we wanted to wish everyone in Calderdale a very Merry Christmas. We hope all of you have a very relaxing Christmas break with your friends and family. Our thoughts especially go out to anyone who is on their own this year, or who have lost loved ones.

2016 has been a tumultuous year in politics, we hope that at Christmas we can all come together and put politics to one side and focus on our loved ones. Here is to hoping that 2017 is full of hope and progress for us.

Below you will find a load of useful information to help ensure your Christmas break goes smoothly.

Bereavement Services

The Crematorium will be closed 25th December – 27th December and on 2nd January.

The Books of Remembrance will be open on all the above dates for visitors

Cemeteries – Open all year round (on call on bank holidays)


Contact Centre

The Contact Centre will close at 5pm on Friday 23rd December 2016.

The service will reopen on Wednesday 28th December 2016 at 8.45am.

The Contact Centre will also close on Monday 2nd January due to Bank Holiday.


Customer First

All Customer First offices will operate normal working hours on Friday 23rd December 2016.

Customer First offices will reopen on Wednesday 28th December 2016.

Sowerby Bridge Customer First will be closed on 23rd and 30th December


Household Waste Collections

Christmas and New Year Waste and Recycling Collection Dates. Collections will be a day later than usual due to bank holidays:

Usual collection day Changed collection day
Monday 26th December 2016 Tuesday 27th December 2016
Tuesday 27th December 2016 Wednesday 28th December 2016
Wednesday 28th December 2016 Thursday 29th December 2016
Thursday 29th December 2016 Friday 30th December 2016
Friday 30th December 2016 Saturday 31st December 2016
Monday 2nd January 2017 Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Tuesday 3rd January 2017 Wednesday 4th January 2017
Wednesday 4th January 2017 Thursday 5th January 2017
Thursday 5th January 2017 Friday 6th January 2017
Friday 6th January 2017 Saturday 7th January 2017

All collections should be back to your usual collection day by Monday 9th January.

Please recycle all that you can, every week.


Household Waste Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and will operate Sunday opening hours on 27th December and 2nd January.

Find your nearest HWRC and check opening times – Recycling Sites


Libraries

All Calderdale Libraries will be closed on 25th, 26th and 27th December, and on 1st and 2nd January.

Normal opening hours resume from 3rd January.

For any enquiries about seasonal opening hours, please ring 01422 392630.


Licensing

Licensing services will be unavailable on 25th, 26th, 27th December and 2nd January.


Museums and art galleries

Bankfield Museum
24th December 10am – 3pm
25th December – 1st January Closed
2nd January 10am – 4pm

 

Shibden Hall
24th December 10am – 3pm
25th December – 1st January Closed

 

Smith Art Gallery
24th December 10am – 2pm
25th December – 28th December Closed
29th December – 31st December 10am – 2pm
1st January – 2nd January Closed

Registrars

The Register Office will be closed on 25th, 26th, 27th December and 2nd January.


Sports centres and swimming pools

For information on all facilities please visit the individual Sports Venues.


Victoria Theatre Box Office

The Box Office will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Storm Barbara – Weather alert

Calderdale Council has continued to monitor developments of the two weather systems, sharing information with both the Environment Agency and the Met Office:

  • There are two weather systems moving over the UK between the 23 and 25 December. The first of these systems has been named Storm Barbara
  • The principal risk is wind, but we will possibly experience some heavy rain tomorrow afternoon and conversations are ongoing with the Environment Agency on this
  • Friday 23 December – A warning has been issued by the Met Office for Wind, valid from 7am Fri 23 until midnight Fri 23, giving low likelihood of medium impacts. Gust speeds are currently rated as 50 to 60mph widely across the warning area, locally up to 70mph
  • Sunday 25 December – A warning has been issued by the Met Office for Wind, valid from 3am Sun 25 until 6pm Sun 25, giving very low likelihood of medium impacts. Gust speeds are currently rated as 50 to 60mph widely across the warning area, locally up to 70mph
  • During both events, vulnerable structures could be at risk of damage. Damage to roofs, falling tiles and large branches will present a hazard. Transport and utility disruption is possible, and high-sided vehicles will also be at risk
  • The two weather systems are fast moving (due to the wind)and as a consequence subject to change but there is a high degree of confidence in the forecast
  • Those experiencing the brunt of the impacts are in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Northern England. West Yorkshire and Calderdale are just within the warning areas
  • No warnings have been issued for rain at this time, but if indications from the forecasting suggest this will change we will update you accordingly
  • The good news is that after the systems have passed through, the indications are for things to settle down again from Boxing Day onwards

Regardless of the current weather forecast Calderdale Council and partners continue to work on our response and preparedness for flooding.  We are engaged in active dialogue with the West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, senior officers across the partnership both locally and regionally, and importantly with Council staff and volunteers who will open and staff our Community Hubs if in the unlikely event they are required. As we move towards the Holiday period the Council has invested in additional resources during its out of hours period to ensure that it can respond effectively to any emerging risk and/ or threat.

Just to reassure you, the sharing of information between key agencies will continue in real time with constant monitoring of the weather and agreed identification of risk/ threat.

Further real time information is available via Eye on Calderdale – http://eyeoncalderdale.com/

Please do check travel advice if you are travelling over the Christmas period, drive carefully. Look out for other motorists and have a safe journey!

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