I really enjoyed this debate hosted by Leeds University Energy Society. Must say I was impressed by the guy from the Fracking company. I didn't agree with him on the need for shale gas but he was a good advocate for his industry and didn't dispute the science on climate change or the need for renewables and investment in energy efficiency.
Obviously pleased the audience vote came out against fracking. It was a packed hall with over 300 people there. Good conversations afterwards with the other panel members in the bar.
Today was Otley Green Fair, talking to folks in Otley Market, delivering a loaf of leaflets to York, meeting Shan Oakes (number 2 on the Green Euro list) and then off to Bridlington to drop more leaflets off for delivery. After that back to Huddersfield with Karen Allison with the next load of Newsome Ward leaflets to get out to deliverers. The Green Election machine is in gear!
At the last Parish Council Elections one of the issues we raised as something we would wanted to progress was to give a greater focus on services for young people. The Parish Council has been fortunate to have such good champions as Cllrs Suzanne Triggs and Ian Lumb who have worked closely with young people around the Parish helping them gain the confidence to successfully argue for a new Skateboard Park facilities in Skelmanthorpe and to seek a Youth Shelter in Shelley. Talking to the young people you can see it has been a very positive and literally empowering experience for them and they should be very proud of what they have achieved. We've got to see how we can build on this success.
Cllrs Julie Stewart-Turner,
Andrew Cooper & Green Candidate Karen Allison at the Kings Bridge
A new crossing is to be added
at a busy junction for pedestrians. The pedestrian crossing will be at the
junction of Damside Road and Kings Mill Road where it meets the end of Newsome
Road just before Kings Bridge. The route is a well used route by locals and
students making their way into Huddersfield Town Centre. The works will
commence in May and take around 4 weeks but the route through Newsome Road over
the bridge into the Town Centre will be open with the 2 adjoining roads closed
off as work take place.
Councillor Andrew Cooper said,
“We have been asking for a safe crossing here for some time
and are pleased to let people know that pedestrian facilities are finally to be
installed at Kings Bridge. This is a busy route between Newsome and the Town
Centre where people literally take their life in their hands crossing this busy
road. The works should be complete by the beginning of June.”
I am a Green Party Councillor on Kirklees Council and have been since May 1999. I am the Green Party Lead Candidate for the 2014 European Elections in the Yorkshire and Humber European Constituency. I work in the energy efficiency/microgeneration sector and have done for the last 20 years or so.