Holme Valley Parish Council

Welcome to Holme Valley Parish Council

Ordinary Vacancies following Local Elections 2015

Following the Local Elections on Thursday, 7 May 2015, the Council will be free to make arrangements to co-opt new councillors to fill four ordinary vacancies.  One seat is vacant in each of the Holmfirth Central, Honley Central & East, Scholes and Wooldale Wards.  Applications are therefore invited to fill those ordinary vacancies.

To be eligible you must be over 18 and qualify for one of the provisions of Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 as follows:

1)         Be on the Electoral Register for the Holme Valley Civil Parish, or
2)         Have owned or rented land in the Civil Parish for 12 months, or
3)         Have worked in the Civil Parish for 12 months, or
4)         Have lived in the Civil Parish or within 3 miles thereof during the whole of the 12 months preceding appointment.

If you think you could represent the views of the community in any of the above Wards, please write a short letter (ideally no more than 300 words) explaining your own particular skills/experience, outlining how you might help the local community and stating why you want to become a parish councillor.

The Council meets once a month, at the Council Offices, Holmfirth, with additional committee and working group meetings held throughout the year. The Parish Council is responsible for managing its Budget and the Parish Precept, considering local planning applications and representing residents’ views and interests locally and nationally.  Some of the activities and services provided are detailed elsewhere on this website.

As any co-options should be completed within 35 days of the election, i.e. by Friday, 26 June 2015 latest, all applicants will be invited to address the Council at a meeting on Monday, 15 June 2015.  A vote will be taken at that meeting, to decide who should be co-opted onto the Council for each Ward vacancy.

Any written applications must be submitted to the Clerk by noon on 31 May 2015, so that eligibility can be checked and details circulated to all serving Councillors for consideration. Applications will be accepted by post or email.

If you have any questions or need to seek clarification on the ordinary vacancy process, please contact the Clerk.  The Council Offices are open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 3pm.

Sally S Barber (Mrs)
Clerk to the Council

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 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

‘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.