CONSULTATION: Borough Market

It’s one of Halifax’s most loved buildings and a shopping experience that has links to a bygone era. But what do you think the future should hold for the Borough Market?

The historic Halifax Borough Market building is the heart of Halifax town centre and in many ways one of its most important assets. Following on from the recent work in the Piece Hall, Calderdale Council is now looking to the future of this important building as part of the ongoing town centre improvements and implementation of the Halifax Town Centre Masterplan.

Consultation days

Members of the consultancy team will be available to discuss opportunities, objectives and constraints at the Borough Market on:

  • Friday 12th January 10am to 1pm
  • Friday 9th February 10am to 1pm

If you are unable to make one of these sessions please complete the PDFHalifax Market comments form [PDF 1095KB] and email it to  or visit the pop up stall in the market and fill in the comments form.

About the consultation

Calderdale Council has recently appointed IBI Group as lead consultant to produce a detailed feasibility study to look at:

  • The most effective ways to preserve and enhance this historic building for future generations to continue to enjoy.
  • Options for bringing the residential properties(‘Streets in the Sky’) within the building back into use.
  • Options for enhancing the retail offer and facilities available within and around the building.
  • Solutions to ensure this important facility gains maximum benefit from proposed transport infrastructure investment delivered as part of the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund.

A ‘POP-UP’ stall will be set up within the market, displaying photographs, coloured plans and diagrams to encourage thoughts on the bigger questions for the role of the Borough Market in:

  • Improving/diversifying the town’s shopping offer.
  • Enhancing connections/links through the market and wider town centre.
  • Putting a focus on a part of the town that will benefit from investment.
  • Diversifying what the Market has to offer.
  • Increase appeal of the market.
  • The potential of the ‘streets in the sky’.

SURVEY: Community Policing

West Yorkshire Police have launched a survey to help them to think about how they engage with our communities. Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) are very important in how the Police engage with communities across West Yorkshire.

They want to know:

·       Why people contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams

·       How they prefer to contact their local Neighbourhood Policing Teams

·       What would make people more likely to work with the police and other organisations to keep their communities safe.

A short animated video containing subtitles and BSL is available to tell you about the survey and how you can take part. You can find the survey at

Closing date is 19 January 2018.

HEALTH: Feel Better in Winter

From the NHS Choices website, this article suggests ways to overcome the winter blues, that can leave you feeling tired and sluggish at this time of year.

Here are five energy-giving solutions that may help – and some conditions that can sometimes be the cause.

1. Let in some sunlight

As the days become shorter, your sleep and waking cycles may become disrupted. The lack of sunlight means your brain produces more of a hormone called melatonin, which makes you sleepy.

Open your blinds or curtains as soon as you get up to let more sunlight into your home, and get outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible. Try to take even just a brief lunchtime walk, and make sure your work and home environments are as light and airy as possible.

2. Get a good night’s sleep

Getting enough undisturbed sleep is vital for fighting off winter tiredness.

It’s tempting to go into hibernation mode when winter hits, but that sleepy feeling you get doesn’t mean you should snooze for longer.

In fact, if you sleep too much, chances are you’ll feel even more sluggish during the day. We don’t actually require any more sleep in winter than we do in summer – aim for about eight hours of shut-eye a night, and try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.

Make sure your bedroom helps you feel relaxed and sleepy: clear the clutter, have comfortable and warm bedding, and turn off the TV.

NHS Choices: Read more about how to get a good night’s sleep.

3. Get regular exercise

Exercise may be the last thing you want to do when you’re feeling tired on dark winter evenings. But you might be surprised by how energetic you feel after getting involved in some kind of physical activity every day.

Exercise in the late afternoon may help to reduce early-evening fatigue and also improve your sleep.

NHS Choices: Try to reach the recommended goal of 150 minutes of exercise a week.

Winter is a great time to experiment with new and different kinds of activity.

