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Cutting air pollution in Calderdale

by jamesbaker on 4 June, 2014

The government has announced a £5 million fund to help cut vehicle pollution. Grants of up to £500,000 are available for authorities to apply to. The money can then be used to adapt Council vehicles to ensure the emit less pollution. I’ll be asking questions to ensure that Calderdale Council makes use of this fund […]

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Still no flood recovery website

by jamesbaker on 28 May, 2014

Last year the Economy and Environment Scrutiny panel of Calderdale Council examined the ongoing flood recovery operations of Calderdale Council. One clear recommendation to come out of that work was that the Council’s progress at delivering flood recovery, and resilience against future flooding should be published on a publicly focused web page. Minute F22/16 of […]

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Tackling eyesores and dangerous buildings

by jamesbaker on 2 March, 2014

Councillor Evans & I were out around Fountainhead village this weekend. One of the problems affecting local residents is this derelict warehouse that has been left to rot on a site next to the Maltings. The building is totally insecure and anybody can just walk up to it. There isn’t even a fence or a […]

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The allotments on Doctor Hill have been a long time coming but their opening is now in site. At 10am on the 15th of March the Mayor of Calderdale will be coming for a grand opening of the site. These new allotments were funded with development money from the building of  affordable housing on a […]

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Friends of West View Park Meeting

by jamesbaker on 4 December, 2013

Tonight i’m heading along to a meeting organised by my ward colleague Councillor Ashley Evans. We are hoping to establish  a ‘friends of West View Park ‘ community group who could be involved in organizing events in the park and reporting issues and repairs. If you are about do come along to a public meeting […]

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Green Economy Review on Calderdale Council

by jamesbaker on 21 October, 2013

I’m currently working with a cross-party groups of Councillors on a detailed review of the Green Economy within Calderdale. I’ve always taken an armature interest in understanding science, and how the world around us works. I think my interest in environmentalism stems from that, an understanding that our economic activities impact upon our environment led […]

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Happy Hounds

by jamesbaker on 24 July, 2013

Next Wednesday the 31st July see’s Halifax Happy Hounds taking place within Warley ward. This event will be going from 12-3pm on Ling Bob playing fields. This event is all about promoting responsible dog ownership and is being held in response to the growing concern surrounding dog fouling and responsible owners. The event is being […]

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A Council Leader’s influence on scrutiny.

by jamesbaker on 1 July, 2013

The other week I asked Calderdale’s leader what he thought about ensuring whoever proposes and seconds motions on scrutiny panels is properly minuted. Part of Cllr Swift’s response was to say “I’ve never been in favor of Cabinet saying how scrutiny is run.” Yet only four days later on the 26th June a local news […]

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West End Golf Club Proposals

by jamesbaker on 26 April, 2013

West End  Golf Club has approached Calderdale Council regarding an asset transfer application to use some of the land on Roils Head.  Councillor Evans and myself attended a meeting with the club to understand what they wanted to do. We agreed to carry out a bit of initial informal survey work with residents so we […]

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Energy switch could save you money

by jamesbaker on 3 January, 2013

Calderdale Council has just launched a great new scheme that could save anyone with a residential gas or electricity supply  as much as £250 per year. The Council is working with an energy switching company to collect the names and addresses of people who are interested in switching supplier and this list is ‘auctioned’ to […]

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