Winter is coming

This post is taken from a Calderdale Council Press Release 1606839_10152504720946991_6742995134037272312_n

Calderdale Council is busy preparing for winter and is asking people for their views on what the service priorities should be.

The Council’s Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel is meeting at Halifax Town Hall on Thursday 15 October at 6pm to hear about the plans that the Highways Service has in place for winter.

Residents, businesses and other organisations are invited to the meeting to share their views on the plans and priorities, to help shape the future of the service.

From gritting and clearing snow to stocking salt bins, the Council’s winter service works hard to keep people safe when using roads and footpaths during bad weather.

Chair of the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel, Cllr James Baker, said:

“We have a well developed plan in place to make sure Calderdale keeps moving during any bad weather we experience over the coming months. However, the policy dates back to 2009, and since then we have faced significant budget cuts and other changes. So we now need to do a fundamental review of the Council’s winter service to ensure it’s fit for purpose in the long-term.

“Everyone is affected in some way by our winter highways service, so I urge residents, businesses and other organisations like bus services to come along to the meeting, share their experiences and let us know what our priorities should be.”
The meeting will be held at 6pm on Thursday 15 October at Halifax Town Hall.

Crime update – Warley Ward – 6/7th October.

Please be aware of the following incident(s) that have been recorded for the Ward during the period 7am 6th October  to 7am 7th October.
Burglary Dwelling & attempts   
Woodlesford Crescent, Mount Tabor – overnight 5/6th October – Rear door lock is snapped off and entry gained to dwelling.  Various items of property are removed including car keys.  Vehicle is also taken from the drive.
Gleanings Drive, Norton Tower –  overnight 5/6th October – attempt to force locks on both conservatory door and front door of premises has been made, however, no entry was gained.
Moor End Road, Halifax – 6th October 9/9.25am – 38 year old man has been arrested and is currently in custody.
Burglary other (including garages & sheds)
None recorded
Damage to buildings non dwelling
None recorded
Damage to motor vehicle
None recorded
Damage non specific
None recorded
Theft non specific
None recorded
Theft from motor vehicle
None recorded
Theft of vehicle
None recorded
If you have any information regarding these, or any other crimes, please phone the Police on 101 or CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800555111

Enforcement of 20mph zones



A lot of residents in Warley ward are rightly concerned that there is very little enforcement of the new 20mph zone that has been introduced. This is despite an assurance from the Police and Crime Commissioner that these 20mph zones would be enforced.

I’m currently chair of Calderdale Council’s Economy and Environment Scrutiny Panel. The Panel, as part of its work programme for 2015/16 has agreed to take a detailed look at the introduction of and the on-going roll-out of 20mph speed limits in the Borough and to hear from Council Officers and other interested parties in this regard. The meeting will be held on Thursday 12th November, 2015 at 6.00pm at Halifax Town Hall.

There will be an opportunity for members of the public to contribute to this meeting with evidence, or examples of their own personal experience. Feel free to turn up to the meeting, or if you can let me know before hand if you are planning on coming along.



Friends of Roils Head Moor meeting this Saturday 10th October

Following the success of the first meeting to discuss Roils Head Moore, we will be holding a follow up meeting this Saturday 10th October.

We will also be discussing the formation of a ‘Friends of Roils Head’ group who could possibly work in partnership with other organisations to tackle problems and help improve the area.
The meeting will be held on Saturday 10th October, 10am to 12pm, at Grace Baptist Church, Roils Head Road.

Copied below are some of the notes from the last meeting

Roils Head Consultation Event.

What would you like for the Area?

