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Together July - August 2010

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Welcome Welcome to your first joint Kirklees Council and NHS Kirklees ‘Together’ magazine. We have some other, exciting ‘firsts’ to tell you about. One of these is the proposal for our first academy school which is due to open at Howden Clough in Batley in 2013. And, in the same year, we’re planning to open the first brand new secondary school in north Huddersfield for over 30 years, at Bradley. In Dewsbury, new buildings are underway at Headfield CE(C) Junior School in Thornhill Lees and we are modernising high schools and colleges. We’re also pleased to tell you about Streetscene, a new council service which is making a difference to people’s lives. Streetscene aims to make everywhere in Kirklees clean, well looked after, and safe. Find out more on pages 20 and 21. We’re working together with the police on their new burglary task force and we’ve got some more news from the police about their new town centre team. See pages 6 and 26.

Cllr Mehboob Khan The Leader of Kirklees Council

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- if you are 60 and over or 16 and under - at public swim sessions at Kirklees pools. To swim4free, you need to register for a MORE card (one-off fee of £2).

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Call in at any pool reception. www.kirkleesactive.co.uk/swimming/swim4free

NHS Kirklees is taking every opportunity to work in partnership with Kirklees Council to improve our services for you. Our summer health messages include tips on being ‘sun smart’ and how you can take care of yourself when the temperature hots up. There is also information on how to keep hydrated in the summer sun and eating healthily. If you fancy your chances of winning a Nintendo DSi, then turn to the health pages - 8 and 9 - to find out how to enter our free prize draw. NHS Kirklees commissions - that is plans and pays for - any health services that are needed. This includes hospitals, ambulances, mental health and other specialist services. NHS Kirklees also agrees contracts with local GPs, dentists, pharmacists and optometrists to deliver high quality services for local people. We are the main NHS body responsible for healthcare and health improvement for people living in the district. We work in partnership with Kirklees Council and other public organisations to continue to improve our services for you and make Kirklees a healthier place to live.

Rob Napier Chairman, NHS Kirklees

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Jobs and training Here are some of the things your council has done, and continues to do, to create jobs and training opportunities, in the current economic climate: • 742 jobs to b e filled over the lifetime of the Future Jobs Fun d programme

Jobs • 86 new jobs created by council enterprise centres’ tenants and £114,000 of new investment Our business support work includes: • 75 new jobs created in Huddersfield and 100 jobs safeguarded as a leading insurance company moves to Folly Hall • 45 new jobs created after a precision engineering company expanded

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Training and skills • 120 residents could benefit from ‘build’ skills training from September

• 384 jobs safeguarde d after we awarded ten manufactur ers business ra tes relief • £1.7m allocated through the Access to Employment programme to ensure local people from deprived communities can access good quality and sustainable employment • £2.9m allocated from the West Yorkshire Investment Plan to provide skills development to local residents

See also Improving Town Centres on page 23

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A bright new future for young people New schools and colleges for Kirklees - if the new government gives the go-ahead

New schools are being planned in both the Huddersfield and Dewsbury areas in the multi-million pound Schools for the Future programme. And two exciting new Kirklees Colleges are proposed. But, as your magazine went to print, we were waiting to hear if the new government would give us the go-ahead.

Artist’s impression of how the new school for Bradley, Huddersfield, could look.

academy The first academy school in Kirklees is due to open at Howden Clough, Batley, in 2013. Your council appointed E-ACT to establish the school and they are exploring opportunities to work in partnership with Wakefield Diocesan Board of Education.

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secondary school Another first for Kirklees is a proposed brand new secondary school for north Huddersfield - the first to be built in this area for over 30 years. Planned to open in 2013, this school would share an extended site with All Saints’ Catholic College at Bradley.

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sixth form centre Your council has teamed up with Huddersfield New College to discuss creating a new sixth form centre in north Kirklees in a brand new building, with a capacity for around 1,000 students. The location has yet to be finalised.

junior school New buildings are underway for 600 Year 3 to Year 6 pupils at Headfield CE(C) Junior School in Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury. The school is currently made up of four permanent blocks, three temporary double classrooms and a disused Victorian annexe, which will all be replaced by, or incorporated into, a single building including a three-storey new build extension.

