Calderdale Council introduces Parish Charter

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Calderdale Council has approved a Parish Charter that will create better working relationships with the borough’s parish councils.

Cabinet members gave the green light to the charter setting out the role of the Council in working with Town and Parish Councils in the borough.

A council spokesperson said: “Town and Parish Councils are important partners for Calderdale Council. They’re the most local tier of local government, and play an important part in reaching communities.”

In 2008 Calderdale Council established a Town and Parish Council Liaison Group, with the aim of promoting better and more effective working relationships between the Council and the Town and Parish Councils. The group has produced a draft Charter agreeing to a number of ways the councils can work together for the benefit of local communities.

There are seven town councils in Calderdale - Blackshaw, Erringden, Hebden Royd, Heptonstall, Ripponden, Todmorden and Wadsworth, each of these councils has agreed to the Charter, with some suggesting changes to add for the future. The Charter will be a working document, which will be reviewed regularly and adapt to changing circumstances.

Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for communities, Coun Steve Sweeney, said: “This Charter establishes some clear guidelines for both the principal Council, and the local town and parish councils, promoting a better working arrangement.

“I’m really pleased all the local councils have agreed to the Charter, which should clarify responsibilities and relationships between key organisations involved in the running of the borough.”