CAMPAIGNING TRIO UNITED FOR LINDLEY

Lindley Liberal Democrats

Gemma Wilson, Cllr for Lindley, has today joined the Liberal Democrats in Kirklees. Gemma a Councillor for Lindley since 2015 has campaigned over the past three years for local residents in support of HRI, to save Grimescar valley from development as well as tackling casework for local residents.

After confirming her decision in writing to Council Chief Executive, Cllr Wilson said,

“I have today taken a positive step forward. As a united team for Lindley I will be working together with Cahal Burke and Richard Eastwood for the good of everyone in the ward. We are battling Kirklees Labour as they cut resources for our communities – such as the library at the heart of Lindley. From Birchencliffe to Salendine Nook and Quarmby to Oakes, we stand united on the issues that matter locally.

“And of course, I remain committed to keeping HRI at the heart of our town. And to fight to save Grimescar valley.”

She was welcomed to the Liberal Democrats by Cllr John Lawson, Lib Dem Group Leader, who said,

“Gemma works for local residents and the communities across Lindley, just like Cahal and Richard. Gemma will be a great asset to the group and will continue to speak out for the people of Lindley ward. I know she will bring a new dimension to the group and our ongoing campaign to win a fair deal for local people from Kirklees Labour.”

Cllr. Cahal Burke, (Liberal Democrat Deputy Group Leader and Lindley Councillor) alsO took the opportunity to welcome Gemma,
“Cllr. Wilson shares our values and beliefs, Cllr. Wilson has joined the Liberal Democrats because we exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity.

I have seen Gemma in action, working for local people across Lindley for the past the three years. Her determination to get a good deal for local people, her passion on local issues is strong. Along with Cllr Richard Eastwood and myself we will go forward as a united team – stronger, an even more effective voice for Lindley.

The people of Lindley now have three Liberal Democrat Councillors who will champion quality social care, strong local schools, and well-funded services. We are looking forward to working together for the people of the Lindley ward”.

THANK YOU!

Cllr. Cahal Burke

Thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Lindley ward and all those who have worked incredibly hard campaigning & supporting me.

I will continue the hard work with Cllr Richard Eastwood serving ALL the people of the Lindley ward all year round.

#Lindley #LibDems

KIRKLEES LOCAL ELECTIONS

Cllr Cahal Burke and the Liberal Democrats campaign all year round representing the views and concerns of local residents.

 Fighting to Keep Huddersfield Royal Infirmary open and Save Our NHS

 Campaigning to protect our green fields and greenbelt

 Fighting to stop the over development of our area

 Campaigning for a new school in the Lindley area and ensuring we have sufficient school places.

 Fighting to keep Lindley Library open and protecting our local services.

 Campaigning to improve our roads and footpaths.

 Fighting for better recycling facilities locally and protecting our environment

The other parties think they can just rely on your vote at election time, it’s Cahal Burke and the Liberal Democrats who work hard to make a difference all year round.

SAVE HRI AND OUR NHS

Delighted to attend and speak at events organised to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Save Our NHS, I have been doing so for many years.

We need to all work together locally and nationally to protect our A&E and hospital services.
The Campaign is fighting to save Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, its 400 beds, its Emergency Care Unit and its Acute Services. Greater Huddersfield is a population area of 250,000 people.

The local CCGs and the NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT) are actively pursuing plans which threaten to demolish the existing 400-bed hospital, sell the land owned by the hospital and build a 64-bed day clinic across the road on rented land – and without a full A&E.

The NHS and social care services are in a state of crisis. The Conservatives have left them chronically under-funded, and staff embattled and undervalued, while need continues to grow and patient care suffers.
Liberal Democrats recognise that Britain’s health and social care services are our most treasured national institutions and will fight to protect our Hospital and NHS.

