As a new year beckons, we naturally reflect on the year that has passed. In a year of unprecedented challenges, tough decisions and changed plans, we have also seen people come together and adapt to achieve great things in our communities.

We have enjoyed working with our local businesses, local groups and residents to support our communities and look after those who need it most. To all the frontline and key workers who have gone above and beyond in 2020 – thank you. We look forward to working for you in 2021. #Lindley


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.”



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


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



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.



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


Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

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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.


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: