Holme Valley Parish Council

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Holmfirth Civic Hall

The Parish Council has submitted a request to Kirklees Council for a Community Asset Transfer of Holmfirth Civic Hall.  It is anticipated that any decision on the transfer will not be taken by Kirklees Council until March 2016.

The Parish Council has established a new Standing Committee – the Community Assets Committee – which is responsible for the preparation, completion and submission of the Community Asset Transfer application and supporting documentation.  However, the Parish Council wishes to work expeditiously in consulting the community and developing the Business Plan (to support the Asset Transfer application) to avoid uncertainty on the future of the building.  Such uncertainty presents the very real threat that regular bookings will be lost, thus impacting on the financial viability of the business.  To facilitate this, the Council has established a working group of Councillors whose task it is to take this very important project forward.

Holmfirth Civic Hall – Brief to Consultants

The Working Group is seeking to appoint a Consultant to undertake three key areas of work:

1) Facilitation of community consultation.  This will include at least one open public session when individual residents and groups will be invited to attend, talk to the Parish Council about its intentions and to express their wishes/aspirations/fears for this community facility.  An opportunity for others to input in writing or via technology would also be useful to ensure we capture a good cross-section of views from across this large rural parish.  It is hoped that we will be able to hold an open public session before Christmas 2015.

2) Support the working group in developing the Business Plan.  It is envisaged that this will be in an advisory capacity on content rather than writing the report, as the Parish Council has a wide range of skills to call upon.

3) Advise on the future structure of the management of the Civic Hall, should it be secured.  The Parish Council wishes to own the facility, but wants to involve the community in running it and to ensure that it does not limit grant and funding opportunities by adopting an inappropriate legal structure.

If you are interested in this appointment, please contact the Clerk (by email – clerk@holmevalleyparishcouncil.gov.uk or by post to the Parish Council Office, Holmfirth).  You should provide a copy of your CV and two references, together with details of your daily rate and an estimate of the number of days you anticipate would be required to complete the project.  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday, 27 November 2015.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Localism Act introduced an opportunity for parish and town councils and local community groups to draw up plans for the use and development of land in their area. This is called a Neighbourhood Development Plan. The first step is for the organisation to apply to Kirklees Council to designate a neighbourhood area.

Holme Valley Parish Council has recently received approval from Kirklees Council and the Peak District National Park Authority to have a Neighbourhood Area designated. The designation application can be viewed at http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/business/regeneration/neighbourhoodAreas.aspx

The Council recently gave a presentation on the proposed production of the Neighbourhood Plan, at the Annual Parish Meeting and is now looking for representatives of local community groups to get involved in the preparation of the Plan.  If you would like to get involved, please contact the Clerk.

Budget/Precept 2015-16 approved at Council Meeting

At its meeting on Monday, 9 February 2015, the Parish Council approved its Budget 2015-16 and Precept Demand to be made to Kirklees Council.

Details of the Budget/Precept 2015-16 can be downloaded by clicking the link below:
Budget 2015-16 – approved by Council 9_2_15

‘Holme Valley Voice’ Newsletter (Summer 2015)
and Annual Report 2014-15

Click here to download your personal copy of the most recent Holme Valley Voice newsletter.
Annual Report 2014-15 & Newsletter_Summer 2015

This is the double version of the Valley Voice newsletter, incorporating the Council’s Annual Report 2014-15 and includes articles on the following:
• Introductions to the new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council.
• A welcome to the new Council, including new Members elected at the Local Elections on 7 May 2015.
• Grant Reports.
• Community Champion Awards and a further request for new nominations.

You can download previous newsletters from our archive here.