Northowram & Shelf Ward forum – Brief Summary

Below is a summary of discussions that took place at Northowram & Shelf Ward Forum on Monday 2 March 2020 in Claremount

Further details will be included in the full minutes which will be circulated in due course

  • Great Attendance. Another positive turnout with 37 residents attending.
  • Horley Green development – Cabinet members approve disposal of land to together housing to build new affordable homes. However a recommendation was made to allow the local community to have the opportunity to bid for a community asset transfer, a group of residents are to complete and submit an expression of interest form.
  • Northowram & Shelf development – the local plan consultation is now finished where 584 comments were made from N&S residents. CMBC not to review the economic strategy but press on with the build of new houses. Further discussions pending.
  • Residents feedback – 1) several complaints about AVA waste management group parking large vehicles on the road and amount of waste on the streets. Cllr Baines dealing. 2) Belgrave Avenue parking issues with vehicles parked on pavement blocking way for other road users, pass onto police and parking services. 3) Complaints of speeding on A58, Claremount Road, top of the Hough, Brighouse and Denholme Gate road, Halifax road. Road speed checks to be organised. 4) Litter/Waste complaints on Stanage Road, Shelf and in land between Claremount Road and Prospect Street CMBC to be informed.
  • NE Road Safety group – 1) Road speed safety check carried out on Back Clough/Bradford Road no concerns 179 vehicles checked average speed 25mph. 2) Services to work with Shelf Junior school and its students on road safety project. 3) Looking to re start the stop, look, listen and think campaign within schools and other organisations across the NE Halifax area. Also looking to develop a similar campaign aimed at older persons.
  • Waste Hotspots. Except for the issues at 1 and 4 under residents feedback nothing further reported, however, from 13th March to 20th April there is the Britain spring clean campaign encouraging people to clean up their parks and streets. Details will be sent out to residents and they will be asked if they want to take part in a clean up in their area?
  • Neighbourhood Watch update. Northowram & Shelf residents said that there did not appear to be much crime over the past few months, residents were asked if they were interested in starting a Claremount neighbourhood Watch group, not much of a response. Email to be sent out to again ask if there is an interest?
  • Friends of Shelf hall Park. Mr Wager group secretary said the group were working hard in planting saplings in the park, up to date 70 have been planted with a further 90 to plant. The group will be carrying out consultation with the community on what they want for the park. Group working with the Bowls group on the possibility of community asset transfer of the bowls pavilion that is in a very poor state of repair.
  • Staying Well. Very active in the Shelf area with several classes taking place including Pilates, Dance Exercise Class, Dance On Class, Tai Chi classes, Rock & Pop choir and little legs class all classes taking place at Shelf Village Hall.
  • Ward Forum Grant Scheme. There is £1120 left in the N&S ward forum grant pot, there has been a £500 grant application submitted from the group who maintain the Heywood church graveyard, who are wanting a new strimmer. The deadline for this round of grants is the 31st March should anyone wish to submit a grant application.
  • Thumbs Up. Those attending were asked if they found the ward forums positive and a good opportunity to find out what’s going on in the ward and if they felt it was a good opportunity to have their say on local neighbourhood issues. All agreed the ward forums were a good platform to have their say and discuss important ward issues. They were asked to complete and return the online ward forum monitoring forms.
  • Next Meeting; Monday 1st June 2020 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start at the Stone Chair Club, Shelf. TBC

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