Speeding is a major issue in Warley Ward. Don’t just take our word for it, here a local resident Mr Said explains the problems his family is facing. You can sign our petition for the authorities to take action on speeding and dangerous driving here.
Calderdale Council moved out of the offices it was leasing at Dean Clough two years ago, but is still paying £163,500 per year for the space. That means that the Council has paid out nearly one-third of a million pounds for something that is of no benefit for the people of Calderdale.
As the lease has over six years still to run, a further million pounds could well be wasted in the same way. Clearly the Council needs to take action to reduce this wasteful spending or, hopefully, get rid of it altogether.
This also calls into question the wisdom of the Council in entering into long leases that it can’t easily get out of.
Even if the Council’s coffers were overflowing with cash, this would be an unacceptable waste of public money. In these difficult times it is even more intolerable.
The tax-payers of Calderdale and the Council staff who are at risk of losing their jobs over the coming years would be right to be appalled by this wasteful use of scarce resources.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr Janet Battye (Calder) says: “The Council finds itself in a difficult position as the Conservative government has failed to provide enough funding for flood recovery and has also reduced the government grant the Council is getting. Although we appreciate the challenges the administration has in drawing up a budget in these difficult circumstances we won’t be supporting either the Labour or Conservative budget proposals.
“Locally, the Conservative’s budget proposals to withhold staff sick pay for three days would penalise people who are genuinely ill and result in them coming in whilst sick and spreading diseases. They claim that parking is a ‘basic right’ and we must keep parking charges low whilst proposing to increase charges elsewhere, such as the bulky waste collection fee.
“Labour proposed that everyone ought to pay more Council tax to cover the cost of the flooding. We don’t think it’s fair that people on a low income in Calderdale will have to pay more because people elsewhere in the Borough got flooded. The cost of the flooding should be borne by central government and fair taxation systems where the richest pay most, not local Council tax payers.
“If the Liberal Democrats were running Calderdale Council we would implement a host of energy efficiencies such as switching to LED Street lighting, and improving the energy efficiency of Council buildings. We also think the Council could share more back office functions by moving Council staff and services into community hubs that were shared with other organisations. This could free up funds to invest in resurfacing our roads, gritting services and initiatives to ensuring our streets are free of litter and dog fouling.”
Calderdale Council has announced its consultation on the sites its planning to allocate for housing within the Ward. I’ve had a look at the sites that are covered in Warley ward, and if they were to go ahead in the current form we would lose almost every green space in the ward.
I’ve spoken to Councillor James Baker and we are going to be launching a major campaign to save and protect the green spaces within Warley ward. There are plenty of places that you could build in Calderdale that would not result in the loss of playing fields, recreation grounds and children’s play parks. It is unacceptable for the Labour run Council to list these sites as potential housing sites in the current consultation on the local plan.
To illustrate the sheer scale of what is being proposed here is a quick list of some of the sites identified in Warley ward:
Doctors Hill LP1459
Ling Bob Playing Fields Site reference LP0967 – To build 72 houses on the playing fields behind Harewood Avenue, Ling Royd and Rye Lane.
Fountainhead – LP0983 – Another 40 houses
Mount Tabor – LP1440 – 110 houses and LP0872 87 houses.
Pellon Allotments – LP0156 – To build 31 houses on site that is currently uses as allotments.
Roils Head Moor LP1374, LP1458, LP0093 – 97 Houses behind Vicar Park, another 32 by the Reservoir, and a further ‘urban expansion citing a residential capacity of 2862
Sandbeds Park LP1353 – 16 Houses on the Children’s play park.
Warley Town LP0042, LP1276 & more – Land on recreation ground, cricket pitch and Green Hill. 56 Houses on recreation ground, 30 on the Cricket Ground and 47 at Green Hill.
Windle Royd – LP1457 – Urban expansion with a population size of 1762 cited.
If you are as concerned about this as I am, do please respond to the consultation and also sign the petition we have set-up to help protect Calderdale’s green spaces.
We’ve been talking about this with residents for some time and now it is coming to fruition. So really looking forward to meeting people at the Grace Baptist Church from 10-12 on Saturday 15th August and getting things moving . . . . .