For instance, if you’re not used to doing exercise, book a session at one of the many open-air skating rinks that open during the winter. Skating is good all-round exercise for beginners and aficionados alike. There are also many dry ski slopes and indoor snow centres in the UK, which will offer courses for beginners.

If you’re feeling like being more active, go for a game of badminton at your local sports centre, or a game of tennis or five-a-side football under the floodlights.

If you find it hard to get motivated to exercise in the colder, darker months, focus on the positives – you not only will feel more energetic but might also stave off winter weight gain.

NHS Choices: Read lots more tips for exercising in winter.

4. Learn to relax

Are you feeling pressured to get everything done during the shorter daylight hours? If so, it may be contributing to your tiredness – stress has been shown to make you feel fatigued.

There’s no quick-fire cure for stress, but there are some simple things you can do to help to reduce it. Many people find adding meditation, yoga, breathing exercises or mindfulness techniques into their day helps them to calm down and feel more relaxed.

NHS Choices: Find out more by checking out these 10 ways to reduce stress.

5. Eat the right food

Being overweight or underweight can affect your energy levels and leave you feeling sleepy. So it’s important to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced diet.

Once the summer ends, there’s a temptation to ditch the salads and fill up on starchy foods such as pasta, potatoes and bread. However, you’ll have more energy if you include plenty of fruit and vegetables in your comfort meals.

Winter vegetables – such as carrots, parsnips, swede and turnips – can be roasted, mashed or made into soup to provide a warming winter meal for the whole family. And classic stews and casseroles are great options if they’re made with lean meat or pulses, and plenty of veg.

NHS Choices: Here are 8 tips on healthy eating to inspire you.

You may find your sweet tooth going into overdrive in the winter months, but try to avoid foods containing lots of sugar. They may give you a rush of energy, but it’s one that wears off quickly.

Here are some quick and easy ways to cut down on sugar, and more information about energy-giving foods.

NHS Choices: You can also read more articles on how to beat tiredness and fatigue.

Do I have a health condition?

While it’s normal for all of us to slow down over winter, there are some medical conditions that could be causing your tiredness.

  • NHS Choices: Sometimes a lack of energy and enthusiasm (lethargy) can be a sign of winter depression. Known medically as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), it affects around 1 in 15 people, but it can be treated.
  • NHS Choices: Read more about how to recognise winter depression.
  • NHS Choices: If your tiredness is severe and present all year round, you could have chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • NHS Choices: Your tiredness might also be linked to a condition like anaemia, or a long-term infection that your body is trying to clear.

If your tiredness is stopping you from going about your normal life, or goes on for a long time, you should talk to your GP.

SAD: Winter’s Mystery Disorder

From the NHS Choices website, this article looks at the condition know as Seasonal Affective Disorder, or “SAD” for short. In its simplest terms, SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.

SAD is also sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter.

The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They’re typically most severe during December, January and February.

SAD often improves and disappears in the spring and summer, although it may return each autumn and winter in a repetitive pattern.

Symptoms of SAD

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
  • For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.

When to see your GP

You should consider seeing your GP if you think you might have SAD and you’re struggling to cope.

Your GP can carry out an assessment to check your mental health. They may ask you about your mood, lifestyle, eating habits and sleeping patterns, plus any seasonal changes in your thoughts and behaviour.

What causes SAD?

The exact cause of SAD isn’t fully understood, but it’s often linked to reduced exposure to sunlight during the shorter autumn and winter days.

The main theory is that a lack of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the:

  • production of melatonin – melatonin is a hormone that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the body may produce it in higher than normal levels
  • production of serotonin – serotonin is a hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep; a lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels, which is linked to feelings of depression
  • body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) – your body uses sunlight to time various important functions, such as when you wake up, so lower light levels during the winter may disrupt your body clock and lead to symptoms of SAD
  • It’s also possible that some people are more vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some cases appear to run in families.

Treatments for SAD

A range of treatments are available for SAD. Your GP will recommend the most suitable treatment programme for you.

