4 Days of Action: Sowerby Bridge clean up…don’t muck about, get involved!

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We want our residents to feel pride in their surroundings, whether it’s by keeping the borough clean and safe, joining in with clean up activities or feeling confident that alongside partners, Calderdale Council will not tolerate littering, flytipping, dog fouling or speeding. Our message is simple – Don’t Muck About!

We have now done several focused days of action with partners including West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service, Together Housing and the Canal & River Trust.

It’s now Sowerby Bridges turn to get some attention and on 21-24 February 2018, we will be out tackling issues such as problem parking, littering, food hygiene standards, flytipping and our teams will be out cleaning and clearing away vegetation.

During the week we will be:

  • tackling speed awareness
  • checking on bars and doing food hygiene inspections
  • litter picking and bin emptying · removing graffiti, jet washing and de-odourising
  • issuing spot fines for littering and dog fouling
  • giving advice on recycling and pest control to residents and businesses
  • checking on air pollution and much more.

Follow what we’re up to and find out how you can get involved on twitter #dontmuckabout

 

Halifax Stories – free art/workshops throughout February

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All One Collective & St. Augustine’s Centre are proud to be collaborating with Counterpoints Arts to bring the stories of people in Halifax to life. Through free art workshops in the Piece Hall in February 2018, this work will focus on collaborations between new and established communities. Counterpoints Arts are funding the workshops with support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Halifax Stories is part of Stronger Communities project funded by CFFC and the Ghandi Statue Memorial Trust currently underway in Calderdale. The project focuses on building stronger and more connected communities through helping participants to develop self-belief, well-being, and practical skills & knowledge around influencing the world around them. The project also importantly focuses on building understanding between people from different backgrounds through the facilitation of community conversations and story-telling.

What are we offering?

Stella Barnes, an associate artist with Counterpoints Arts will offer a series of creative workshops enabling participants to explore the rich stories within their own lives. Through a story telling process, Stella will work with participants to enable them to develop new narratives and perspectives on their lives in Calderdale. The work produced by participants will be exhibited in the Piece Hall between June and August 2018. Alongside Stella, a photographer will take the portraits of willing participants, which will also be exhibited

 

 

More about Stella Barnes: Stella Barnes is an experienced artist who has worked extensively with communities. In 2017 she was the artist-in residence with idle women living and delivering workshops on a narrow boat and in the community in Mirfield and Dewsbury. Before this Stella has worked for many years on a range of different community projects and previously worked as Director of Participation in Ovalhouse, a theatre based in South London where she developed ‘We are London,’ a theatre project for young migrants and other young people and set up the Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists.

New participants to the Stronger communities project are always welcome. Discuss the Halifax Stories opportunity further by contacting:

Roisin Cavanagh 07771655617

all1collective.org.uk

counterpointsarts.org.uk

 

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Cabinet Budget Proposals for consultation 2018/19 to 2020/21

Budget Proposals 2018/19 to 2020/21

On Monday the 15th January 2018 Calderdale Council’s Cabinet met and agreed its budget plans to 2020/21. Calderdale-Council-logo

The budget sets out how much money is available for the Council to deliver its priorities and services over the next three years, and how that money will be spent. On top of the savings plans already in place, the Council has to reduce expenditure by a further £2.6m in 2018/19 and £8m in from 2019/20 onwards. This will mean making difficult decisions on how to deliver services with less money so we need your help.

You can read the overall consultation budget report, growth & savings proposals and initial Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) by clicking on the links below:

In summary we are proposing to:

  • raise Council Tax by 2.99% next year and add a 3% Social Care Precept on top to pay for care for our vulnerable adult residents
  • reduce the number of managers and other staff by merging teams and moving more services online
  • fund different priorities from the public health budget
  • increase the charges for some services that the Council provides, such as bereavement services
  • reduce some of the money we pay to West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • spend less on IT, staff training and other internal support services

But, we also are putting new investment into some key areas:

  • Winter maintenance/gritting our roads
  • homelessness and destitution
  • deferring planned savings in Waste Services
  • an additional Fire Safety post to enhance Calderdale’s resilience to tragedies, like Grenfell Tower
  • extra funding to continue the Emergency Living Scheme

Your comments and views are important to us. To give yours:

Alternatively, public meetings are currently being organised and these will be publicised when the final arrangements have been made. We are also planning to consult with partner organisations in the voluntary/community sector, bodies representing vulnerable groups and the business community.

Consultation on the budget proposals will run for four weeks and end on Monday 12th February 2018. We would urge as many stakeholders as possible to comment on the proposals set out. If you can see better ways of balancing the books, then of course we want to hear your views and ideas. Final decisions will be made at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 26th February 2018 (6pm start).

Have your say on emotional and wellbeing services in Calderdale

Emotional Health & Wellbeing – Survey for Parents, Carers and Family Members

Calderdale Council are consulting with parents, carers and family members to inform the Emotional Health and Wellbeing Local Transformation Plan. If you are a parent/carer or family member then please complete the anonymous survey using the link below. On average the survey takes less than 5 minutes, which I hope encourages you to fill it out.  If you wish to make any general comments about the survey or want to know more about the Local Transformation Plan, please contact Joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk  

Survey Link:   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CMBC-EHWB