02/05/2014 - Haworth Fire Station survival plan goes....
Haworth Fire Station survival plan goes to the next stage. Cllr John Huxley, Chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council and Cllr. Neal Cameron, chairman of Oxenhope Parish Council representing the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee met with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s Community Safety Committee to discuss the future of Haworth Fire Station on Friday, April 25th.
And the Community Safety Committee agreed a package that will enable the Parish and Town Councils from the Worth Valley to go to the next stage in their attempt to keep Haworth Fire Station as an emergency service centre for the valley and develop it into a safety hub for the whole valley.
In December 2012 the Fire and Rescue Authority approved a two-year moratorium on the proposed closure of Haworth Fire Station in order that discussions with Parish Councils in the valley concerning a community-led rescue plan could be fully explored.
Since that time discussions between Fire and Rescue’s senior officers and the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee have been taking place while various models and propositions were fully explored.
In January 2014 a conference concerning the future of Haworth Fire station and the community plans to keep a fire service presence in the valley as well as the creation of a centralised ‘blue light’ hub for the valley communities were explored with representatives from the Police, Fire and Rescue, Hill Rescue, District Councillors and Bradford Council officers.
What emerged from the conference was a blueprint for a community takeover of Haworth Fire Station building at the end of 2014 when it is scheduled for closure as a station manned by retained, part-time fire-fighters.
The take-over by the community involves the creation of a volunteer-run service that would be fully trained in fire prevention and other community safety skills. Ultimately it is hoped that the Centre could deliver the ambition of working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to gradually increase the skill-base to a point where a volunteer fire-fighting unit, complimentary to the full-time fire-fighting team at Keighley Fire Station could be established. If successful, this would be the first of its kind in West Yorkshire, although volunteer fire stations do exist in other parts of the UK.
Central to the discussions about the Fire Station’s future has been its development as a hub for not only Fire and Rescue within the Worth Valley but also its development into a base for Neighbourhood Policing and for the Calderdale Hill Rescue Service, who are responsible for the provision of safety cover from Calderdale as far north as Ilkley Moor.
Now the three local councils involved in the battle to keep Haworth Fire Station open through the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee: Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, Keighley Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council will have an opportunity to discuss in detail the package that the Fire and Rescue Authority are making available to them.
Cllr. Huxley, chairman of the Worth Valley Joint Transport and Emergency Services Committee, said: “We've been working very closely with the senior officer team at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to create a business model that would enable us to retain Haworth Fire Station as a sustainable and viable service centre for the Worth Valley communities.
“It has been a long process because there was no similar model in the country we could study. It’s a ground-breaking concept and what has become clear is that if we succeed in making it work it could provide the basis for other similar community-run schemes for rural communities faced with the loss of their local fire station.
“After all the discussions we've now reached a position where we can recommend to our respective councils a concept which we believe will give us the basis to ultimately keep fire-fighting in the Worth Valley and, at the same time, create a service centre that will keep our communities safe as well as provide excellent value for money.”
Now the plan will be tabled fur discussion at Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council’s next meeting on Tuesday, May 6th; Keighley Town Council’s Watch and Transport Committee on Monday, May 12th and Oxenhope Parish Council’s meeting on Wednesday, May 14th.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: “We are pleased to be able to support the Worth Valley Parish Councils in their desire to retain some kind of community safety services at Haworth fire station. We already use volunteers to support our community safety activity in some areas and this project offers an exciting opportunity to formalise a true partnership where local people contribute to keeping their community safe by preventing fires and other incidents such as road traffic collisions.
“The Worth Valley is a very safe place to live work and visit and we want to keep it that way. Emergency cover for the Worth Valley will continue to be provided by our professional firefighters at Keighley and Bingley, supported by other fire stations”.
Stage Two of the Grand Départ starts in York and travels through Knaresborough and Harrogate before entering the Bradford district, racing into Addingham from the roundabout at Bolton Abbey before it heads to Silsden. The route goes through the centre of Silsden, over the canal and out along the main road and onto the A629 by-pass to Keighley. Once at the roundabout the cyclists take a right onto Hard Ings Road and left at the next roundabout heading in to Keighley via Skipton Road. The route goes through Keighley on North Street and South Street, before heading up to Cross Roads. From Cross Roads the riders will travel downhill to Haworth before tackling the cobbles of Haworth Main Street. Once at the top of Haworth, the riders head along Changegate, turning left into North Street before entering West Lane towards Stanbury before turning left to ride along the dam of Lower Laithe reservoir and on to Oxenhope. From Oxenhope the route goes left on Hebden Bridge Road and heads out of the district to Hebden Bridge. The final part of Stage Two sees the riders tackle Cragg Vale before passing through Huddersfield and Holmfirth and taking on the Holme Moss climb and the final descent into Sheffield for the finish.
