Car ClampCllr Barry Anderson passed on some important information he had received from a local resident who published the following information:

Be Aware of Clampers down your street!!!!

This morning (Tuesday 21 April ’15) in Smithy Lane, Cookridge, Leeds 16 there was a white transit van driven by a man with a woman passenger. The van has some sort of small camera device on the roof.  There is some small writing on the doors, but these details were not taken.

They were seen fitting a WHEEL CLAMP to a vehicle on that street.

When asked what they were doing, the woman said that they were clamping all vehicles without road tax.

It would appear that now vehicles do not have to display a current road tax that people are trying to avoid paying for it as there is no visual sign that they have in fact paid.

It appears that the Local Council are aware from DVLC records of which cars are not taxed etc, and they visit the address of the untaxed vehicle and put a wheel clamp on it. They also affix some sort of notice to the windscreen.

So, apart from having to pay for the wheel clamp to be removed, they will have to tax their vehicle before it is so removed. They might also have to pay a Fixed Penalty for having the untaxed vehicle on the road, plus other ancillary offences like no insurance and MOT.

 Please be aware, and inform your friends of the above. 

You might save someone a lot of money.”

As a result of this I received an email from another resident asking if this is correct and did the Council have these powers.

Cllr Barry Anderson took this up with the Chief Highways Officer and he has advised me as follows:

“We have made enquiries with our Parking Manager who advised the clamping would either be the DLVA or their contractors as they have statutory powers to clamp/remove untaxed vehicles. Occasionally, his team does clamp/remove persistent offenders with multiple tickets and no registered keeper which they have powers to do.

I hope this assists with your query.”

I trust this gives you the information you may need if you see this in your locality.

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OPAL (Older People’s Action in the Locality)


Older People’s Action in the Locality supports the over 60s living in Leeds 16.

New Premises: Bedford Arms Update
We are planning an OPEN DAY on June 24th to invite local people in to the Bedford Arms building, to look round, look at our plans and talk to us. Many thanks to those who have made a donation towards buying new premises. You can still make a donation online or by joining in our ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign. Please send your cheque, payable to OPAL at Unit 10, Holt Park District Centre, LS16 7SR.

Our lease at Holt Park was changed recently to 3 months notice – so we could be asked to leave our premises shortly. The Bedford Arms in Tinshill is in a reasonable condition. There are other groups who want to run activities there for young people in separate rooms in the evenings that would not clash with OPAL activities. We plan also to have a Community Café for all ages.

New OPAL Weekly Tuesday Lunch Club for 40 OPAL members. This started 1pm-3pm on 17th March at Adel Stables, Back Church Lane. Cost is £4 for a hot meal, dessert and cup of tea or coffee. Transport is available for £3.

Also at The Stables on Wednesday there is the Keep Fit Exercise group 11am-12noon for the over 60s. Table Tennis is on Thurs 2nd & 16th Apr 11am-12.30pm, cost £1, includes refreshments-all welcome, contact Amy at OPAL.

The monthly Writers’ Group meets at Holt Park Library 2pm-3.30pm with Librarian Ian McArdle on Mon 20 April-just come along, you do not need to be an OPAL Member.

The OPAL Men’s Group will visit the Yorkshire Air Museum on Wed 8th April.

The OPAL April Trip on Wed 22nd on the Settle Carlisle Railway is fully booked. On Fri 8th May 9.30am-5.30pm we visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park . On Fri 19th June there is a trip to Ilkley & Bolton Abbey, and on Thurs 25th June to Bridlington.

Phone OPAL Office 261 9103 for details.
Val Crompton

Go-ahead for 2,000 homes on Leeds ‘Northern Quadrant’ site

HousingA major 2,000 home development in east Leeds has been given the provisional go-ahead by planning chiefs.

The Northern Quadrant scheme will transform an area of open green fields along parts of the A58 and A64, north of Skelton Lane and to the north and east of Whinmoor.

Leeds City Council’s City Plans Panel last night gave the green light to an outline planning application.

However members set the proviso that the developer must agree to an increased amount of affordable housing on the site – at least 15 per cent rather than the 12 per cent being offered.

To read more, please click on this link: http://bit.ly/1By97ud

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U-turn on Leeds 70,000 new houses target?

HousingCOUNCIL bosses in Leeds have launched a major review of their 70,000 new homes target by 2028 – after newly published figures revealed the expected population boom on which it was based will not be as big as first estimated.

The u-turn comes just weeks after Leeds council rubber-stamped a development masterplan laying out where in the city all the planned new houses would be located.

To read more, please click on this link:  http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/u-turn-on-leeds-70-000-new-houses-target-1-7147761?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

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