including Bramhope, both now and in future.
The title of the survey is Leeds City and Local Centre Conversation. It can be found at the link below.
https://surveys.leeds.gov.uk/s/CALCCS/
The survey runs until 26 March – the last day for responses.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

The NHS has teamed up with Action Fraud and the National Crime Agency in issuing joint advice around the vaccine and that it is only available for free through the NHS. They will NEVER ask for payment.
The warning comes amid a number of reports of criminals attempting, and in some cases succeeding, to steal cash or personal details from people keen to get the vaccine.

In one extreme case, a man in London knocked on the door of a 92-year-old woman and administered her with a fake vaccine before taking a £160 payment which he told her would be reimbursed by the NHS. The City of London Police are currently investigating the incident.

In other cases, people are reporting suspicious text messages with a link to a booking site which mimics an NHS page, but asks for personal details including bank account numbers.

Con artists have also been known to use telephone calls to extract payments or bank details which can then be sold to organised criminal gangs or used to order and pay for goods online.

The NHS will never ask you for any payment details, PIN numbers, they will never arrive unannounced to administer a vaccine and will never ask you to forward any personal documents such as bills, wage slips etc.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk

2021 Census

The decennial census is almost upon us.

Households across Leeds and its surrounding towns and villages, will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk.

Consultation – Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway Station proposals.

Message from WY Combined Transport Authority

We are writing to make you aware that we will soon be launching a period of public engagement regarding the Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) Parkway Station proposals.

The LBA Parkway is a West Yorkshire Combined Authority led scheme to provide a new rail station on the existing Harrogate Line, between Horsforth Station and the southern end of the Bramhope tunnel. The Parkway Station will help ease current congestion and associated air quality issues by improving access by public transport, by encouraging fewer people to drive to the airport. Another major aim of the Parkway Station is to increase sustainable travel to Leeds and beyond with the provision of the park and ride facilities which encourage transfer to rail and reduce car vehicle kilometres driven. This will again contribute to reducing congestion and associated air quality issues. The station will have the potential to provide walking and cycling routes from the highway network and connect into the existing footpath network to the east for Cookridge. This will give residents in the local area the opportunity to access the station by cycling and walking.

The station will also provide an interchange to serve the proposed employment hub which will further facilitate development, economic growth and regeneration in the area.

Further information on the scheme including details of how residents can get involved in the engagement will be available on our webpage from Monday 18 January until 21 February. Please click here to visit our webpage.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 precautions, we are unable to hold any face-to-face events as part of this engagement. However,any residents would like to talk to a member of the project team about the proposals you can contact us via the methods below.

  • Via email: yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk
  • Via our Q&A tool: Ask us a question using the tool at the bottom of the webpage
  • Via phone: 0113 245 7676 (MetroLine)
  • Via post: Freepost CONSULTATION TEAM (WYCA)