Please note: The Caravan will not be travelling up Haworth Main Street on the cobbles but will use Rawdon Road.
To facilitate Stage Two of the Tour de France 2014 the roads listed below must be closed from very early in the morning on the Sunday for a minimum of eight hours. A6160 Bolton Road
From district boundary to Addingham Main Street A6160
From Bolton Road junction via Main Street/Silsden Road to A65 roundabout A6034
From A65 roundabout through Silsden to A629 roundabout A629 bypass
From A6034 Keighley Road roundabout to Hard Ings Road roundabout A629
From Hard Ings Road roundabout through Keighley via Skipton Road/North Street/High Street/South Street/Halifax Road/Wesley Place/Halifax Road to A6033 Haworth Road roundabout A6033 Haworth Road
From A629 Halifax Road roundabout at Cross Roads to Lees Lane B6142
From A6033 junction via Lees Lane/Mill Hey/Station Road/Bridgehouse Lane to Main Street Haworth Main Street and Changegate
From Bridgehouse Lane to North Street B6142 Rawdon Road
From Bridgehouse Lane to Changegate junction North Street/West Lane Main Street/Sun Lane/Main Street
From Changegate to Reservoir Road junction, Reservoir Road
From Main Street/Sun Lane junction to Enfield Side Road/Cemetery Road junction Moorside Lane/W Shaw Lane/Shaw Lane
From Enfield Side Road/Cemetery Road to Hebden Bridge Road A6033 Hebden Bridge Road
From Shaw Lane to district boundary
Information about road closures Road closures and various forms of temporary traffic management will also be deployed on other roads in the Bradford district leading to the race route to facilitate the safe movement of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to the various spectator points along the race route. We are working with partner agencies and landowners across the district who are identifying temporary car parks, campsites and events. Further information about these road closures, one-way systems and restrictions on the movement of vehicles will be released closer to the event.
Where can I view diversion and access routes? Diversion and access routes are being developed as part of the traffic management plan. Further details will be provided closer to the event.
Why can't you specify road closure times? We can't give precise timings for the closures, as there are so many variable factors which affect timings - such as:
the race timing itself; the numbers of spectators; and their arrival times
Roads will need to be closed for a minimum period of eight hours, but given the anticipated number of visitors, it is likely that the roads will be closed for most of the day. Roads will be re-opened as soon as it is safe to do so.
We need to make sure that spectators have had the opportunity to move from the roadside, that race infrastructure can be safely removed and any highway infrastructure (such as traffic signals) that have been temporarily removed can be reinstalled.
We expect the majority of roads to reopen by the evening of the race. However, some may be later.
When will I be told if my street is affected? We are aiming to publish details of road closures within the next few months. Please be aware that although your road may not be closed there is likely to be heavy traffic and congestion in areas around the route.
When will it all get back to normal? Once the event has finished we will open roads as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that we will need to allow for spectators to leave the area, people cycling behind the race and the removal of barriers and infrastructure along the route.
TDF Meeting 12 Feb 2014 at West Lane Baptist Church The race route roads will be closed to traffic at 7:00am on the day of the race, 6th July 2014. It is not known exactly when they will re-open, as it is dependent on the volume of traffic in the district. If you are away that day you need to plan for getting out of Haworth before 7:00am and be aware that there may be traffic problems at that time. All vehicles have to be removed from the race route, any vehicle parked after 7:00am will be towed away. Bradford Council are looking at areas where residents who normally park on the race route can park at another place. At about 11:00 am there should be a caravan parade which is made up of sponsor vehicles which lasts about 1:30mins, at the meeting it was explained that there may be logistical problems for it to follow the race route; Main St may be too narrow for some vehicles to negotiate safely. An option being considered is using Rawdon Rd for the vehicles, or it may have to use the Hebden Bridge Rd. Bradford Council are in discussion with the TDF organisers to resolve these issues.
