Welcome to Wetherby Town Council

Coronavirus / Covid-19 Updates

Town Council Position
Wetherby Town Council has prepared a Business Continuity Plan to review and guide it's activities during this unprecedented period. 

At an extraordinary meeting held on Thursday 19th March the Council approved the plan and put in place measures to ensure the continuity of its services which include the weekly market and running the Hallfield Lane cemetery. 

The Town Council is working and communicating with other local individuals and organisations, including Leeds City Council, Ward Councillors, WiSE and Doing Good Leeds. 
Contact the Town Council
The Town Council's offices in the Town Hall are now closed to the public. 
Members of staff are working from home wherever possible, but you can still contact the Council: 
Thursday Market
Following the Prime Minister's statement last night (Monday, 23rd March) and updated Government guidance, Wetherby Thursday Market will now only be open to traders selling "essential retail such as grocery and food". 
The position will be reviewed on a week by week basis. 


Hallfield Lane Cemetery
The cemetery remains open and available for burials. We work with all local funeral directors on burial arrangements.
In the event of increased demand for the cemetery services then we will implement special measures to ensure that we can meet the needs of Wetherby residents. 
During the Covid-19 outbreak we will be following best practice and will therefore be limiting attendance at burials in accordance with advice received from the Insititute of Crematorium and Cemetery Managers. 

In accordance with the latest guidance all our playgrounds are now closed. This includes the sites at Scaur Bank (which remains closed after flooding earlier this month), Nidd Approach, Mason Field and the Skate Park at the Ings. 
Leeds City Council has already announced that it has shut all its sites, including the playground at Sandringham Park. 
Welcome to Wetherby
Welcome to Wetherby is usually used to promote our town to visitors. In these challenging times for local businesses we will be throwing open our social media channels to allow local businesses to advertise and helping to promote them where they are offering enhanced services at this difficult time. 
Find us @WelcomeToWetherby on Facebook or @WelcomeWetherby on Twitter. 


Latest Updates Blog
1st May - Coronavirus Scam Alert for 1st May - click to view. 

1st May - Support for Microbusinesses

Free support initiative for microbusinesses in Leeds.
Small business owners in Leeds can book free telephone 121s with local business experts, for bespoke advice & support.
The website features helpful resources on things like finance, government support, strategy, marketing & people. Free webinars will launch next week.
The project has been supported by Leeds City Council and business transformation experts Insight with Passion.
Please see more details here: https://mybusinessleeds.info Twitter: https://twitter.com/smallbizleeds

26th April - Answers to FAQs from the public. 
Answers to the questions that Leeds City Council are responding to most.
Click here to view the PDF. 

24th April - Ultimate guide for children, families and young people in the Leeds area. 
Child Friendly Leeds Ultimate Guide and blog site that brings together all local and national resources and activities for children, young people and families in Leeds while we stay at home. It includes online family-friendly events hosted by Leeds Inspired, the award-winning Leeds Curriculum from Museums and Galleries, top tips for keeping the kids entertained at home, a fortnightly #OurChildFriendlyLeeds competition, and lots of other fun and engaging activities.
Visit the site here.

23rd April - Ramadan 2020 - Important message from Leeds City Council
Guidance produced by Leeds City Council. Click here to view. 

21st April - Information on support for sports clubs.
We are very aware that many sports clubs in the city are struggling financially now that the country has gone into lockdown. Our sports clubs will have a number of governance models that they use, this includes: Not For Profit Voluntary Organisation, Charitable Status, CASC, Small Business, Registered Company etc. Therefore dependant on their structure they could be eligible for financial support from government, Sport England or their NGBs.
We have emailed all the clubs on our databases and updated our club support webpage with the latest support information available . Also myself and colleagues are available to follow that up by providing 1-2-1 support to clubs in helping them potentially access support.
If you become aware of any sports clubs in your wards that require assistance, please direct them to our webpage for info in the first instance, you can also pass on my details below and I will follow up any enquiry.
9th April - An Urgent Plea from a Leeds GP - Cancer Signs and Symptoms
GPs across Leeds are calling for anyone with concerning cancer symptoms not to delay consulting their doctor due to the much publicised pressure on the NHS. GPsare still welcoming telephone triages of patients with concerning symptoms as the earliest diagnosis and treatment is vital.
Full press release can be viewed in this document. 

7th April - Public Toilets, The Shambles
Leeds City Council has advised that the public toilets on the Shambles are now closed. The disabled toilet facility will be accessible to those people who have a radar key and they will be cleaned regularly.

6th April - Covid-19 Scams - Weekly Awareness Update - click to view in pdf format. 
This weekly alert will outline trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected. Unfortunately there has been an increase in reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation here in West Yorkshire.
Last week, (w/c 23rd March) WYTS had 103 COVID-19 complaints and queries. A further 40 intel reports were submitted through our intelligence database relating to COVID-19.

1st April - Public Transport Update - Advice Note from West Yorkshire Combined Authority - Click to view in pdf format. 
1st April - Financial Support for Businesses - Information from Leeds City Council. 
Please see what appears to be the most comprehensive list of what’s available in terms of financial support re: the Coronavirus outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses

24th March - Brown Bins Suspended & Recycling Centres Closed - Update from Leeds City Council
Brown bin collections suspended.
We have reduced staff numbers due to COVID-19. Black, green and medical bin collections will be collected as usual. Brown bin collections are suspended until further notice. Do not put garden waste in your black or green bin. We will not collect any bins with garden waste in them. 

Other options for garden waste:
  • Compost garden waste at home
  • Pile garden waste up at the edge of your garden (this is good for wildlife too)
  • Leave grass cuttings on the lawn and do less pruning
  • Check out Zero Waste Leeds for advice

Household Waste Recycling Centres Closed

Following the instruction to close all non-essential businesses, we have closed our household waste recycling centres. Please store bulky items (large items like wood, metal or furniture) and electricals at home until further notice. Do not try to dispose of these items in your household bins. Please do not leave waste outside the Recycling Centres or anywhere else as this is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people will be prosecuted.


24th March - Funding Opportunities Update
23rd March - 100% Digital Leeds

At 100% Digital Leeds we have compiled a list of useful digital tools and resources to support people who are isolated, including tutorials on video calling. You can also contact the team https://digitalinclusionleeds.com/contact/ if you would like particular help or advice about digital tools or resources – Keep in touch with us and let me know if I can support you in any way.

Share with us any platforms or ideas you’re trying and we will add them to this page on our website, we would love for this to be a place for people to share good practice and find resources to support the many isolated people across Leeds.

19th March - Bus Services Update
For anyone using bus services, First Bus have announced that X98 and X99 as well as all First Bus services around Leeds will only run a Saturday service Mon-Sat from 23rd March until further notice. Normal Sunday service on Sundays until further notice. 


Want to Volunteer?
Community Care Volunteering is a city-wide volunteer programme operating across Leeds, to ensure systems are in place to care for people and communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
The programme is coordinated by Leeds City Council and Voluntary Action Leeds.
Register to help on their website www.doinggoodleeds.org.uk
Need help?
Leeds City Council has launched a helpline, so that anyone in need of support can call 0113 378 1877 to be matched with a local volunteer who can help.

Click here if you need details of how to access emergency food during the Covid-19 restrictions. 
Useful Sources of Information