NEWS ROUNDUP: Boy-racer concerns
07/09/21 | Leeds local news | Speeding cars are “racing” with one another late at night in parts of west Leeds, one of the city’s politicians has claimed.
According to Conservative councillor Amanda Carter, boy-racing on roads in Calverley and Farsley has got so bad, she called for existing guidance on allowing fixed speed cameras to be changed in order to combat the problem.
The issue was discussed at Leeds City Council’s outer west community committee, which was also presented with a report which suggested complaints about speeding in and around Pudsey were also increasing.
Coun Carter told the committee: “We are grateful for the neighbourhood policing team for doing an excellent job. One of the more concerning things for the Calverley and Farsley ward is ths speeding on the A647.
“It’s not even speeding, it’s actually car racing late at night. It seems impossible to tackle. Police have their priorities, and sometimes they can get out there and catch them, but if (racers) see a police car there, they just won’t do it that night.
“What we need is fixed speed cameras. We need to keep the pressure on here – it affects quite a number of our constituents. It starts on the border of Bradford and goes into Leeds.”
According to the West Yorkshire Casualty Prevention Partnership, a number of criteria have to be met in order to fit general fixed speed cameras on a road. These include at least least four collisions causing death or serious injury in the previous five years, and a survey to show at least one vehicle in 10 is exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 per cent.
Coun Carter said: “We need to try and keep on to apply some pressure on the West Yorks Casualty Reduction (sic) Partnership and get them to change their criteria.”
A report from Leeds City Council’s localities officer, which went before members of the committee, confirmed that the number of complaints around speeding motorists had increased in west Leeds over the past year.
It added: “(We) have deployed officers on numerous occasions to these roads, including Pudsey Road, Valley Road and Kent Road.
“A number of speeding tickets have been issues to drivers breaking the speed limit and we will continue to deploy officers to these locations at every opportunity.”
The report stated that “in the last few weeks”, six people had been arrested in Pudsey while over the prescribed drink/drugs driving limit.
(LDRS | Richard Beecham)
A state-of-of-the-art purpose-built care centre of excellence for those living in and around the Leeds area is the latest fundraising appeal from Leeds Hospitals Charity as they announce a plan to raise £5 million to build the Rob Burrow Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Care Centre, spearheaded by the Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow and his family.
Rob has been courageously sharing his story of motor neurone disease with the public since he was diagnosed last year at the age of 37, and he has raised the profile of the condition beyond all expectations. He refers to his care at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, Seacroft Hospital, where the MND centre is currently based, in his latest autobiography, and a BBC documentary, also filmed at Seacroft, is currently shortlisted for a Television Award, for which the winner is due to be announced this Thursday.
There are currently around 80 people like Rob being treated for MND in Leeds, double the number of people the service supported 10 years ago.
Since he was diagnosed, Rob has actively campaigned to help raise awareness and raise funds in support of MND charities and having excelled in his sporting career, he now plans to support the creation of a centre of equal standards that will benefit many more people living with this disease alongside his friends and close supporters former Leeds Rhinos player Kevin Sinfield and actor Matthew Lewis.
Despite the obstacles he faces, Rob is supporting people with MND through Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal, he says
“Imprisoned in the brutality of MND, my vision is that people diagnosed with MND hear the news in a calming and tranquil sanctuary. I envisage a beautiful, welcoming building that is user and family friendly. A place where patients feel comfortable to bring family members into a safe and homely environment for them, with signs of hope and optimism. For carers of those with MND it is important to know that their loved ones are in the best possible place. Something every MND sufferer and their families deserve. Although the news won’t be any better, it will be easier to come to terms with in a purposely built care centre that meets the needs of every MND patient.”
The Leeds Rhinos Foundation, official charity of the Leeds Rhinos where Rob played professionally for 16 years, have been the first to pledge a phenomenal £50,000 in support of the charity’s appeal.
The appeal for a new MND centre recognises the need for a dedicated centre in Leeds, providing a better patient environment.
Originally built in the early 20th century with care for infectious diseases in mind, the current home of the Centre is now showing its age. Significantly, the technology relating to the care needs of people with MND has moved on, whilst the building remains the same. The current MND centre is located on a busy multi-purpose ward not built with MND patients in mind and without the ability to be fitted with equipment and facilities for those who are physically impaired.
Thanks to high profile figures, like Rob Burrow, talking openly about their experience with MND, this hidden disease is beginning to emerge from the shadows and the harsh reality of just how many people it affects is poignant.
Matthew Lewis, actor, and close friend of Rob who provided the voiceover for his audiobook, wavered any fees to donate to charity, he says:
“Absolutely thrilled that the ball is now officially rolling on the fundraising campaign for the Rob Burrow MND care centre. It’s so typical of Rob that he is thinking about other people and planning on how he can improve the quality of life for others. His friends, family and teammates always knew he had their back and now people who may be diagnosed with this terrible illness in the future can be sure he’s looking out for them as well. What a guy.”
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