Calderdale Council

Calderdale COVID-19 vaccination engagement

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Please disregard the previous blog post – the correct information is below:

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Healthwatch Calderdale and VSI Alliance, and would like to know your views and experiences of the Covid-19 vaccines.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination already, you can feedback about your experience of the vaccination process here:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CaldVacFeedback/

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the below poster.

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, we would like to hear your views on the vaccine and how well informed you feel about it. Please complete the following survey to let us know:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/5OWUYE/

 

If you have had a positive experience with your vaccination and would be happy to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Please contact megan.russell@vsialliance.org.uk

 

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Winter Payments Available for Families in Need

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Message from Calderdale Council:

The government recently announced a package of extra targeted financial support for those families most in need across England for the cost of food, energy and water bills and other associated costs.

Read the Government announcement on Gov.UK here

We have contacted all families in Calderdale that are eligible, either by letter or email.  There is no application needed – funding will be awarded automatically once they have provided bank details.  All they need to do is follow the instructions in the letter/email and we will do the rest.

To date we have awarded almost £500k to over 4,500 families.

If you know anybody that has been contacted by us, please reassure them that this is legitimate and encourage them to take action.

Frequently Asked Questions and a link to the secure portal are now live on our website.

Calderdale Council help to recipients of free school meals

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Calderdale Council have secured additional funding to help families receiving Free School meals, Housing Benefit or Council tax reduction with bills and food over the months of January and February.

The Winter Grant is supplied from the Department of Work and Pensions.

A letter has been sent from Calderdale Council, offering instructions on how to receive this support.

For questions on this, please contact Calderdale Council on 01422 288001 or visit the council’s website: www.calderdale.gov.uk

 

 

Calderdale Council help to recipients of free school meals

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Calderdale Council have secured additional funding to help families receiving Free School meals, Housing Benefit or Council tax reduction with bills and food over the months of January and February.

The Winter Grant is supplied from the Department of Work and Pensions.

A letter has been sent from Calderdale Council, offering instructions on how to receive this support.

For questions on this, please contact Calderdale Council on 01422 288001 or visit the council’s website: www.calderdale.gov.uk

 

 

EU Nationals UK Settlement Scheme appointment sessions

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If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen and you wish to remain in the
UK after 30 June 2021, then you must apply to the EU Settlement
Scheme.

If you need support to apply we can help.
You will need:

  • A valid EU or EEA passport or an ID card (biometric) or UK-
    issued biometric residence card
  • A mobile phone
  • Email address (this can be set up at the session)

For further information call 07857601530 and speak to Janice Dawson or email EUSettlement@calderdale.gov.uk

Appointments will be held at
Unit 13, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

More information on the EU Settlement Scheme – GOV.uk

EU settlement scheme sessions information flyer

Appalling incidents of fly tipping in Calderdale

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Our Community Wardens have come across masses of garbage across Calderdale. Waste dumped on the roadside, hurled over walls into natural spaces, home appliances left on the road. This is Not Acceptable, it is unhygienic and furthermore it can be dangerous.

We feel very strongly about the issue of fly tipping. It is a criminal offence that carries penalties. We would however rather get the community on board with reporting such issues and advising individuals of how to dispose of their garbage responsibly.

What you can do:

If you see any fly tipping in the first instance report it to CMBC Community First. Please keep your eyes open, if you see anything please take a photo of it and then send details to Calderdale Council via Community First.

Fly tipping across Calderdale and Halifax

The images below are from incidents recorded the previous week alone.

Essential safety works at Ainley’s facility in Elland

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From Monday 30 November, work will take place to widen access at Ainleys facility in Elland, to allow for better access and the installation of additional safety measures. The facility includes Calderdale Council’s highways depot and Elland Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC).

For the safety of all users, a new layout will also be introduced – including an alternate entrance/exit point and a reversal of the one-way system for visitors to the HWRC. We will also be installing a weighbridge which is needed for the storage of winter salt.

The work will take around 5 days and the HWRC will remain open throughout, with work taking place between 4pm and 7am. Additional traffic management will be in place and may cause some delays. More information here.

Cash boost for Calderdale community groups

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Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Calderdale Council has launched two new funds for community organisations as part of its main voluntary sector grants programme. The funding programme was approved at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Monday 9 November. 

Community groups are invited to apply for between £10,000 and £25,000 from the following two Council grants:

·       Supporting stronger neighbourhoods. Developing powerful and resilient neighbourhoods is always a priority, but even more so during the pandemic. Community action will be essential in helping Calderdale to rebuild and thrive. Applications should emphasise volunteering, social action and partnership working, especially in areas or with groups where there are fewer opportunities to get involved with community activities. 

·       Advice and tackling poverty. Applications should focus on helping people to find and remain in jobs, protecting people’s rights and giving important advice to the most vulnerable residents in Calderdale, to help reduce hardship and poverty.

Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said:

“We owe so many thanks to our local voluntary groups for helping to make Calderdale the kind and resilient place that it is. They have always provided valuable support to our communities, but this year’s floods, immediately followed by the pandemic, have seen them rise to the challenge more than ever before, despite the tough financial situation.

