Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet And Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 28/5/20
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
Test and Trace
Housing for Rough Sleepers
Proposed Non-essential Retail
Proposed Re-opening of Schools
Social Distancing Measures
West Yorkshire Devolution Deal Public Consultation
Facebook Live Events
Minor Roadworks on Hunslet Road and Cudbear Street:
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Cases and Mortality:
In Leeds, as of 17:00 pm on 26 May, the number of confirmed cases within Leeds stood at 1,816. In Leeds there have been:
575 Coronavirus related deaths registered
563 (98%) were Leeds residents
320 (56%) were in hospitals
224 (39%) were in care homes
11 (2%) in a hospice
20 (3%) in their own home.
To date, 32% of all deaths registered have been Coronvirus related since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Test and Trace:
Test and Trace
service will launch today. The process is as follows:
Anybody displaying symptoms must self-isolate immediately (along with the rest of their household) and get a test. Everybody, including the under 5s, are now eligible for testing.
If an individual tests positive, they will be asked by NHS contact tracers to provide the details of everybody they have been in close proximity with.
NHS contact tracers will make contact with those people and ask them to self-isolate for 14 days. This is voluntary at first but may become mandatory- a strong degree of public cooperation will be required.
A contact tracing app is to be rolled out in coming weeks to support this.
Here are two links to more detailed relevant information
NH Test and Trace - how it works
NHS Test and Trace Workplace Guidance
. The Council will ensure our website, Coronavirus line and FAQs are updated in light of this guidance.
The Council is working hard locally to progress this and it is waiting for clarity on how this will be implemented at the local level. But it is confident it is in a strong position with our current arrangements and public health expertise.
The Council is working with partners to progress arrangements for our outbreak plan and governance arrangements, while getting clarity about how the local system will interface with the national system. Conversations are ongoing about how complex cases will be handled locally. All upper tier local authorities being asked to develop local outbreak plans in June, centred on these seven themes:
Planning for local outbreaks in
care homes and schools
Identifying and planning how to manage other
, locations and communities of interest
Identifying methods for
to ensure a swift response that is accessible to the entire population
Assessing local and regional contact tracing and infection control capability in
, and the need for mutual aid.
tegrating national and local data
and scenario planning from the new Joint Biosecurity Centre.
to get help to self-isolate and ensuring services meet the needs of diverse communities.
led by existing Covid-19 Health Protection Boards in conjunction with local NHS, supported by existing Gold command forums and a new member-led Board to communicate with the public.
All upper tier local authorities are being asked to ensure there are arrangements in place to fulfil three important and interrelated functions, which we are putting in place, these are:
Public health lead
- Local Covid-19 Health Protection Boards, building on existing Health Protection Boards and directly linked to the regional Public Health England teams, with the Departmet for Public Health role to lead delivery of outbreak control plans.
Resource deployment lead
– Strategic Coordinating Group for the upper tier local authority with a role to support the teams with swift deployment of resources like mobile testing, quick results, community support. This will be the lead contact and link to the Joint Biosecurity Centre and Whitehall through to COBR.
Communication and engagement lead
- outward facing, politically led Local Outbreak Boards whose role is to engage with the general public, a level of public facing oversight for local delivery of the test and trace programme and probably be the liaison point for Ministers if things escalate locally. We will do an update about how this will work in Leeds next week.
Selected NHS Coronavirus patients with the most severe infections to have access to the
treatment drug remdesivir
. The drug is being clinically trialled around the world, with early data suggesting it can shorten recovery time by four days.
Housing for Rough Sleepers:
Homes England and Minister for Housing, Communities and Local Government to work with local authorities and housing associations to fast-track new housing units, with aim to deliver 6000 units of
long-term accommodation for rough sleepers
. Funding set out in the Budget has been brought forward and this will be led by the Covid-19 Rough Sleeping Taskforce under Dame Louise Casey.
Proposed Non-essential Retail:
To help you with any queries, here is a list of types of non-essential retail the government has said can re-open from 15 June, provided the government’s five tests are met, and guidance is followed (for outdoor markets and car showrooms this is 1 June):
Betting shops and arcades
Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
Retail art galleries
Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
Mobile phone stores
Indoor and outdoor markets
Similar types of retail.
Proposed Re-opening of Schools:
Extensive liaison continues with headteachers and childcare providers, with very regular communication about changes to guidance and sharing good practice. A survey is being undertaken with schools about plans for provision and we will share the results of this next week, the return rate so far is good.
Social Distancing Measures –
new signs have been installed along some key routes in local centres of Otley, Chapel Allerton, Armley and Morley to extend pathways and allow people to visit shops safely, with these measures being rolled out to all other local centres in the coming weeks. Signs are being created to ask people to keep left when walking across narrow bridges.
West Yorkshire Devolution Deal Public Consultation:
While much of the Councils focus, and that of residents, has been the ongoing response to Coronavirus pandemic, progress towards implementing the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal agreed in March has continued in the background.
Following Leeds City Council Executive Board last week, the public consultation on the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal has now launched and will run until 19 July. There are a number of ways that people can engage:
Through the online survey on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website:
By email to
By calling the freephone telephone number 0800 141 3657
By post using the freepost address: Freepost WY Devolution Consultation
The election of the West Yorkshire Mayor to is due to take place in May 2021.
From 1 June six primary schools (Pudsey Primrose Hill, Ingram Road, Cross Gates, Thorpe, Clapgate, Lane End – this is in our ward) will be launching ‘school streets’ that are cycle and pedestrian access only during school hours and term time. If successful, and in line with the Connecting Leeds consultation, this model can be rolled out to other schools.
Facebook Live Events:
the next set of events are:
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
Minor Roadworks on Hunslet Road and Cudbear Street:
There will be minor local road refurbishment schemes next week commencing 1 June 2020 and take a couple of weeks to complete. These are:
Hunslet Road - Crown Point Road to Sheaf Street - Minor footway refurbishment and Carriageway resurfacing.
Cudbear Street - Crown Point Road to Sheaf Street - Minor footway refurbishment and Carriageway resurfacing.
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