Ex-mayor to fight seat as Independent

Chris O'Connor
Chris O'Connor

FORMER Calderdale Mayor, Chris O’Connor is making another attempt to join Calderdale Council as an Independent.

Mr O’Connor who was previously a Conservative councillor before becoming an Independent, will be standing in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward in the election in May.

Mr O’Connor said some of the issues he wanted to concentrate on was the number of new houses being built in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe area.

“I want to try to ensure we don’t get swamped with new housing which would only make worse the problems at Hipperholme crossroads. I will also be looking to work alongside Councillor Colin Raistrick and do the best for the people of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe,” he said. “The majority of problems are traffic related and expanding housing in the area will make a bad situation worse.

“I have past experience and involvement in the community that I can put to good use to support people in the local area.”

Mr O’Connor who lives at Lightcliffe, represented Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward as a Conservative from 1988 to 1995 when he lost to Labour’s Keith Butterick. In 1999 he was re-elected as a Town councillor. He and his wife Dorothy were Mayor and Mayoress in 2001-2002 and after his civic year he announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to become Independent.

Since then he has made three other attempts to gain a seat on Calderdale Council.

He is Vice-chairman of the Calderdale Stakonice Twin Link organisation and a member of the Halifax and Calder Valley Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is a member of the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe Environmental Group, acting chairman of the north region of Jephson Housing group and is a member of Christ Church at Hipperholme and the Halifax Urban Renaissance Town Team based in Halifax.

He has three grown-up children, Fiona, Alison and Christopher.