A Kirklees councillor has been named a “local authority hero”.

Clr Charles Greaves, Independent councillor for Holme Valley North, won the Locality award for championing the community sector in his ward.

He supported the community team in securing Meltham’s Carlile Institute as a community asset. The building will open later this year with a Post Office, library services, community rooms and cafe.

Clr Greaves said: “I am delighted to accept the award on behalf of myself and my council colleagues and all the members of the community who have helped to take this project from an idea and to turn it into reality.

“It has been a lot of hard work for all of us, but the Carlile project is a fantastic opportunity for Meltham and one that couldn’t be lost. I look forward to the grand opening and for this building being returned to the centre of Meltham life.”

Members of the Meltham Carlile Community Interest Company pictured outside the Carlile Institute, Meltham, in celebration of receipt of the lease.
 

Locality is the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations.

The Meltham Carlile Community Interest Company nominated Clr Greaves for championing their work and building up trust and strong relationships with the community sector in his local area.

Richard Noon, of Meltham Carlile CIC, said: “Charles has been a pillar of support from the initial stages of the Carlile project.

“With Charles’ help from having nothing in September 2013 we have secured the property for Meltham and obtained funding of over £150,000.

“The whole project which is now being handed to the community is viable and sustainable because of Charles’ help. It wouldn’t have happened without him.”

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