Current Kirklees Ward Councillors
Cllr Naheed Mather
Civic Centre 3
T: 01484 328983
Her term ends in 2020
Cllrs McBride, Mather and Khan state:
‘On Saturday mornings different streets and roads throughout the Dalton Ward are visited by us and our team. Please phone or email to arrange an appointment for a visit to your home to discuss concerns’
A parish council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community.
Kirkheaton is one of 8 wards that makes up Kirkburton Parish Council .The parish meets on the first Thursday of every month [with the exception of August]
The meetings begin at 7.30 p.m. in the Burton Village Hall in Kirkburton.There is a Public Question Time session prior to every Parish Council meeting when the public is welcome to ask the council anything which comes under its responsibility. All the meetings are open to the public unless otherwise notified.
Kirkburton Parish Council produces a newsletter – One Voice, for its constituents. Click below on the relevant date to view
Current Parish Councillors:
31 The Paddock, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield. HD5 0ER
21 St Peter’s Crescent, Kirkheaton, Huddersfield HD5 0EY
What is the role of a Parish Councillor?
Role: Parish Councillor
Responsible to: All people resident within the Parish
Regular liaison with: Other councillors, local authorities, residents
Period of service: Four years with possible extension.
Salary: This is a voluntary position with some expenses able to be paid in certain cases.
Main purpose: Representing the views of all residents within the parish.
- Responsibility for running local services which may include: open spaces, play areas, village halls and potentially much more.
- Deciding on how much to raise through the council tax in order to deliver the council’s services.
- Influencing and shaping the long term development policy for the parish, and as part of the planning process, comment on planning applications in the parish.
- Improve the quality of life and the environment in the local area.
- Working to identify issues which are important to the lives of the residents represented.
- Working to bring about improvements through local projects, lobbying other service providers and working in partnership with other parishes and agencies.
Alison Munro writes of her role:
My role as a parish councillor is diverse and interesting, as one day I could be sorting out a complaint about a footpath or road, the next talking to pupils at Kirkheaton JI&N School about our Sunflower Competition organised by Kirkburton Parish Council Environment Commitee. My role involves discussions with the Company managing the landfill site, to ensure strict guidelines are adhered to and anyone with a complaint relating to the site is heard and appropriate action taken. I liaise with Richard Steel the vicar of St Johns in relation to events such as the recent bulb planting and litter picking day. I have also attended meetings with the police concerning the issue of young people causing a nuisance in the village. The siting of the Drs surgery is also high on my agenda.
I attend parish council meetings every two weeks. These are held at Kirkburton Parish Council Offices. These meetings are formal and subject to strict guidelines. Local issues are debated such as the recently publicised Local Development Framework. Local planning applications are also dealt with. Time at the beginning is set aside for the public to attend and raise any issues or matters of concern. Our local noticeboard in the village advertises forthcoming meetings as well as providing an agenda.
I attend a meeting every two months in relation to the development of the former quarry now a landfill site. The Kirkheaton Community Network Group meeting follows. Anyone who is interested in Kirkheaton, and its social and environmental development should come along, all are welcome. We currently have several topics on the agenda ranging from a village plan to the development of a community orchard or garden. We would love more people from the village to attend these meetings and get involved.