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Essential information to ensure your Christmas goes smoothly

Both Ashley and I wanted to wish everyone in Warley Ward a very Merry Christmas. We hope all of you have a very relaxing Christmas break with your friends and family. Our thoughts especially go out to anyone who is on their own this year, or who have lost loved ones.

2016 has been a tumultuous year in politics, we hope that at Christmas we can all come together and put politics to one side and focus on our loved ones. Here is to hoping that 2017 is full of hope and progress for us.

Below you will find a load of useful information to help ensure your Christmas break goes smoothly.

Bereavement Services

The Crematorium will be closed 25th December – 27th December and on 2nd January.

The Books of Remembrance will be open on all the above dates for visitors

Cemeteries – Open all year round (on call on bank holidays)


Contact Centre

The Contact Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December 2016.

The service will reopen on Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 8.45am.

The Contact Centre will also close on Monday 2nd January due to Bank Holiday.


Customer First

All Customer First offices will operate normal working hours on Friday 23rd December 2016.

Customer First offices will reopen on Wednesday 28th December 2016.

Sowerby Bridge Customer First will be closed on 23rd and 30th December


Household Waste Collections

Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collection Dates. Collections will be a day later than usual due to bank holidays:

Usual collection day Changed collection day
Monday 26th December 2016 Tuesday 27th December 2016
Tuesday 27th December 2016 Wednesday 28th December 2016
Wednesday 28th December 2016 Thursday 29th December 2016
Thursday 29th December 2016 Friday 30th December 2016
Friday 30th December 2016 Saturday 31st December 2016
Monday 2nd January 2017 Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Wednesday 4th January 2017
Wednesday 4th January 2017 Thursday 5th January 2017
Thursday 5th January 2017 Friday 6th January 2017
Friday 6th January 2017 Saturday 7th January 2017

All collections should be back to your usual collection day by Monday 9th January.

Please recycle all that you can, every week.


Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will operate Sunday opening hours on 27th December and 2nd January.

Find your nearest HWRC and check opening times – Recycling Sites


Libraries

All Calderdale Libraries will be closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December, and on 1st and 2nd January.

Normal opening hours resume from 3rd January.

For any enquiries about seasonal opening hours, please ring 01422 392630.


Licensing

Licensing services will be unavailable on 25th, 26th, 27th December and 2nd January.


Museums and art galleries

Bankfield Museum
24th December 10am – 3pm
25th December – 1st January Closed
2nd January 10am – 4pm

 

Shibden Hall
24th December 10am – 3pm
25th December – 1st January Closed

 

Smith Art Gallery
24th December 10am – 2pm
25th December – 28th December Closed
29th December – 31st December 10am – 2pm
1st January – 2nd January Closed

Registrars

The Register Office will be closed on 25th, 26th, 27th December and 2nd January.


Sports centres and swimming pools

For information on all facilities please visit the individual Sports Venues.


Victoria Theatre Box Office

The Box Office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Christmas Church Services

Warley St John’s
Wednesday 24th December 2014
6.30pm – Carol Service
Thursday 25th December 2014
9am – Holy Communion
10.15am – Family Communion

Sunday 28th December 2014
9am – Holy Communion
10.15am – Family ServiceChrist Church

Sat, 24 December, 16:30 – 17:30
Christ Church Mount Pellon, Church Lane, Halifax, HX2 0EF (map)
A wonderful way to celebrate the start of Christmas at this fantastic Child-friendly service, with Christingles. Phone 01422 365027 for more details
Sun, 25 December, 10:00 – 11:00
Christ Church Mount Pellon, Church Lane, Halifax, HX2 0EF (map)
A more relaxed celebration of the birth of Jesus – for all the family. For more details, phone 01422 365027

Grace Baptist Church

Christmas Day 10.45 and 6.00pm

NB BOTH services at GBC building, Roils Head Road

St Columba’s Catholic Church

Saturday 24th December
5.00 pm at St. Columba’s – CAROLS from 4.30 pm
6.30 pm at St. Malachy’s
Midnight Mass at St. Malachy’s

Sunday 25th December – CHRISTMAS DAY
9.00 am at St. Malachy’s
11.00 am at St. Columba’s

