New Parish Council a Step Nearer

A new parish council – the first in Calderdale since local government reorganisation in 1974 – has moved a step nearer to being created.

Members of Calderdale Council’s Governance and Business Committee this week (23rd January) agreed to the creation of the Stainland and District Parish Council, though a final vote will be taken at a meeting of Calderdale Council in February.

Cllr Paul Bellenger (Liberal Democrat, Greetland and Stainland) told us: “I hope the proposal to create a new parish council covering Stainland, Sowood and Holywell Green is accepted so that elections can be held and the council gets up and running as soon as possible.”

“Parish Councils up and down the country have proved their worth over many years. They can provide local services and be the voice of local communities at very little cost to the residents. That’s why I, along with a number of other local people, started this process some time ago. It has been quite a long process and has included consultation with local people, and I hope that the final hurdle is crossed in February.”

The leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Cllr James Baker, who attended the meeting of the Governance and Business Committee told us: “I was very pleased to support the creation of a new parish council. Liberal Democrats are very keen to see councils operating as close as they can to the people who elect them. I would urge people in Stainland and District to think seriously about standing for the council so that they can make a difference to their communities.”

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