Council meeting for key issues

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The first Full Council meeting of the year took place at Halifax Town Hall with several big issues up for discussion.

Mayor of Calderdale John Hardy opened the meeting by paying tribute to former mayor Joe Kneafsey who died last week aged 74.

A busy agenda saw councillors carry motions including changes to the school transport policy that will not subsidise transport to pupils attending Calderdale schools who have a different school nearer to them outside the Calderdale boundaries and faith schools.

The assembled members gave the green light to amendments to school term dates that will bring them in line with the rest of Yorkshire and the North East region.

The £9.2 million borrowing to fund the waste management PFI in partnership with Bradford Council was agreed.

Leader of the Council Tim Swift said committing to the finance deal now, which has to be agreed by Bradford councillors, will save around £200,000.

Plans for the council to take over the provision of public health in Calderdale, with a higher than expected £10.2 million budget from central Government, were approved.

The final green light for the Localism Act was given at the meeting. The act allows local people and community groups to bid for services such as community centres.

Councillor Pat Allen (Lib Dem, Elland) asked where the £25 cost of parking permits for residents will be used.

Councillor Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said: “It will pay for parking administrative costs which currently total £80,000 per annum.”

There was also praise for the Tour de France in Yorkshire.