“We know how much the work of our community organisations means to local people, and we are proud to support them in any way we can. We hope our new grants help them to continue to play a key role in delivering the Vision2024 for Calderdale by reaching and empowering our diverse communities.”

The Council has a strong record of supporting and working in partnership with Calderdale’s voluntary and community sector. The Council recognises the big difference that voluntary and community groups make to people’s lives across the borough. The Council’s commitment to the sector has been emphasised during the COVID-19 pandemic, with additional grants from the government’s emergency funds helping groups to survive and support local people.

For example, volunteers have been delivering shopping to, and virtually befriending, residents most at risk from COVID-19, and they are playing a key role in the new #NeverHungryAgain campaign to end child food poverty in Calderdale. Council grants and support services help the groups to continue to deliver important services. 

The Council’s two new grants for Calderdale voluntary and community organisations opened for applications on Monday 23 November. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Monday 21 December. Projects for these grants will run from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022. The minimum grant will be £10,000 and the maximum will be £25,000.

For an application pack and other information, please visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/grants/grants-voluntary-organisations

Flood Drop-In sessions – in response to the impact of Storm Ciara

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Drop-in sessions have been set up to address the impact of the recent flooding in the region of Calderdale. You are invited to attend for your opportunity to discuss your concerns and propose your ideas.

 

Dates and locations:

  • Wednesday 11 March  –  Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF   11am – 7pm
  • Thursday 12 March  –  Southgate Methodist Church, Elland, HX5 0JL   11am – 7pm
  • Friday 13 March  –  Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AA      11am – 7pm
  • Tuesday 17 March  –  Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY   10am – 6pm
  • Thursday 19 March  –  Brighouse Civic Hall, HD6 1RW   11am – 7pm
  • Friday 20 March  –  Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club, HX6 1AN   11am – 7pm

 

Have Your Say! Exciting Plans for Elland

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Local people are invited to have their say on exciting plans for proposed improvements in Elland town centre.

Elland is one of the oldest settlements in Calderdale and it has a number of positives as a town, with high-quality historic buildings and a variety of independent retailers. However, there are also a number of areas that have been identified as requiring improvement, such as the lack of green space and there being no clear centre to the town.

A draft masterplan has now been created by Elland Development Board and Calderdale Council, as part of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Elland Station Gateway project.

The Elland master plan aims to develop a vision of regeneration for the town centre, building on the town’s unique characteristics and creating a vibrant heart to the town.

Improvement proposals include changes to the transport network, improving pedestrian access, creating more green space areas and making the most of the town’s many heritage elements. There are also a number of complementary initiatives proposed, including expanded market events, and community growing projects, all designed to increase the amount of time people spend in the town.

To ensure the proposals meet the needs of local communities, a consultation is taking place for people to have their say on initial plans.

The detailed proposals can be viewed online at http://www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/elland-town-centre-masterplan, where there is also the opportunity to complete the feedback form.

People can also meet the team at Southgate Methodist Church in Elland on Thursday 13 June, 2:00pm-6:00pm, where there will be the opportunity to discuss plans, ask questions and provide feedback.

Plans are also on display at Elland Library and Halifax Central Library and will be in place until Friday 14 June.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, Cllr Jane Scullion, said:

“Elland has a lot to offer as a town, and with exciting plans for a new £22 million rail station and accompanying access improvements in development it’s important that we can harness the town’s potential as a place where people want to live, shop, visit and set up business.

“The Elland masterplan is a vision of how the town could be improved, enhancing the town’s existing positives and addressing some of the issues which are holding it back.

“I really hope people get involved and have their say either online or at our consultation event, to ensure we can create a future which meets the needs of local communities.”

Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said:

“As well as providing significant benefits to people travelling to Halifax, Bradford and Leeds and, further afield, in Manchester, the new Elland Station would mean improved facilities for people who cycle and walk.

“Our plans for a new rail station for Elland through investment from the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund will be at the heart of the huge benefits this masterplan can deliver for the town and I would urge people to make sure they have their say online or in person.”

Once the consultation is complete, the design team will review all feedback and make any necessary changes to existing proposals, before taking the plans forward.

Retaining the distinctive heritage features in Elland supports the Vision2024 for Calderdale to stand out and be known – distinctiveness is one of the Vision’s key themes.

In the year 2024, Calderdale will celebrate its 50th birthday. Where do we want to be by 2024? How will the Calderdale of 2024 be different from the place it is now? What ambitions do we share? Join the conversation by following #VisionCdale2024 on social media and visit www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/vision-2024

The Elland Station Gateway project is funded by the West Yorkshire-plus Transport Fund. Managed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the Transport Fund has been part-funded through the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Growth Deal – a £1 billion package of funding to drive growth and job creation across the Leeds City Region.

For more information about this and other exciting developments in Calderdale, visit www.calderdalenextchapter.co.uk and follow #CdaleNextChapter on Twitter.