Einformation: COVID-19 Update – 16 March

Leeds City CouncilSee latest update Cllr Barry Anderson received from the Council this evening.

“As a result of this Cllr. Caroline Anderson and I will not be doing our usual street surgeries throughout the Ward during this time so as to minimise risk to any residents through having face to face contact as per guidelines.

However, we would be happy to hear from anyone via email of any concerns or problems they may have in terms of the current emergency or any other issues. If residents email us we will be able to take appropriate action.

We will still be able to visit external sites, for example to look at excessive tree growth, potholes, any other highways issues etc.

In order to provide support to those residents who don’t have access to electronic means we would ask that you let any of your friends or neighbours who fall into this category to make contact through you so that you can pass the details to us.

I attach a paper Covid19 that is going to be discussed at the Council’s Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday about this serious issue if you want more detail.”

House of Commons Transport Select Committee on Pavement Parking

MPs on the Transport Select Committee are holding a review into pavement parking. They would like to hear from members of the public about the difficulties it causes. Here is a link to the parliamentary web page with instructions on how to comment. The deadline for making a comment is the 14th May.
For more information on this subject, please see the “Living Streets” web page.
Best wishes.
A660 Joint Council

Einformation: Combined Authority School Transport Provision – Consultation

Please find below and attached information regarding consultation on the provision of school transport received from Director of Transport Services via Cllr Barry Anderson, which may be of interest to you. All details on how to participate in the consultation are below and it runs until 15th March.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority organises and subsidises a range of school bus services for around 25,000 pupils and students across West Yorkshire. These services are provided where suitable public transport services are not available.

The  Combined Authority’s Transport Committee approved a set of guidelines in 2014, to determine whether a subsidised school bus service should be provided. These assume that pupils and students of secondary school age are able to use public transport where this is available.

Note – For the avoidance of doubt, these guidelines are separate and distinct from local council School Transport Policies, which cover eligibility for assistance with transport costs (usually free travel) and are based on statutory walking distances as set out in the Education Act (2002).

Given ongoing pressure to reduce local authority budgets, the Combined Authority must ensure that limited public funds are targeted where it is most needed. To ensure this, the Combined Authority’s Transport Committee approved the development of and engagement on revised guidelines in May 2018. Combined Authority officers have worked closely with their Council Children’s Services counterparts in revising these guidelines.

As a result, we are planning to revise the guidelines on the provision of subsidised school bus services from 1 July 2019 and are seeking the views of service users and other interested parties before doing so. The new guidelines would come into effect at the start of the new school year – 1 September 2019.

A copy of the proposed new guidelines is attached for your information.

The  changes are seeking to ensure funding is directed to assist journeys by under 16s to local schools for which a regular bus service is not available and where walking or cycling is unlikely to be a feasible option for most pupils, The proposed changes are summarised as follows;

·         Post-16 – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for young people in the 16-18 age group. In practice, many students in this age group do not travel at fixed times to and from school, and are usually confident public transport users.

·         Distance from school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where pupils are attending a school that is more than four miles (6.5 km) from their home address. It will be assumed in these cases that this is a matter of parental preference.
We have developed an online map, which shows the area around schools that would normally be served. It is expected that pupils living outside this area would be provided transport on a commercial basis (see below) or would have longer public transport journeys.  Discretion will be applied where schools are located in rural or semi-rural areas or where services serve rural or semi-rural communities.

·         Requests to serve new areas – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be introduced where currently no public transport link exists. As information on school services is publicly available, it will be assumed that parents have chosen a school in the knowledge that there is no direct public transport link and already have alternative transport arrangements in place.

·         Walking or cycling to school – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided for pupils who live less than 1.5 miles (2.4km) (30 minute walk) from their school. Pupils who live within this distance may be expected to walk or cycle to and from school. The online schools map also provides an indication of acceptable walking distances for each school.

·         Commercial school bus services – Subsidised school bus services may be withdrawn where commercial bus operators are willing to provide a service on the basis that parents meet the whole cost of the service (typically £500-£700 per child per year). It is expected that this would only apply to current services that fall outside of the new criteria.

·         Selective schools – Subsidised school bus services will not normally be provided where the school admissions policy is based on academic selection. It is expected that these would be replaced by commercial services as described above.

·         Value for money – Services will be considered for withdrawal or lower-cost alternatives sought where the direct subsidy per passenger trip exceeds £1.50. This typically is the cost for 50 or more regular users of a double deck service. This will replace the current criteria (£3 per mile) as it provides a more realistic measure of efficiency across different vehicle types.

Please note that, in applying the new guidelines, the Combined Authority would take all aspects affecting the journey from home to school into account.

A list of existing services that would be reviewed under the new guidelines is attached Draft Guidelines and Service List Final 30 January 2019

Please note that local councils fund some schools’ services because they meet (or were first introduced to meet) the needs of pupils who qualify for free travel under the local councils’ policies. A list of these services is also attached. Unless local council funding is withdrawn, these services would not be affected without prior agreement with the relevant local council.

If you would like to comment on the changes to the guidelines, please email yourvoice@westyorks-ca.gov.uk.

Schools, parents, pupils and others are invited to complete a questionnaire hosted on the Combined Authority’s consultation and engagement website, yourvoice.com.

Schools, parents, pupils and other interested parties are able to have their say on the proposals until 15 March. Depending on the feedback received, the guidelines may be revised, subject the availability of funding. Any new guidelines (reflecting feedback received) will come into effect from 1 July 2019, with the new services running from 1 September.

Director, Transport Services

West Yorkshire Combined Authority | Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (the LEP)Wellington House | 40-50 Wellington Street | Leeds | LS1 2DE

www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk | www.the-lep.com

Einformation: Leeds Bradford Airport transport links briefing and details of next phase of consultation

Please find attached and below some information received from City Development via Cllr Barry Anderson that may be of interest to you.

We will be shortly commencing the next phase of consultation on the Leeds Bradford Airport Transport Links. The consultation will launch on the 18th Feb at which time the website and the opportunity to provide feedback will be available.

Please find attached a briefing note which provides an update on the project and a copy of the leaflet which we will be using to promote the consultation events within your wards around the airport.

If you have any queries on the project or the consultation, Rebecca or myself would be happy to answer them or meet to discuss the project should you wish.

Project Manager
City Development
Leeds City Council