Holme Valley Parish Council

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Council Office closed due to Officer Holidays

Due to officer holidays, the Council Office will be closed on the following dates:
Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th August 2018
Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th August 2018

The Council Office will re-open as normal (10am to 3pm) on Tuesday, 21st August 2018.

June 2018 – Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is delighted to have published its draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for public consultation from 11th June – 27th July 2018. Every household and business in the valley should receive a ‘Your Valley Your Voice’ summary booklet outlining the vision, objectives and proposed planning policies over the next few weeks. We are seeking your views on whether these reflect what you want our future to be and ask you to complete our questionnaire available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/holmevalleyndp. For more information, please look at our Neighbourhood Plan page.  Please click here for the Neighbourhood Plan page.

Casual Vacancy – Honley South Ward

As no election was called, the Council considered a co-option to the Honley South Ward at its meeting on 23 July 2018 and we are pleased to announce that it was a unanimous decision to co-opt Dr Joseph Sweeney of Long Lane, Honley.  Further details on Cllr Sweeney, and his aims and objectives during his period of office, will be featured in the Council’s regular column in the September edition of the Holme Valley Review.

Election of a Parish Councillor for the Honley Central & East Ward – Thursday 3 May 2018

The Parish Council is pleased to welcome Rob Young to the Parish Council following his successful election to the Honley Central & East Ward on 3 May 2018.

The results were as follows:
James Dalton – Democrats and Veterans Party – 96
Joseph Bernard Sweeney – Labour Party – 373
Rob Young – The Conservative Party Candidate – 427 ELECTED

Parish Council Secures Sustainable Future for Holmfirth Public Toilets

The Parish Council was pleased to secure planning permission from Kirklees last week to enable us to progress with developing the public toilets in Holmfirth.  Our aim is to create a more sustainable asset which balances our commitment to retain quality public conveniences as an essential facility in the town whilst making better use of the space within the building.  Our plans condense the toilets into the right hand side of the building allowing us to provide full facilities for male, female and disabled users and by reducing the number of toilets by one (from seven to six cubicles), we will be converting the left hand side of the building into a lettable space.  We will be working with local builder, Bray Building Services, to retain access to toilet provision throughout the works and once the alterations are complete, we will seek suitable tenants for the newly created space.  We will be starting work early in 2018 and once complete, we hope to reduce the public subsidy required to keep the toilets open each year.  Since taking the toilets over from Kirklees in August 2016, the Parish Council has successfully run them at an annual cost of £15,000 which is a reduction from the £54,000 which Kirklees Council claimed they were costing the local taxpayer back in 2014.  The toilets currently raise approximately £6,500 in donations from users and it is hoped that renting out the new space will help raise a significant contribution towards this annual cost of £15,000 thereby saving money for local taxpayers.  For more details, our planning application is at https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/planning-applications/search-for-planning-applications/detail.aspx?id=2017/92605

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Results Published

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has now completed its analysis of the results of the 475 consultation questionnaires and is pleased to be able to publish the results. We are now working with our planning consultant to produce a draft Neighbourhood Plan containing planning policies which reflect what our community wants to see.  Please click here for the Neighbourhood Plan page to access the summary results document.

Dog Waste Management Strategy

At the Service Provision Committee meeting held on 6 March 2017 a Dog Waste Management Strategy was agreed.  Details can be found here.

What is the Council?

Holme Valley Parish Council is the first tier of local government covering the administrative area of the Holme Valley.  It serves a population of nearly 30,000 in the towns and villages of Holmfirth, Honley, Brockholes, Cinderhills, Hade Edge, Hepworth, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge, Holme, Jackson Bridge, Netherthong, New Mill, Scholes, Thongsbridge, Upperthong and Wooldale.

For a map of the Civil Parish area, click here

As Holme Valley Parish Council covers quite a large civil parish, it is divided into parish wards, with separate elections for each ward.  Councillors are elected representatives, often living in the village or locality they represent.

The Council’s main aim is to improve the quality of life of the residents of the Holme Valley.  It works in partnership with many organisations to promote the Valley to make it a thriving place to live, work and play in, as well as an attractive area to visit.

For details of the current councillors and the committees on which they serve, please click here

The Council strives to:

♦ Represent and consult the residents of the Holme Valley on developments in the Valley including the formulation of a Neighbourhood Plan and the district authority’s Local Plan.
♦ Support and encourage local events and community organisations through providing financial grants and assistance.
♦ Manage and sustain community facilities, including the minibus service, the public toilets in the centre of Holmfirth, red phone box libraries/information points, public seats and stone bus shelters, a closed churchyard and allotments.

Contact Us

The Council is committed to engaging with the community and we welcome your views on issues affecting the Valley.  If you have a specific concern, please either contact your Ward Councillor or the Clerk who is available (by appointment) in person in the Council Chamber in Holmfirth from 10am to 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  For further details on how to contact us click here

Holme Valley Land Charity

Holme Valley Parish Council is the sole corporate Trustee of the Holme Valley Land Charity, so the councillors are all part of the Land Charity, as Members of the Trustee.  However, the Land Charity is a separate charitable organisation and totally independent from the Parish Council.  For further details and contact information for the Land Charity, please click here to visit the Land Charity’s website