Storm Barbara – Weather alert

Calderdale Council has continued to monitor developments of the two weather systems, sharing information with both the Environment Agency and the Met Office:

  • There are two weather systems moving over the UK between the 23 and 25 December. The first of these systems has been named Storm Barbara
  • The principal risk is wind, but we will possibly experience some heavy rain tomorrow afternoon and conversations are ongoing with the Environment Agency on this
  • Friday 23 December – A warning has been issued by the Met Office for Wind, valid from 7am Fri 23 until midnight Fri 23, giving low likelihood of medium impacts. Gust speeds are currently rated as 50 to 60mph widely across the warning area, locally up to 70mph
  • Sunday 25 December – A warning has been issued by the Met Office for Wind, valid from 3am Sun 25 until 6pm Sun 25, giving very low likelihood of medium impacts. Gust speeds are currently rated as 50 to 60mph widely across the warning area, locally up to 70mph
  • During both events, vulnerable structures could be at risk of damage. Damage to roofs, falling tiles and large branches will present a hazard. Transport and utility disruption is possible, and high-sided vehicles will also be at risk
  • The two weather systems are fast moving (due to the wind)and as a consequence subject to change but there is a high degree of confidence in the forecast
  • Those experiencing the brunt of the impacts are in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. West Yorkshire and Calderdale are just within the warning areas
  • No warnings have been issued for rain at this time, but if indications from the forecasting suggest this will change we will update you accordingly
  • The good news is that after the systems have passed through, the indications are for things to settle down again from Boxing Day onwards

Regardless of the current weather forecast Calderdale Council and partners continue to work on our response and preparedness for flooding.  We are engaged in active dialogue with the West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, senior officers across the partnership both locally and regionally, and importantly with Council staff and volunteers who will open and staff our Community Hubs if in the unlikely event they are required. As we move towards the Holiday period the Council has invested in additional resources during its out of hours period to ensure that it can respond effectively to any emerging risk and/ or threat.

Just to reassure you, the sharing of information between key agencies will continue in real time with constant monitoring of the weather and agreed identification of risk/ threat.

Further real time information is available via Eye on Calderdale – http://eyeoncalderdale.com/

Please do check travel advice if you are travelling over the Christmas period, drive carefully. Look out for other motorists and have a safe journey!

Current Planning Applications for Warley Ward

Liberal Democrats Welcome Changes to Parking Charge Plans

Liberal Democrat councillors have welcomed proposed changes to Calderdale Council’s plans to increase car parking charges. Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr James Baker (Warley) told us: “The original plans for parking charges caused uproar when they were first announced in September. Liberal Democrat councillors pressed the Labour Cabinet to think again and it now looks […] Read more at http://ift.tt/2hbLYbF

Liberal Democrats Slam Council’s Refusal to Debate

Liberal Democrat councillors have slammed the decision to end the Council meeting before debating a number of important issues put forward by councillors. Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker (Warley) told us: “It’s a disgrace that councillors voted to end the meeting before important issues for Calderdale residents could be debated.” “If […] Read more at http://ift.tt/2gcR5bf

Conservatives Fail to Deal With NHS Blackhole

The autumn statement shows a Brexit blackhole at the centre of government finance. Parliament has heard that hundreds of billions will be taken out of the economy just when we need it most. Liberal Democrats across our area and the country have been pushing the government to put their money where their mouth – with an […] Read more at http://ift.tt/2fKW566

Conservatives Fail to Deal With NHS Blackhole

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The autumn statement shows a Brexit blackhole at the centre of government finance. Parliament has heard that hundreds of billions will be taken out of the economy just when we need it most.

Liberal Democrats across our area and the country have been pushing the government to put their money where their mouth – with an immediate £4 billion cash injection to stop the impending winter NHS funding crisis.

Commenting on the Autumn Statement, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:

“Figures forecast a rise in unemployment and a fall in living standards.

“We are seeing a drop in tax receipts of £8.2 billion over the next two years alone. That’s enough to fund over 330,000 nurses. In response the Chancellor offered nothing but reheated headlines and recycled announcements.

