Bradford Council COVID-19 Update

Latest COVID-19 updates from Bradford Council


Four Household Waste Recyling Centres to re-open.

Four of Bradford’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will re-open on Monday, 11 May, following temporary closure due to Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The HWRCs re-opening are as follows:

  • Bowling Back Lane will be open from Monday to Friday 5pm to 10pm. Saturday & Sunday, 8am to 8pm.
  • Keighley, from Monday to Friday 5pm to 10pm. Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 8pm.
  • Dealburn Road, Low Moor, seven days a week from 8am to 8pm.
  • Midland Road, seven days a week from  8am to 8pm.

Safety will remain the priority and we would ask anyone using the sites to comply with all the social distancing rules when throwing rubbish away and queuing.

We would also ask people not to use the sites unless absolutely necessary at this time. We want to avoid massive queues of traffic on nearby roads.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Please bear in mind that there are likely to be long queues for the Household Waste sites in the first days of opening.

“We would ask everybody to carefully consider whether they desperately need to use the site at this time. Government advice clearly states that you must only travel to the site if it is absolutely necessary.

“This deadly virus takes every opportunity to spread when people congregate, so for the safety of yourselves, other residents and staff, please take advantage of bulky waste collection service or store your rubbish at home for as long as possible.”

Everyone using Bradford Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will need to show a residents’ permit from inside the vehicle with the windows up, and observe new social distancing rules at all times.  If you have lost your permit please contact the Council for a replacement. As soon as we are able to open the rest of our HWRCs we will announce it.

You can read the Government guidelines for HWRC re-opening here.

Bulky waste service resumes

The bulky waste service organised by Bradford Council -which was also suspended due to the outbreak – has also now been reinstated from Monday, 11 May, using a specialist company which is able to operate the service in a safe manner. This is a temporary arrangement until we can safely re-instate our own bulk collection service.

There is a charge which people can book and pay for over the phone or through our website.

Items that will be collected include furniture, beds, bikes, carpets, mattresses, garden furniture, mirrors, central heating boilers and even bags of garden waste.

For a full list see the Council  website which also contains a list of charges which are £20 for up to five items to £40 for six to 10 items.

You can make a payment and arrange for a bulky waste collection on our website  or call 01274 431000.

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There has never been a more important time to stop smoking

Smokers in the Bradford district are being urged to #QuitforCovid to reduce their serious risks from coronavirus (Covid-19).

Smoking tobacco damages the lungs, weakens the immune system and causes a range of severe respiratory problems. Evidence so far suggests people who smoke may be at increased risk if they get Covid-19.

As well as reducing the risks from coronavirus, quitting smoking quickly improves your circulation and your breathing reduces the risks of heart attack and stroke at a time when the NHS is coming under strain.

In the longer term quitting is also linked to reduced depression, anxiety, and stress and improved positive mood and quality of life.

For support, advice and free tools to quit smoking call the Living Well Stop Smoking team on 01274 437700 or visit

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Over 12,000 calls made to shielding residents in the Bradford District

Bradford Council’s Access Team called over 12,000 households in the district in ten days, known to be carrying out shielding, to check they are safe and well.

The mammoth effort saw over a thousand calls a day take place to reach out to those homes that were sent a letter by the Government saying that they are extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus and other households who may be at risk.

They were supported by other Council volunteers drafted in to ensure the households were contacted as soon as possible.

The calls were sometimes the first contact these individuals had received and provided an opportunity to check they were able to get support they need to stay safe and well.

Nasima Ali from Bradford Council’s Access Team said:

“I’m absolutely loving this role of ringing clients who are currently shielding. What’s more beautiful than making ourselves useful and valuable in these difficult times by looking after vulnerable people in our community? If just a phone call is making a difference in some people’s lives than I’m definitely feeling privileged to make that call!”.

Access team member Saima Rehman added:

“People are so grateful. It is so heart-warming and reminds us all how vital these calls are. I feel very fortunate to be part of this amazing team.”

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Early Years guidance for families

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, families with babies or young children may need additional support to stay healthy.

The following is a series of guides which will help you and your family remain healthy and safe whilst you are socially distancing yourselves.