Artist’s impression of the new Headfield CE(C) Junior School.

Investment in secondary schools Schools and colleges in north Kirklees will benefit from considerable investment to modernise buildings and provide state of the art facilities. These are: St John Fisher Catholic High School, Westborough High School, Whitcliffe Mount Specialist Business and Enterprise College, The Community Science College @ Thornhill, and Earlsheaton Technology College.

Kirklees College campus This exciting new development – paid for by national government – is part of the proposed Waterfront scheme for Huddersfield. It includes a proposed new campus for Dewbury.

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Artist’s impression courtesy of Kirklees College.

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New police team for town centre Your council and the police are testing a new approach to make our town centres safer. The first new police team dedicated to patrolling town centres has hit the streets in Huddersfield. If this works well, it is hoped that new police teams can also be set up in other town centres in Kirklees. Around 15 extra officers are available to deal with problems such as purse dippers, aggressive begging, traffic offences and anti-social behaviour. Sergeant John McFadzean leads the team of police constables, police community support officers, and student officers. These officers are in addition to the Neighbourhood Policing Team which already covers the town centre.

Sgt McFadzean said: “It is important that the town centre remains a fun and vibrant place to be and we will do our utmost to meet the needs and expectations of those who use it.” The team will deter and disrupt the activities of those who seek to cause problems or commit crime. This will include dealing with problem premises and counterfeit goods. They will also concentrate on areas known to attract anti-social behaviour. Sgt McFadzean said: “The extra officers will mean an increased visible presence which will be reassuring. I believe this will have a positive impact on town centre businesses by adding further confidence to trading.”

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Save money – get a compost bin Composting is easy, it’s good for the environment and it saves you money. Make it yourself from garden waste and some kitchen waste. Kirklees Council has teamed up with local company, Straight Plc, to offer low cost home compost bins to all Kirklees residents. The Compost Converter is £14 for a 220 litre bin or £17 for a 330 litre bin. Delivery charge per order is £5.

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Order your bin: www.kirklees.getcomposting.com Straight Plc 0845 130 60 90 Offer subject to availability. Specifications may change without notice. Please allow up to 28 days for delivery.

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How to make compost Choose a mixture of green and brown ingredients from this list: • Tea bags • Grass cuttings • Fruit and vegetable peelings • Old flowers • Coffee grounds • Nettles • Egg shells • Shredded paper • Shredded cardboard • Dry leaves • Ashes from wood paper and lumpwood charcoal • Vacuum bag contents (if you have natural fibre carpets)

1. Put your compost bin on a level, well drained spot. 2. Add the ingredients. 3. Mix with a garden fork or broom handle from time to time. 4. After about six months, you should have black crumbly compost material with no smell which is ready for you to plant seeds in or put on your flowerbeds.

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Dr Judith Hooper

...with Dr Judith Hooper Director of Public Health, NHS Kirklees and Kirklees Council.

It’s great to enjoy the sunshine but whether you are reading, gardening, walking, working or playing take care to avoid dehydration, heat exhaustion, or worse.

Here are our three summer health tips:

Be SunSmart Don’t let sunburn catch you out. Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm Make sure you never burn A im to cover up with a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses Remember to take extra care with children T hen use factor 15+ sunscreen or higher Local pharmacies support our SunSmart campaign. They can give you more advice and information.

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Eat smart and healthy Summer breaks and holidays can be a huge temptation to over indulge. Keep your energy levels up by limiting sweets and fatty foods. Eat more fresh summer fruits and vegetables; whole grains such as wholemeal bread, pasta and cereals; and healthy lean protein such as chicken, fish and pulses.

