Calderdale Draft Climate Action Plan Consultation

Lots of brilliant work is already underway to tackle climate change but we must go further and faster if we are to meet our target of Net Zero emissions by 2038. Our draft Climate Action Plan is here to make sure that happens.

Our recently launched draft climate action plan is split into six themes and sets out how we will:

    • Use our shared voice for climate action
    • Support community climate action
    • Create warm and resilient buildings
    • Grow a Green Economy
    • Transform transport and getting around:
    • Work with land and nature to protect us in the long term

This consultation is your opportunity to have your say on the future of Calderdale. We want to hear from as many people as possible, please get involved

From RE:Mixy Party in the Park June 2022

When you hear the words ‘climate change’, what comes to mind? As more and more of us are waking up to the urgency of climate breakdown and ecological collapse, we perhaps find ourselves feeling powerless and unsure of where we, as communities, fit into the solutions. For others it may not yet be on their radar, but what is for sure is that we need to be able to have these conversations and more importantly, work together towards the solutions in our local area.

North Halifax Partnership have been working with the new Climate College in Todmorden and All 1 Collective and Lab to think about ways we can involve local people and communities in climate conversations and action.

Following the success of Waste Not, Want Not event in Lee Mount for Halloween 2021, we were keen to host a similar event in Mixenden. Working in collaboration with local partners in Mixenden, together we held the Re:Mixy event on the site of Mixenden Urban Park on Saturday 18th June 2022.

Local public green spaces are key to our communities meeting the challenges of climate change – whether that’s through connecting with nature or having space to grow food – we were keen to hold the event in Mixenden Urban Park to promote it as a place where activity can happen and get people thinking about how this space could be used better to suit people’s needs. Mixenden Urban Park, a large green space tucked away in the Mixenden Valley, may be remembered by local people as a multiuse sports site, with its own bowling pavilion and green, tennis courts and basketball court, but latterly has been a little neglected. Although the bowling pavilion has long since gone, the site can still be enjoyed for its beautiful walks, natural environment and nature and the Hebble Brook flowing through. Although in need of some repair, the tennis and basketball courts are still in useable condition, and being fairly unusual facilities in North Halifax, are crying out to be used once again.

With huge thanks to the team and volunteers at Newground’s Greener Together Programme, who carried out a clean-up and groundworks to the park in preparation for the event, this is now possible. We were also incredibly grateful to Jodie from Community Support Services for helping plan the event but also in allowing use of the Addy kitchen and facilities.

The event was a great success with around 250 people attending throughout the day. It was also lovely to see people travelling to Mixenden for the event and hints at the possibilities of making MUP a destination to visit in Calderdale.

People were able to enjoy a free meal made from food that was otherwise destined for landfill, give their views on what they’d like to see happening at the park, take part in arts and crafts activities, meet local organisation, go on a bug hunt or a story telling adventure, try their hands at different sports and have their faces painted before leaving with a sunflower growing kit and a choice of plastic free products such as wooden toothbrushes, cellulose sponges or solid shampoo to see if this was a change they could make in their households. The feedback showed that everyone enjoyed the day and would like to see more events like this happening in Mixenden, with some ideas for how we could make it better next time. It was fantastic to hear people’s ideas – a community growing and cooking project coming out strongly – but also local organisations committing to make better use of this brilliant space for sports and recreation.

Here’s what our partners had to say about the event, their activity and the future of MUP:

All 1 Collective and Lab talked to the local community about what they would like to see in MUP and what would help them to use the space more often. Families were very keen to see more activities for kids held there ranging from football, arts and crafts, outdoor gym sessions and nature walks. Many would also like to see a play area for smaller kids and for the existing zip line to be fixed. There was also an agreement from many that the paths into the space aren’t currently accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and that building paths for wheels would enable lots more people to enjoy the park. Some local residents would like to see MUP as a focus of community action and think that this would really help with local people feeling more ownership of the park. Ideas for community action ranged from litter picks, wildflower planting, building paths and picnic benches. It was brilliant to hear so many ideas and enthusiasm for returning MUP to a space which people from Mixenden can make use of and enjoy.

Laura, a previous student from the Climate Challenge Course at Tod College and Paula, teaching assistant and outreach talked to people about the exciting free, yearlong course at the College which is focused on developing practical skills for the green economy. The course has 4 modules: sustainable building, food and land, understanding the climate challenge and Energy. If you would like to find out about this course starting in September 2022, please contact: or call 01706 318 133.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying the outdoors and using the Mixenden Urban Park. This is a special spot in the heart of a fantastic community and it would be great to see this used more often. We will definitely consider how we can use the space for the young people who attend our Mixenden Youth Club” – Sam Harrison – Youth Work Coordinator, Newground

If you would like to get involved to influence the future of MUP, have an idea that you’d like to share or an activity you’d like to start, please get in touch with Natalie at or call 07881952542 for advice, support and funding.


Inter Faith Climate Change Conference at Halifax Minster

Climate Change is one of, if not the greatest challenge of our times and people of all faiths and beliefs are concerned to learn and take action.

Calderdale Interfaith is pleased to be working in partnership with the Blackley Centre to offer this Inter Faith Conference on Climate Change on the 14th October.

