Police Speed Indicator Device 2You may be interested in the information below that Cllr Barry Anderson received from the police on the speeding action they are taking in various parts of the Ward 4 June 2015.  This is part of an ongoing initiative by the police to cover as many parts of the Ward as they can over a period of time, where reports of speeding have been received.

Just to update you I have today conducted a speeding day of action at the areas of concern raised to me in the ward

Here is a summary of the result.

LONG CAUSEWAY, ADEL – 0835-0900hrs

18 vehicles exceeding 30 mph. The majority were between 30-35mph but there were was one at 42mph, one at 38 mph and 2 at 27 mph.

I still believe the SID device should be moved from Adel Lane to this location and wonder if this could be actioned or progressed with the Adel Association and Adel Crag.

OTLEY ROAD ADEL – 0910-0935 hours

19 vehicles exceeding 30mph. The majority were between 31-35 mph but there was one at 42mph, one at 41mph, one at 39mph, two at 38mph and one at 37mph.

The hand held speed camera was also deployed yesterday but none were exceeding the threshold to be issued a fixed penalty notice.

KINGS ROAD BRAMHOPE 0940-1000 hours

3 vehicles were travelling in excess of 30 mph between 31-35mph.

MOOR ROAD BRAMHOPE 1010-1035 hours

22 vehicles were traveling in excess of the 30 mph, this equated to almost 80% of the vehicles that passed me. One was travelling at 41mph, three at 40mph, two at 39mph, two at 38 mph and two at 37mph.

This location proved to be the worst location today.

PCSO’s also attended OLD POOL BANK for one hour regards the complaint of commuters cutting down the road despite it being an access only entry. Twenty vehicles were stopped in this time. They will return to this location tomorrow afternoon all being well.

Letters will be being sent out to certain motorists who were well in excess of the limit.

I will be out again next month.

Many thanks,

Ward Manager Adel and Wharfedale
Leeds District – Outer North West
Otley Police Station, Bridge Street, Otley, LS21 3BA
External: 101
To report a crime, please ring 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Adel Crag added: Please feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook.


OPALPlease see below recently received from Ailsa Rhodes, OPAL Project Coordinator with regard to Aviva Community Fund

Aviva Community Fund – we urgently need your votes to help us secure £10,000 for Bedford Arms. Voting from 1stMay and 31st May 2015

Please click on this link http://bit.ly/1IUO7lL and vote for OPAL. If we can secure enough votes then we could be entered into the Finals, where a judging panel will award the funds. Please share this link and ask everyone you know to vote for OPAL.

OPAL Annual Questionnaire

It’s that time of year when we ask for feedback – what are we doing well and what can we improve?  Please take the time to complete the questionnaire and send it back to us. It helps us plan for the future, it helps us tweak whatever needs tweaking and as a thank you for taking the time to complete the questionnaire, you will be entered into a prize draw.

Bedford Arms

We are delighted to have reached our target of raising £72,000 by 31st Match so that we could buy Bedford Arms.  We are now waiting for Leeds CC to amend the lease so that we can get the legal stuff finalised – this should happen imminently and then we can crack on getting the building renovated. We have raised some money for this already and will be working hard over the next year to raise the necessary funds to get the work completed.

You will see from the newsletter that we have had an incredible amount of support from many different quarters – thank you to each and one who has contributed to us getting this far.  This includes:

Inner North West Community Committee

Sir George Martin Trust

The Bramhope Trust

Rank Foundation

Buy a Brick Campaign – local groups, businesses and individuals have bought a brick for £50 and in total this has raised over £20,000!!!

Key Fund – Social Incubator North


School of Psychology who did a Bake Sale


Calverley Rotary Club

PF Associates Ltd who did the survey for free

Emsleys Solicitors


OPAL Fundraising Team: a group of fabulously motivated and enthusiastic individuals who have been visitinglocal businesses to raise awareness, collect raffle prizes and donations.

There have also been several individuals who have given their time, expertise and/or financial support. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Mears are going to do some of the renovation work on the first floor.

If I have missed you or anyone off this list who should be recognised, please let me know.

Fundraising Activities to look out for:

2nd May and 15th May D,UKES will perform on their ukuleles outside ASDA Holt Park 10am – 1pm to raise money for us. Come and support them, have a boogie, tap your toes and donate some money.

16th May 2015  The University of Leeds Women’s Football Club will be taking part in Colour Me Rad (a 5K run while having paint thrown on us!). You can sponsor the team through https://localgiving.com/fundraising/luuwafcrad

18th May 2015  Johnson and Johnson Ltd are spending a day volunteering with us to do a clean-up of the grounds of Bedford Arms

24th June 2015  Open Day at Bedford Arms, 3pm – 7pm. Come and talk to us about our plans and let us know your thoughts. Refreshments provided. There will also be a raffle and a stall with homemade cakes.

Representing Great Britain in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships

Thank you to everyone who sent their best wishes to me as I completed in the European Sprint Duathlon Championships in Alcobendas, Madrid.  It was an amazing experience, although the rain and thunderstorms weren’t quite what I was expecting in Spain. I came 12th in my age group (much better than I had hoped) and with sponsorship from Emsleys solicitors, I also managed to raise some money for OPAL too.


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.

Adel Crag added: Please feel free to share this with your friends on Facebook.

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