Restoration of old bridleway

A group of volunteers are restoring the old bridleway Cold Royd which leads from Jagger Lane down onto Broad Lane. Due to a long period of neglect the old flags have been either stolen or hidden under vegetation, and the walls have fallen into disrepair. The group are funded by a grant from the Dalton Ward and are supported by Kirklees Countryside Volunteers. The grant has paid for drystone wall tuition and the stone required.

David Clarkin, who instigated the project, writes:
We benefit from expert tuition from Anita Faherty, a senior member of West Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Association. We started work on 6 May and held a second session on Saturday 3 June. We have arranged to meet again on 24 June and 15 July.
Six of our volunteers are from the village and four are from elsewhere. I hope that after the tuition, the interest in dry stone walling will continue. If it does we will certainly continue our work at Coldroyd through August, September and into October.

Anyone interested in joining them to learn a new skill should contact David on 01484 535 643 or e mail

Fly tipping on Laneside

Now you see it …….
Now you don’t!
A huge thank you  to Casey’s and volunteers from Yetton Together for removing the unsightly and illegal fly tipping at the old entrance to the brickworks [landfill site] on Laneside.
Increasingly fly tipping is becoming a problem around Kirkheaton. Please report any tippers or their rubbish to the council.

Please stay on the official paths!

Caseys have expressed concerns re the footpaths and fencing around their landfill site at Laneside. A few areas have had the fencing trampled down (see photo) and walkers are walking on non designated paths. It is anticipated that work will soon recommence on the site so it is important that people keep to the signed designated rights of way across and around the site for their own safety.

About blooming time!

Now is the time to get out into the lovely countryside around Kirkheaton and enjoy the bluebells which are flowering now. There are numerous walks where you can see them in their natural woodland habitat. Try the suggested walks that were published in the Spring 2017 edition of Yetton News or search ‘bluebell walk’ on our website –

Low Fold footpath decision

After years of legal proceedings, the dispute regarding the  blocked footpath between Stead Lane and Bankfield Lane has been resolved. An inquiry was held by the Planning Inspectorate in December 2016 and the decision  was made  that the footpath at Low Fold (see map) should be formally added  to the records as a public right of way  (PROW)
Click here to see the Inspector’s report.
16 July Low Fold

262 bus – new timetable

There will be a new timetable  for the 262 bus Huddersfield to Dewsbury via Kirkheaton starting on the 30th October 2016. The service has been reduced to just two buses per hour during the day and the times change mid afternoon.  There has been a pledge made to make the service more reliable!

Please follow the link to see the new timetable and click on forthcoming timetable.

Date for Inquiry into Low Fold footpath set

16 July Low FoldThe inquiry into the status of Low Fold footpath [see map] will be held by the Planning Inspectorate at 10am on Wednesday 14th December at Huddersfield Town Hall.
It is important if you wish to speak, give evidence, or contribute in any way, that you attend on the opening day.  It is open to anyone who has made an objection or representation and anyone else with an interest to attend.
If you have asked to be heard you will be expected to attend.
Anyone who wishes to give evidence must ensure that their statement is received by the Secretary of State by  14th October 2016.

16 July NoticeWe will post more information nearer the time.

The mystery of the disappearing plants!



Then there were none!!!!
Someone so enjoyed the colourful plants  around the village that they decided they would like some of them! All the plants in the two tubs situated at the seat on Cockley Hill Lane, have disappeared! But  the labels have been left behind so we know what we are missing! Presumably they are  now being enjoyed by the perpetrator in their own garden.
Our two hard working gardeners have replanted the tubs this week. Let’s hope we can all enjoy these plants.
16 July planter
We would be grateful if people would keep an eye on all the tubs to help prevent this happening again.

Decision time for village housing proposals

A number of Kirkheaton residents attended the strategic committee meeting at Huddersfield Town Hall on July 14 th to put forward their points of view regarding the housing planning applications for 60 houses at Cockley Hill Lane and 48 on the old mill site. Representation was made by Kirkheaton Future regarding its findings re the developing Neighbourhood Plan alongside Yetton Together. Cllr Peter McBride ( Labour Dalton ward) also supported the groups and urged the committee to take note of the developing Neighbourhood Plan.
The chair complimented the groups on their work and stated he wished more residential groups came to the council with their views
The Shop Lane site
Outline planning permission was granted with the following conditions:
The right of way known as ‘The Transey’ connecting Shop Lane and St Paul’s Road should be put into ‘sound order’ by the developer.
Traffic management should be revisited

The  Cockley Hill site
Concern was expressed by councillors re the presence of coal on the site and how this would be dealt with.
Outline planning permission was deferred to a later date until the developer submitted a detailed remediation strategy regarding the coal seams

A council officer stated that there should be moves to ‘facilitate a dialogue between the landowner and the group’ ie Kirkheaton Future. This would enable the village to have more say in the type of housing, materials used, layout and traffic management on the proposed sites

Proffesor Peter Roberts, member of Kirheaton Future commented ‘A satisfactory outcome which offers the opportunity to achieve a more sustainable development on the mill site and further consideration of the Cockley Hill site’