The narrowness of Main St for the cyclists was explained, and is being reviewed as the best way to manage. One option is to barrier both sides to keep the route safe for cyclist and pedestrians. Bradford Council are in discussion with the TDF organisers about this.
17th January 2014 The times of the Tour de France have been announced. The riders will pass through Haworth at about 1:00pm. See: http://letour.yorkshire.com/timings for full race timetable.
13th January 2014 Yorkshire Festival 2014 was launched at the Lower Laithe Reservoir. It is advertised as the biggest art festival in the counties history and will start on 27th March, the 100 days leading up to Tour de France. The full festival programme is due to be released on 29th January.
23rd October 2013 The final route of the 2014 Tour de France has been announced today, which will pass through Haworth on 6th July:
The route takes a right off the A629 Halifax Rd at Cross Roads roundabout on to the B6142, past Lees, on to Mill Hey, Station Rd, up Bridgehouse Lane, left, up Haworth Main St, right fork at the TIC on to Changegate, turn left on to North St, on to West Lane, down to Sladen Bridge up towards Stanbury, take a left on to Reservoir Rd, over Lower Laithe reservoir, past Penistone Hill to Moorside Lane, Shaw Lane, to Oxenhope, right on to the A6033 to Hebden Bridge.
03/03/2014 - Worth Valley Parish to take a stake in its future
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council will be launching a major piece of work that could a major impact on development within the Parish on Monday, March 10th.
The Parish Council, working together with key members of the community, have established a Working Group that will start work on its projected Neighbourhood Development Plan which will give the Parish the powers to say what kind of development will be allowed in the Parish: what it looks best like and where it is placed.
Under the Government’s Localism Act 2011 powers were given to Parish Councils to put together Neighbourhood Development Plans so that communities could have a greater say in the Planning policies that affect their areas.
The Parish Council was approved as the appropriate authority to deliver a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Bradford Metropolitan District Council in November 2013, a step required under the Localism Act.
Cllr. John Huxley, chairman of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, said: “This will be one of the most important pieces of work ever undertaken by our Council.
“While it will not give us the powers to refuse Planning permission for developments, it would give us the opportunity to shape where housing and business development is allowed and what any kind of development looks like.
“This is a project that should matter to anybody who cares about the future of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury. Bradford Council’s Local Development Framework – their plan for the future – projects that Haworth should provide land for 500 houses in the next 25 years.
Preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and by going for a Local Development Plan will give us a strong voice in the delivery of that process.”
The Working Group will be staging a number of consultation meetings which will be open to the public, as it seeks to provide evidence of what people in the Parish think about what development should be allowed and where.
Added Councillor Huxley: “Part of the process is that we have also to consult with the business community; land-owners and property developers so we shall be looking to engage with them too as we build our community’s vision for the future.
“The Government are asking us to plot a sustainable future for our Parish and we are required to keep the community fully informed about what work we are doing.
“We’ll be appealing to anybody who cares about the future of housing, jobs and land use in the Parish to come along to the consultations and make their feelings known. Equally we want to hear the views of environmental groups and heritage organisations. Everybody’s view will count.”
The first public consultation meetings for the Plan will be staged at St Gabriel’s Church, Stanbury from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, March 15th and this will be followed by further consultations at West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, March 29th; St James’ Church, Cross Roads from 10.00am until 12.00pm on Saturday, April 5th and then back at West Lane Baptist Church, Haworth on Wednesday, April 23rd from 7.00pm until 9.00pm.
21/10/2013 - Keeping Fire Fighting in the Worth Valley
21st October 2013 Joint approach to keeping fire fighting in the Worth Valley
The Worth Valley Transport Committee, whose members consist of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council; Keighley Town Council and Oxenhope Parish Council, are now coordinating the efforts to keep a fire-fighting capacity at Haworth Fire Station and develop a valley wide emergency response service.
The three local councils have been involved in talks aimed at ensuring that Haworth Fire Station, which was scheduled for closure in December 2012, will remain open and retain a fire-fighting capacity.
Earlier this year West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue confirmed that they were happy to consider the establishment of a new community-style emergency service centre utilising mainly volunteers.
To ensure that all the Worth Valley communities had a place at the negotiating table, the Parish and Town Councils in the area have agreed that their interests would be best served by the only existing tri-Council forum, the Worth Valley Joint Transport Committee.