Highways changes to aid social distancing 


The way roads and streets across the district are used is set to change as we prepare to introduce measures to support social distancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Like many cities around the world dealing with lockdown and planning for a post-Covid-19 world, we have been looking at a range of proposals, including temporarily widening pavements and cycle lanes to help people maintain a two metre social distance as they shop, walk or cycle around the district, improving crossings for pedestrians,reducing bottlenecks and slowing vehicle speeds to make the roads safer for cyclists and walkers.

Over the next couple of weeks a first round of measures will be introduced as part of the Council’s response to this challenge: 

  • Reducing Hall Ings in the city centre to one lane in both directions from Jacobs Well roundabout to Bridge Street to help passengers wait safely for their buses.
  • Reducing speed limits in Shipley town centre and on roads near schools to 20mph to help children walk safely to school (June 2020).
  • Provide social distancing measures on The Grove in Ilkley to help shoppers access local businesses.
  • Widening the footway under the railway bridge at Wheatley Lane in Ilkley.
  • Putting down temporary markings on widened pavements to help people queuing to access local shops and businesses maintain appropriate distance from others in the queue.
  • Widening of non-segregated cycle lanes on roads. 
  • Pedestrian crossings at Princes Way and Bridge Street in the city centre have been modified to automatically provide a ‘green man’ crossing signal without the need for people to push the call button. Other crossings are being considered for similar modifications although all pedestrian crossings in Bradford are fitted with detectors which automatically extend the time given for pedestrians to cross the road, which will help with observing social distancing.
  • Working in partnership with Capital of Cycling to loan bicycles to key workers and hiring a ‘Cycling and Active Travel Champion’ officer.
  • Suspending, initially for 12 months, the £300 charge for an outdoor seating licence for pubs and restaurants.

These initial measures are likely to be followed by additional ideas to help maintain and increase levels of walking and cycling when the lockdown eases.

We are working with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and local interest groups to develop these plans.

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning & Transport, said: “We don't know how long social distancing will be necessary but we do know that in some locations there isn’t enough space to maintain the recommended two-metre distance. People must be able to walk and cycle safely, whether it's to get to work, for exercise or essential trips to the shops.  

“Some of the immediate measures we are announcing today are temporary, but where appropriate, may become permanent. They will not only help us to emerge stronger out of lockdown, but they will also demonstrate the ways in which prioritising sustainable transport, where possible, can contribute to improving the health of our citizens and reducing the district’s carbon footprint in the years to come, in line with our Climate Emergency pledge. People are seeing the benefits of a less car dominated society during lockdown and we want to encourage that.

“We will also be pressing the Government for a Covid-19 response fund to help councils such as Bradford implement these types of measures, as well as asking for a further relaxation of the processes required to promote temporary and permanent Traffic Regulation Orders.

“We will also call on the Department for Transport to provide guidance on sign and road marking designs which can be used on the roads to help maintain social distancing measures, together with granting authorities outside London appropriate enforcement powers to maintain measures and deal with people who do not comply with these new arrangements.”

The Council and its partners are working on a range of projects to support sustainable transport, such as its 20mph zone roll-out, Transforming Cities programme, reopening Queensbury Tunnel, Shipley Streets for People, and City Village and wider redevelopment of Bradford city centre’s ‘top of town’ area.

Other highways schemes

20mph zone roll-out – In August 2019 Bradford city centre became a 20mph zone, with Shipley town centre and the surrounding streets being rolled out for implementation in the summer. Ilkley town centre has been surveyed and £140,000 was included in the Council’s February 2020 budget to accelerate the roll-out of 20mph zones around schools, with schools in Keighley, Great Horton and City wards already benefiting from the programme.

Transforming Cities – This programme will see Market Street, Hall Ings and part of Bridge Street  pedestrianised, while Well Street will re-open for buses only. Norfolk Gardens on Hall Ings will be expanded to take over part of the space currently occupied by road. A dedicated cycleway will be built from the city centre to Thornton and the Great Northern Railway Trail. The NCP car park on Hall Ings will be demolished to create a new frontage to the Bradford Interchange station, and a Park and Ride facility will be created in the south of Bradford with Manchester Road upgraded to have dedicated bus priority infrastructure.

Shipley Streets for People – A £1m programme to deliver more pedestrian-friendly public realm improvements to Shipley town centre, elements considered include widened pavements, more trees and greenery, improved crossings and bus access-only areas

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) – £925,000 for the Top of Town, funding secured to deliver public realm improvements to North Parade and the surrounding streets, including Oastler Square, as the first phase of the planned City Village. Works may include more pedestrian space, improved public realm and more street trees and greenery.

