FORMER OAKES SCHOOL

Former Oakes school gutted by fire leading to calls for safety review.

Kirklees councillor Cahal Burke says chances to stop such an incident occurring have been spurned.

A Kirklees councillor has called for an urgent safety assessment after the former Oakes School was gutted by fire yesterday.

Cahal Burke, (Lib Dems, Lindley), said he had contacted the authorities on numerous occasions about the safety of the site after residents’ concerns that the school which had been also used as a care home, had become a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service were called to a fire in an unused building on Wellington Street in Lindley a t 2.25pm.

Four appliances from Huddersfield, Rastrick, Cleckheaton and Slaithwaite, and the aerial ladder from Halifax, attended.

The building is approximately 65m by 40m, and the fire involved around 10% of the building.
School Street West was closed for a short time to allow teams to carry out their work and crews were at the site until 6pm.

A spokeswoman for the service said: “No one was injured and the fire did not spread to any other buildings. An investigation into the cause of the fire is still ongoing.”

Clr Burke said: “The safety of this building, a listed building, has been a concern for local residents for many years and it’s a shame that such a lovely old building has been allowed to deteriorate in this way and its owner needs to take action.


“There has been scope for an opportunity to prevent this happening but sadly it has not been taken.”

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/…/former-oakes-school-gutted…

SHOP LOCAL – SUPPORT LOCAL

Shop local and enjoy good service, product knowledge, high quality – and know that you’ve really done something about keeping your local shops and local services in business and your local communities thriving.

If we don’t start shopping local and being locally loyal we’ll continue to see the decline of the high street and the centre of our communities. ‬
‪A strong culture of buying locally is the foundation of a sustainable local economy. ‬
‪Support our local businesses‬!

#Lindley #ShopLocal

WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME PANEL

Meeting of the The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel today. ‬

‪The panel works in support of the residents of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds & Wakefield to ensure that the Police and Crime Commissioner meets the needs of all communities.

The Panel is made up of 12 elected members from the five West Yorkshire authorities and 2 independent members. Panel members work in close partnership, with each other and with other key agencies, to guarantee the best possible policing and crime outcomes for the whole of West Yorkshire.

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel is responsible for:

Reviewing and making recommendations on the amount of Council Tax the Commissioner intends to collect from each household to support policing. The Panel can demand that the proposed amount is made higher or lower (i.e. exercise a veto) but the Commissioner only needs to meet this demand once.

Reviewing the Commissioner’s proposal about who should be Chief Constable and therefore in charge of the operational running of the police force. The panel has the power to turn down the preferred candidate but again they can exercise this veto only once.

Reviewing and making recommendations on the Commissioner’s five year Police and Crime Plan.

Reviewing the Commissioner’s Annual Report which will outline his/ her performance against the Police and Crime Plan.

Confirming the appointment of senior staff who will be working for the Commissioner, including the proposed Deputy if he/ she chooses to have one.

Dealing with non-criminal complaints made against the Commissioner

http://www.westyorkshire-pcp.gov.uk/meet…/…/friday-17th-july

LINDLEY ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGE POINT

Lindley Liberal Democrat Councillors creating and cleaner and greener Lindley for everyone

Following the installation of Air Quality monitoring devices in the Lindley Ward the construction of a charge point for electric vehicles is taking place.

We want to create a cleaner and greener Lindley Ward.

We need to develop a comprehensive network of electric vehicle charge points that both responds to existing demand for EV infrastructure and provides for and accelerates the uptake of cleaner vehicles in the future.

We are committed to reducing and mitigating the impact of transport-based emissions in our area.

Electric vehicles produce no exhaust emissions and are therefore beneficial, compared to typical petrol/diesel vehicles, in terms of improving air quality. The distance that electric vehicles can travel is increasing due to improvements in battery technology.

The EVCPs will be ‘Rapid’ i.e. 50KW which deliver the most power to vehicles to charge EVs up to 80% charge in a short time, compared to home based charge points.

#Lindley

BUSINESS RESILIENCE SURVEY

Kirklees Council has been working hard to ensure that businesses across our district are aware of the immediate financial support available to them during the Covid-19 crisis.

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the day-to-day operations of businesses in our District, we want to understand what the Council and its partners need to be doing to best support businesses to recover and build resilience.

The survey takes around 10-15 minutes to complete. If you have any issues completing the survey or any questions, please get in touch with the Kirklees Business Team business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk

https://wh.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=159101840017

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

Privacy statement
You will be asked for your contact details, but you do not have to provide them. Your contact details will not be shared and individual businesses will not be identified in any reports we produce as a result of this survey.

Your information will be stored for a period up to two years at which point it will be destroyed unless you request it removed sooner (email business.enquiries@kirklees.gov.uk), or we have legal reason to extend the storage period.