Admission is free and booking is via Eventbrite on the link below where you will see the conference programme. We hope you will be able to join us.

Eventbrite booking link :

October 14th 2021
10.00am – 2.30pm
Halifax Minster HX1 1QL

Free admission (including vegetarian lunch)

For more information: 01422-646683 / 07741-480557

If Covid restrictions prevent us from gathering, the conference will be offered via Zoom


  • Carbon literacy
  • Poverty and climate change
  • Local to global
  • Supporting our communities into the green economy

View flyer here

£1 million Climate Emergency fund to combat climate change

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (CMBC) in partnership with Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC), have launched a £1million Climate Emergency fund to help combat the impact that climate change is having in the borough.

More details can be found here: and applications can be made using the CFFC online application form here:

Closing date for first round applications will be 13th September 2021

One year on from Storm Ciara

Excerpt from Calderdale MBC

Tuesday 9 February 2021 marks the first anniversary of Storm Ciara, which caused Calderdale’s fourth major flood in just eight years and brought 10 miles of damage across the borough.

Cllr Scott Patient, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Resilience, said (abbreviated):

“The floods on Boxing Day 2015 were our most devastating, but the impact of Storm Ciara was felt over an even bigger area, showing that the risk of flooding is widespread and ongoing in Calderdale. More than a third of the homes and over half of the businesses that flooded in England last winter were in the Calder Valley.

“Since Storm Ciara, we’ve faced 16 flood alerts and warnings and a very near miss during Storm Christoph this January – a stark reminder of the constant threat of climate change.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of our latest major flood, we want to say a big thank you to everyone in our communities for their continued support to reduce flood risk and tackle the climate emergency.”

Adrian Gill, area flood risk manager at the Environment Agency said (abbreviated):

“Storm Ciara had a devastating impact on many people, homes and businesses across Calderdale. It was the second highest recorded level on the River Calder, second only to Boxing Day 2015. However the climate emergency means that we cannot always prevent or build our way out of an incident. That’s why we’re working to help households, businesses and communities be better prepared and more resilient to flooding.”

Strong partnership work across the borough has seen good progress being made on improving flood protection and reducing the local impact of the global climate crisis. Here are some recent milestones:

  • Mytholmroyd’s £41 million Flood Alleviation Scheme, developed by the Environment Agency and the Council, will better protect around 400 homes and businesses this winter.
  • Yorkshire Water is working with the Environment Agency and the Council to hold down reservoirs above Hebden Bridge by 10% for a third winter, to leave storage capacity for floodwater.
  • Rastrick Bridge reopened to traffic in July 2020, ahead of schedule, after it was badly affected by Storm Ciara. The Council’s repairs and added protective measures will make the bridge more resilient to future flooding.
  • The Council has been ramping up its work with groups like Slow the Flow, Moors for the Future and Treesponsibility on nature-based solutions to flooding (Natural Flood Management), including planting trees, providing flood attenuation ponds, restoring moorland and installing 309 leaky woody dams through its landowner grant scheme. Grants from the Council and the Environment Agency in 2020 have helped to complete 15 natural schemes, with a further four in progress.
  • The Council’s £1 million carbon neutral fund is helping Calderdale to be carbon neutral by 2038, with substantial progress by 2030. Community tree planting, LED streetlights, improved walking / cycling facilities and road closures around schools for drop-offs and pick-ups are contributing to this bold target.
  • Calderdale has now joined 50 other councils in pledging to do everything they can to become carbon neutral as soon as possible.
  • In 2020, the Council welcomed its first 35 electric / hybrid vehicles into its fleet to replace old petrol and diesel ones.
  • 10 electric vehicle chargepoints were introduced across Calderdale last year for the public, taxis and private hire vehicles. This is a joint project between the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the five West Yorkshire councils and Leeds-based energy and services company, ENGIE, to collectively tackle air pollution and fight against climate change.

Work is set to start this summer to create a new wetlands nature reserve at Brearley Fields in Mytholmroyd, after planning permission was granted at the end of 2020. The project, partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will create valuable wetlands habitat and increased floodwater storage on the floodplain of the River Calder. Accessible footpaths and seating areas will create more walking areas for local people and visitors, bringing health and wellbeing benefits.

Some of the habitat creation work will be carried out by volunteers, working in partnership with the Council, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and local community groups. There are plans to establish a friends group to offer opportunities for volunteer involvement and to help manage the nature reserve. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact

To sustain and build on flood protection and climate emergency work, the Council needs more financial support. It has been calling on the Government for some time to recognise Calderdale’s unique flooding risk. It will continue to do this to try to secure the resources needed to protect local communities.

With the increasing impact of climate change, it is impossible to completely stop the risk of flooding, particularly in the Calder Valley due to the geography of the area. Residents are urged to sign up for free flood warnings to get vital time to save themselves and their possessions from the devastating effects of flooding by visiting link) or contacting Floodline on 0345 988 1188. You can also check your flood risk online at link). Find out what to do when you receive a flood warning and how to prepare for a flood at


Read the full article on Calderdale Council website

One year on from Storm Ciara