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Water Pump donated for the garden of the Senior Citizens Centre

Alison Mackie

Photo Courtesey of Scott JonesThis old water pump has been kindly donated to the parish council by Mick Kitchen from Low Way and now has a new home in the garden of Bramham Senior Citizens Centre.

Thank you to the following residents for their help in moving and fitting the pump in its new home.


If anyone has any information about this history of this pump please get in touch and we can include a further story on this website

Contact Marie Lynch, clerk to the council 


Parish News for February

Alison Mackie

To all Bramham residents

Here is the monthly update from our February meeting….

Festival Tickets: A meeting has taken place with Festival Republic to discuss the ticket allocation for 2013 and full details of the application process will be included in the next magazine and on our website. We will be introducing some enhancements to the ticket allocations this year and we will put full details on our website as soon as all the details are finalised. Festival Republic have advised that again this year they will be ensuring the terms of their premises license will be enforced and no alcohol for personal consumption can be taken through into the Guest Area, only into the Guest Camping Area. This is a decision by the festival organisers and not a parish council decision. We will be looking again at the extended bus timetable until 3am as this was well received by residents last year.

The Precept: Leeds City Council has confirmed that because of the introduction by the Government of the new council tax support system, our 2013/14 tax base has been reduced to 712 band D equivalent properties.  Although the Parish Council has NOT asked for an increase in the precept that is currently £20,000, this will nevertheless mean a band D precept charge of £28.09. This represents a small increase on the 12/13 charge that is currently £27.32. Leeds City Council proposes to pass on funding to the parish council of £1,152 on top of, and separate to, the precept. This funding is meant to compensate parish councils for the reduction in their tax base.

Bramham Primary School: Our chairman recently spent some time at our village primary school and was made very welcome by all the children and teachers and enjoyed looking at all the wonderful work and projects that the children are engaged in. The Parish Council are keen to see the village school prosper and wants to encourage all parents considering which school for their children to attend to spend sometime at our local village school before making that decision. The Parish Council is committed to supporting the school in anyway it can in the future and is keen to establish a relationship with the teachers and head to work together on promoting this village asset.

Pavilion: We have included a separate communication with regards to the pavilion in this magazine and the article has been placed on the website Following conversations with village residents the council made a decision not to door drop every house in the village as there is no new information to share. However there is some suggestion that there were things the parish council were not telling you and we want to assure you that is not the case.  We have included this article to bring together all the information we have to hopefully clarify the current position and get rid of any misunderstandings.

Tour De France 5th and 6th July 2014: The Parish Council are looking for ideas for the village to celebrate the Tour De France coming to Yorkshire in 2014. Cycling event to include families and children, a street party, a charity bike challenge, street flags and screening of the event have all been suggested. The NSPCC are looking at a French style party on the Saturday evening in The Village Hall. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions or would like to help organise the weekends events please contact our clerk.

Neighbourhood Plan: We are still waiting for more news on the Site Allocation in the Parish. As soon as we know this we can take steps to finalise the Neighbourhood Plan. The group will be meeting in the next month or so and we can report back to the Parish in due course.

Traffic Speed Limits: Our request to Leeds City Council to reduce the speed limit by the school has been turned down on the basis of it is not a priority. We are not accepting the response and are going to be working with the school and Clifford Parish Council on a joint effort to challenge this. It has been suggested that it is the cost of the signage that is the issue as Leeds City Council do not have the funds available. The council are looking into this to understand the costs and what funds would be required to make this happen.

Old Peoples Shelter: All ideas put forward for renaming the shelter will be considered at the next Parish Meeting.

West Yorkshire Metro: We understand that ten Sunday evening journeys on the Wetherby - Leeds routes X99 and 770 are threatened. There is a petition which is currently in the Wetherby Whaler and Save The Children in Wetherby, that you may want to sign to try and stop these cuts.

Potholes, Fly Tipping, Street Lights etc! A reminder that if you notice something in the village that needs fixing you can report problems directly online at

Next Meeting: The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday 6th March, 7.30 pm at The Village Hall. Residents are welcome to join us and to talk to us about any ideas and suggestions you have to improve our village

We hope you find this update useful. If you would like to read more detailed information about items discussed the minutes of the meeting can be found on our parish notice board and on our website


Marie Lynch, Council Clerk


Address: 1 Fossards Close, Bramham, LS23 6WD

Old Peoples Shelter ... would you like a name change?

