Ranger force increase
Sep 13 2008 by nick lavigueur, Hudd Sat
VILLAGES in The Valleys and Huddersfield South will be the first communities to benefit from extra Community Rangers.
The manpower boost comes after Kirklees Council decided to double the number of environmental rangers across the district over the next three years.
This financial year will see £75,000 allocated to employing an extra ranger in three areas: Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Huddersfield South and The Valleys.
A further £75k will pay for three more rangers for Dewsbury and Mirfield, Huddersfield North and the Spen Valley in year two (2009/10), and £25k will bring the final ranger to Denby Dale and Kirkburton in 2010/11.
Community Rangers typically act as trouble shooters and react to small environmental problems across their localities, such as fly-tipping, graffiti and overhanging vegetation.
Colne Valley Liberal Democrat, Clr Andrew Marchington, (pictured above) said: “The current service is well valued, enabling small scale environmental projects to be completed.
“At the moment we’ve just got one for both the Holme and the Colne Valley whereas if you double it up you have got a dedicated one for each area. Hopefully this will make the Community Rangers service more flexible.”