Inside the Council: There’s lots to enjoy in Brighouse

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It gives me great pleasure to write this first article of the new municipal year, following the recent local elections and the annual council meeting.

I would like to thank and give credit all those readers of the Brighouse Echo who took the time to vote in the local elections. The main thing is that you took part in the democratic process, irrespective of who you voted for. It is pleasing to see that all those voters care about their respective local communities.

In particular, I would like to thank everyone who voted in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward, especially those who gave me their support. It is my intention, as always, to support the needs of all my community and of all individuals within my community, equally and fairly during my term of office.

My thanks go to my wife, Susan, my election agent Coun David Kirton, those who supported me by helping to hand deliver leaflets, and those who displayed posters.

I would also like to congratulate Coun Howard Blagborough in his new appointment as Mayor of Calderdale. He is a perfect gentleman, reliable and trustworthy and I have every confidence he will be an excellent Mayor for the people of Calderdale.

The next opportunity to take part in the democratic process is in the European Referendum in June 2016. This is an important decision and every registered elector in the country has an opportunity to cast their vote, according to what they think is best for our country. I would caution every voter to consider this matter very seriously, as any decision you help make, will potentially affect you, your family, future generations and places people work. It is not a decision to be taken lightly; you will have a great responsibility in your hands and within your power to influence.

If you’re not already on the electoral roll, you need to register to vote by midnight on June 7. You can register online at

As we are now into the warmer summer weather, I would like to thank the many organisations throughout the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward for the wonderful line-up of enjoyable events planned over the next couple of months. These events kick off with:

Bridgefest on Saturday, May 28, from 12.30pm at Bailiff Bridge Community Centre. Entry costs £5 per adult and under twos go free. Children can enjoy all day access into the children’s zone for £5. Wristbands available from Darling Buds and Rachel’s. For details contact the Bailiff Bridge Events Group on 07934 222305.

Norwood Green Fete takes place from 2pm on Saturday, June 11, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday,

Brodstock Music Festival is on Saturday, June 18, from 11.30am. The Brighouse Friends of Overgate Hospice will hold the event to raise money for the hospice. Tickets are £5 and under 12s go free.

I am pleased to report that Calderdale Council had a job order raised for works to repair the damaged wall on the bridge at the bottom of Norwood Green Hill.

The work to resurface Kirk Lane has been taking place over recent weeks following the laying of new gas mains. In addition, provision of the new parking layby on the slip road to the bottom of Kirk Lane has improved parking in that location considerably and this should ease parking pressures outside the pet shop on the A58 at Hipperholme which often restricts customers parking during shop opening hours.

It is the council’s intention to remove a number of cherry trees from The Stray in Lightcliffe as they are diseased. This will take place after this year’s blossoming season and will only affect trees which are potentially unsafe to remain. The good news is that for everyone removed the council will plant a new cherry tree in its place.