Council Snippets What’s been happening on Calderdale Council

More Council Cuts to Come As things stand, Calderdale Council will have to reduce its spending by over £13m over the next three years. This is on top of the £93m that will have been made by next year. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker said: “The scale of the cuts is […]

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More Council Cuts to Come As things stand, Calderdale Council will have to reduce its spending by over £13m over the next three years. This is on top of the £93m that will have been made by next year. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker said: “The scale of the cuts is […]

We must fight to keep Britain open, tolerant and united – Tim Farron’s speech to Conference

Tim began with a story from just after the referendum… At the start of his speech, Tim spoke about a meeting held in Preston – the town he grew up in and learnt his values in – to talk about the referendum and the realisation he’d had there: The people in that church hall in […]

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Lib Dems Call for More Council Action on Dangerous Driving

Calderdale Council’s Liberal Democrat group is calling on the Council to take more effective action to stop dangerous driving. The issue will now be debated at next week’s Council meeting. Councillor James Baker (Warley), leader of Council’s Liberal Democrat Group says: “Traffic accidents cause tremendous personal grief and immense expenditure by the public sector. We […]

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Lib Dems Slam Proposed Parking Charge Increases

Calderdale Council’s Liberal Democrat group has slammed proposals to increase car parking charges throughout Calderdale. The matter was discussed by the Council’s Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel at a meeting on Thursday 8th September, and will be discussed again by the Council’s Cabinet on Monday 12th. Councillor James Baker (Warley), the leader of the Council’s […]

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Don’t airbrush LGBT history from Shibden Hall

Calderdale Liberal Democrats are accusing the Council of not doing enough to tell the LGBT history that lies behind Anne Lister and Shibden Hall. Shibden Hall is a landmark historic building in Calderdale and a wonderful place to visit. The hall was home to Anne Lister whose personal diaries detailing her lesbian relationships are recognised […]

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Update on speeding traffic concerns

Speeding

In recent weeks both Cllr Ashley Evans and I have received a large increase in complaints about speeding traffic. This isn’t just a case of people driving a few miles of the speed limit, but some seriously dangerous and reckless driving with people racing around Halifax in some very fast cars. It’s clear that a state of lawlessness has existed on our roads with a minimum amount of Police enforcement. We have raised this concerns both with the local Police, and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson. You can read the letter I sent to Mr Burns-Williamson on the subject here (PCC Letter). Other Councillors have also been raising this issue, and it was raised at our last full Council meeting.

The good news is that Colin Skeath the Halifax Neighbourhood Inspector has emailed Councillors to inform us that the Police have put operation Hawmill in action. I’ve posted up a section of Colin’s email so it can be explained in his own words:

As you know poor driving, speeding and anti-social use of the roads is one of our biggest concerns in the community. I am sure that you, like me, will have many complaints around this issue and recognise the dangers of poor driving and the need for us to act.

In response I have implemented Operation Hawmill which involves the deployment of a dedicated Road Traffic Officer in a high powered car (SRANS) in company with an NPT officer. This deployment is on overtime and is over and above normal policing.

Areas that will be targeted have been selected in relation to the area where we receive most complaints. They include:-Warley, Park, Town Centre / Boothtown, Skircoat

The operation has been running for two days and so far we have issued 16 endorsable fixed penalty tickets and seized two expensive cars.

Normal deployment of the Pro Lazer and Sid will continue along with various partnership road safety activities.

This operation is good news. However we are told the long term funding for such an operation is not in place. Cllr Evans and I will be campaigning for a continuation of a dedicated traffic officer for Calderdale, one that can also then be deployed in other areas across the Borough that have experienced problems. Give then cost to taxpayers when there is a serious accident (let alone the human tragedy involved) we think spending money on policing like this is a wise use of public funds.

Calderdale Council’s new recycling scheme

The above video explains how Calderdale Council’s new recycling scheme works. As it’s a new system there appears to have been a few teething problems with collections. I relayed these concerns onto Cllr Tim Swift the leader of the Council, and asked what was being done to help resolve the problems. Tim responded quickly with the following message

There is quite a lot of action being taken, including daily discussions between officers and Suez about issues, extended working hours and additional weekend collections, extra staff in the call centre, etc.

Another issue people have raised with me is that the online system had quite a strict cut off for when you could report a missed collection. You had to wait until the end of the day the collection was on before being able to report it, and then you had just 48 hours to report a missing collection. Obviously this is no good if you go away for a weekend and come back and find your recycling hasn’t been collected. The good news is that after raising it the Council officers have quickly responded and changed this online cut off. It should now be possible to report missed collections online at anytime after the missed collection. You can do this online here