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The Queen’s Sapphire Jubliee has been marked with a 41 gun salute. The Queen is the first ever ruling monarch to reach a Sapphire Jubilee. # Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats said “The Queen has dedicated 65 years of her life to public service as the Monarch of the United Kingdom, her […]

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  We were recently contacted by a resident Mr David Hinchliffe who lives in Warley Town. Broadband speeds in the village can be dreadful, as low as 1.5-3 mb/s. This really isn’t good enough in this day and age, and both the government, Council and infrastructure providers BTOpenworld should be doing more to deliver a […]

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Parliament votes to trigger Article 50.

by jamesbaker on 1 February, 2017

So there we have it, tonight Parliament voted to trigger Article 50. Now whereas the referendum result was advisory, our parliament is sovereign. As such I accept there is now a democratic mandate for Brexit. Despite that I still think it’s a big mistake, and will be really, really bad for our country and good […]

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  Theresa May has said she wants to take the UK out of the single market. This is the hard Brexit that the likes of Nigel Farage and UKIP have campaigned for. Despite this Halifax’s Labour MP Holly Lynch has said she will back the Conservative Government’s plans to trigger Article 50 and vote to […]

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New Parish Council a Step Nearer

by jamesbaker on 25 January, 2017

A new parish council – the first in Calderdale since local government reorganisation in 1974 – has moved a step nearer to being created. Members of Calderdale Council’s Governance and Business Committee this week (23rd January) agreed to the creation of the Stainland and District Parish Council, though a final vote will be taken at […]

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Councillor James Baker, leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats reports Throughout the coalition years Liberal Democrats took a lot of flak for undertaking the difficult task of working to bring back proper management of the nation’s finances after years of reckless Labour spending. Sadly it seems all of this effort was thrown out of the window […]

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Work starts on Hebden Bridge market

by jamesbaker on 20 January, 2017

“After all this time, it’s really pleasing to see work starting in Lees Yard in Hebden Bridge so that the market can move there and run through from Thursday to Sunday every week” says former LibDem Calderdale Councillor Janet Battye. “I’ve been leading this work on behalf of Hebden Bridge Partnership for over 10 years […]

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Calderdale Christmas Tree Recycling

by jamesbaker on 6 January, 2017

Unfortunately Calderdale Council isn’t providing lots of extra recycling points for Christmas trees. However they will be accepted in the green waste skips at any of the 5 Household Waste Recycling Centres. Remember to remove all decorations are removed before depositing in the skip! There is also a temporary collection point at Ogden Water Visitor Centre, […]

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Christmas Tree Recycling in Calderdale

by jamesbaker on 6 January, 2017

Unfortunately Calderdale Council isn’t providing lots of extra recycling points for Christmas trees. However they will be accepted in the green waste skips at any of the 5 Household Waste Recycling Centres. Remember to remove all decorations are removed before depositing in the skip! There is also a temporary collection point at Ogden Water Visitor Centre, […]

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Liberal Democrats Slam Slump in Recycling Rates

by jamesbaker on 6 January, 2017

Local Liberal Democrat councillors have reacted angrily to the news that Calderdale has seen the biggest decrease in household recycling in any council in England. Calderdale Council’s household recycling rate dropped from 60.4% in 2014-15 to 46.3% in 2015-16. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker (Warley) told us: “Calderdale had been one […]

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