Grant for new Friends group

The new Friends of Heptonstall Chapel and Sunday School has received a grant of £3,000 towards a feasibility study of conversion of the Sunday School from Calderdale Council, plus a further £1,000 from Heptonstall Parish Council.

Although this is not sufficient for a full feasibility study, it is a very good starting point towards the kind of level of detail that would be required for a large Heritage Lottery Grant application. A full study would cost about £6,000, and the group is looking at additional sources of funding.

The Friends group will be spending part of this money on financial projections for a holiday let on the lower floor and public hall upstairs in the Sunday School, and on architect’s sketches for creating this with disabled access to both floors. When these are available they will be made public for comment.

The Friends group is also looking at ways of forging stronger links between the Chapel and community. To this end, with the Church Council’s support, three local textile artists will display their work as part of the Hebden Bridge Open Studios event in July.If the Chapel renovations are not completed by then, they will use the Sunday School.

The group is also hoping to organise a Gala production of an unusual version of Handel’s Messiah to be performed in the Chapel in Spring 2018.  This will incorporate Easter sections of the piece not often performed and use young local soloists for a brighter sound than the traditional Christmas version.

Network Rail – Calder Valley Route Upgrade – forthcoming work and information sessions

As part of the rail investment in the North, Network Rail are investing over £1 billion on targeted upgrades to the rail network, helping to support and grow the regional economy.

The Calder Valley Route Upgrade is part of this investment programme. The route upgrade will deliver faster services and improve connections between key towns and cities across the North.

As part of the upgrade plan, we will be carrying out track and signal upgrades along the Calder Valley route, this will pave the way for faster journeys.

We have already completed the upgrade to signals and track between Manchester Victoria and Littleborough. We are currently working on upgrades between Littleborough and Bradford Interchange.

From 19 March until 15 May 2017 (excluding Easter and Tour de Yorkshire weekends), we will be working weekends to renew and lower track in locations along the route. We’re working closely with train operators to communicate changes to services with passengers and advising passengers to check before you travel at www.nationalrail.co.uk

We understand that our work will also impact on communities (especially people who live and work nearby the railway); we will notify in advance of working, explain what work is planned and when we expect our work to be noisy.

We’re working with businesses, local authorities, media and politicians to make sure the general public know what is happening and when.

We are holding a series of community information sessions about the Calder Valley Route Upgrade; we would like to invite you to attend. Representatives from Network Rail and our contractors will be on hand to answer any questions about this planned work.

Date / Times Venue
Wednesday 01 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
The MBI Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YT
01422 264751
Wednesday 08 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge HX7 5AF
01422 883023
Wednesday 15 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
St Pauls Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ
01422 372104
Monday 27 March 2017
16:00 – 19:00
18:00 – presentation
Hebden Bridge Town Hall, St George’s St, Hebden Bridge HX7 7BY
01422 417300

To find out more information

Or see the attached document

Parish Council – Additional Meetings

There will shortly be two committee meetings open to the public.  Both will be held in The Council Chamber, Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Monday 16 January 2017 commencing at times as below;

The Staffing Committee meeting will start at 7:30pm – the Agenda can be seen here…
The Finance Committee meeting will start at 7:45pm – the Agenda can be seen here…

More details about Heptonstall Parish Council can be see via this link…

January Parish Council Meeting

Click on the following link to see the Agenda for the January Monthly Meeting of the Parish Council to be held in The School Hall, Heptonstall J I & N School  on Monday 9 January 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Minutes arising from the December 2016 meeting can be seen here.

 

More information about the Parish Council can be found here.

Car Park Proposal Cancelled

The following has been received from John Scarborough of Heptonstall Parish Council:

Following the Consultation Exercise carried out in November 2016 the Parish Council has decided not to proceed further with a possible new car park on Valley View Road due to lack of community support.

All households in the Parish of Heptonstall received details of the proposed scheme together with a questionnaire designed to establish the level of support for it. Some 42% of you returned the questionnaires (47% in the Village) but fewer than 50% were in favour of proceeding (46% in the Village and 43% in the Parish as a whole).

Although  74% of you thought that Heptonstall Village needed additional off-street parking and 57% of you thought that the proposed lay-by would make a worthwhile addition, only 43% and 45%  of you respectively thought the proposed scheme would deliver Value for Money and were willing to pay extra Council Tax to finance it.

You the Community “have had your say” and have come out clearly against proceeding with the scheme, the Parish Council and Traffic Group have accordingly closed down the Project. We will however continue to maintain what pressure we can on Calderdale Council to maintain and improve car parking facilities in the Village and the rest of the Parish.