View more tweets

View more tweets

Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category

On Monday the 19th June the Labour cabinet that runs Calderdale Council agreed to put the local plan out for a six week Consultation. The local plan will provide a framework for development up until 2032. The government requires the Council to find the spaces for 1,000s of new homes. If we don’t determine where […]

Read more    7 Comments

Since his election the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has come under a barrage of criticism for the various wacky left wing things he has said and done over the years. Some of these criticisms are quite justified, others like him not buttoning up his top button on his shirt are just plainly daft. Of all the things […]

Read more    Leave a comment

House building development back on at the Maltings site

by jamesbaker on 9 September, 2015

A development of affordable housing down at the Maltings site in Fountainhead village had been left in limbo after Southdale had gone into administration. I’ve just had the following email from our Housing department informing me that the development is now set to continue after the Homes and Communities Agency made some additional funding available […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Update on Brow Foot Gate Lane traffic problems

by jamesbaker on 26 August, 2015

At the last full Council meeting I asked another question about the traffic problems affecting Brow Foot Gate Lane (and neighbouring roads like Trimmingham Lane, Churn Lane). Essentially I was concerned that this had been considered as a minor traffic and parking issue rather than a road safety issue. As it appeared that a lot […]

Read more    1 Comment

How to tackle drug abuse in Calderdale

by jamesbaker on 24 June, 2015

As a Councillor I regularly attend Ward forums, time and time again we hear from the Police how hard it is to tackle the numbers of people driving around in cars and dealing drugs on our streets. The police are faced with an imposable task. We have to accept they will never prevent people taking […]

Read more    Leave a comment

The County of Yorkshire is being carved up into various regional bodies called combined authorities. Currently we have a West Yorkshire combined authority that includes Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and York, and a South Yorkshire combined authority that includes the Sheffield City region, Barnsley, Doncaster, and Rotherham. These new bodies have a lot of […]

Read more    1 Comment

Consultation on bus services

by jamesbaker on 8 June, 2015

The First Group West Yorkshire are going to be holding a consultation with  Councillors on local bus services. If you have any issues relating to bus services throughout Warley please let them known to me and I will pass them on into this Consultation.  

Read more    1 Comment

With regard to the ward forum grants the 2015/16 grant pot is now open and the first application deadline is 31st July. There will be 2 x £2,500 grant rounds from April 2015 to March 2016. If you recall this is the £5,000 year funding I managed to secure for the ward in the Council’s […]

Read more    Leave a comment

12 Community groups in Warley ward have benefited from the first year’s worth of a five thousand pound a year community funding scheme. I established this £5k budget for each of the wards when it was passed as a Liberal Democrat budget amendment at the 2014 budget Council meeting. I’m a firm believer that the […]

Read more    Leave a comment

Using the Freedom of Information Act I have today exposed that the previous Labour administration on Calderdale Council had plans for a wholesale sell-off of council-owned properties – plans marked as ‘restricted’ that were to remain under wraps until after next year’s elections. I only got to find out about these plans by using the Freedom of […]

Read more    1 Comment