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If you are looking after children, remember, not exposing them to alcohol is the best way to prevent underage drinking. www.kirklees.nhs.uk

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Investment in Dewsbury Dewsbury Market’s new look Award winning Dewsbury Market is nearing the end of its £2.5m refurbishment programme. The original Victorian architectural character of the open and semicovered markets is being restored to match the stunning market hall which was refurbished in 2007. Wider aisles, colourful new canopies and brighter lighting are among the improvements. And the fresh fish quarter has been extended and improved. Dewsbury Market is one of the busiest and most successful markets in the North.

Look out for Wallace and Gromit at Dewsbury Market on Wednesday, August 4. 01484 223730

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Dewsbury Town Hall It is the first time this grade two listed building has undergone such a major overhaul since it was opened in 1889 at a cost of £45,988.

Major renovation work costing over £2.5m is being carried out at Dewsbury Town Hall. The work includes: a new roof with improved insulation, a new lift, the renewal of gutters and rainwater pipes, stonework cleaning and repair; window repairs and secondary glazing, external redecoration and new lighting to highlight the features of the building. There will also be new flagpoles and repairs to the clock tower.

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The work is due to be completed next year.

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What’s n Lots of different events are held in Kirklees all the year round – and many of them are free.

For a full list of events, please call 01484 234000 and ask for a copy of ‘Kirklees What’s on’ or see www.kirklees.gov.uk/events

If there is anything here that you would like to attend, please check in case changes have been made since your magazine was printed. A phone number, website or email address is listed for each one.

Free Saturday and Sunday, July 17 and 18 Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury Don’t miss one big weekend of free live music, entertainment and activities which bring together the hugely popular Concerts in the Park and the multicultural festival A World Together. It’s off to a great start with The Magic of Motown on Saturday night, starting at 7.30pm. This fantastic tribute show features the hit music of The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and Jackson 5. This show is part of a national tour and is usually a performance people pay to see so bring your friends, family and a picnic - and enjoy! The park comes alive again on Sunday afternoon from 12pm onwards with live music, activities and fun for all. Pop sensation Gabriella Cilmi and chart-toppers Roll Deep will perform on the main stage - supported by local band The Sighting and the winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands. Throughout the park, there will be children’s activities and entertainment, acoustic music performances and stalls selling food, drink and crafts.

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Brass in the Park Every weekend until September Listen to the sounds of local brass bands in parks and museum gardens. Contact us for a programme. 01484 222087 www.kirklees.gov.uk/brassbands

Free

Travels of My Mind Saturday, July 24 – Saturday, August 14 Batley Art Gallery, Batley Library Display by members of the Howland centre with artwork representing memories, hopes and ambitions of travel. 01924 326021 for details of opening hours

Free

Countdown to 2012 Batley Sports and Tennis Centre Saturday, July 24 10am – 2pm Why not give tennis and badminton a try in the newly refurbished Batley Sports and Tennis Centre? martin.gonzalez@kirklees.gov.uk 01484 234059

Crown of Lights Music Festival The Green, Heckmondwike Saturday, July 24, and Saturday, September 4 12 noon – 9pm Enjoy a showcase of live music, ranging in styles, from some of the best regional bands. Also, a variety of children’s entertainment. www.crownoflights.org.uk

Huddersfield Social Media Surgeries Are you interested in using blogs, text messages, Facebook, Twitter and other free websites – sometimes called social media? If so, come along to one of our free drop-in advice sessions.

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Dewsbury Canal Festival Savile Town Wharf, Mill Street East, Sunday, July 25 10am – 4pm Enjoy the large fairground and lots of craft stalls and exhibitors plus free boat trips along the canal by the Safe Anchor Trust. Free entry but charges for some activities. Gordon@cvmarine.co.uk Festival of Flight Monday, July 26 – Friday, July 30, 10am – 2pm Dewsbury Town Hall Monday, August 9 – Friday, August 13, 10am – 2pm Dewsbury Arena Exhibition and related events about flight to inspire young people to ‘fly for your dreams’. Schools and youth groups in the Dewsbury area are taking part in this national project. 01349 865400 www.heartstone.co.uk

