Parks fly the Green Flag for Brighouse

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BRIGHOUSE has some of the best parks in Calderdale, it’s official.

Three parks, Wellholme, Bailiff Bridge and Shibden Estate are all flying the flag for Brighouse after being awarded the Green Flag status which is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the UK.

Malcolm Silkstone, Chair of Bailiff Bridge Community Association, said they were really pleased about achieving the status. “It is just an acknowledgement of all the hard work put in by the community, the Safer Cleaner Greener team and the police.”

Sam Ward, senior technical officer from the safer cleaner greener team with Calderdale Council, said: “We are the top authority in West Yorkshire to achieve the green flag status with seven of our parks and we are the second in Yorkshire and the Humber. But we are confident that this year we will achieve more points than last year which will put us above the parks in London.”

Councillor Ann Martin (Lab, Brighouse) said Brighouse was the envy of Calderdale. “Plenty of people comment about how lovely Wellholme Park is including people just travelling through from Bradford and Huddersfield.”

Councillor Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse) said Wellholme Park was the jewel in the crown for Brighouse and Coun Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said it was a credit to the people of Brighouse.

Area manager Philip Schofield said: “I just want to say the service has gone through a lot and the lads always rise to the challenge and I am proud to work with all of them and I thank them for their commitment. I would also like to thank members of the 3Bs group who have been looking at funding for Wellholme and for their support.”