“He and his Government are not competent to deal with the challenges ahead. They are going to hit people in the pocket through their hapless handling of Brexit, and Labour can offer no opposition, having backed them on Brexit.

“Yet, the Liberal Democrats have consistently campaigned for more funding for the NHS as we are on the edge of another winter crisis and our health service is at breaking point but yet the government has turned a deaf ear to these calls.

“Sadly now patients will pay the price. There is also nothing for public sector workers, our doctors, teachers and armed forces, who deserve a proper pay rise.”

Councillor James Baker leader of Calderdale Liberal Democrats said:

“Before the referendum we were promised £350 million a week for the NHS.”

“I know the Conservatives have never really backed the NHS, but I did think they might be good enough to at least live up to their word. ”

 

Last chance to save the old Ferney Lee Grammar school building ?

The planning application to demolish the old Ferney Lee Grammar school and build a new school, is coming to Calderdale Council’s Planning Committee on Tuesday next week (December 6th). “It is disheartening, to say the least, that Calderdale Council is not listening to the feelings of local people about the importance of this old building” […] Read more at http://ift.tt/2gguBsP

Call for fair consultation on the future of Cragg Vale Primary school

Local Liberal Democrats are supporting residents and parents in their call for the consultation on the future of Cragg Vale Primary school to be fair, and to consider the consequences of it. “Calderdale’s Labour Cabinet is proposing to move Cragg Vale Primary school onto the Calder Hill School site, saying that the current building isn’t […] Read more at http://ift.tt/2fyXEJI

Save Sandhall Green play area

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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

Bonfire and firework events across Calderdale 2016

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Friday 4th November 2016

Brighouse Sports Club Bonfire & Fireworks Extravaganza

Gates open 5.30pm, Bonfire 6.30pm, Children’s Display 7.30pm, Main Display 8.30pm

Tickets available from Just Books, Commercial Street, Brighouse or Brighouse Sports Club – Family £15 (2 adults + upto 3 children), Adult £6, Child £3

Admission by ticket only – no pay on the gate Strictly no personal fireworks or alcohol, please get your ticket early as numbers are strictly limited

 

Todmorden Golf Club

Bonfire night @todgolfclub on Friday 4th. Fire will be lit around 6pm with fireworks around 7pm

Saturday, 5th November 2016

Elland Round Table Bonfire

Hullenedge Park, Elland

2 Firework Displays, HUGE Elland Bonfire Fire, Dance Display Team, Food Stalls, Hot Drinks, Cakes Novelties & Sweets, Fairground Rides, Games, Stalls, Washroom Facilities, Music & PA

Times 5.30pm – Gates Open! 6.00pm – Children’s Firework Display 6.10pm – Hellfyre Magpies – Dance Display Team 6.30pm – Lighting of the Bonfire 7.15pm – Main Firework Display

£5 Adults, £2.50 children pay on entry. Sorry, no alcohol, private fireworks or sparklers are permitted on the recreation ground.

 

Mount Tabor Community Association Bonfire

Held at rear of the New Inn, Heath Mill Road, halifax. Bonfire lit at 6pm

 

Bradley Wood Scout Campsite Bonfire

Shepherds Thorn Lane, Brighouse

Opens 6.30pm, Bonfire lit 7pm, Fireworks 7.30pm

Adults £4 Children £1

 

Moorlands Inn Fireworks Party

Keighley Road, Halifax

Starts 6.30pm

Adults £6 Children £3

 

Northowram Community Sports Club Bonfire

Gates open 5pm, Bonfire lit at 6pm, Fireworks 7pm

Adults £5 Under 16’s free if accompanied by an adult

 

Bradshaw Cricket Club

Gates 5.30pm Fireworks 7pm

Sunday 6th November 2016

 

Heath RUFC

The Clubhouse, North Dean, Stainland Road, Greetland, Halifax, HX4 8LS.

A fun night, with food, BBQ, fireworks and our usual huge Bonfire.

Fire lit at approx 6.30pm. Come along and enjoy (remember to bring some fireworks for your kids).

£2 Adults & £1 children.

 

Sunday 6th November

 

Old Town Cricket Club

5.30pm start for Children, 6.15pm. Free entry but donation for the club welcome