Free

Huddersfield Pink Picnic Sunday, July 25, 12 noon - 7pm Moor End Farm, South Crosland, Huddersfield Celebrate the longest running Pride in the country in its 24th year alongside members of the LGBT Community and their families. Pink Picnic is a one of a kind event in Kirklees. Admission is free but a donation is requested on the gate. www.huddersfieldpinkpicnic.co.uk

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Outdoor Dewsbury Festival Various venues around Dewsbury Saturday, July 31 – Sunday, August 8 An outdoor festival inspiring people to get active. Activities to suit all abilities, everyone can join in. Contact us for a programme. 01484 234081 annl.williams@kirklees.gov.uk

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Yorkshire Day Celebrations Batley Live Batley town centre Saturday, July 31, 11am – 4.30pm Fun activities and entertainment for the Yorkshire Day weekend. 01484 222087 arts.creativity@kirklees.gov.uk

Re-opening of Dewsbury Museum August - see local newspapers for opening date After extensive development and restoration, the museum will soon be re- opened. The next phase is to develop new displays to sit alongside the popular toy gallery and 1940s classroom. 01484 223802

Outdoor Dewsbury Festival - 9 day event Various venues Saturday, July 31 - Sunday, August 8 Celebrate the best of the Yorkshire countryside, traditions and regional food at this event in the town centre. Includes: the Yorkshire Flat Cap Throwing Championships and Dewsbury Ferret Derby! 01484 234077 john.gleadow@kirklees.gov.uk

Playday Wednesday, August 4 Crow Nest Park 10.30am - 3pm Fun activities for children of all ages at the launch of a fabulous new adventure playground in the park behind Dewsbury Museum. Phillip Blackwell 01484 222822

Celebrations at Oakwell Hall Country Park Nutter Lane, Birstall, Batley Sunday, August 1, 11am – 4pm Ay Up! It’s Yorkshire Day! Try out traditional games and activities, visit the Yorkshire market stalls, explore Yorkshire displays, enjoy tea and cakes - and of course Yorkshire Puddings. Free admission to event (normal Hall charges apply) www.friendsofoakwellhall.org.uk

Bounce ‘n’ Bump Green Park, Heckmondwike Saturday, August 7 11am - 4pm A fun-filled family day out with ‘bounce ‘n’ bump’, craft activities, circus skills, drumming workshops, live music and street entertainers. (Small charge for fairground rides). www.kirklees.gov.uk/events 01484 222087 roz.garthwaite@kirklees.gov.uk

Free

Yorkshire Day Gala Beaumont Park, Huddersfield Sunday, August 1, 1pm - 5pm Entertainment, stalls, donkey rides, Pennine Jazz and YT Honley Band. Friends of Beaumont Park 01484 645217 www.fobp.co.uk

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What’s n Emley Show Factory Farm, beside Emley Moor Mast Saturday, August 7 9am onwards Ticket price: £20 for a family of four Have a great day out at this huge agricultural show with events in seven rings. www.emleyshow.org.uk Dewsbury Flower, Vegetable and Handicraft Show Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury Saturday, August 7, 1pm-4.30pm Sunday, August 8, 11am-4.30pm Huddersfield Flower, Vegetable and Handicraft Show Ravensknowle Park Saturday, August 14, 1pm-4.30pm Sunday, August 15, 11am-4.30pm Small entry charge Both shows feature cookery and ‘grow your own’ demonstrations, a free brass band concert and family funfair. Competition to enter. 01484 234029

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival – 10th anniversary St George’s Square, Huddersfield Thursday, August 12 – Sunday, August 15 Thursday – Friday: 10am – 6pm Saturday: 10am – late, Sunday: 11am – 5pm Local celebrity chefs, over 40 food and drink stalls, an array of cookery demonstrations and free children’s entertainment. www.foodanddrinkfestival.co.uk 01484 487933

Paintings by David Ellis Batley Art Gallery, Batley Library Saturday, August 21 - Saturday, September 11 An exhibition by this well-known Huddersfield artist as he reaches 70. 01924 326021

Free

Dewsbury on Sea Foundry Street, near Dewsbury Market Saturday, August 28 10am – 4pm Seaside fun with donkey rides, sandcastles and even a knobbly knee competition. 01924 324660 viv.edmonds@kirklees.gov.uk

