Calderdale Council

2021 Labour hold, from 2019

Calderdale scoreboard

Counting complete. After 19 of 19 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 8
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 28
  2. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 9
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +2
    • Councillors overall total 16
  3. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 2
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -2
    • Councillors overall total 5
  4. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 2
  1. Snow closes some West Yorkshire schools

    The wintry weather has forced a number of schools in West Yorkshire to close on Friday.

    Snow in Kirklees

    In Kirklees, Berry Brow I&N and Castle Hill have both indicated they will not be open today. A number of other schools are also starting later.

    In Bradford, the council has indicated three schools are currently affected, two with late starts and Oldfield Primary School not opening due to snow and ice on the site.

    Two schools in Calderdale have closed their doors due to the weather. Norland CE and St Mary's CE J&I in Sowerby Bridge have both shut their doors.

    There are no snow-related closures reported in Wakefield and Leeds.

    For the latest on the weather, visit the BBC's weather page for your area.

  2. Search for Halifax hum to go on

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A low humming sound has plagued some living people in parts of West Yorkshire for more than a year.

    An ear

    Residents of Holmfield have report side-effects including lack of sleep, headaches, ear pain and stress and anxiety.

    Councillor Scott Patient has told them investigations would continue.

    “It is a complex case and our inquiries have identified lots of potential sources.

    “The service is convinced there is not one single source of noise and some have been discounted", he said.

    Calderdale Council was working with neighbouring authorities to try and identify the source, Mr Patient added.

    Campaigners believe the councils need to carry out low-frequency noise measurements inside and outside of buildings suspected of producing the noise and to also detect the source by triangulation to pinpoint the exact source of the sound.

  3. Calder Valley flood defences officially opened

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter

    Homeowners and businesses in Mytholmroyd have welcomed the official opening of the town's flood defence scheme.

    Flood defences

    Funding was secured for the project after the devastating Boxing Day floods in 2015, when thousands of Calderdale homes and businesses were flooded.

    Mytholmroyd experienced its highest ever recorded flood, with approximately 300 properties and 70 businesses being flooded - as well as the church, two schools and the community centre.

    Serah Cullinan Stookes, whose house flooded in 2015, told BBC Radio Leeds: "The sad thing is, it had to get really bad before it got better. So I think Boxing Day - as devastating as it was - was a catalyst for putting Mytholmroyd on the map."

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    Video caption: Serah Cullinan Stookes's home flooded in 2015.

    The completed scheme includes the construction of new and improved flood walls, the relocation of Caldene Bridge. The river channel has also been widened at two key locations.

    Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency, said: "It provides better protection for the village and will also create valuable time for people to prepare when flooding is about to happen."

  4. Council 'sorry' as isolating staff delay bin collections

    Calderdale Council said it's "really sorry" that some bins aren't being collected on time because an increase in coronavirus case among its crews means staff have had to self-isolate.


    A spokesperson says waste and recycling collections are being delayed.

    They added: "Some recycling collections will be running a day behind this week, but our crews will be working over this weekend to try and catch up.

    "If your waste hasn't been collected by the end of Sunday, it will be collected on your next scheduled collection day."

  5. Enhanced Covid testing after 'sharp' case rise

    Additional asymptomatic testing is due to begin today in parts of Leeds and Calderdale where cases of Covid-19 are "rising sharply".

    Testing site and sign

    Hyde Park, Headingley, Little London and Woodhouse have seen an increase in cases, particularly among younger people, Leeds City Council said.

    PCR tests are being offered at new pop-up testing centres, including at the University of Leeds.

    Testing centres are opening at Cinder Moor in Woodhouse Lane, the Gryphon Centre at the University of Leeds and the Mandela Community Centre in Chapeltown Road.

    The rate of infection in Leeds overall is 161 cases per 100,000 people, according to council data.

    However, it said the area including Headingley and Hyde Park had a case rate of 841 per 100,000 people and Little London and Woodhouse's case rate stood at about 337 per 100,000 people.

    Extra testing is also being rolled out in Ryburn, Sowerby Bridge, Illingworth and Mixenden in Calderdale.

    Calderdale Council Director of Public Health Deborah Harkins,said: "We're in a race between the Delta variant and the vaccine.

    "We hope the extra testing will push down the size of the peak caused by Delta to allow time to offer the vaccine to all adults."

  6. Surge testing expanded in West Yorkshire

    Surge testing is being expanded in West Yorkshire to help identify and contain the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.

    Dewsbury test centre

    Kirklees and Calderdale councils said more people were invited to get a PCR test from today.

    New testing sites are set to open alongside the existing centres and door-knocking will also increase.

    The Delta variant, first detected in India, is dominant in both Kirklees and Calderdale.

    In Calderdale, more testing and contact tracing is starting in Todmorden and the Park and Warley wards.

    Surge and enhanced testing began in Kirklees on 26 May, when council staff began visiting homes in Savile Town and Thornhill Lees to ask anyone over 11 to take a PCR test.

    Door-knocking will also start in Batley following a "great response" in other areas of Kirklees, such as Dewsbury.

    Latest BBC data shows week-on-week infection rates have decreased for Kirklees but increased slightly for Calderdale.

    Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Kirklees' public health director, said: "Thankfully our hospital admissions and deaths related to Covid-19 remain low, but we all have to do what we can to make sure this remains the case."

