Cllr Paul Wray
Hunslet and Riverside Local News and Coronavirus Updates 30/6/20
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
Shielding and Clinically Vulnerable
Sector Based Business Guidance
NHS Face Coverings
Rough Sleeper Fund
Driving Lessons and Tests
Upcoming Residents Meetings
Planning Comment - The Dockside
Previous updates can be found here:
Local News Summary
Cases and Mortality:
In Leeds, as of 17:00 on June 25 the number of confirmed cases within Leeds stood at 1,902. To date, 27% of all deaths registered in Leeds have been virus related. There have been:
639 covid-19 related deaths registered so far
627 (98%) were Leeds residents
353 (55%) were in hospitals
253 (40%) were in care home
12 (2%) in a hospice
21 (3%) in their own home.
Shielding and Clinically Vulnerable
: Guidance for shielding and clinically vulnerable people has been
in light of last Monday’s announcement of easing of shielding restrictions from 6 July.
Sector Based Business Guidance:
A number of guidance documents have been released or updated following last Tuesday’s announcement about the easing of lockdown restrictions from 4th July:
working safely during coronavirus
businesses and venues
that are permitted to re-open from 4th July
pubs, restaurants, bars and takeaways
and other close contact services.
hotels and guest accommodation
Guidance for the
and visitor attractions.
museums, galleries and the heritage sector
Updated guidance for
early years and childcare settings
from 4 July.
seeing people outside
from 4 July.
what you can and can’t do
from 4 July
NHS Face Coverings:
NHS colleagues have asked me to advise you that anyone accessing health services in Leeds will be expected to
wear a face covering
as part of the city’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This message has also been shared in a
The advice issued by the NHS in Leeds builds on the Government’s announcement on 5 June telling people they must wear face coverings when accessing care in hospital. This means people in Leeds should wear a face covering when visiting GP practices, community health centres and hospitals in the city. For some people, wearing a face covering may be difficult due to physical or mental health conditions. In these instances, other measures will be considered on a case by case basis, for example timed appointments and being seen immediately on arrival.
The following groups
need to wear a face covering:
Young children under the age of three
Anyone with anatomical difficulties that would make wearing a face covering impossible or painful e.g. facial injuries
People with breathing difficulties
Anyone who experiences severe discomfort or distress while wearing a face covering such as those with severe claustrophobia
Rough Sleeper Fund:
The Government has announced an additional
£105m to provide interim housing
for rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness during the pandemic. This includes help with deposits for accommodation, and securing alternative rooms already available and ready for use, such as student accommodation.
Driving Lessons and Tests:
Driving lessons and theory tests
can resume from 4 July, and car driving tests can resume from 22 July.
Premises Licence Changes:
Temporary changes to licensing rules
have been announced to allow pubs, restaurants and cafes to serve customers outside when they reopen from 4 July. Pubs and restaurants will be able to use car parks and terraces as dining and drinking areas, using their existing seating licenses. Customers will also be able to purchase drinks from a pub and consume them elsewhere. There is a review process to review any exempted premises causing concern. A separate briefing will be issued to you on this matter.
School attendance is rising, with around 16,000 pupils in school, equating to around 13%. Previous figures were significantly lower.
There has been some confusion following last Tuesday’s announcement about whether 2m or 1m+ physical distancing should be applied in schools. We have asked heads to continue to maintain 2m distancing in schools and not to reduce this to 1m+. The reason for this is that schools have already undertaken risk assessments based on 2m distancing, and reducing to 1m+ would require the use of other measures including wearing face coverings, which is not recommended in schools under current Government guidance.
The Government has issued
about how summer food vouchers will be issued to schools and we have communicated this information to schools. Schools can order a £105 voucher for each eligible child to cover the 7 week summer holiday- this must be ordered at least one week before the school term ends, and vouchers will be then issued to the family within 7 days.
Some good news- Leeds Community Foundation has been
successful in its application
for funding from the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme to provide healthy meals and activities for pupils in Leeds over the summer holidays.
Schools have been advised that they can submit
claims for financial support
to cover additional expenditure incurred during the pandemic, until 21 July.
We are aware of some instances of pupils going to school being refused half fare because they are not wearing school uniform. It is recommended that children get a free under-16 photocard (half fare pass). Information is available online
Lotherton Hall is due to reopen from 16th July. The re-opening of Tropical World and Home Farm at Temple Newsam are also planned, but without a confirmed date yet.
The amount of kerbside waste presented by residents remains considerably high with little sign of a sustained reduction- in the past two weeks tonnage of waste collected was around
20% more in black bins, 10% more in green bins and 30% more in brown bins
than in previous years.
The service still has about 10% of operational staff off work self-isolating or shielding.
As per the Service Business Continuity Plan, priority will continue to be given to black/green bin collections.
Despite these challenges, all black and green bin routes are completing with any missed streets being revisited within 48 hours as per the normal service commitment.
Gardens waste collections are also now completing most days and missed streets being recovered within 48 hours where at all possible.
It continues to be a challenge to crew up sufficient back-up vehicles every day and we cannot guarantee brown bins will be revisited if streets are missed as black/green bins take priority.
Please continue to share the message with residents that it remains hugely challenging times to keep up to bin collections- and please also continue to promote our tips on how to recycle and compost more –see
Upcoming Residents Meetings:
I'm 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
Past event can be re-watched here
. The next event(s) are below:
Guest Q&A with Cllr James Lewis
on the Council Budget
Ask Paul Live
Guest Q&A with Hilary Benn MP
These are the Facebook links but they can also be watched on
Planning Comment - The Dockside
: though I’m supportive of this application,
I have made some comments
I feel would improve it for residents.
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