Holme Valley Parish Council

Welcome to Holme Valley Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Parish Meeting will be held at Holmfirth Methodist Church, School Street, Holmfirth, HD9 7EQ on Monday, 27 April 2015 at 7pm.

The meeting will include a presentation on the Holme Valley Neighbourhood Plan.

All members of the public are welcome to attend and all local electors are entitled to speak.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Single Transport Plan – Core Principles Consultation

The Parish Council has been notified about a consultation on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Single Transport Plan Core Principles.

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) is developing a new Single Transport Plan that will update and replace the existing West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan (LTP) and complement the existing York Local Transport Plan.

The Single Transport Plan (STP) will set out the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s long term vision for transport to support the Leeds City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan. The STP will support sustainable and low-carbon economic growth and transport’s contribution to the creation of a fairer, more equitable society where everyone has the opportunity to prosper, through better access to jobs, training, healthcare and education in a cleaner, healthier environment.

Further details are provided on the STP webpage

The first opportunity for feedback will run until 30 April 2015.

Holmfirth Public Toilets re-opened on Saturday, 22 November 2014

Holme Valley Parish Council is pleased to announce that the public toilets in Holmfirth re-opened on Saturday, 22 November 2014, and are now opening on a day-to-day basis.

The Council signed a six months’ lease agreement with Kirklees Council on Thursday, 20 November 2014, for a trial period until 19 May 2015.  The Council is still looking for individuals/groups etc. who are interested in working with the Council to keep the public toilets open longer term; the aim is to develop the building as an amenity that Holmfirth can be proud of.

At the end of the trial period, Kirklees Council will make the decision as to whether the arrangements continue or come to an end.  Initially, the need is to find the basic essentials – someone to open and lock up, someone to clean, someone to maintain facilities and provide the loo rolls and essential cleaning materials.  In the short term, the Council has agreed to use some of its Reserves to fund legal fees, a condition survey and immediate running costs, until Budget Provision can be agreed for the longer term running and maintenance of the toilets.

It is hoped that, following the six months’ lease agreement, plans can be put in place to retain the toilets by securing and maintaining the building to become an asset to the Valley; this will include generating ideas to make full use of the non-toilet areas by creating a charitable management group to run them.

The vision is that the toilets, which will be free to use, will become an award winning ‘Toilet of the Year’ within the next couple of years.  It is hoped that the toilets will become self-funding, through fund-raising, sponsorship and advertising, but an honesty box will be available and donations welcomed.

Without people in the Valley coming forward to support this vision, the toilets will be closed by Kirklees Council post-May 2015.  If you feel able to offer any of the above essentials or your support in any other way, please contact the Clerk or the Chairman, Mandy Walker, through the Council Offices.

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 will give a presentation on the proposed production of the Neighbourhood Plan, at the Annual Parish Meeting (details already provided above).

You are welcome to attend the Meeting, but if you can’t attend and would like further information about the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the Clerk.

‘Holme Valley Voice’ Newsletter (Summer 2014)
and Annual Report 2013-14

Click here to download your personal copy of the most recent Holme Valley Voice newsletter.
AnnualReport 2013-14 & Newsletter_Summer 2014 definitive version

This is the double version of the Valley Voice newsletter, incorporating the Council’s Annual Report 2013-14 and includes articles on the following:
• Introductions to the new Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council.
• A welcome to the Council’s new Maintenance Contractor, Mr John Ford.  Please say hello to him, if you meet him around the Holme Valley.
• Grant Reports.
• A request for Community Champion Award nominations.

You can download previous newsletters from our archive here.

Budget/Precept 2014-15 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