HUDDERSFIELD CIVIC SOCIETY NEWS

Conference on the future of waste in Kirklees – join the debate

A one-day conference on waste and resources in Kirklees, will start the debate on how we manage waste in the next few years and the implications for our local economy. The issue of waste, litter and fly-tipping was addressed at a recent Civic Society Environment Workshop. The low recycling rate…
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How to make Huddersfield town centre a more playful place for everyone

HCS Chairman, David Wyles recently provided support for children’s play facilities in the town centre, as part of a consultation carried out by Playful Anywhere on behalf of Kirklees Council’s Blueprint proposals. The following is an extract of comments made on behalf of the Civic Society during a telephone interview:…
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Society backs Network Rail’s proposal to upgrade Huddersfield-Dewsbury track

A proposal by Network Rail to upgrade a section of railway between Huddersfield and Westtown – about half a mile south-west of Dewsbury station – has won the support of Huddersfield Civic Society. Network Rail says: ‘The current layout of railway in this area means we can’t run more trains…
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Senior council officer gives update to HCS members on Huddersfield Blueprint

Karl Battersby By David Wyles Karl Battersby presented an update on the Huddersfield Blueprint document to 40 HCS members and guests. The talk coincided with the end of a three month public consultation period which has included detailed comments made by HCS. Karl,  Kirklees Council’s Strategic Director, Economy and Infrastructure, outlined…
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Walking trail reveals Birkby’s vibrant past

A guided trail around Birkby, outlining a rich and varied history dating from medieval times to the present day, has been produced by the Discover Huddersfield partnership. It features a range of important buildings from the 16th century Bay Hall to St John’s Church, designed by one of England’s most…
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Share your views on what would make Huddersfield a more playful place

Playful Anywhere, a Leeds-based social enterprise, has been commissioned by Kirklees Council to carry out a community engagement programme called Playful Huddersfield. Kirklees would like to find out your views on what would make Huddersfield Town Centre a more playful place for young and old alike. This information will help…
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Absorbing address on future of travel in Kirklees

​Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance at Leeds University, drew a large audience for his address on the future of travel in Kirklees at our September meeting. Rather than focussing on autonomous vehicles or flying cars, he drew attention to the important changes in society which have reduced the amount that people are…
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Sudden death of former HCS President, Richard Ward

BY DAVID WYLES The news of the sudden death of former HCS President Richard Ward, was a shock to his many friends and colleagues in the society. Richard passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, September 3, having collapsed at home the day before from a brain haemorrhage. ​The…
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Record number of events to celebrate Kirklees Heritage Open Days 2019

The Shred Mission Chapel, Bradshaw Road, Slaithwaite. Over two dozen new locations will open their doors across Kirklees as part of the National Heritage Open Days Festival from September 13 – 22. A record 68 sites and events will celebrate the area’s heritage and culture, offering an insight into places…
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Huddersfield Blueprint: The Civic Society’s response to proposals

Huddersfield Civic Society welcomes the launch of the Huddersfield Blueprint as the first stage in the process of re-invigorating, regenerating and repurposing the town centre. The following is a precis of comments made by the committee of HCS. Further detailed comments will be submitted following consultation with all members of…
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Sculptures, statues and mosaics on town centre walk

An evening guided walk will highlight the wealth of sculptural and other public art in the centre of Huddersfield. It will be led by Chris Marsden, former chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society and author of the recently published, ‘Huddersfield in 50 Buildings’. The walk will start from the Harold Wilson…
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Businesses vote in favour of creation of Business Improvement District

A majority of businesses in Huddersfield have voted in favour of plans to create a Business Improvement District. Those with a rateable value of £12,001 or above will pay a levy based on their rateable value, creating a pot of more than £2million to spend over the next five years. ​…
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