LINDLEY CCTV

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A CCTV camera is now installed in Lindley, any decision about where to position the new CCTV will be based on local intelligence.
Cllr Cahal Burke and Cllr Richard Eastwood secured funding which will allow the portable CCTV camera to be moved up to 12 times over the next five years, focusing on hot spots across the ward.
Kirklees councillor Cahal Burke (Lib Dem, Lindley) believes that the new camera could prove to be effective in deterring crime in the area and will help to trace culprits.
He has worked closely with local residents as well as local neighbourhood police and agencies in relation to crime issues in the area, and hopes the camera will help people to feel safer.
He recently asked local residents about their experiences of crime as part of a survey, in order to get a clearer picture about local issues of crime and anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Burke:
“There were requests from many residents about installing a new CCTV camera, so I’m glad that their voices have been heard and there is positive and definitive action.
“There have also been regular community events organised in the area, and I would like to praise the local police for their efforts and commitment to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.
“Tackling crime is often complex and requires a strategic, co-ordinated approach, with the police, local agencies and residents working together.
“It’s vital for residents and the community to have a say and share their views and experiences of crime, and I’ll continue to listen to concerns and discuss options and possible solutions.
“Lindley is a safe place to live, work and visit, but working together will be absolutely essential in making Lindley even safer”

NEW SPEED INDICATOR DEVICE AIMING TO CURB SPEEDING IN MOUNT

A Speed Indicator Device (SID), which warns drivers to slow down, has recently been fitted on Moorlands Road, in Mount.

The device, which was previously funded by the Council’s Huddersfield Area Committee, is portable, and has been moved around different areas of Lindley, including Laund Road (Salendine Nook), Crosland Road (Oakes) and more recently, Thornhill Avenue.

The SID at Moorlands Road has been installed temporarily, while Lindley Moor Road has been identified as a possible location for future installation.

A SID is a vehicle-activated electronic sign which detects and displays real-time vehicle speeds. They are often placed near sites where the speed limit changes, at sites on relatively straight roads and at sites with high collision rates and known speeding problems.

Moorlands Road was previously a 30mph zone, although the existing 20mph speed limit came in to force in September 2013, following a campaign by parents, local school staff and residents to reduce the speed. As part of the scheme, pupils from Moorlands Primary School produced 20mph signs, which were situated along the length of the road.

A ‘Park and Stride’ scheme was also set up a number of years ago, to reduce the amount of traffic on Moorlands Road at peak times, preventing cars stopping on the entrance marking outside the school and encouraging parents to park up a little distance away and make the remainder of the journey by foot.

There are traffic calming measures in place along the road, including flat-top speed humps.

Councillor Cahal Burke (Lib Dems, Lindley), who has helped to secure funding for a number of traffic calming and speed reduction schemes in Lindley, including the 20mph speed limit on Moorlands Road, is confident that the SID will be helpful in reminding otherwise safe and considerate drivers to slow down.

Cllr Burke said:

“The SIDs can be really useful in promoting speed awareness and they can be effective in changing drivers’ speeding behaviour and reducing speeding.

The SID has helped to promote safe driving in Lindley, and I’m happy that it has now been installed at Moorlands Road. I’m also hopeful that this will improve road safety further outside Moorlands Primary School, and this is the latest in a number of initiates we have delivered outside the school in recent years.

I am committed to working with residents and partners to make our roads safer.”

Lindley residents who are concerned about speeding can contact Cllr Burke at: Cahal.Burke@Kirklees.Gov.UK. Councillor Burke and Eastwood also hold surgeries on the second Saturday of each month at Lindley Library between 9.30am and 10.30am and Salendine Nook Shopping Centre, between 11am and 12pm.

HEATHERLEIGH RECREATION GROUND

Lindley Liberal Democrat councillors have demanded a solution to the long-standing issue of flooding at Heatherleigh Recreation Ground.

The site at Lindley Moor, which includes playing fields, has experienced significant flooding issues in recent years, with some locals blaming the flooding on development at an adjacent site.

The lower half of the playing fields is often flooded, and some residents and users have blamed the adjoining 65,000sq ft warehouse and office development, known as Summit 24 Business Park, which was built earlier this year on land fronting Lindley Moor Road.

The flooding on the playing fields has resulted in the pitches being unable to be used at times. Amateur rugby league club, Lindley Swift, who lease the fields from Kirklees Council, have said that they will have to concede fixtures if the players are unable to train there.

Local residents have contacted local councillors, including Cllr Richard Eastwood and Cllr Cahal Burke, to voice their concern as well.