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Victoria Tower – Bank Holiday weekend Saturday - Monday, August 28 - 30, 12.30pm – 4.30pm This splendid tower at Castle Hill, Almondbury, Huddersfield, is also open each weekend until Sunday, October 31. Admission charges - 60p children, £1.30 adults. Family ticket - £3. Free admission for Kirklees Passport Holders. Walk and Ride Festival Saturday, September 11 Sunday, September 26 Walks, mountain bike rides, cycling events, horse rides, talks, films and much more. www.pennineprospects.co.uk 01274 433536 Kirklees Concert Season with the Orchestra of Opera North September - May Concerts are played at Dewsbury and Huddersfield Town Halls during the day and evening. The Orchestra of Opera North heads up the season performing several of their own concerts, as well as inviting visiting orchestras from across the country. www.kirklees.gov.uk/events Huddersfield Visitor Information Office 01484 223200 Dewsbury Town Hall Box Office 01924 324501 Holmfirth Tourist Information Centre 01484 222444

David Brown 150th Anniversary Time Line Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield Until Thursday, December 30 Exhibition about this local company which has made gears for everything from Aston Martin cars to nuclear submarines. Access to part of the exhibition is by stairs only. 01484 223830

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Let’s dance - Strictly-style Hundreds of Kirklees schoolchildren are trying out Latin American and ballroom style dancing in after-school clubs and as part of their PE lessons in a huge programme involving all Kirklees schools over the next two years. So far over 120 teachers have taken part in the Essentially Dance training programme which shows them how to teach the cha cha cha, waltz, quickstep and jive. Essentially Dance builds on the huge popularity of the TV show Strictly Come Dancing. Stars Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova visited Kirklees to launch Essentially Dance. Pupil Neave Ludlow from South Crosland School in Netherton said, “I love Essentially Dance as it is an amazing opportunity for boys and girls to learn some great steps.” Older people and community groups are also having fun trying out the dance steps, or dancing as they used to, at various community venues in an exciting extension to the school’s project. The project, a joint initiative between NHS Kirklees and the council, aims to get people active and meet others but is also a great way to have fun and boost self-confidence.

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Our priorities for Kirklees - by the Leader of Kirklees Council,

Cllr Mehboob Khan

Cllr Khan was elected Leader of the council for four years at the annual meeting in May. Here are his main priorities for Kirklees in the coming council year:

‘Together’ we will:

• Enhance life chances for young people Working in partnership to improve educational attainment for the under 16s and enable them to reach their full potential.

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• Lead Kirklees out of recession Making sure we emerge with a stronger economy and better paid jobs.

• Support older people to be healthy, active and included Helping people to better health by focusing on preventative work, empowering people to be in control of their decision and achieve their goals.

• Lead Kirklees out of recession Making sure we emerge with a stronger economy and better paid jobs.

• Provide effective and productive services • Provide effective and Making sure we services emerge with a productive stronger economy and better Ensuring services are focused paid jobs. on the needs of the community and delivering excellent value for money.

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“We want to live in a cleaner, nicer place.”

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Streetscene

Kirklees is a great place to live and your council is making your town centres and neighbourhoods even better with our brand new Streetscene service. Streetscene wants everyone in Kirklees to live and work in an area that is clean, well looked after and safe.

We already: 140,000 miles of footpaths and roads swept clean each year

• empty about 10 million bins • deal with over 250,000 customer calls • maintain over 51,000 streetlights and around 6,500 illuminated signs and bollards • grow more than 500,000 plants from seed • recycle about 48,000 tonnes of household waste • grit 62,140 miles of road - that’s nearly two and a half times the earth’s circumference!