Cllr John Huxley, chairman of the Joint Transport Committee and Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, said; "The Worth Valley communities were shocked when they saw the plans to close Haworth Fire Station in 2012 because they felt the loss of such a facility, together with the reduction in the number of fire engines in Keighley from two to one, left them over-exposed to risk because of potential increased reaction times in case of emergency.
"We were encouraged when West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue put closure of Haworth Fire Station on ice for two years to give us an opportunity to come up with a sustainable alternative community-based service plan.
"In our subsequent discussions with Fire and Rescue we have worked hard to reach a valley-wide solution and to ensure that the people from Oxenhope, Haworth and Oakworth, together with all the adjacent communities, could make their voices heard in the discussions with Fire & Rescue we agreed that the Joint Transport Committee should pull together the valleys response."
He added: "While we have best undoubtedly made progress, it has not been easy. Nothing like this has been attempted before and we're still working very closely with Fire and Rescue to find a formula which will satisfy the need for a 'blue-light' presence in the valley.
"Given the current financial situation we are looking for an innovative solution without risking a 'double taxation' issue for the Worth Valley community charge payers.
"We will be meeting with Fire and Rescue again on October 29th when we hope to move the project on to the next stage."
22/09/2013 - Military Wives Choir York concert in Haworth
Military Wives Choir York concert in Haworth was held on Saturday 21st September 2013 at St Michael & All Angels Parish Church, Haworth. The 1940's weekend and the Military Wives Choir York concert raised £18,707.28 for SSAFA.
Photo From left to right Reverend Peter Mayo Smith, Nikki Carroll (organiser), Terry Grayson (SSAFA's County Chairman) Craig Dyson (sculptor - raffled his spitfire and eagle) Mike Powell (Bradford Council's Emergency Planning Manager (Phil Kendall - Keighley SSAFA)
Where can I get more information? For further information about the Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Neighbourhood Development Plan please contact Lisa Balderstone, Clerk to the Parish Council, on 01535 642355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
02/05/2013 - New festival is MAD about creativity......
08/02/2013 - Reopening of the Bronte Parsonage Museum
Main Photo: Professor Ann Sumner, Executive Director Bronte Society. Photo left: Top, Sally McDonald, Chair of Bronte Society Council. Middle, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Terence Suthers. Bottom, Reception at The Old Schoolroom.
8th February 2013 Professor Ann Sumner, the new Executive Director of the Bronte Society, invited everybody to view the redecorated Bronte Parsonage.
Haworth Bronte Parsonage has undergone the first major redecoration scheme in 25 years.
Using historical and scientific analysis produced by academics at the University of Lincoln, and referencing contemporary sources including watercolours and letters by the Brontës, the Parsonage will undergo a major interior visual transformation led by historic interior design consultant Allyson McDermott of the McDermott Studio, Forest of Dean. The house will be restored to looking much as it did during the main period of the Brontë family’s occupation in the 1830s and 40s but will also include features introduced by Charlotte as part of her facelift for the house during the early 1850s when she began to spend some of the income she had earned from her novels Jane Eyre, Shirley and Villette in making the Parsonage more comfortable.
“This is one of the most exciting projects to take place at the Parsonage in many years and is the culmination of a two year research project. There have been attempts in the past to present the Parsonage as the Brontës’ home, but no serious archaeological work has ever been carried out before. The new rigorous historical research and scientific analysis resulting from this project has informed bespoke new curtains and painstakingly woven rugs. Objects from the Brontë Society collections will be displayed for the first time in this new context and familiar works will be reinterpreted. The rooms of the house are going to be transformed and may well surprise our visitors”. Quote from Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manager, Brontë Parsonage Museum.
Quote from new Executive Director, Professor Ann Sumner: “I am delighted to be taking up my new role at this exciting time and see the re-decoration taking shape. We now know so much more about how the Parsonage was presented when the Brontë family lived here and are pleased to be working with Allyson McDermott, benefitting from her wealth of experience restoring historic interiors. The newly refurbished rooms will enormously enhance the visitor experience at the Parsonage Museum and have inspired a wealth of learning events and an exhibition in 2013”.
Quote from Sally McDonald, Chairman, The Brontë Society Council: “When the Trustees of the Brontë Society agreed this landmark re-decoration it set in motion a singular opportunity to learn more about the Brontës and their home. We are delighted that when the Parsonage reopens its door on February 9th we will be sharing more of that wonderful story with our members and our visitors”.
The newly refurbished Parsonage will reopen on Saturday 9th February featuring some exciting new displays.