IN THE Huddersfield Daily Examiner of May 12 Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan claimed ‘the electorate in general are in favour of the Labour group’s priorities.’
Quite how Clr Khan has come to believe that 32 Labour councillors represent the electorate in ‘general’ when his party cannot even claim to represent half of the voters of Kirklees is something of a mathematical mystery .
We in the seven villages threatened with the loss of our professionally run libraries are most emphatically not ‘in favour of the Labour groups priorities’ and if, as Clr Khan claims, he is working ‘to deliver the future people in Kirklees deserve’ then we, living outside of urban areas, would seem to be only deserving of punishment!
If punishment seems a little harsh to anyone considering ‘volunteering’, or rather the more modest ‘getting involved’ as it is couched in the council’s Library Consultation questionnaire, please consider that your public spirited generosity is misplaced as it will mean not only taking professional staff posts but may even be used as the excuse to reduce more library services next year.
Also, are you prepared to raise the funds necessary to replace the equipment and furniture or, as we are considered wealthy communities, perhaps you will be happy to donate some your own?
Of course, being a community library you can decide to charge borrowers, but I suggest it would probably be better to levy an entry charge or canny residents will simply occupy your old garden chairs for hours, hopefully warmed by a charity funded heating system and doggedly determined to finish the book for free before you lock up.
Then there is the small matter of the building. You may love your current premises but be aware that ‘if suitable alternative accommodation is identified’ your library will be moved, the only consolation out here in the villages perhaps being the availability of byres, barns, sties and stables.
So, in order that we in the villages are saved from a return to the bad old days when only the rich had access to books, knowledge and information, I would respectfully ask that the 37 Kirklees Councillors who do not ‘favour the Labour group’s priorities’ only offer their support to Clr Khan when they have a guarantee that the council will continue to provide an equal and professional library service in both north and south Kirklees.
HERE we go again, Empire building. So the Greens and the Independents have joined political forces. Clr Andrew Cooper says it make sense.
If that is so what do you now call an Independent? What worries me – and I am sure many other people who pay council tax – is just how much is this little merger going to cost us? When funds are tight is this right? Services are being cut but money can be found for political agendas.
Clr Terry Lyons states that his group have plans to re-brand and expand with a new logo. Is this to be claimed against expenses? How do you have a collective of independents? Please can someone help us.
Having read their joint ideals in the Examiner I have to say that there is no mention of getting Huddersfield alive again and jobs for the people of Huddersfield. It boils down to the same old dross.
They talk of empty houses, what about empty shops? They talk about solar power, what about cheaper gas?
Why isn’t our local incinerator generating energy from the burning of rubbish?
This move is about extra funding for political power – nothing more nothing less. I am certain we shall be hearing from Clr Cooper as we usually do when people take exception to his political ideologies. All I can say is, “Go for it Clr Cooper”.
Can we now look forward to independently hung green hanging baskets around the village along with signs stating that this house has been commandeered by the GRIND party?
R J Bray
Jobs well done
PLEASE may I take this opportunity of thanking the Examiner for all the work that has been put into the preparation of this year’s Charity Challenge.
You have given the event tremendous coverage which has, I am sure, contributed to the pledging of £20,000 from 400 people.
I must also thank all the people who have given their help and co-operation.
Without them the event could not have taken place and these include the route marshals, Huddersfield Raynet, Holme Valley Mountain Rescue, St John Ambulance, Kirklees Outdoor Unit for putting the new steps on the route and the staff at Lepton Highlanders Sports and Community Centre who worked very hard on the day and have given us help and support ever since we asked if we could use their club room.
A particular thank you to the Lions Clubs of Huddersfield, Colne Valley, Holmfirth and Meltham and Denby Dale and Brighouse, the organising committee, their families and friends who annually willingly do all the things which have to be done to create the event on the day.
Finally, thank you to all the charities and their supporters.
Without you all our effort is for nothing. Thank you all and well done.
To any fundraisers, charities who are not involved in this event and who would like to be in the future please contact either the Examiner or Bob Armitage on 07802 900653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you will all come and join us again next year.
President Huddersfield Lions Club
Come and be a Friend
THE Friends of Tolson And Ravensknowle was launched in the Tolson Memorial Museum on Sunday afternoon.
An oak tree was planted by the Mayor to mark the event and also celebrate 90 years since Mr Leah Tolson gave Ravensknowle House to be the Museum of Huddersfield.
Friends of Tolson And Ravensknowle is a constituted organisation with a committee who meet regularly.
We plan to promote the museum and park, to raise funds for projects and to provide volunteers to support the work of the museum and park.
I would like to thank all who attended the launch for their support and the commitment of many who have now become ‘Friends’.
Needless to say, we would welcome to hear from anyone who is interested in the museum and park and would like to become a ‘Friend’. We have a very modest joining fee of £2.
Chair of Friends of Tolson and Ravensknowle.