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250,000 customer calls

10 million bins emptied

51,000 streetlights and around 6,500 illuminated signs and bollards

Streetscene is tackling your concerns such as: litter, faulty street lights, overgrown vegetation, anti-social behaviour, damaged roads and pavements, graffiti and dog mess. A recent survey showed: • Over three-quarters of Kirklees residents (77.4%) are satisfied with the local area as a place to live - up from 72% in 2006 • 62% agree that we are working to make the area cleaner and greener • Clean streets are the second most important factor for residents in making somewhere a good place to live The new service has around 1,170 staff from traditional council services such as highways; refuse collection; cleansing; transport; parks and open spaces; waste disposal and landscape architects. They are all working together to improve and maintain your neighbourhoods - making a real difference to people’s lives.

48,000 tonnes of household waste recycled

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Residents told us that we needed to help people from different backgrounds to get along with each other. We talked to people living in eight areas of Kirklees to find out more about their views and how we could make things better. Here are some examples of the things we do to bring communities together:

Football crazy We helped junior football clubs from Savile Town and Thornhill, parents and friends of all ages to get together for a joint trip to a Huddersfield Town football match. And ex-player Andy Booth gave free tickets for the game. It was a great day! New friendships were made between two different communities and across the generations.

Women together We encouraged women from the communities of St Paulinus Catholic Primary School and Boothroyd J and I School in Westtown, Dewsbury, to develop joint events and activities. Around 40 women attended a meeting. They discussed how they all belonged to the same town and how they could contribute to the wellbeing of both school communities.

Sport Relief community event Local people worked together with council staff to organise and run this event at Thornhill Lees community centre. Over 250 people attended and it was so popular that there are plans for it to become an annual event.

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Improving town centres Here are some of the things your council has done, and continues to do, to improve town centres:

Events

Big events attract thousands of people into our town centres each year which boosts local businesses. • 20,000 visitors attracted into Huddersfield by the Festival of Light in the Christmas shopping period • 15,000 people attracted into Dewsbury by the Concerts in the Park last year • 7,000 people attended the switch-on of the new Huddersfield Christmas lights by Patrick Stewart • 50,000 people attended our Food and Drink Festival last year

Shops and markets Improvement • In most of our town centres the programme number of shops occupied is already back to the same as it was in 2007/8 - before the global recession

• Our speciality street markets always attract extra shoppers into the town centres

Free parking • Free parking for shoppers in Huddersfield over Christmas led to retailers reporting that the sales period, starting on Boxing Day, was one of their best ever

Our £7 million town and village centre improvement programme over seven years includes: • Schemes in Batley, Cleckheaton and Heckmondwike • Improvements in Scholes, Birstall, Honley and Golcar, Gomersal, Lepton and Upperthong

Other schemes across Kirklees are due to start soon.

• Over 100,000 tickets offered giving shoppers, in Dewsbury, three hours of free parking in Cliffe Street car park

See also Jobs and Training on page 3. www.kirklees.gov.uk

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Eating out? Look for Scores on the Doors This is a five star rating scheme for all food businesses with good hygiene and food safety practice. No stars is a poor rating and five stars is excellent.

Council food safety officers inspect all premises that handle, store, prepare or serve food to make sure it is safe to eat. This helps to prevent food illnesses such as salmonella and E-Coli 0157 which can be fatal, particularly for elderly and other vulnerable people. After an inspection, businesses are given a certificate showing their star rating which they can display, but they do not have to do this and the lower rated businesses are less likely to display theirs.

Your council and its partners encourage all food premises to be clean, safe and healthy.

So before you eat out ask the food business for their star rating or look it up on the internet.

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Check this out! Charlie’s Fish & Chip shop

Kirklees Healthy Choice Award We work together with the NHS on the Healthy Choice award. This is for all food businesses which have a good standard of hygiene and offer healthy options to customers. It is available at gold, silver and bronze levels. Gold award holder, Mr Hussain, of Charlie’s fish and chip shop in Soothill, Batley, said: “I was told about the Healthy Choice award during my routine food hygiene inspection. I was keen to improve my menu so I could achieve the award and offer healthier options to my customers. I already had people enquiring about calorie, salt and fat content.

“I was also keen to show my customers that my fish and chip shop business is clean and that the food is stored, prepared, cooked and served safely.” Over one month, Mr Hussain introduced: • • • •

lower fat margarine lower sodium salt light mayonnaise wholemeal pitta bread

• reduced salt/sugar baked beans • grilled burgers rather than fried.

