As a council, we make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the residents of Stainland, Holywell Green, Jagger Green and Sowood. Probably the most common areas that we get involved with are planning matters where we represent the views of residents. We also look at the quality and maintenance of the local environment such as open and communal spaces, and importantly, we campaign for and better services and facilities.
As a parish council we have limited powers to make decisions ourselves, but we are happy to work with any organisation or individual that aligns with our goals of promoting the district and improving the lives of those that live here. To this end, we negotiate with those that do have the power to make final decisions such as Calderdale MBC. We are open, transparent, and local, we want to support all those helping to make the district a better place to live and work.
As a democratic organisation representing the views of residents, we are always keen to hear from residents, so please get involved contact us, come to one of our meetings, get involved in the work we are doing.
Unfortunately the meetings scheduled for Thursday 20th January have been cancelled due to illness.
Please accept apologies for the short notice.
Parish Clerk & RFO
COMMUNITY CENTRE GETS GREEN LIGHT
Calderdale Council have indicated that, subject to minor changes, they are likely to approve the Parish Council’s plans to establish a community centre in the old Stainland Library building.
The plans, which have been prepared by the Parish Council in consultation with local groups, envisage a mixture of wellbeing, leisure and social activities being operated from the building from May of next year on current estimates. Calderdale Council expect to approve the final version of these plans early next year.
The Parish Council will provide financial support to the community centre for the first two years, allowing the centre to build up the use of the building over this period, to the point where it can generate sufficient income to operate without further financial support.
“This is a significant undertaking,” said Cllr. Peter Lassey, who has led efforts to find and involve potential users of the centre. “The community really needs to get behind this to secure the building for community use, otherwise Calderdale Council will sell it and it will be lost forever. We need people to come forward both as potential users of the building and to help us assume responsibility for running it.”
Unfortunately on 8th December, the Prime Minister announced a move to Plan B in England following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK.
The government last night issued guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-move-to-plan-b-in-england <https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-confirms-move-to-plan-b-in-england> and expects to issue more guidance and regulations in the coming days.
We will therefore not hold meetings in December and look to return to meetings in January 2022.
You may have already received a newsletter from the Parish Council or been otherwise informed that Calderdale Council have closed Stainland Library and asking you for your views and support for keeping the building as a community asset instead of its sale to private investors. To collect the views of parishioners, we have developed a simple survey which we’d like you to complete as, if we are to convince Calderdale Council that we have plans for the use of the building, we need evidence of local support.
Please complete this short survey by clicking on this link: https://forms.office.com/r/u1D4vB1rph
The deadline for responses to the survey is 19th May. Please ensure you have completed and submitted your answers to the survey by then.
At the end of the survey, you will be asked if you would like to provide contact details so that we can keep you in touch with developments. You do not have to do so but, if you do, we will hold this information securely and only use it for that purpose. We will not disclose this information to persons not associated with the Parish Council without your permission and you can withdraw this consent at any time buy contacting the Parish Clerk.