Alison Mackie

A number of users of the Old People Shelter have suggested that we look at changing it’s name.

The Parish Council would love to hear your ideas for the shelters new name and whether you would support a change. If you have any thoughts please drop a note in the box in the village shop or drop a note to our clerk. The box will be there until the end of February and we will then make a decision and let everyone know in the parish magazine and here on the website.

Parish Council News for January

Alison Mackie

To all Bramham residents
Update from the January meeting:

Snow Champions: We have four volunteers but need to double that and have a volunteer Snow Champion to get this scheme off the ground. The team would keep a key to grit bins and co-ordinate snow clearing – it won’t be too onerous - PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP TO KEEP OUR VILLAGE SAFE!

Playing Field: The Parish Council is arranging for a bin that can take dog waste to be put on the playing field. Hazardous waste from the bin that was set on fire has been removed.

Playing Field Lease / Pavilion: We want to clarify the decision to allocate some funds to pay for legal advice concerning leasing the playing field to the BSLA. Whilst there has been no expenditure so far it is likely that we will incur some legal costs in order to resolve some important issues that have come to light with regards to the lease of the playing field. These issues must be resolved and legal advice is essential in order to put a valid legal agreement in place that protects all parties concerned, the parish council, the BSLA and Bramham residents. We want to assure residents that this expenditure will be kept to a minimum. We do recognise and share the frustration regarding the completion of the pavilion and the lack of news on the Option Agreement with Leeds City Council. Please be assured that we are continuing to liaise with the BSLA and Leeds City Council to progress both these matters to a conclusion. Once we have received responses to the legal queries raised we will send a full communication, that will be delivered via a door drop to all residents, and will also be posted on our website.

The Bus Parked on Bowcliffe Road: The police have advised that as the bus parked in the layby opposite the Woodyard is not causing an obstruction or is illegally parked they cannot enforce removal.

Traffic Speed Limits: The Heavy Goods Vehicle industry is lobbying the government to increase the speed limit for HGVs on our roads. Cllr Martin Batt has researched the issue in some depth and will respond to the proposals on behalf of the Parish Council with a strong view that we are against this on the grounds of safety and environmental issues. We also have not given up on the fight to reduce the speed limit by the school and are going to be working with Clifford Parish Council on a joint effort.

Old Peoples Shelter: Some residents amongst those who use the shelter, have told us that they find the name of the shelter a little offensive. The Council agreed they are happy to consider renaming it and will be asking for suggestions via the website, contacting the Clerk, and a suggestions box will be placed in the Village shop.

Potholes, Fly Tipping, Street Lights etc! Whilst the Clerk is happy to report problems to Leeds City Council please remember that you do not have to contact the Clerk with such issues you can report problems directly online at You will receive an acknowledgement for follow up.

Police Commissioner Survey: All residents are invited to take part in a survey regarding police budget and crime plan at

National Grid: National Grid have been working on pylon foundations via Spen Common Lane. When this is complete there will be no further work until April 2013. They have advised that they will make good any damage caused to Spen Common Lane. Please let us know if you are experiencing any problems.

West Yorkshire Metro: WYM are proposing changes that will affect our 770 service! Give your views on their survey at .

Junior Gym Membership: 2 months membership of Junior Bodyline is available for 14 to 18 year olds for just £5.00. Details and direction for applications will be on the Breeze facebook and twitter sites from 1 Feb to 18 Feb.

What’s on in Bramham:

  • 2nd Jan: Parish Council Meeting – Old People Shelter
  • 8th January: Bramham Discoverers 9.15 to 9.50 – Village Hall
  • 16th Jan: YCA – 7.15pm Village Hall
  • 25th Jan: Green Bin Day
  • 26th January: Burns Night Celebration Bramham Village Hall
  • 4th Feb: Monday Club – Village Hall 1.30pm
  • 12th Feb: Community Action Group AGM – Red Lion 7.30pm
  • 29th June: Bramham Gala
  • 6th July: Bramham Gala Gig
  • 13th July: Bramham Ball, Bowcliffe Hall

Next Meeting: The next Council meeting will be on Wednesday 6 February, 7.30 pm.  Old People’s Shelter.. Residents are welcome.


Marie Lynch, Council Clerk


Address: 1 Fossard Close, Bramham, LS23 6RH