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A TOWN council has refused to spend any money on helping to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Members of Hebden Royd Town Council say they won’t stand in the way of others who want to organise street parties next year.

But the decision has angered some councillors who believe it is important to mark such an important milestone and they say it need not cost a fortune.

“All we wanted was the chance to discuss how the council could play a part in the celebrations,” said Christine Bampton-Smith.

“But the Labour councillors, who are in the majority, would have none of it,” she said.

The proposal to involve Hebden Royd Town Council was put to the meeting by the town’s mayor, Scott Trickett.

Liberal Democrat councillor Bampton-Smith, who is also a member of the town council, said: “The Royal family and the Queen in particular has done such a lot for this country over the years and we felt it would be right and proper to mark the occasion in some way.”

David Young, who represents the area on the town and district councils, said whatever the council did was likely to incur some expenditure.

“We felt that because we have such a small budget, the money that we have should be spent directly on the community.

“If there are any requests from people to hold street parties, that is up to them,” he said.

The council spends about £200,000 a year and its rules prevent the a re-run of the Royal debate for another six months.

Councillor Young (Lab, Calder) said he was personally a great deal more interested in getting the Olympic torch to be paraded though Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, en route between Leeds and Manchester.

During last month’s Royal Wedding, Hebden Bridge Trades Club closed a street to hold an anti-Royalist street party.