Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet and Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Update 8/5/20
This is my latest roundup of Coronavirus and local news updates for Hunslet and Riverside residents. There are several links to more detailed information from the Government, Council and others within the post.
Childcare Offers Protected
Dedicated App for Social Care Workers Launched
Demand for the Local Welfare Support Scheme and Covid-19 Helpline
Bank Holiday Access to GPs
The Importance of Accessing NHS Care
MindMay8 Campaign Encourages Young People to Think about Mental Health
Let’s Talk Loneliness Campaign
Building Rates Revaluation
Brown Bins and Bulky Waste
Park Row Transformation to Begin
Hunslet Moor and Northcote Playing Field Horses
Pepper Road - Woodhouse Hill Junction Pedestrian Crossing
Resident Association Councillor Reports
Major Roadworks and Closures
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Childcare Offers Protected:
Parents who are normally eligible for the Government’s childcare offers
will continue to receive
their entitlements during the summer term if their income levels fall due to the impact of coronavirus.
Dedicated App for Social Care Workers Launched:
The Government have announced the development of the app which will act as a single one-stop-shop providing the sector with all the latest guidance, wellbeing support and advice they need to protect themselves from coronavirus and keep themselves well.
The app will be available to download from on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, as well as being accessible online at
The Council understands capacity at the Temple Green testing site will soon reach 1400 tests a day and it is
aware of potential mobile sites being set up locally; however these have not yet materialised. The Council will continue to try and influence the location and development of these sites and will let residents know when we have more details.
The scheme has had a diverse range of people.
Over 2,000 people have identified they can speak more than one language and a significant number are interpreters.
Over 600 verified drivers have had their detals past to our food hubs and another call for driver information will be going out shortly.
We have seen a significant number of Counsellors volunteer and a support line run by Leeds Survivor Led Crisis and supported by Forum Central will be live soon.
Demand for the Local Welfare Support Scheme and Covid-19 Helpline:
During this one week there were 2,872 requests for assistance. Of those 2,291 were unique and there were 742 calls for signposted services.
Calls are also RAG rated with ‘red’ calls being urgent and requiring the warehouse to despatch a food parcel within 24 hours. Amber and green referrals are less urgent and therefore delivered by the warehouse or third sector organisations within a slightly longer timeframe.
It is a mark of the hardship this outbreak has caused that over 2,200 referrals were deemed to be ‘red’ requests.
Bank Holiday Access to GPs:
People in Leeds are being reminded their NHS is here for them over the bank holiday weekend, including GP appointments as well as access to emergency care. Although most practices will be closed, appointments with GPs and other healthcare staff are still available.
Find out more here including details of hub sites for appointments
The Importance of Accessing NHS Care:
The NHS is again urging parents not to let lockdown delay medical attention for unwell children. The NHS is reassuring parents and carers that professional care is always available, they should always continue to seek advice when worried about unwell babies and children, and if assessment or treatment is needed this will be in a safe, low risk environment.
It is also very important for young children up to 1 year old to have their immunisations to protect them against a range of potentially serious infections and GP practices are still offering booked appointments for these.
MindMay8 Campaign Encourages Young People to Think about Mental Health:
In lead up to Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May), the local NHS is launching its annual #MindMay8 social media campaign to raise awareness of the support available to children and young people for their mental health and wellbeing.
This year’s campaign also encourages young people in Leeds to consider two topics – ‘sleep’ and ‘kindness’ – and how important both are for positive mental wellbeing during this uncertain time.
Let’s Talk Loneliness Campaign:
The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus lockdown. Loneliness, while something we associate with older people, can affect anyone.
aims to ensure that staying at home doesn’t need to lead to loneliness for anyone. It has been rolled out to encourage people to talk openly about loneliness, and includes new public guidance offering useful tips and advice on what to do to look after yourself and others safely.
Building Rates Revaluation:
The Communities Secretary has announced the revaluation of business rates will no longer take place in 2021 and will instead be
Brown Bins and Bulky Waste:
Following the announcement of the phased re-opening of household waste and recycling centres next week, we have
announced plans to resume brown bin and bulky waste collections
shortly. Brown bin collections will start on Monday 25 May and bulky waste collections from 18 May. The booking systerm is expected to go live on the 8 May.
Please keep an eye on our website for more details.
Park Row Roadworks:
Essential work that will start on modernising Park Row from 11 May. It will be converted into a one way system for much of its length, which will make it easier for buses to use by reducing congestion times on what is, in more typical times, a busy route into the city. Pavements will be widened and a protected cycleway created along sections to link the Headrow to Cookridge Street. A media release has been issued with more information
and further information about wider plans for city centre improvements can be found on the
connecting Leeds webpages
Hunslet Moor and Northcote Playing Field Horses:
Several residents have copied me into emails or social media posts about the horses being moved between Hunslet Moor and Northcote Playing Field. Residents have expressed a mixture of concerns around public safety and for the welfare of the horses, partially the mare and foal.
More information is here.
Pepper Road - Woodhouse Hill Junction Pedestrian Crossing:
We have been successful in having officer agree to build a new Zebra cross.
More information can be found here
Resident Association Councillor Reports:
This week would have seen two residents associations. Their reports can be found here:
Hunslet Carr Residents Association
Hunslet Tenants and Residents Association
Major Roadworks and Closures:
is due to be closed for building works and the
M621 Junction 6
split road is also due to be closed.
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