Kirklees Council

A third of the seats in Kirklees were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB GAIN FROM NOC
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 12 Total councillors 36 Change+2

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 7 Total councillors 20 ChangeNo results

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 7 Change-2

PartyGreen

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results

PartyIndependent

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 3 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Kirklees bin strike off after 'rules not followed'

Kirklees Council is claiming next month's bin strike is off because the union failed to follow the proper rules.

A bin worker
BBC

It says Unison doesn't have the required permission to hold the stoppage and in the meantime it's continuing to address workers' concerns.

It is part of a dispute in Kirklees over claims some workers have been refused leave to help dying relatives or sick children.

Bin workers in Kirklees to go on indefinite strike

Bin workers in part of West Yorkshire have voted to go on strike indefinitely.

A man emptying a bin
BBC

The walkout, by members of Unison, is planned to take place at the start of October.

Karl Battersby, Kirklees Council's Strategic Director for Economy and Infrastructure, said the authority was "extremely dissapointed" a the move.

Members of Unison in Kirklees walked out for a week in July over claims of bullying and not being allowed to take holidays.

Students told to make sure vaccinations up-to-date

Students in Kirklees are being asked to make sure they are up-to-date with their vaccinations before the start of the new college or university year.

Students
Kirklees council

Meningitis, septicaemia and measles spread quickly in large gatherings and in some cases can be fatal.

Public Health England has issued the vaccination advice to teenagers to ensure they have the MenACWY and MMR vaccines.

The MenACWY vaccine is routinely offered to school years 9 and 10 to protect against the bacteria which, among other things, can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

Anyone who has missed out can still get vaccinated free of charge through their GP until they are 25.

Mysterious purple light appears above Dewsbury

Strange purple lights were spotted in the skies about Kirklees last night, but what were they and should we all be preparing to hail a new glorious leader from the planet Xygghagne?

Perhaps not...

Purple lights
John Easton

People reported seeing the light around Staincliffe, Mirfield and the south Leeds areas with some speculating that it has something to do with a circus, a festival or - you guessed it - aliens.

Some have speculated that the lights may have come from railway engineering works, so we called Network Rail.

But they confirmed they were not working in the area last night, leaving us at a loss as to what may have caused the mysterious purple lights above West Yorkshire's skies.

We even called West Yorkshire Police to see if they could illuminate this strange sighting - but nothing.

Toppling tower to change Brighouse skyline

A chimney stack which has towered above land near Brighouse since 1992 is due to be demolished later.

Chimney
Google

The chimney, off Cooper Bridge Road next to the River Calder, is part of the old sewage sludge incinerator which Yorkshire Water is replacing with a brand new £57m digester.

It was damaged during the 2015 Boxing Day Floods, meaning sludge had to be transported off site to be treated elsewhere.

The new digester will turn human waste into electricity which will feed into the national grid to power homes in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Listen: Allotment owners' legal action over school plan

A group of allotment holders in Kirklees say they could take legal action if they lose their plots to a new primary school.

Kirklees Council is set to decide whether Cemetery Road allotment holders will be moved to new plots to make way for a playing field and car park at the new Brambles Primary Academy.

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition to save the Birkby site, which has been used as allotments for more than 80 years.

Signatories include the former BBC Gardeners' World presenter Toby Buckland.

Allotment holder Debby Fulgoni says the community faces a big loss:

Campaigners oppose new Huddersfield A&E plans

A group campaigning against plans to close A&E services at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) says new proposals which would see it remain open aren't enough.

HRI sign
BBC

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust had drawn up plans to close the HRI, replace it with a smaller unit and move A&E care to Halifax.

But the former health secretary said in May that the plan was flawed and urged NHS bosses to think again.

New plans would see the HRI remain open, but ambulance patients would be transported to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

Mike Forster, chair of campaign group Hands off HRI, says his members would oppose the new plans.

"This is not an Accident and Emergency as we all understand them to be," he says.

"They have already downgraded Dewsbury A&E and in effect this would become an accident centre and all emergencies would be transferred to Calderdale."