Inside the Council: Thanks to all for your help in the big spring clean

Volunteers gather for The Big Clean at Hipperholme.
Volunteers gather for The Big Clean at Hipperholme.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those residents who were able to help with the recent clean up in Hipperholme as part of the Big Spring Clean-up of the Lower Calder Valley Area.

The work done by everyone was fantastic and it shows that ‘many hands make light work’. Thanks also go to the staff in Calderdale’s Safer, Cleaner Greener Team for the great work they did on the day, including use of a mechanical sweeper.

I am pleased the Conservative Group on the Council were able to ensure an increase in the staffing levels of this team by eight for the coming financial year 2014/15.

This increase should benefit this type of work and ensure a Safer Cleaner Greener place to live and work.

The clean-up involved removing rubbish, which had built up over the winter period, from the planted area at the junction of Leeds Road and Wakefield Road, also on the A58 from the traffic lights towards The Stray.

In addition, fly posting was removed from the traffic light and pelican crossing columns around the junction. I have requested Council Officers to contact the company responsible for engaging in the illegal fly posting to ensure that this never happens again thus avoiding prosecution. A number of residents have now come forward and offered to help in any future clean-ups in the ward which is appreciated.

By Councillor David Kirton (Con, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe)