Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet and Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 18/6/20
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 and links to past updates.
Cases and Mortality
Reduction of Death Risk Treatment
Shielding and Medically Vulnerable Update
Working Safely Guidance Update
Guidance on Test & Trace for Employers
Safe Travelling Guidance Update
BAME People and Coronavirus Review Summary
Summer Holiday Free School Meals
Business Closure Update
Translated Bereaved Family Advice
NHS Leeds Stay Safe In Summer Booklet
Upcoming Residents Meetings
Facebook Live Events
Gerorge IV Demolition
Telford Place Footway and Carriageway Resurfacing
Northern Gas Networks Roadworks Church Street Lane Closure
Planning Comment on Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd Coating Plant 20/01650/FU and 20/01677/FU
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Cases and Mortality:
In Leeds, as of 17: 00 on 15 June, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases stood at 1,884. There has been:
624 virus related deaths registered
612 (98%) were Leeds residents
341 (55%) were in hospitals
250 (40%) were in care homes
12 (2%) in a hospice
21 (3%) in their own home.
To date, 29% of all deaths registered since the pandemic started have been Coronavirus related. There are currently three care homes with outbreaks.
Reduction of Death Risk Treatment:
, has been found to reduce the risk of death, has now been authorised for use by the NHS following UK trials.
Shielding and Medically Vulnerable Update:
An announcement is expected shortly on shielding residents from the government. The document bellow provides information about current arrangements for people who are shielding in Leeds and the support available.
Routes to Support in Leeds - Shielding In Leeds
Working Safely Guidance Update:
has been updated to incorporate guidance on Test & Trace and travelling safely guidance.
Guidance on Test & Trace for Employers:
Guidance for employers has been
to state they should contact their local health protection team to report suspected outbreaks of Coronavirus, defined as more than one case of Coronavirus in a workplace. A tool provides the contact details of local health protection teams.
Safe Travelling Guidance Update:
has been updated.
BAME People and Coronavirus Review Summary:
A summary of insights into factors affecting the
impact of coronavirus on BAME communities
has been published.
Summer Holiday Free School Meals:
The Government has reversed its decision to suspend the Free School Meals voucher scheme over the summer holidays, following a high-profile campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford.
Business Closure Update:
The Government has issued updated
on which types of businesses and venues must remain closed, and any exceptions.
Translated Bereaved Family Advice:
Support information for bereaved families has now been
into different languages.
The government is no longer expecting all primary school year groups to spend time in school before the end of the summer term. Updated
guidance for primary schools
provides information on welcoming additional pupils back flexibly where schools have capacity to do so. Updated
guidance for secondary schools
reflects the fact Year 10 and 12 pupils can now have some face-to-face support, and schools can invite pupils from other year groups for a face-to-face meeting this term.
The Council has published a series of reports outlining its current financial position and forecasted budget position for next year. These have been significantly impacted by the costs of Coronavirus.
The Councils latest projected overspend for this financial year has risen from £164.7m last month to £197.6m, and for next year, we’re currently estimating a gap of £118m. We have received government funding of £43.7m towards those costs, but a substantial gap remains. Recently, the Local Government Association estimated a further £6bn would be needed to support councils this financial year alone.
The Council continue to strongly make the case to government for a figure which represents the amount we have spent helping our communities and businesses deal with the impact of Coronavirus. However, it cann't guarantee the outcome of these conversations and so have it will need to look at all the options within its control.
Leeds has a very strong track record of managing financial challenges - but we also have to be clear this is the biggest yet. Critically, it has exhausted all possibilities to avoid making any compulsory redundancies. However, as this can't be guaranteed at this stage, it has have written to the trade unions to start consultations. This is a legal requirement, known as a Section 188 Notice.
The Council has already introduced some immediate money saving measures, and will be starting a series of reviews to look at areas where we can deliver further savings. These will develop into proposals to be taken to Executive Board in September.
We’ve communicated with Council staff today to make them aware, and will continue to keep them updated and supported during this uncertain time. The Council has also issued a
There have been lots of queries about public toilets as retail starts to re-open. The following information may provide some clarity about the current position, although this is subject to change as guidance changes:
The Trinity and Victoria Gate shopping centres, which re-opened yesterday, operated their toilets and some of the individual large retailers also opened theirs, following the necessary risk assessments and the Government’s COVID Secure standards.
Toilets at Kirkgate Market are cleaned and attended by Civic Enterprise Leeds (CEL), with access controlled and numbers limited at all times, social distancing signage in place and regular cleaning throughout the day.
Toilets at Bramhope and Gelder Road, Armley have not been opened.
Toilets at Boston Spa and Wetherby have been opened and locked by CEL 3 days a week for limited hours since the outdoor markets re-opened, with social distancing signage and equipment in place and a deep clean taking place at the end of each day.
