Housing campaigner Heather Terry dies aged 65

Heather Terry of High Lees Road Mixenden, near the concrete wall in mixeden. den. twall1-4is

Heather Terry of High Lees Road Mixenden, near the concrete wall in mixeden. den. twall1-4is

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HOUSING campaigner Heather Terry has died. She was 65.

Mrs Terry was a former chairwoman of the Mixenden Residents Association.

During the late 1990s, she helped to organise resistance to Calderdale Council’s plans for transferring 14,000 local authority homes to Pennine Housing 2000.

She and members of the Calderdale Against Stock Transfer produced leaflets, addressed meetings and lobbied councillors.

More than 15,000 tenants, 62 per cent of the total, took part in a ballot but backed the transfer by a majority of two to one.

Mrs Terry was born in Halifax and went to the former Ostler Secondary School, at Pellon.

She worked for several years in a textile factory in Gibbet Street and later at the Yorkshire Fair Cafe, in Halifax, and The Hobbit pub, at Norland.

She lived in High Lees Road, Mixenden, for more than 30 years and campaigned vigorously for improvements to the estate.

In 1991 she petitioned the council to put a halt to motor cyclists ruining the moorland around Brow Bottom Lane, Mixenden and churning up sports pitches.

Her letters were frequently published in the Courier and she criticised the plans of controversial Judge James Pickles to legalise prostitution.

Mrs Terry leaves three sons, Stephen, Michael and Gary, and three daughters, Michelle, Beverley and Gemma.

Her funeral will be held at 1.30pm on Thursday, March 15, at Holy Trinity Church, Mixenden.