Save Sandhall Green play area


When I was elected as a Councillor I requested details of all the unspent Section 106 moneys allocated to Warley ward. I identified a sum of money (I recall around £40k) that had been allocated to improving green spaces. This money was given to the Council by the developers who built over the old play area on what is now Bridleway Ct. Working with Council officers your Liberal Democrat Councillors helped to devise a scheme to improve the green as a recreation ground. Following a public consultation in 2013 the Council went ahead and built a small children’s play area, football posts, planted new trees, built a fence around the play area, created some parking spaces, and improved the planting with some new trees.

Just three years later and the Labour run Council is now proposing to build eight bungalows on the site. You can see the plans for what is proposed below. They would be placed right over the existing play area, and leave a much smaller space. Destroying the space for people to walk dogs and the football play area in the process. This decesion is going to cabinet on 14th November so we have just a couple of weeks to encourage the Labour cabinet not to build over this play area.

You can sign the petition against this scheme here

Picture that shows plans to build bungalows on Sandhall Green

Liberty claim new surveillance powers breach Human Rights

A joint Liberty, Privacy International, Open Rights Group, Article 19, Big Brother Watch, English PEN briefing on the emergency surveillance powers announced by the coalition government claims powers granted by the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (DRIP) would breach Human Rights legislation.

In an email sent to parliamentarians Liberty make the following statement:

“Clause 1 of the Bill contains powers for the Government to continue to mandate blanket retention of communications data within the UK for 12 months. This is in direct contradiction of a CJEU judgment, delivered in April, which held that blanket indiscriminate retention of such private data breached human rights. The judgment laid out ten criteria for proportionate retention and access to communications data that are ignored in this Bill. The Government has known of the judgment for over three months and cannot justify the ’emergency’ it now claims.”

The question should no longer be whether Lib Dem MPs won enough concessions, but whether they are prepared to back a bill that Liberty claim is in direct contradiction to a European Court of Justice ruling on Human Rights.

You can read the briefing in full here

Briefing on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill

West End Golf Club Proposals

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 could find out what people think of these ideas. We believe it is important people have as much opportunity as possible to contribute  their thoughts and views. We have been carrying out some door to door surveying work but we also thought it useful to create and online survey that residents we have not yet managed to reach can complete.

The club have agreed to listen to this initial survey and revise their plans if necessary.  Once the club  have formalized their plans there will be further independent public consultation on these proposals.  We will also help arrange a public meeting where all residents can let their views be known. The final decision as to whether to go ahead with the plans will be made by the Cabinet of Calderdle Council. Cllr Evans and I will of course represent the views of residents to cabinet. The proposals would also likely require planning permission, and this would be a formal process in which residents would have the opportunity to engage in.

Below is a map of the proposals, and details out what the club believes to be the benefits to the community. You can take the initial residents survey on this proposal here



Community Asset Transfer

Application for the use of a portion of land on Roils Head – see  map of the area and portion of land required in the Community Asset Transfer.
The land acquired will be used to create 3 new holes for Halifax West End Golf Club.
This would free up part of the present Golf Course for the creation of a Driving Range, with Teaching Bays, plus the creation of a Golfing Academy and a Mini Golf Course.
Benefits to Calderdale Council.

  • The full area of Roils Head to be maintained by the Greens staff at Halifax West End Golf Club, making a considerable financial saving for Calderdale.
  • Improvement to the environment with regular work being undertaken on the Moor to bring it back to its former state.
  • At present the Calderdale area does not have a Golf Driving Range – golfers have to travel to neighbouring districts.
  • The extension of the parking area at the club will ease the congestion problems on Paddock Lane at weekends and Golf Open Days.

Benefits for the Community.

  • Golf encourages a healthy lifestyle for people of every age.
  • Improvement of the Moor by creating designated loops for walkers and horse riders – linking these up with entrances at either side of the Moor
  • Creating a Driving Range with Teaching Bays to be used by the Golf Club and the community plus a short game course which will enable:-
  • ‘Passport to Leisure’ use to make it cheaper for Calderdale residents.
  • Local Schools to gain free coaching.
  • Short game course for beginners.
  • Reduced rates for the local community, out of work, students at school, senior citizens on the Driving Range and the Mini Golf Course.
  • Access to facilities at the Golf Club.
  • Extra parking spaces at the club will reduce, and hopefully free, any parking on Paddock Lane.
  • Quality coaching from 2 experienced and qualified Professionals.
  • Links with Calderdale Police to create opportunities with the local youth.

Benefits to Halifax West End Golf Club.

  • Creation of 3 extra holes.
  • Creation of a Driving Range with Teaching Bays for the use of both members and the general public.
  • Creation of a short game practice area for members and the general public who are starting to play the game of golf.
  • Chance to develop our already positive Youth Policy.
  • Chance to create a Golf Academy for Adult and Junior Golfers starting in the game.
  • Improved facilities will enhance excellence in golf, particularly at Junior Level.
  • About Halifax West End Golf Club

The Golf Club has at present:-

  • The E.G.U. Golf Mark, with high achiever for Junior Golf / Ladies.
  • Community Amateur Sports Clubs (C.A.S.C.) status.
  • Extensive membership categories.
  • Positive initiatives to integrate the ethnic communities.
  • Initiatives to use golf to encourage a healthy lifestyle.