West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Tell Tracy – Police and Crime Plan Consultation

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Mayor of West Yorkshire Launches Police and Crime Plan Consultation

Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.

The Mayor is urging everyone in West Yorkshire to get involved and #TellTracy about your policing and community safety priorities.

The consultation will feed directly into the new Plan which sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police, community safety partners and commissioned services over the next three years.

An online survey has been launched along with a host of other options to get involved.

The consultation will run until 19th November with the online survey closing for responses on 17th October. To take part visit https://www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/police-and-crime-plan-consultation or call 0113 348 1740.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “I’m very excited to be launching this consultation today. We’ve worked really hard to make it as comprehensive and inclusive as we can with options to feedback including an online survey, over the phone, email, in person, social media and virtual events.

“Your views and the information collected will be crucial, not only in setting priorities but also to ensure I am focusing activity and funding on the areas of greatest need to the people of West Yorkshire.

“The Plan will be underpinned by some key principles that sit at the core of everything that my Deputy for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe, and I do. These are, safety for women and girls, diversity, equality and inclusion, and early intervention and prevention.”

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Halifax Bus Station to be transformed

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A new £17.7m state-of-the-art facility, delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in partnership with Calderdale Council is being built on the site of the current bus station. Work will start from 5 September and projected completion is summer 2023. Find out how this will affect your journeys.

The bus station will partially close for this to happen so some services will be picking passengers up from other locations in the town centre. Details of this can be found here wymetro.com/halifaxbusstationworks or by calling Metro on 0113 245 7676 for travel information.

  • Services at Halifax Bus Station are set to change from September to enable construction work to start.
  • Alongside improved passenger facilities and better access to the town centre, plans for the new bus station include environmentally friendly features, such as measures to enable the introduction of electric bus charging points, bike parking and solar panels, as well as a living roof complete with plants.
  • Overall, the scheme will deliver more green space with an extra 40 trees being planted as well as other environmental benefits.
  • The bus station is due to partially close to members of the public from Sunday 5 September and passengers are being asked to visit wymetro.com/halifaxbusstationworks or call 0113 245 7676 for travel information.
  • Most bus services will run from the town centre during the day with some evening services returning to the station from 7pm.  Some services will remain on site during construction.
  • Work will continue until summer 2023

What is done to share further information:

  • Posters detailing where to catch buses and how to find out more about the project will be displayed at the bus station, on buses, and on key buildings and bus stops
  • During the first few weeks of construction, WYCA staff will be on hand at the bus station and on-street to help people and answer questions
  • A press release is about to be issued by WYCA
  • WYCA are putting adverts in the local papers
  • WYCA will be doing social media from @WestYorkshireCA (Twitter) and @TheCombinedAuthority (Facebook) and will be retweeting/sharing some of these on the Council’s social media feeds
  • The Bus Station page on the CNC website will be updated with details and links

Community Grant opportunity for Not-For-Profit organisations

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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect project is inviting not-for-profit organisations to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their community to make more everyday journeys by bike and on foot.

We are encouraging groups to apply to deliver projects which address the specific issues within their local community. The project may use walking and cycling to improve an individual’s wellbeing, to support them in accessing employment and training, to address physical and mental health problems or achieve one of the many other benefits cycling and walking can bring.

The application guidance and form can be found here

You will also find examples of type of projects that could be funded.

If you have an idea and would like to discuss it before completing an application please contact cityconnect@westyorks-ca.gov.uk and one of the team will get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Calderdale Corridor Improvement Programmes

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Calderdale Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority are developing a series of improvements to the road network along the A58 / A672 from Junction 22 of the M62 to King Cross in Halifax and the A646 / A6033 from Todmorden to Skircoat Moor.

These Corridor Improvement Programmes (CIPs) aim to provide better connections across West Yorkshire to stimulate economic growth and job creation, and support housing developments throughout the region. They should improve traffic flow, aiming to deliver an 8% reduction in journey times for all traffic and a 12% reduction in journey times for buses. They would also aim to reduce accidents throughout the schemes by 10% by 2022, particularly involving pedestrians and cyclists.

The two programmes cover well used routes through Calderdale which can be congested during peak times, suffer from pockets of poor air quality and limit the potential for economic growth because of variable journey times. The schemes also encourage active travel by improving highway facilities for walkers and cyclists.

Following recommendation from the Combined Authority’s Investment Committee to progress to the detailed design stage of the CIPs, we are now looking to engage with the public and other interested parties to help us shape the future of the programmes.

A series of plans and proposals can be downloaded from Your Voice website where you can also take an online survey.

If you would like to speak to someone in person you can visit one of the drop in events where a member of staff will be happy to talk to you:

  • Wednesday 22 August, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Todmorden Town Hall, OL14 5AQ
  • Wednesday 29 August, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY
  • Monday 3 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at Mytholmroyd Community Centre, HX7 5AF
  • Thursday 6 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at St Bartholomew’s Church, Ripponden, HX6 4DF
  • Thursday 13 September, 12:00pm – 6:00pm at The King Centre, HX1 2TS
  • Saturday 22 September, 10:00am – 2:00pm at Sowerby Bridge Market, HX6 2LA

The survey will close on 28 September 2018.