Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet and Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 27/5/20
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.
Cases and Mortality
Proposed Reopening of Non-essential Retail
Proposed Reopening of High Schools and Colleagues
Walk-in Test Site Trial
Discounts for NHS and Frontline Workers
Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Hope for the Young
Rough Sleeping Taskforce
Facebook Live Events
School Streets Trial at Lane End Primary School
Communal Postbox Parcel Thefts
The Dockside, Leeds Dock Licensed Premise Application
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Cases and Mortality
: In Leeds, as of 17:00 on the 24 May, the number of confirmed cases stood at 1,802. As of the 22 May there was:
563 Coronavirus related deaths registered.
551 (98%) were Leeds residents
314 (56%) were in hospitals
219 (39%) were in care homes
10 (2%) in a hospice
20 (4%) in their own home
Since the pandemic, 32% of all deaths registered in Leeds have been Coronavirus related.
From 8 June anybody
arriving in the UK
must self-isolate for 14 days, and provide their contact details and travel information.
Proposed Re-opening of Non-essential Retail:
Outdoor markets and car showrooms can
from 1 June, and all other non-essential retail can re-open from 15 June provided the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the Covid-19 Secure Guidelines. The Council will receive a share of the £50m
Reopening High Streets Safely Fund
to support this.
Proposed Reopening of High Schools and Colleagues:
The Government has proposed Monday 15th June as the date that schools begin to introduce face-to-face contact with
year 10 and 12 pupils
The Council will support schools to make decisions based on their individual circumstances and risk assessments, taking into account national guidance. All headteachers have also been reminded vulnerable children and the children of critical workers in all year groups should be encouraged to attend school if safe to do so.
Walk-in Test Site Trial:
The pilot run at the Bridge Street test site over the weekend went well. The next steps are to put in place a temporary Council booking and promotional system and work with the third sector to increase attendances.
Discounts for NHS and Frontline Workers:
68 cultural and sporting institutions have pledged discounts, free tickets and special events for NHS and frontline workers to thank them for their huge efforts during Coronvirus, in a scheme coordinated by the Council called
Leeds Says Thanks
The rail network moved to a “key worker plus” timetable on 18 May which extends services across a broader time range and increases some services to half hourly. Northern report an average 10% from 8% in the previous week. Passenger numbers through Leeds Train station remain low however there was an 18% increase on the previous week.
Bus services will increase to 75% of normal from 1 June with a restoration of service frequencies on main corridors in Leeds from 07:00 until 19:00 weekdays. Social distancing guidance for buses has been issued and new posters installed at bus station and busy bus stops. Buses will be able to carry approx. 20% of normal their capacity and will display “bus full” if no space available.
Coronavirus Community Support Fund:
The bidding process for
direct cash grants through the National Lottery Community Fund
has now launched for those in England. The fund aims to support charities and organisations at the heart of local communities who are making a big difference during the pandemic, including delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.
Hope for the Young:
This organisation aims to remove obstacles to young refugees and asylum-seekers’ education and well-being.
They are providing small grants to support those under 30 affected by Coronavirus
throughout UK and same for educational settings.
Rough Sleeping Taskforce:
The Government is asking Businesses, faith groups and communities to become involved in the new
taskforce on rough sleeping
Facebook Live Events
Ask Paul Live Weekly Q&A
. The last one can be
Guest Q&A on Climate Change with Cllr Walshaw
(Guest subject to change).
The last Q&A with Hilary Benn MP can be viewed here.
School Streets Trial at Lane End Primary School:
I welcome the introduction of the trial of School Streets on Beeston Road at Lane End Primary
but I've been very clear with Highways Officers that if this causes parking displacement which impacts the residents on Moorville Close, Hunslet Hall Road, Northcote Drive or further up Beeston Road, I will require the trial to be stopped until protective measures are put in place.
Communal Postbox Parcel Thefts:
The Police are aware of an increase in thefts from communal postbox areas in many of the City Centre apartment blocks. Arrests have been made, with one suspended sentence issued also ready and another perpetrator due sentencing. The Police have asked that all missing parcels which have been reported as derived but gone missed to be reported to help them if this is from a communal postbox area.
You can do this via 101 Live Chat
The Dockside, Leeds Dock Licensed Premise Application:
This application has raised a number of, in my valid, local concerns around noise. I believe there is a need for a bar-restaurant in this rough location but there is a risk of public nuisance due to noise at unreasonable times for residents from the application in its current form. I have therefore asked the applicant to consider amending the hours to below:
Alteration of the licensed hours to Monday – Sunday to 10:00 to 23:00 with a 30 minutes winding up time.
Agreement to non-use of the outside space other than for smoking on the application site after 22:00 rather than 23:00.
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