Hipperholme & Lightcliffe

AIMING to retain his seat is Councillor Graham Hall. The 58-year-old has been a resident in the ward at Hove Edge for 26 years.

He has been councillor since 1999 and was mayor of Calderdale in 2000-2001.

He works in housing and support services for vulnerable people. He is a member of the Adult Heath & Social Care Scrutiny Panel. Coun Hall says he campaigns tirelessly to help, advise and assist all local residents.

He is pleased that lawyers have agreed terms for the handover of the bus lay-by at Hipperholme to enable work to commence on providing the bus shelter and aims to ban heavy good vehicles from using roads in and around Bramley Lane.

He supports safer crossing at the junction of Wakefield Road, Bradford Road and Birkby Lane at Bailiff Bridge and supports the setting of working groups of local parents, residents and school staff to improve the parking arrangements near to schools.

ANTHONY Rutherford is 46 and has lived in Hove Edge for 11 years. He is married and has twin daughters aged 11. He works as a secondary school teacher and works with local employers and voluntary groups to help pupils succeed as they go out to start careers.

Mr Rutherford will be representing the Labour party for a second time in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe.

He said the ward was one of the biggest. “Getting Hipperholme crossroads improved is important but there are issues right across the ward.

“I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and listened to people’s concerns. People want to see action to improve things on road safety, parking by schools and traffic flow. There is serious concern about green spaces and the need to protect them.

“The Con-Dem coalition government has made new planning laws that make it harder than ever to protect green spaces. You have to get the basics right and listen to people. Above all else in these tough times you need to support jobs and growth.”

INDEPENDENT candidate Chris O’Connor has lived in Hipperholme and Lightcliffe for more than 38 years. Before retiring he served for nine years in the armed forces, followed by a career in engineering and construction.

Mr O’Connor represented the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward from 1988-1995, then spent another four years representing Halifax town centre, becoming Mayor of Calderdale between 2001-2002.

He has spent 25 years serving as a member of the management committee for Jephson Housing Group. He is a member of Christ Church Hipperholme and Lightcliffe local ecumenical partnership, Halifax and Calder Valley MS Society and Lightcliffe Historical Society.

He said: “I am the only one out of the four candidates that has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Hipperholme and Lightcliffe to defend our Green Belt from housing developers. I want to see more local jobs and not blanket development of housing estates.”

ORIGINALLY from Devon, Mat Bowles, is the Liberal Democrat for Hipperholme and Lightcliffe.

The 37-year-old works as a play leader at a Brighouse school and has been involved with the Lib Dems since he moved to Brighouse in 2007.

He first stood for election in 2010 and again in Brighouse last year. Mr Bowles said: “I have got more and more involved in different issues in the time I have been here. I told the branch I wanted to get more involved and decided to put myself forward to see how it goes. I have got a lot of experience in politics and worked at Westminster.”

Mr Bowles hopes to improve communication between councillors and the residents of the ward. He said he wanted to get involved in the community and to encourage more people to use the consultation processes.