While there have been issues of flooding in the past, in large part because the land is clay, many locals argue that the flooding has been more of a problem in recent years, with the nearby developments exacerbating the problem.

In tackling the problem, one suggestion is that a bund could be formed on the perimeter of the site, to act as a flood barrier, and to alleviate water run-off into the fields.

Lindley councillor Cahal Burke said:

“We need action and a solution to this as soon as possible, because flooding continues to be a concern for local residents and users of Heatherleigh Recreation Ground.

It’s difficult to know exactly why the flooding has got worse in recent years. There needs to be work done urgently to ascertain whether the flooding is linked to the nearby developments, or whether there are other causes.

I will continue to liaise with council officers, and also listen to local residents and users. In developing a solution, I would also welcome input from the local developers. I hope that we can identify money to carry out some assessments at the site sooner rather than later.”

Cllr Richard Eastwood and Cllr Cahal Burke

LINDLEY CLOCK TOWER

Lindley Liberal Democrat councillor Cahal Burke, chairman of Lindley Community Group

Lindley Liberal Democrat councillor Cahal Burke, chairman of Lindley Community Group

Lindley Community Group has taken on responsibility for one of Huddersfield’s best-loved landmarks, Lindley Clock Tower.

Situated on the corner of Lidget Street and Daisy Lea Lane the tower was previously owned by Kirklees Council, but has now been leased to the Lindley Community Group.

As part of the lease agreement the group will pay the running costs, including the utility bills and insurance. It will initially manage the 83ft tall clock tower on a 12-month contract.

Trustees at the group hope to open up the tower to the public, and are encouraging donations to help meet the running costs.

Any profits from the donations will be used to support future Lindley events, including Lindley Carnival and Lindley 10k.

The tower has previously been open to the public only once a year as part of the Heritage Open Days, a festival which takes place in September and which celebrates England’s architecture and culture through tours, events and activities and allows visitors free access to historic properties.

However, the tower has not been open to the public in recent years, and the trustees hope the agreement will allow them to provide escorted tours to visitors in the future.

The group intends to make an announcement soon about when the tower will be open to the public during the course of the year. It also plans to speak to contact local schools with a view to arranging school visits.

The first Lindley Clock Tower open day will take place on Saturday, October 21, between noon and 4pm.

The opening event will coincide with Lindley Library Open Day, organised by Lindley Library Community Group with the aim of ensuring the library doors remain open.

The open day will offer a variety of crafts and stalls, and will take place at Lindley Library between 10am and 2pm. It will also coincide with Lindley Apple Day, a family fun day dedicated to apples, including apple bobbing, an apple hunt and an apple pie competition. This event will also take place 10am and 2pm.

Lindley Liberal Democrat councillor Cahal Burke, chairman of Lindley Community Group, collected the keys for Lindley Clock Tower on Friday.

He said: “This is really positive news for Lindley. I’ve been contacted by many residents about opening up the clock tower to the public again, and this lease agreement will provide us with the opportunity to do that.”

OAKES HELPING HANDS DAY

Cllr Cahal Burke

Fantastic community effort today clearing the path that connects Goldington Avenue to Hill Top Drive with the ‘Helping Hands’ team from Huddersfield Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Mormon Helping Hands program brings together members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their neighbours to provide community service.

STAND UP FOR TOWN

Cllr Cahal Burke supports the introduction of safe standing at football grounds

I support The Huddersfield Town Supporters Association and Cowshed Loyal (formerly NSL) who have teamed up with the Football Supporters’ Federation to bring safe standing to the John Smith’s Stadium.
When clubs and fans are in favour of safe standing and it can be done safely, then the Government shouldn’t get in the way.

Top flight and Championship stadiums have to be all-seater after terraces were outlawed in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster when 96 Liverpool fans died during the FA Cup semi-final with Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground.

But there is widespread support among fans who say standing creates a better atmosphere with 90% saying they want the choice to sit or to stand.

I and the Liberal Democrats back ‘rail seating’ as used by European clubs which means they can offer standing or sitting as needed.

Celtic have a rail seat area and the authorities in Scotland know it can be done safely – why shouldn’t clubs in England and Wales be allowed identical safe standing facilities?

The introduction of safe standing at football grounds would guarantee fans a better atmosphere and cheaper tickets.