  • Gates that are already installed to be closed each evening to prevent vehicular access.
  • Installation of metal posts/bollards at strategic points to stop vehicular access.
  • Improve road/path surfaces.
  • Car parks – improve surfaces and clearly mark them.
  • Improve/make safe the playground where necessary.
  • Build a BMX track above the playground area.
  • Reinstate the four football/rugby pitches.
  • Build tennis court(s), a basketball court.
  • Renovate the changing rooms building.
  • Use part of the changing rooms building for a café.
  • Use part of the changing rooms building for a village hall.
  • Create Allotments.
  • Create a nature reserve – considered especially important as the Twite and Skylark nest here.
  • Remove the saplings that have been planted near golf course as this affects the Twite and Skylark mentioned above.
  • Project to improve footpath behind Broadley Grove/Broadley Crescent.
  • Investigate the apparent negative effect the drainage channels are having on area leading down to Rye Lane (above turning circle).
  • Install a running track
  • Build a visitor centre/café on the site.
  • Install a bridle path for horse riders.

Problems & Concerns.


  • Vicar Park Road/Drive
    • Cars parking half on pavement, forcing elderly and mothers with children/prams in to the road.
    • Paddock Lane junction of Vicar Park Road – can’t see around the corners due to parked cars, forced to turn wide.
    • Speeding vehicles compound the above two points.
    • General improvement of pavements needed.
    • Rubbish bins left out on pavements, rubbish/debris on pavements, general untidiness in people’s gardens.
    • Garden waste bins needed.
  • Norton Drive to Newlands Road
    • Ballast/rocks/scree left over from when previous work on the path was completed. Needs removing.
  • Roils Head (moor, playing fields, playground).
    • All pathways, especially for vehicles, are in a state of disrepair.
    • The planting of trees near the golf course is ruining the habitat of the endangered Sky Lark and Twite that nest on the land.
    • Fly tipping at certain points of access to the area.
    • Dog fouling – more bins needed at strategic points.
    • Signage needs improving – not clear enough.
    • Cars, 4X4s, motorbikes, quads, all accessing the area and ruining the pitches and grassland.
    • Too many access points easily allowing vehicles and horses to get on the land.

Syrian Refugees – Britain can do more, say Lib Dems

Child Detention

I’m very pleased to say that the Council backed a Liberal Democrat motion calling on the government to do more to aid people fleeing for their lives from Syria.

We’re not talking here about the wider problem of people trying to get to Europe from North Africa, but specifically about Syrians displaced by the conflict in their own country; those understandably in fear of their lives, caught between the actions of their government on the one hand and a barbaric cult on the other. Britain is a relatively rich nation and we believe that the government could do more, and that the council should play its part in giving people a warm welcome here. Taking people directly from the refugee camps around the Syrian borders will not encourage the people traffickers so much in evidence elsewhere.

The Council debate brought out the best and the worst in people. The Labour group admitted that they had considered tabling a motion on this subject, but shied away from it, fearing the response from the Conservative group. We, however, are proud to be saying that this country needs to be doing more to show compassion for those experiencing such dreadful hardships.

Warley ward crime report 30th Sep – 2nd Oct

Please be aware of the following incident(s) that have taken place in the neighbourhood during the period 7am 30th September to 7am 2nd October
Burglary Dwelling & attempts
None recorded
Burglary other (including garages & sheds)
None recorded
Theft from motor vehicle
None recorded
Theft form shop
None recorded
Theft non specific
None recorded
Theft of motor vehicle / TWOC
Rye Lane – overnight 30th Sept / 1st Oct – Land Rover Freelander, registration, LF04DVH, stolen
Damage crime
Ramsgate Street – 30th Sept 6.35pm – suspect smashed window of dwelling (27 year old man was arrested and charged to go to court)
If you have any information regarding these, or any other crimes, please phone the Police on 101 or CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800555111

Kinder new politics lasts a day… then Tom Watson speaks.

Corbyn made a noble call to improve the quality of political debate in this country:

I want a kinder politics, a more caring society, don’t let them to reduce to you believing anything less. So I say to activists whether Labour or not, cut out the personal abuse, cut out the cyber bullying and especially the misogynist abuse online and let’s get on with brining real values back into politics

Sadly his Deputy Leader Tom Watson didn’t seem to be listening:

“that useless bunch of lying sell-outs the Lib Dems”

Compare that attitude with Tim Farron on the Marr show:

I’ve never been a tribialist, I’ve always taken the view we should work with others whether they be on the progressive wing of politics or not to achieve what we want”

Motions on flags, refugees, tax credit cuts and segregation in our schools.