VOLUNTEERS’ WEEK

Cllr Richard Eastwood, Cllr Cahal Burke & Cllr Anthony Smith volunteer with Lindley Community Group

We’re saying thank you to Lindley Community Group & volunteers across the Lindley ward for giving their time to help others in Birchencliffe, Birkby, Lindley, Marsh, Mount, Oakes, Quarmby, Salendine Nook

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. 

It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost your confidence.

If you’re interested in volunteering with Lindley Community Group please sign up here:

http://www.lindleygroup.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/VOLUNTEER-RECRUITMENT-FORM-1.pdf

ROAD SAFETY

We want to make our streets safe for everyone and we have been working with the Highway Safety Team and the Neighbourhood Policing Team to achieve this. Please use the contact details below to report to the council and to the Neighbourhood Policing Team. This will help us take appropriate action. Speeding is already a neighbourhood priority for the Police in Lindley.

Local authorities in particular have faced substantial budget and spending restrictions, which affect our ability to deliver the vast range of essential public services for which we are responsible. While road safety must accept its share of these restrictions, we understand cutting road safety services too far will mean more people being killed or injured.

Despite these challenges, local authorities can continue to deliver effective road safety services that help to keep their people alive and healthy by ensuring that their road safety services are:

„ Evidence-informed

„ Co-ordinated with other public services

„ Designed and delivered in partnership

„ Evaluated to ensure effectiveness

Please contact us with information:

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/transport-roads-and-parking/road-safety-requests.aspx

Cllr. Cahal Burke – cahal.burke@kirklees.gov.uk

Cllr. Richard Eastwood – richard.eastwood@kirklees.gov.uk

Cllr. Anthony Smith – anthony.smith@kirklees.gov.uk

Roads policing supports and complements road safety education and engineering, and is an essential part of road safety. It:

„ Deters illegal, dangerous and careless behaviour on the road

„ Detects illegal, dangerous and careless behaviour on the road

„ Identifies offenders

„ Identifies the causes of crashes

„ Helps to educate, and change the attitudes of, road users

„ Prevents other forms of crime

„ Identifies and removes dangerous vehicles

Please report issues to the Police

In an Emergency always dial 999.

For Non Emergencies dial 101.

Neighbourhood Inspector : Graham Dyson

Email : huddersfield@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Facebook : www.facebook.com/WYPHuddersfield

Twitter : www.twitter.com/WYP_Hudds

We are in favour of 20mph limits and zones in Lindley, near our schools and residential areas.

Because it is safer, healthier, fairer, greener, quieter and better for people’s quality of life.

You are 7 times less likely to die if hit at 20mph than 30mph or 10 times if over 60 years old. 

In the distance a 20mph car can stop, a 30mph car will still be doing 24mph. Far better to just miss than actually hit someone or be hit at any speed.

TAKING ACTION TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

Lindley councillors have welcomed the installation of an air quality monitor in their ward.

The new air quality equipment, installed in early May, is located on George Street in Lindley.

The unit, a Zephyr, is a lightweight air pollution sensor which measures gases and particulate matter formed from harmful emissions.


Councillor Cahal Burke (Lib Dems, Lindley) said:


“We have long campaigned for air quality improvements in Lindley. We have raised our concerns when houses have been allowed to be built in areas of poor air quality and we have had regular meetings with council officers to look at ways to improve the situation.

“It is estimated that 24,000 people die prematurely annually in the UK as a result of air pollution, while air pollution costs the UK economy £20 billion each year. We know there are short-term and long-term effects of air pollution on health.

“It’s important to know where pollution is concentrated, how it occurs and what elements are involved. Air quality monitoring is vital to help tackle poor air quality. Monitoring can help to ensure that the right steps are being taken.”

His colleague, Cllr Richard Eastwood, said:

“It’s good news that the air quality monitor is being installed. We wanted the device to be installed on George Street, due to the proximity to Lindley Infant School and Lindley Junior School. We know that children are particularly vulnerable to air pollution and we want additional measures to help tackle poor air quality outside schools.

“Given the situation with Covid-19, I think the timing is also helpful. We know that dirty air can cause lung and heart damage and a number of studies suggest that the underlying health damage means that respiratory infections, including Covid-19, may have a more serious impact.”

Councillor Anthony Smith added:

“I understand that the device is portable, does not require planning permission and is relatively cheap to operate, as it is solar powered.

“There has been a lot of housing development in Lindley in recent years. As residents and elected members for the Lindley ward, we recognise that air pollution is a major issue and we will continue to work with council officers and other partners to look at ways to improve air quality here. Good air is fundamental to our well-being.”

There are also similar air quality monitoring devices on Westgate in Huddersfield town centre, on Leeds Road and on Huddersfield Road in Mirfield. An additional device will be installed on Huddersfield’s ring road in due course.

Kirklees Council has currently declared 9 Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA) across the district, which includes Ainley Top, which is located partly in the Lindley ward.  Local authorities, including Kirklees Council, are required to designate an AQMA where air quality objectives are not being achieved and put together a plan to improve air quality in these areas.

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