Never alone...

Lockdown can be very difficult for some but help is available.

Concerned about someone’s safety?

Do not keep it to yourself. Visit the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year. Or you can call us:

  • For children 01274 435600 (or 01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • For adults 01274 431077 (or 01274 431010 out of office hours)

If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999.

There are many other organisation who can help so that you’re never alone.

Never alone

Child abuse

Women’s shelter

Sexual assault

Domestic abuse and sexual violence

Children’s wellbeing

Crisis aid and suicide

Elder abuse

Bereavement support

Mental health

Stay Safe, Stay Home fire safety campaign

Please do not start garden fires during the lockdown

Stay Safe, Safe Home is an initiative developed by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and is supported by our social housing provider Incommunities.

They have put together a series of fire safety advice to help to reduce the risk of fire, and keep people safe, while they stay indoors amid the Covid-19 precautions currently in place.

Don't start garden fires during the lockdown

In particular, fire officers are urging the community not to start garden fires during the lockdown, and have stepped up their warning about the dangers and risk-to-life of lighting barbeques on balconies.

This follows a 999 call where firefighters were called to an incident in a high rise building where barbecue coals had been placed into a plastic plant pot on a small balcony.

Watch out for shopping scammers

West Yorkshire Trading Standards and Incommunities are warning people across the district to be wary of phone scammers offering to do people’s shopping in return for providing their bank or credit card details. There have also been reports of door to door cold callers to local homes offering a shopping service to residents in return for the handover of their bank/credit cards.

Incommunities are warning everyone not to give their card details over the phone or to anyone they don’t know coming to the door. The housing group are currently making welfare calls to all its customers over 70 years old and as part of the telephone call asking if they have any errands they need doing such as shopping.

Incommunities key workers will then get in touch with the customer to arrange to make a shopping visit. We will discuss payment options when we take the persons order but staff will never cold call a customer to offer this service only. Food parcels are also available to families and individuals who are struggling financially.

So far Inncommunities have made over 4,000 calls to our older and vulnerable customers to check their well-being and made many shopping visits.

Inncommunities are there to support all their customers at this difficult time. If any customers are struggling and need help they should call 01274 257777.

Still here to help

Health, care and support services are still here to help despite the lockdown. If you are unwell with symptoms unrelated to coronavirus then don’t forget that services are still open and please phone your GP. Local organisations and health professionals are using the hashtag #StillHereToHelp on Twitter to highlight some of the work they continue to offer.

If you need any other help, residents across the district can call the council helpline on 01274 431000.

Still here to help

Bradford Pride – the show goes online!

Bradford Pride 2020

Bradford is gearing up for its 15th Pride event with its first online festival which is set to be a celebration of the district’s LGBTQ+ community. Expect a virtual extravaganza of musicians, drag queens, poets and campaigners on 9 May from 5pm to 10pm via the Bradford Pride Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The festival will also include messages of solidarity from prominent LGBTQ+ campaigners and activists from the world of sport, politics and the arts. Bradford is one of the first places in the UK to be hosting a virtual Pride event..

The Bradford Pride Committee is also setting up a fundraising campaign to raise £5,000 towards Bradford Pride 2021. If you would like to support these efforts then please go to the Bradford Pride 2021 Go fund me page.

Do you need help or support?

Need help? Call 01274 431000

If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000.

We can help by:

  • picking up shopping
  • delivering a food parcel to eligible people
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • problem solving

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

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Are you concerned about someone's safety?

If you have a concern about the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult, do not keep it to yourself. Report your concern on the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Or call:

  • For children 01274 435600 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • For adults 01274 431077 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999

Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”

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Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or essential work
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Stay at home

Stay safe while out for exercise

Please follow the Government’s advice when leaving your home for exercise and observe the 2 metre rule for staying a safe distance apart. For more information about where you can walk in the Bradford district, and how to stay safe while you do so, visit our public green space and rights of way guidance page.

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Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Use the NHS 111 online service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Use the 111 online coronavirus service at

Helpful links

Government advice: what you need to do

NHS coronavirus advice and information

Bradford district coronavirus advice and information

Support for businesses

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