The main treatments are:

  • lifestyle measures – including getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
  • light therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
  • talking therapies – such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)or counselling
    antidepressant medication – such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

More about SAD on the NHS Choices website

POLICE: Stopping Domestic Abuse

All five West Yorkshire Councils are working together with the White Ribbon Campaign and West Yorkshire Police to tackle domestic abuse. Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Councils have all pledged to continue to raise awareness of domestic abuse, encourage victims to report it and support victims throughout the process.

The work to tackle domestic abuse in West Yorkshire is continually growing and improving, but the police emphasise that it’s vitally important that they receive reports of abuse to enable them to make real progress on the issue.

To report domestic abuse and to find out more visit

in an emergency, always call 999.

FLU: Jab Reminder

Here’s a timely reminder as to why elderly people need to get a flu jab?

Flu is dangerous: We assume that getting flu is just like getting a bad cold, but it’s actually a much tougher proposition, with high fevers, chills, headaches and muscle pain and it often confines people to bed for several days. For the elderly, flu can be fatal.

Flu is a virus: therefore it cannot be treated with antibiotics, as these are only useful against bacterial infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These may develop as a consequence of flu and antibiotics would be used to treat these medical conditions, but the flu itself is not treatable.

A flu jab is not dangerous: having a flu jab will not give you flu. The vaccine contains inactivated flu viruses, so it cannot cause flu. At worst, you will have a sore arm for a few days. The vaccine works to stimulate your immune system to create antibodies to combat flu.

You need an annual flu jab: Remember, you need to have a flu injection annually, as the viruses are not the same every year and each year’s jab will be formulated to combat current viruses. If you’ve already had flu this winter, it’s still very important to get a flu jab, as there are various strains you can catch.

How to get a flu jab: The injection is available from the NHS free for all people over 65 and for other groups deemed to be at risk. For more information on getting a flu jab for someone over 65, contact your GP, practice nurse or pharmacist.

REPORT: Sport Participation

A new report, Sport Participation in England (pdf file), is a fascinating insight into our sporting activities.

The report provides statistics about participation in sport by intensity, type, and socioeconomic
characteristics in England. It is based on the Active People Survey (APS) and the Active Lives Survey (ALS) data published by Sport England.

Key points (England)

  • More men than women participate in sport
    Around 63% of men were active in sport compared to 58% of women, based on the
    Active Lives Survey data for year ending May 2017.
  • Women prefer walking for leisure, men general sports
    The most popular physical activity among women was walking for leisure (24%)
    followed by fitness activities (19%) in May 2017. Men were the most active in general
    sporting activities1 (29% of men compared to just under 17% of women).
  • Around 43% of people with a disability were active in sport
    On average 43% of people with a disability participated in sport activities for over 150
    minutes a week in year ending May 2017. This was more than 20 percentage points
    lower than 65% of those with no disability.
  • Highest participation among highest social classes
    Around 70% of individuals in managerial, administrative & professional occupations
    (NS SEC 1-2) were active in sport in year ending May 2017. In contrast, around 49% of
    those long term unemployed or never worked (NS SEC 8) were active in sport.
  • Running, fitness and gym – popular in 2016/17
    In year ending May 2017, the most common activity was running (15%) followed by
    fitness class (14%) and gym (12%), ranked by proportion of population participating at
    least twice over the last 28 days prior to survey.
  • South West region was the most active in 2016/17
    Participation in sport was highest in South West region (around 63%) and lowest in
    West Midlands (53%), compared to 61% in England overall. The proportion of people
    who were fairly active was similar across all regions in England – at around 14%.
  • UK had the second highest rate of sport workers in the EU
    The UK had the second highest rate of 659 sport workers per 100,000 population,
    compared to other EU countries in 2016. Sweden was the first with 757 and Denmark
    was third with 569. UK rate in 2016 was twice as high as the EU 28 average of 332.

Download the full report, Sport Participation in England (pdf file)