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Four new district areas for Kirklees Council devolution put forward - see which district your home would be in

Kirklees leader Clr David Sheard putting the 4 districts forward for Full Council debate

Kirklees Council

Four districts will form the basis for devolution in Kirklees.

Plans to be considered by Kirklees Council later this week will see four districts replace the seven current Area Committees.

It is one of a number of proposals to change how the council works.

Council leader, Clr David Sheard, has put forward the devolved idea for debate.

Kirklees Council Leader Clr David Sheard
Kirklees Council Leader Clr David Sheard
 

With working titles for the committees are:

- Batley and Spen: Batley West, Batley East, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Liversedge and Gomersal wards.

- Dewsbury and Mirfield: Dewsbury East, Dewsbury West, Dewsbury South and Mirfield wards.

- Huddersfield: Almondbury, Ashbrow, Crosland Moor and Netherton, Dalton, Golcar, Greenhead, Lindley and Newsome wards.

- Kirklees Rural: Colne Valley, Denby Dale, Holme Valley North, Holme Valley South and Kirkburton wards.

To start with the committees will have the same powers as the current area panels, which includes allocation of revenue and capital funding for community working.

Membership of the committees will include every councillor in the ward areas, with a Cabinet member allocated to each committee.

Clr Sheard is to establish a working group to work with the chairs of each committee and make recommendations on wider devolution, with is expected to come into force in December.

The matter is one of a number of house-keeping items before Full Council on Wednesday.

Ashbrow’s Clr Ken Smith will be put forward for Mayor of Kirklees and Clr Paul Kane, Dewsbury East Labour, as deputy mayor.

The council’s constitution will be updated to include, among others, filming and recording rights.

Proposed changes could see a Cabinet meeting held at 5pm before a Full Council meeting which will begin from 6pm.

Other agenda items include the allocation of committee places among parties, committee chair and membership, appointments to outside bodies and joint authorities.

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