Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kirklees Local Election preview

With Karen Allison Green Candidate for Newsome Ward
We're in the last month or so run up to the Kirklees and European Elections now. A very busy time for me and the Green Party teams locally and across the region. In Kirklees we'll be aiming to win a third seat in the Kirkburton Ward with Cass Whittingham and we'll also be aiming to hold Newsome Ward with new Candidate Karen Allison. The Election is being held against a backdrop of £129 million of cuts imposed on Kirklees by the Lib Dem/Conservative govt and with a Council without a Local Plan leaving an open goal to developers. Honesty on these issues will be in short supply particularly in the Coalition parties literature as all the facts do not show them in a particularly good light. In Newsome Ward Karen is well placed with her strong links in community groups and long history as a Green Party activist. Labour have a new candidate Sheikh Ullah. We know him and he's a nice bloke but recent feedback from the doorsteps makes you think he might have caught a bout of election fever. We are told he's made claims that Labour were responsible for the traffic calming in Springwood when in fact it was funded under a small local Highways budget controlled by Green Party Councillors. Well 'Game on!' I guess. Familiar territory.

Anyway here's Shakey with 'Green Door' . Point of historical interest is that the Welsh Elvis was a member of the Young Communist League in his youth

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Energy Leeds & IET Fracking Debate March 2014

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.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Busy day!

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!


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Kirkburton Parish Council - Helping give young people a voice

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.

Kings Bridge lights – Pedestrian crossing to be added

 Cllrs Julie Stewart-Turner, Andrew Cooper & Green Candidate Karen Allison at the Kings Bridge junction

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.”