There are a series of motions going to the next full meeting of Calderdale Council this Thursday 1st October. I’ve listed them all below with a quick summation of what they are about.

Conservative Motion – Flying the Flag

Basically have made most of our schools free schools that are independent from the Council, the Conservatives now want the Council to try and influence these schools to fly the Union flag and sing the national anthem. They also want the flag flow more often from Council buildings. This motion seems like it’s aimed to poke fun at Labour after Corbyn failed to sing the anthem. My personal view is it should be up to head teachers not local government to determine what they do in assemblies. If you have an opinion on this then let me know, I’m happy to hear it before the debate.

Liberal Democrat Motion – Syrian Refugee Crisis

As a party we think Britain should be doing more to help Syrian Refugees and that’s what this motion is aimed at trying to do. It calls on the government to accept more than the 20,000 refugees it has currently said it will accept, and for the Council to play an active role in helping to tackle this humanitarian crisis. Tim Farron’s speech at conference explains why we care about this issue so much.

Labour Motion – Trade Union Bill

This motion is opposing the Government’s trade union bill that seeks change how it easy it is for unions to take strike action. It’s also an attempt by the Conservatives to restrict the funding Labour get from the trade unions. I’m personally opposed to the bill on civil liberties grounds. 

Labour Motion – Tax Credit Cuts

This motion is opposing the Government’s cuts to tax credits. The Liberal Democrats have also spelt out their opposition to these cuts that will impact on some of the poorest families living in Calderdale.

Conservative Motion – Ethnic Segregation in schools

This is the second Conservative motion on schools, this motion tries to address the ethnic segregation that exists in Halifax’s schools.

Conservative Motion – Transparency

This motion attacks the Council over its lack of transparency, and suggests the solution is for the executive of the Council to try and involve ward Councillors more often. Calderdale Liberal Democrats agree there is a lack of transparency. We think the root of this problem is the cabinet style of local government where a few Councillors form an executive with most of the control on the Council. We prefer the old committee system where all Councillors got a say.

The Liberal Democrat group will be meeting on Wednesday before the Council meeting to decide it’s position on all these motions, and any amendments that we might make. If you have a view on any of the motions then feel free to get in touch with me and let me know what they are.

New Planning Applications for Warley Ward


Below is a list of all planning applications validated between 15 Aug – 15 September for Warley ward. You can click on the link to comment on any of them through the Council’s planning portal.

Housing is a Liberal Democrat Priority – Tim Farron

It was Lib Dem conference last week in Bournemouth. Our membership has grown by more than a third since the election and it was the first Conference speech from our new Lib Dem leader, Tim Farron MP.

Tim spoke passionately about his main priority housing. Stating that we have a national emergency when it comes to housing. There are 90,000 children in the UK who don’t have a place to call home because there simply isn’t enough social†housing with 1.6 million people on social housing waiting lists.

That’s why the Liberal Democrats oppose the Conservatives plans for the forced sell off of housing association homes. Liberal Democrat MPs and Peers will vote against any measure that encourages the sell-off of housing association homes when it comes to Parliament.

Tim and the Lib Dems also want to see more homes being built, introducing a target of building 300,000 homes a year, by lifting the borrowing cap for local authorities so they can build more houses as well as establishing a Housing Investment Bank to boost house-building.

As Tim said: Housing is the biggest single issue that politicians don’t talk about. Well, we are going to talk about it, campaign on it, go on and on and on about it, and make a difference to the millions who have been ignored.

Communities up and down this country have spent 25 years building housing association homes, picking up the pieces of Mrs Thatcher’s destruction of council housing, and we will not allow David Cameron to destroy that work too.

Watch Tim’s full speech, below:

You can join the Liberal Democrats here.