  7. How will a West Yorkshire mayor work?

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The vote for West Yorkshire’s first ever mayoral election vote has taken place with the results expected later.

    But what does it mean for residents and what does an elected mayor do?

    A railway station

    A mayor could give the region extra spending and decision-making powers, like in the Sheffield City Region in South Yorkshire.

    As part of the devolution deal announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last year, West Yorkshire is set to be given increased powers of governance, and an extra £38m a year to do this.

    Despite covering Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield and Kirklees, the mayor will not replace the individual councils, but will rather have certain powers over region-wide strategic projects and spending.

    An elected mayor also has the power to draw up a local transport plans and strategies, as well as bus franchising powers and rail decisions.

    Voting members on the mayoral authority will include the elected mayor, five elected members, one appointed by each of the five constituent councils, as well as three elected members agreed by the constituent councils to reflect the balance of political parties across the combined authority area.

    The committee will also include an elected member appointed by the city of York Council (which will remain as a non-constituent member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority), as well as the chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which oversees large infrastructure projects in the region.

  8. Analysis: Count under way in Calderdale

    James Vincent

    Political Editor BBC Look North

    Plenty of eyes on Calderdale today, it's always one of Yorkshire’s closest races.

    You need 26 seats for a majority there - Labour currently has 28.

    If they lose three that’s their control of the council gone.

    With the sorts of Labour losses we’ve seen in Sheffield and Wakefield, there will be some Labour politicians nervously attaching their red rosettes on their way to the count.

    Calderdale count
  9. West Yorkshire A&E departments 'extremely busy'

    People are being asked to only go to the A&E department in Calderale and Huddersfield if they have "genuine life-threatening emergencies".

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    The group's Clinical Commissioning Group said both departments were very busy and appealed to people to think about other choices like GPs or local pharmacies .

  10. 'Small number' of Calderdale postal votes delayed

    A “small number of voters” in Calderdale have experienced a delay in receiving postal votes, according to the council.

    Halifax Town Hall

    Anyone who has not got a postal vote that was applied for should contact the Calderdale Council on or call 01422 393103 for a replacement, the council said.

    Calderdale serves about 212,000 residents across Halifax and centres like Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, and Mytholmroyd.

    Robin Tuddenham, Chief Executive of the council and its returning officer, said: “We are aware that a small number of voters have experienced delays in receiving their postal votes, due to circumstances beyond our control, but we understand that the majority of these arrived on Saturday.”

    Voters with a postal ballot can take it to any Calderdale polling station or Halifax Town Hall by 22:00 on Thursday – election day, he added.

  11. Mayoral campaign brownie giveaway 'not unlawful'

    A Labour candidate for mayor did not break election rules by handing out brownies while campaigning, police have said.

    Tracy Brabin

    West Yorkshire Police had been looking into the allegations against Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin.

    Labour said the treats were only given to party members after canvassing - which is not against the rules.

    Former actor Ms Brabin (pictured) is one of seven candidates in tomorrow's West Yorkshire mayoral election.

    A force spokesman said: "West Yorkshire Police can confirm that after an investigation following the circulation of social media posts and a direct complaint re electoral matters that no offences have been recorded."

    The mayoral election was originally meant to take place in May 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

    Voters in Leeds, Wakefield, Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford can all make a selection.

    You can see a full list of all candidates standing in the mayoral election here.

  12. Cancer charity's boost to 'prehab' pilot scheme

    Cancer charity MacMillan has given £60,000 to a West Yorkshire-based pilot project which aims to improve people's health and state of mind before they start cancer treatment.

    Kath Cunningham

    Prehab is a personalised programme to improve health and mindset - such as helping improve physical activity or cutting down on smoking and drinking - before treatment like chemotherapy.

    Kath Cunningham (pictured), 63, says she was "devastated" when she was diagnosed with lung cancer in July last year.

    However, she says the NHS's pilot "prehab" project - run by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and funded by MacMillan Cancer Support - was much needed in her case.

    She says: "When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I cried every day. I felt my body was not my own. The prehab programme was just the boost I needed.

    "Afterwards I felt physically stronger as I was much more active than before. It had a massive effect on my quality of life."

    A spokesperson for MacMillan says: "Many people are familiar with the term 'rehab', which is building the body back up after illness or treatment, but less well known is the process of Prehabilitation, or 'prehab'."

    The charity has already given £129,000 to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust for the pilot project, but because of its success, has pledged another £59,693 to continue it for another year.

  13. Pandemic 'harder than my leukaemia' - Health boss

    One year on from the start of the first Covid-19 lockdown, directors of public health have been talking about their emergence into the spotlight.

    Debs Harkins

    Debs Harkins took over as director of public health for Calderdale on 1 April 2020 after leaving the same role in Dudley.

    She said: "Calderdale had its first case about three weeks later, so it was helpful having been dealing for a few weeks with some of the issues"

    She said in the first nine months she worked up to 80 hours a week.

    However, the 53-year-old said the summer of 2020 was the hardest and described the moment Calderdale was forced into lockdown as "the worst time in my professional life".

    But, Ms Harkins is used to fighting tough battles. Five years ago she was diagnosed with leukaemia and at one stage was given just a 20% chance of survival.

    Nevertheless, she said her personal battle was in some ways easier than the fight against coronavirus.

    "The two are comparable, but I'd say this has been harder than the leukaemia - the leukaemia was only about me and my family, and this is about all the people of Calderdale," she said.