He said:

“By offering healthy menu options, I hope to overturn the myth that take-aways are always unhealthy. “My business has benefited from achieving the gold Healthy Choice award and it took only a very limited investment of time and money.” Do you: • have a child in a nursery, playgroup, breakfast club or with a childminder • buy take-away food • eat at a luncheon club • eat at restaurants or cafés • have a relative or friend in a nursing home? If so, make sure the food you are eating is healthy and safe by looking out for the hygiene rating and Healthy Choice logo .

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Huddersfield North Seven localities in Kirklees are used to provide better co-ordinated services reflecting different needs.

Tackling crime

New burglary task force starts out The first area in Kirklees to benefit from the latest action to tackle burglary was Deighton in Huddersfield. A team of police officers are walking around local neighbourhoods identifying homes which are susceptible to attack. The team includes crime prevention officers, local neighbourhood policing team officers, and special constables. They are joined by partners such as Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing.

Inspector Dave Stainthorpe

Inspector Dave Stainthorpe said a significant number of burglaries occurred because houses were left insecure. They began in Ruskin Grove, Deighton. They visited residents to discuss crime prevention measures and advise them about anything which might attract burglars such as: insecure out-buildings, vulnerable cars, and overgrown shrubbery.

are “What oing ed c i l o p the live?” I e r e wh Find out what work the police and council are doing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in your area. Don’t miss the Huddersfield North PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meetings run by your Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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They also gave out crime prevention packs and UV pens for people to security mark their property. Here is some advice from Insp Stainthorpe: Keep doors locked even when you are inside. Offenders can sneak in while you are at home. They often look for your car keys so they can steal your car parked on the drive. “Always take the key out of the door lock. Offenders reach through letterboxes and hook the keys if they are left nearby. Put keys somewhere safe but within easy reach in case you have to leave your home in an emergency. “Look out for yourself and your neighbours. If you see anyone suspicious, call 999.

Advising on crime pre vention

Working alongside the police, Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing are replacing vulnerable doors on over 20,000 properties.

01484 436729 ea.northnpt@westyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

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New task force

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We work together with our partners – such as West Yorkshire Police and your local health service – to develop and improve local services. Each locality is featured in turn in your magazine. The other localities are: Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw; Denby Dale and Kirkburton; Huddersfield South; Mirfield and Dewsbury; Spen Valley and The Valleys.

Take a new look at the park!

ce at mation that’s taking pla for ns tra e th en se u yo Have ed Greenhead Park? Huddersfield’s much lov ry cil and the Heritage Lotte Funded by Kirklees Coun ing on project has been tak Fund, a massive restorati nths mo few a ly and it is now on place for around a year from completion. gs u will see are new railin Among the first things yo sk du rk can be closed at and gates so that the pa each day. e the re-creation of Other new features includ l five lakes in front of one of the park’s origina nd. the fully restored bandsta , you can see the Opposite the bandstand will find the park café lakeside arbour and you med, including the has been totally transfor clock tower. provided next to the A new play area will be government, the café with funding from the ’s Play Programme Big Lottery Fund Children and Kirklees Council. park, the grade The main building in the will be completely two listed conservatory will s is a new building, which transformed. Behind thi to by the council, in addition house a restaurant, run the park café.

Council, The Leader of Kirklees id: “Thousands of Cllr Mehboob Khan, sa Park each year people visit Greenhead will enjoy and we hope everyone ve the results of this massi transformation.”

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Robert Whittaker 07976 194012 robert.whittaker@kirklees.gov.uk

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Foster Career

Foster carers change lives

Work has never been so rewarding d l i h c a give nce a cha

Being a foster parent is a rewarding and challenging career that can make a real difference to a child’s life. You’ll need dedication, energy and compassion - together with a spare bedroom in your home. We’ll provide full training, ongoing support and a generous allowance.

To find out more call 0800 389 0086 www.kirklees.gov.uk/fostering


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