Toilets in parks that are associated with council-run café facilities (e.g. at Tropical World, Temple Newsam, Lotherton and Golden Acre) will re-open when the cafes are able to re-open, pending Government guidance. Preparations are in place for enhanced cleaning of toilets when these venues re-open. An exception is the toilets at Tarnfield Park in Yeadon which will remain closed as they are not supervised and it is not possible to ensure that enhanced cleaning arrangements can be sustained.
Toilets in parks that are associated with facilities not run by the council (e.g. at Middleton Park, Springhead Park, Wharfemeadows Park, Meanwood Park and the Lakeside Café in Roundhay Park) are the responsibility of each respective third party operator.
: Safeguarding is a matter of increased concern during the current pandemic for both adults and children. If resident do come across something which you think should be raised as a safeguarding concern then the numbers to contact are:
: 0113 222 4401, Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00, except Wednesdays when it’s from 10:00. Weekends, Bank Holidays and all other times call Emergency Duty Team: 0113 3780 644, email:
0113 222 4403
Weekdays 9:00 - 17:00
, except Wednesdays when it’s from 10:00
101 for out of hours and not an emergency.
999 for any emergency/life threatening situation.
NHS Leeds Stay Safe In Summer Booklet:
The NHS in Leeds, working closely with the Council, is issuing a reminder to residents to stay well and stay safe over summer. Further information including
a stay safe over summer booklet as well as a social media plan is available
. The key messages are:
Drinking plenty of fluid particularly water, aiming for at least two litres and avoiding alcohol, caffeine or hot drinks
Dressing appropriately and covering up including wearing a hat and sunglasses
Avoiding the heat as much as possible and limiting going out during the hottest part of the day (11:00 o 15:00)
Wearing sun screen with a minimum sun protection factor of SP15
Looking out for vulnerable neighbours including older people and young children especially those who have an underlying health issue such as asthma or heart condition
Following the weather updates and advice on keeping well
Finding ways to keep homes cool
Calling NHS 111 when you fall ill or get injured but it’s not an emergency
This week is ‘Loneliness Week’ and an opportunity to highlight the positive ways councils and local partners are supporting people who are experiencing loneliness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
found that during the first month of lockdown, 7.4 million people said their well-being was affected through feeling lonely.
The Council recently launched a new welfare calls service, R U OK? to provide welfare check-ins with residents in need of conversation and emotional support. 300 volunteers, supported by LCC staff, are making the calls. The service can be requested via the Coronavirus helpline on 0113 378 1877.
Upcoming Residents Meetings:
There following residents meetings have either been planned by us Councillors or via local residents groups. We are always happy to attend public meetings and if you’re part of a community not current covered by a regular residents meeting and want one, please let us know.
Beeston Hill Zoom Residents Meeting
Hunslet Tenants and Residents Association Zoom Meeting
Hunslet Moor Zoom Residents Meeting
Hunslet Green and Whitfields Zoom Residents Meeting
Facebook Live Events:
Past event can be re-watched here
. The next event(s) are below:
Ask Paul Live Q&A
Gerorge IV Demolition:
The demolition of the George IV pub in Hunslet is due to start on Monday 22 June. The intention is to bund the site boundary as this is a more cost effective solution than top soiling and seeding it. This is because the Council aims to begin to redevelop site later this year. If there are any delays to this plan, it may then be top soiled and seeded as an interim measure.
Telford Place Footway and Carriageway Resurfacing:
This work will involve heavy construction machinery and two separate operations. Initially the existing road surface will be removed and the ironwork reset to the new levels. The second operation will involve laying the new road surface. The schedule of work is:
24 June they will removal of old road surface.
25 June they will lift ironwork.
26 June they will lay new road surface.
To ensure the roadworks go ahead efficiently, residents will be asked to not park on the street during 9:00 and 15:30 on all these days. Letter will be sent to residents to advise this.
Unfortunately due to the nature of the works there will be a full road closure in place and vehicle access during working hours will be limited, Highways Leeds will endeavour to minimise disruption where possible. Emergency accesses to residents properties will be maintained at all times.
Northern Gas Networks Roadworks Church Street Lane Closure:
Connecting Leeds have advised Northern Gas Networks are carrying out roadworks resulting in a lane closure on Church Street, Hunslet. Due to the nature of the works (deep excavation) the closure will be in place 24/7 for approximately two weeks. Connecting Leeds don't anticipate any significant delays but traffic will slow at this location.
Planning Comment on Hanson Quarry Products Europe Ltd Coating Plant 20/01650/FU and 20/01677/FU
: Following the concerns of H2010 residents about this application,
I’ve submitting a comment to the application, which you can read here.
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