Calderdale Council Newsletter

Statement from Cllr Tim Swift on the crisis in Ukraine

Our Leader, Cllr Tim Swift has shared a message of support for Ukrainians around the world.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone here in Calderdale are with Ukrainians. Buildings in the borough, including Wainhouse Tower, will light up this weekend as an expression of solidarity with Ukraine.

Council ready to move with new leisure facility


Work will soon begin on the exciting, new leisure centre in Halifax – with this multi-million pound investment bringing state-of-the-art facilities to the borough.

The new centre on the site of the existing North Bridge, will greatly enhance the leisure options in the Calderdale area, helping more people to be active and supporting people of all ages and abilities. The fantastic facilities planned for the site include a six-lane, 25 metre main pool and separate large teaching pool, dedicated spinning studio, adventure climb, sauna, café, Centre for Independent Living, eight court sports hall, large gym/fitness suite and dance studios.

Find out more about the project and the closure details for the current site, at Council ready to move with new leisure facility

Climate emergency – three years on

As Calderdale Council marks the three-year anniversary of its climate emergency declaration, a new project to help cut carbon emissions gets underway.

The Council is starting a new project to grow sphagnum moss, funded through the National Lottery Climate Action Fund. The moss carpets the ground on moors and marshes and acts as a sponge. It restores degraded moorland (an important part of Natural Flood Management), soaks up carbon, retains water, prevents the decay of dead plant material and eventually forms peat.

Nature-based solutions, like this, build on the work already being done to tackle the climate emergency. Find out more at Climate emergency – three years on

Anne Lister birthday celebration goes global

Sunday 3 April 2022 marks the 231st birthday of Anne Lister, whose story became world-famous through Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO series, Gentleman Jack. After being postponed twice due to the pandemic, the eagerly awaited Anne Lister Birthday Week will take place, as part of a wider Calderdale festival, from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 April.

The festival will bring Anne Lister’s story to life through tours, talks, gatherings and the distinctiveness of Halifax’s stunning heritage sites, including Anne’s historic home, Shibden Hall, plus Halifax Minster, The Piece Hall, Dean Clough and many more.
For more information, visit Anne Lister birthday celebration goes global

Helping children to have healthy holidays

A £900,000 fund is now open for Calderdale organisations to hold activity sessions to help children eat healthily and be more active during school holidays.

This builds on the success of previous rounds of Healthy Holidays grants, enabling dozens of Calderdale venues to provide enriching activities for thousands of youngsters, many of whom receive free school meals during term time.

Grant applications were previously for one school holiday at a time, but now organisations only need to apply once to get support for activities during the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays in 2022. Find out more at Helping children to have healthy holidays

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