Time to vote for a ‘Royal’ play area

PEOPLE will be asked to vote for the playing fields in Calderdale they think deserve royal status.

Two will be chosen from a list of 18 to be crowned Queen Elizabeth II playing fields, to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.

Voting will take place before the end of October, Calderdale Council Cabinet has agreed.

The aim is to protect the outdoor recreational space and provide a focal point for jubilee celebrations next year, said communities spokeswoman Pauline Nash.

“Some funding will be available but the main emphasis is on raising awareness of the importance of such facilities in terms of quality of life, the environment and amenity,” said Coun Nash (Lib-Dem, Skircoat).

The fields include two in areas covered by Hebden Royd Town Council, which has refused to join in the jubilee celebrations – Calder Holmes, at Hebden Bridge, and The Stub, at Mytholmroyd.

Councillor Nash said she did not believe the town council’s views fully reflected those of everyone in the parish.

The other fields are at Queen’s Road, Grantham Road and Savile Park, Halifax; Crow Wood, Sowerby Bridge; Crossley’s Sports Ground, Illingworth; Four Fields and Shroggs, Ovenden; Shelf Hall; West View, Warley; Wellholme, Brighouse; Hullen Edge, Elland; Shaw Park, Greetland; Bailiff Bridge; Carr Green, Rastrick; Halifax Road, Ripponden and Centre Vale, Todmorden.