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.”


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.


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.


 Instaplanta (Yorkshire) Ltd are working with Kirklees Council

Instaplanta (Yorkshire) Ltd are working with Kirklees Council

Delighted that Instaplanta (Yorkshire) Ltd are working with Kirklees Council bringing planter boxes to our area which will brighten up Lindley and surrounding areas.

Instaplanta have also been very supportive of Lindley Community Group by promoting the volunteer group in the Lindley area.

Instaplanta are a Yorkshire based company who believe in the power of horticulture. The use of plants and plant-related activities to promote the aesthetical appeal of an area, improve the education or the health and wellness of an individual or group is what drives the company.

Instaplanta provide a number of new and unique products to the education, healthcare and local authority markets which allow their stakeholders the opportunity to access the many benefits that horticulture brings.




Enjoying day four of the fabulous Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival.

Once again amazing atmosphere, entertainment, food and drink. Great to see so many local traders including Udders Orchard Cider Company from Lindley.

Well done to the organisers Huddersfield Live for keeping this event going.




Delighted to be asked by Lindley Bowling Club to present trophies and medals at the Junior School Bowling competition between Lindley Junior School and Moorlands Primary School.

Great to see everyone take part and enjoy the competition.

Thank you to the schools for taking part and Lindley Bowling Club for organising.


Cllr Cahal Burke

Cllr Cahal Burke

I am delighted that our Lindley Street Party on Friday 23rd June will be part of The Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox MP.

The Lindley Street Party is the first of three events taking place on the last weekend in June as part of the Lindley Community Group weekend of events.

Friday 23rd June: Lindley Street Party
Saturday 24th June: Lindley Carnival
Sunday 25th June: Lindley 10k and Fun Run


Thank you to everyone who voted and supported our campaign in the Colne Valley.

I would like to congratulate our new MP Thelma Walker and offer my commiserations to all the other candidates especially our outgoing MP Jason McCartney.

Personally I am hugely disappointed by the result, however across the country we hoped to hold our ground and it looks like we will not only do that but have net gains to celebrate too.

The path back from our 2015 defeat was always going to be a long one. In many ways, this election came too soon for the Liberal Democrats.

We will continue to campaign locally and nationally for better funding for our NHS and social care and schools, and to stand up to the Conservatives over their heartless dementia tax.


Cahal Burke (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley),

Cahal Burke (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley),

Up to 478 children living in poverty across the Colne Valley constituency will have their lunches taken away under Theresa May’s plans to abolish universal free school lunches for infants, Liberal Democrat research has revealed. In total 3,790 children in the Colne Valley constituency are set to lose out under the plans.

Those families losing out are expected to have to pay around £440 per child per year for their school lunches.

The Liberal Democrats have also calculated that under Conservative costings of just under 7p per child’s breakfast, each child could expect to receive either half a boiled egg, one slice of bread with 12 baked beans or 37.5 cornflakes and 100ml of semi-skimmed milk.

Commenting on the figures, Cahal Burke (Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate) said:

“Theresa May’s cruel policy will mean 478 children living in poverty in the Colne Valley constituency will lose out on free school lunches.

“This will mean greater inequality and struggling families having to pay hundreds of pounds on lunches a year.

“The Conservatives’ promise of a free breakfast is cynical and clearly not designed to reach all children. They have set aside a meagre 7p per breakfast per child, the price of half a boiled egg or just one slice of bread with 12 baked beans.

“The Liberal Democrats will stand up against this mean-spirited vision of Britain and extend free school lunches to all primary school children.”

This election is your choice over your future.
A vote for the Liberal Democrats can change Britain’s future.


Cahal Burke (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley)

Cahal Burke (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley)

A mock estate agency called “Theresa May and Co” has been launched by the Liberal Democrats today attacking Theresa May’s Dementia Tax.

The Conservative policy would force the sale of family homes to fund care for elderly and vulnerable relatives.

The party has estimated that the Dementia Tax would cost £63,165 for someone receiving ten years of care living in an average-priced home in the Colne Valley constituency.

Across the Colne Valley constituency 42.1% of the value of the average home would be wiped out to pay for the Dementia Tax.

Cahal Burke (Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for the Colne Valley), said:

“Theresa May wants to force you to sell your house if you need long-term care.

“The effects of this cruel and unfair policy will be massive, and will have a huge people on people across our community.

“Elderly and vulnerable people across the Colne Valley constituency face losing 42.1% of their home to fund this ill-conceived policy, with nine out of ten homes potentially at risk.

“This is like a new type of inheritance tax – but one that’s targeted at people of modest means, not the wealthy. The Conservatives want to tax ordinary hardworking families out of their savings and homes if their relative is unfortunate enough to need years of care: it is grotesquely unfair.

“There is a week left in this campaign: if Theresa May fails to come clean to the British public, how can she be trusted?