All our councillors are volunteers, many having lived in the area for a long time and have a good understanding of the community and how changes to services impact it. Our councillors have good local knowledge and a wide range of skills and expertise, which they use to inform their decisions while working to tackle local issues and strive to make improvements for the benefit of all residents.
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Vice Chair of Planning;
Member of Environment and Asset Management
I have lived in Holywell Green for 34 years and worked at Huddersfield Technical College (now Kirklees College) for 30 years as a lecturer in administration and IT. I have one son and my husband is very supportive, he is also retired and involved with various charities in Halifax.
I care about my community and area and want to contribute to the improvement of the environment and facilities for local people; for example, the improvement of Shaw Park which is ongoing. I would also like to improve our environment by getting rid of litter and invasive species such as Himalayan Balsam. I wish to help to provide facilities for young people by using the halls at the church or Sowood Community Centre for activities.
Chair of Stainland & District Parish Council,
Member of Environment, Planning & Policy and Finance
My journey to becoming a Parish Councillor started with the Stainland and District Community Association back in 2006 and I served as its secretary before it was replaced by the Parish Council in 2018. During that time, I helped organise local events such as the Open Gardens Weekend and the Stainland Christmas Lantern Parade.
I have lived here for over 30 years and seen lots of changes that have diminished our environment and our community spirit. So, I am incredibly pleased to be able to begin the next stage of our journey with our team of councillors and residents working together to create a vibrant and thriving community.
I worked as a senior science technician at a school in Huddersfield and for 10 years was a volunteer at Holywell Green Primary School, where I helped to create the school wildlife area and to run the Gardening and Wildlife Club.
I have taken the role of Chairman of the Parish Council in April 2022.
I am also part of the Environment & Communications Committees, I also volunteer at The Outback Community Garden for Halifax Opportunities Trust.
Chair of Policy and Finance Committee, member of Staffing.
Stainland has been home for my wife and I for over 35 years. I am now retired, having spent my working life in manufacturing industry; initially in textiles, and following that, 32 years in the plastics industry, working for an international company.
My experience covered both the production and commercial aspects of business, and I held Directorship responsibility, for both the UK and Companies of the Group, in four European countries.
I served as a Calderdale Councillor for the Greetland & Stainland Ward for 4 years from 2012 and was Deputy Mayor for a year, from May 2014 to May 2015.
I have been a school governor for Bowling Green School, a member of the Stainland & District Community Association and currently a Trustee of the Sowood Pre-School and Community Centre.
Chair of Planning Committee.
Member of Communications and Environmental Committees
I grew up in Outlane and lived there for many years within the parish area before moving to Barkisland where I now live. My affinity for the area sparked an interest joining the new parish council and I was delighted to be elected to it in 2019.
Since then I have served on the Council’s Planning Committee, helping to provide responses to consultation from Calderdale Council on local planning applications and on other planning proposals affecting the parish such as Calderdale’s Local Plan. I also serve on the Environment and Events and Communications Committees.
I work as an Admin Officer in the Civil Service. Previously I have had experience in local government, as a planning officer, and in the private sector as part of a local environmental consultants. In my spare time I help to run a local amateur football club and enjoy exploring the parish’s footpath network.
Chair of Staffing Committee, Chair of Environment,
Vice Chair of Asset Management,
Member of Policy and Finance;
I have a degrees in Chemistry and Business Administration. I spent forty years in supply chain, production and factory management within the pharmaceutical industry and am now retired.
My interests include cycling, motorcycling, cinema and theatre, travel and gardening; I have an allotment in Drury Lane. Most of my efforts have been directed towards the Environment Committee, which I served on as a member of the public before being appointed a Parish Councillor about a year ago. More recently, I have taken on the job of chairing the Staffing Committee, which looks after the council’s two part-time employees, the Parish Clerk and the Environmental Warden. As these are new appointees the main focus of the committee has been to manage the Induction and training programmes for these two new employees.
We’ve a strong programme of environment improvements identified and, with the Warden’s help, we’re concentrating on getting the parish flower beds in order before spring/summer in addition to a regular litter picking programme. If you’ve got just a little time to join us on a small gardening project or just generally tidying up, we’d be delighted to see you!
Chair of Asset Management, member of Policy & Finance, Communications and Staffing.
Joined SDPC 24.02.22
Chair of Communications, member of Planning and Asset Management.
Originally born in Oldham, I moved to Stainland at the age of 18 with my mum. I worked at The Rock until leaving to become a Butlins Redcoat in North Wales!
Following this I worked in hotel management, banking and insurance, with many of my roles leading to team management or training.
I then worked for 12 years for Manchester City Council developing training and processes in both legislation and IT with a specialisation in Children’s Services – educating everyone from Administrator to Social Worker to the Directors. I also had extensive contact with external agencies such as the NHS, Police and Charities, delivering training and access for a more joined up service to safeguard children.
I returned to Stainland following ill health to be near family again and enjoy all the beautiful walks and views we have. I have been a regular attendee to Parish Council meetings since its formation in 2018 and in 2019 was co-opted onto the Environment Committee.
I am keen to work with my colleagues to improve the Parish and look forward to the challenges ahead!
The Clerk to the Council is its Proper Officer and fulfils a statutory duty to perform those activities which are defined for this role in legislation. These include an obligation to act impartially as the Council’s professional advisor in any matters put before the Council for decision and to provide any necessary administration of its activities as may be assigned to this role.
The Clerk also acts as the Responsible Financial Officer and is accountable for all financial records of the Council and the proper administration of its finances, reporting on them as and when required.
I was appointed the Council’s Parish Clerk in April 2021. My background includes some 17 years of experience in business, IT and Financial Services in a variety of customer-facing roles and I have several years experience in Accountancy and Finance. I have also worked as a School Administrator for a Junior and Infant School in the area.
I am Mum to three young boys who keep me extremely busy but, in my spare time, I play netball for a local team.
I look forward to engaging with the community in my new role as Parish Clerk.
A Parish Council can do many things to improve the community it serves by adopting ‘powers’, some of which are listed below. The principal council (in our case, this is Calderdale Council,) still has responsibilities for these issues but the parish council can also contribute. This means residents can benefit from the detailed knowledge of local councillors and the support and experience of Calderdale Council when making decisions.
- Light roads and public places
- Provide litter bins, parking places for vehicles, bicycles and motorcycles
- Power to enter into an agreement as to dedication and widening of roads
- Power to complain to the district council regarding protection of rights of way
- Provide and equip buildings for use of clubs having athletic, social or educational objectives
- Right to be notified of planning applications
- Provide community transport schemes
- Provide allotments – duty to consider providing allotments if demand is unsatisfied
- Provide roadside seats and shelters
- Power to acquire land for or to provide recreation grounds, public walks, pleasure grounds and open spaces and to manage and control them
- Power to provide traffic signs and other notices
- Plant trees etc.and to maintain roadside verges
- Repair and maintain public footpaths and bridleways
- Consent of parish council required for ending maintenance of highway at public expense, or for stopping up or diversion of highway