Mytholmroyd could get its own council...

Mytholmroyd Memorial Gardens
Mytholmroyd Memorial Gardens

Pressure is growing among some local politicians to establish a parish council for the Mytholmroyd area.

The suggested split with Hebden Royd Town Council is being spearheaded by a former town mayor John Beacroft-Mitchell.

He says change is necessary to counteract the lack of lack of democracy in Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

But the idea has been described as “sour grapes” by the ruling Labour Group who hold the majority of the seats there.

Councillor Beacroft-Mitchell said: “I don’t believe that Hebden Royd functions in the best interests of Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale. The council is for the people and it should represent them as directly as it can. There is a inherent bias in Hebden Royd as a council for Hebden Bridge.”

He also claims there is bullying and hectoring in the council chamber, a lack of Liberal Democrat representation on committees and a bias towards funding for Hebden Bridge projects.

These accusations have been denied by Labour group leader Coun Dave Young, who has criticised the timing of the proposal, coming just weeks after the newly-elected Mayor, Coun Christine Devenport, has promised to try and unite the parties on the town council.

Councillor Young said: “This is somethingg the Labour group doesn’t support in any way.

“The bigger town councils are the better they are because they attract more money to do bigger schemes in the areas they represent.”

If people want a new parish or town council, they must define the area and persuade 10 per cent of the electors to sign a formal peitition so that Calderdale Council can ask for a Local Government Review.

Lib Dem group leader Coun James Baker said: “I think Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale would really benefit with a parish council that was just focused on the needs of those residents. They are getting forgotten by the current council.”