Burley Community Information 

Ringing Out for Peace

On Sunday 11th November 2018 it will be 100 years since the guns fell silent and the First World War was brought to an end. As part of wider Government centenary commemorations, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. The Parish Council also plans to mark the event with activities in and around the Queens Hall, such as some suitable live music, possibly an exhibition from the Burley Archives, and some light refreshments. If anyone would be interested in helping shape this event later in the year, please contact the Parish Clerk.



Leaf clearance and local flooding

In Burley, geography and density of trees can make leaf litter a significant cause of blocked gullies and grates, which can in turn lead to localised flooding in periods of heavy rainfall. Bradford Council do not have enough gully wagons for gullies and grates to be cleaned on a regular basis when it is most needed during the late Autumns and early Winter. However when a blocked gully is reported to Bradford it is usually dealt with fairly promptly because they are then able to prioritise the street for cleaning, and aim to address such requests within 21 days.

The best way to report is via the Bradford web site. This is more efficient than simply emailing the council and waiting for the e-mail to be forwarded to the correct department.


In some parts of the village, most of the leaves are from trees on private property, not Council owned land, so residents might consider whether they need to be a good neighbour, and take some responsibility for clearance outside their property to avoid contributing to problems elsewhere in the village




Local Crime Update

The division as a whole is suffering an increase in burglary offences and this trend is being reflected in recent crime in Burley and Menston. The police have requested 4 Special Constables to work in plain clothes and applications have been made for specific tasking of traffic officers into the area

West Yorkshire Police have also highlighted the problems of Euro profile locks commonly fitted to UPVC doors. Criminals attacks on these locks accounts for 20-25% of all burglaries in West Yorkshire, this is often called ‘lock snapping’. These have accounted for 45% over recent weeks and 65% of the attacks have been rear doors. Criminals are actively targeting newer high end vehicles in particular Audis but also Mercedes and VW Golfs. Please see the advice in relation to anti-snap locks:


Residents are encouraged to join the OWL Network which is a way for the Police to send out messages to communities and even specific streets. The best way to get this is by clicking the following link



 We have an Antisocial Behaviour victims’ champion in Bradford. Our champion gives emotional and practical support to victims and witnesses of antisocial behaviour and can liaise with agencies, like the police, for you.

They work completely independently of the police, local authority, housing or any other government agency. It’s an impartial, confidential service and all champions have undergone professional training with Victim Support.

For more information contact us on 0300 303 1971 or email keeley.mathers@victimsupport.org.uk www.victimsupport.org.uk



West Yorkshire Trading Standards

Please keep reporting scams such as fake prize draws and bogus traders.The evidence you give is vital in helping stop this criminal activity and protect others. Intelligence from the community led to the sentencing of three rogue traders in 2015. Two of the traders were from home improvement companies and one from a bogus double glazing firm. For the latest scams, frauds & doorstep crime, read the February update here

Countryside Guided Walks

Bradford Council’s Countryside Service organises about 40 walks a year, led by volunteers, which showcase some of the best countryside of West Yorkshire and beyond. The aim is to introduce people to walking in the Bradford District. You may be surprised at the variety of landscape and wildlife to be experienced both in the countryside that we have, and in the urban areas. The walks are to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere in which you can become familiar with the local routes, landscapes and rights of way - the first step in devising your own routes so you can explore further, or join up with one of the local walking groups.

Generally the walks are free but you will be expected to pay your own fare if your walk involves the use of public transport. Click here for more details


Easy Read Crime Prevention

Check out the crime prevention advice on how to stay safe and look after your property from West Yorkshire Police. These easy to read documents provide details on helping to keep you and your home and property safe. There are also a number of other easy read documents below on specific subjects such as how to stay safe when out and about and when visitors come to your home as well as identity theft. Read more here


Compost Bins

Bradford Metropolitan District Council has teamed up with getcomposting.com to provide reduced priced environmental products such as home compost bins, water butts and more. Compost bins from £17.98, get a second half price. 




Keep the clucking noise down

Keeping poultry in an urban environment can cause a number of problems including noise, vermin and odours. If you keep poultry, in particular a cockerel, please consider your neighbours and don’t fall foul of the law. You have a duty to make sure that your cockerel does not cause a nuisance. If someone’s cockerel is causing a nuisance you can report it to Bradford here


 Improving Transport in West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire Combined Authority is developing a Single Transport Plan for West Yorkshire. The new 20-year Plan, proposed to come into effect from 1 April 2016, will set out a vision for developing an effective, efficient and integrated transport network which supports sustainable and low-carbon economic growth.

The Single Transport Plan will update the current West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan and will set out a step change in the quality and performance of the transport system within West Yorkshire, and our connections with the rest of the UK. By investing in radically improved transport infrastructure and services, we believe that we can deliver the transport connections that businesses and people require and create attractive places in which to invest, work and live.Read more here