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Calderdale budget proposals rejected

A controversial suggestion to cut the first three days of sick pay for Calderdale council workers will not go ahead after a heated five hour meeting last night.

The idea was put forward in an alternative budget by Convervatives and Lib Dems, united against the ruling Labour party.

**But despite Labour winning the argument over sick pay, a tightly won vote saw most of the coalition's amendments accepted, such as a council tax freeze, a reversal of newly-imposed parking charges and a higher price of £30 for a new wheelie bin.


Council cash used to cut flood risk

Calderdale Council has commissioned a study to investigate solutions to the flooding that took place at Kershaw Road and Clough Road in Walsden this summer. Kershaw Road was destroyed in last month’s flood and Council teams spent two weeks helping residents and businesses with the clean up.

“Although Clough Road isn’t an adopted highway, we have cleared away uplifted tarmac and brought in stone to give temporary access from the railway along Clough Road to Kershaw Road. The study to investigate solutions will determine the extent of future works required. A recommendation will be put to the Council’s Cabinet as soon as the facts are established."

– Cllr Barry Collins, Calderdale Council

“It’s really important that residents and businesses know what to do to prepare for future flooding and what to do after a flood. The Council and the Environment Agency have useful information, advice and guidance on their websites.”

Halifax Minster hosts Diamond Jubilee closing event

Halifax Minster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Halifax Minster is to host a service today at 4pm to mark the closing of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year. It has been organised **by Calderdale Council, alongside Halifax Minster and the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

The Diamond Jubilee marked 60 years since The Queen came to the throne and has been celebrated by various events over the last twelve months.

The closing ceremony will be conducted by The Rev Cannon Hilary Barber and see music led by the Halifax Choral Society, the West Yorkshire Police Band and the Minster choir. There will be performances from Sikh drummers, Diamond Gymnastics, and Ryburn High School Dance Academy.

Barry Rutter of Northern Broadsides Theatre company will give a reading by Shakespeare. There will also be special words from The Bishop of Pontefract, The Right Rev Tony Robinson and the Lord-Lieutenant for West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

Regeneration in Halifax

Up to £1million could be spent on empty properties in the centre of Halifax. Calderdale Council has been awarded over half a million pounds to fund works which will allow 130 empty homes to be brought back into use. This money will be matched by local property owners.

The council is one of 20 local authorities to secure the funding from the government's Clusters of Empty Homes Fund.

People in Calderdale need homes and this is a real positive step to doing that and to breathing new life into the town centre.”

– Barry Collins, Calderdale Council