Inside the council: Rastrick Big Local–Voice Your Choice

Heart Defibrillator being installed in Carr Green Lane, Rastrick, thanks to Rastrick Big Local and Rastrick Juniors football club
Heart Defibrillator being installed in Carr Green Lane, Rastrick, thanks to Rastrick Big Local and Rastrick Juniors football club

The second year of Rastrick Big Local’s Voice Your Choice is underway.

This year’s theme of environment was chosen by residents last autumn. Since then, nine fantastic projects aimed at improving Rastrick’s environment have come forward and need public votes this month to become winners.

Coun Christine Beal, Rastrick Ward

Coun Christine Beal, Rastrick Ward

Rastrick residents can vote using the forms posted door-to-door, or online at

There are also open events Sunday, March 13, to find out more about the projects.

They are at St John’s Church, Gooder Lane, at 11.30am and the Arncliffe Centre, Arncliffe Crescent, Field Lane at 1.30pm.

Rastrick Neighbourhood Forum officially launched

It’s great to report that the Rastrick Neighbourhood Forum is now officially constituted and in the process of making its application to Calderdale Council to be able to officially create a Neighbourhood Plan.

This is a residents’ group, not a council group - although the council is providing support as defined in the Localism Act.

A Neighbourhood Plan basically determines what kind of housing and employment development an area will have over the next 17 years and what infrastructure is needed to support it. They need to align with the numbers determined by the council’s Local Plan, but take precedence once approved.

Rastrick’s forum has well over the minimum requirement of 21 members and seeks to welcome many more. It is open to everyone who lives in Rastrick, or has a business or professional interest there. It is vital that as many people get involved as possible from the outset because the plan ultimately goes to public referendum so the group needs to reflect views right across our area as far as possible throughout the process.

If you’d like to register an interest to receive updates about the Rastrick Neighbourhood Forum, then please contact me on 01484 719250 or Or come along to the next full meeting on Monday, May 9, at 7pm at Rastrick High School Technology Centre.

Project aims to rejuvenate community centre building

The Space @ Field Lane Centre project aims to bring a community centre back to life that has unfortunately been dormant for a good few years.

A business case will be presented to Calderdale Council this month in a bid to have this community asset transferred to a management team of local residents and supporting professionals from Field Lane and wider Rastrick. Once it has received some ‘TLC’ the centre offers the potential of a fantastic community facility right in the heart of Field Lane estate. Many organisations have already expressed interest in using the facility to deliver services and run hobby clubs. However, it would enhance the business case to have more. If you or your group consider that this facility may be of interest to you in the future - even if tentatively at this stage - please contact me to discuss. Thank you.