Category Archives: Community safety

Pupils returning to school in Calderdale have seen the roads around some of their schools transformed into safer spaces – supporting active travel, such as walking and cycling. After a successful trial period at schools earlier this year, Calderdale Council has introduced School Streets(external link) at nine schools in the borough. This means that the… read more … about Safer streets for schools>>

School streets at St Mary's, Halifax

The first of August was four months to the day since I started working in Calderdale. I began my work here at the beginning of April, a couple of weeks into the national lockdown. I marked my four-month anniversary with the introduction of local restrictions, brought in because the borough has one of the highest… read more … about Message from Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health>>

Debs Harkins, Director Public Health

New restrictions to tackle coronavirus in Calderdale During lockdown, I was inspired by the way that Calderdale’s communities stepped up and supported each other. We all made sacrifices, we stuck to the social distancing guidelines and together we kept the number of cases low in the borough. Unfortunately, since restrictions were eased in June, we… read more … about Message from Debs Harkins, our Director of Public Health>>

Director of Public Health, Deborah Harkins

Leader of the Council, Cllr Tim Swift said: I know that last night’s announcement from the government will be really tough for some people, particularly at such short notice, but I would urge everyone to follow the guidance that we have at the moment so that we keep ourselves and everyone in our communities safe. … read more … about Statement from the Leader of Calderdale Council>>

Cllr Tim Swift

Calderdale Council teams continue to adapt to new ways of working, to provide the best possible protection and support to each other and the entire community throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Council staff are playing a vital role in helping local people, including the most vulnerable, alongside the amazing work of other organisations and volunteers. Thanks… read more … about Playing our part to protect Calderdale from COVID-19>>

Cllr Tim Swift

A temporary mobile testing unit is now open at Mixenden Activity Centre to make it easier for more people to get tested for COVID-19 in Calderdale. From Friday 17 to Tuesday 21 July, people will be able to get tested there if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and have booked their test on the national… read more … about Mobile testing unit open in Mixenden, Calderdale>>

COVID

As more shops and businesses start to reopen in Calderdale’s towns, the Council is introducing measures to support social distancing and allow for queuing areas. From Monday 15 June non-essential retailers are able to reopen, provided they meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines. This includes shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and electronics, and tailors,… read more … about Supporting safe places to shop and queue>>

Cllr Jane Scullion

As we move into the next phase of responding to this crisis, I would like to repeat again my sincere thanks to the vast majority of local residents who have done so much to stay home, stay safe, and help protect our NHS and social care services.   Now we need to be as clear… read more … about Statement on behalf of Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council>>

Cllr Tim Swift

After weeks of fine and dry weather, the Fire Severity Index for West Yorkshire is rated as very high and residents are reminded of the potential dangers of starting any sort of fire. Large and preventable moorland fires, as seen over the weekend close to Widdop Reservoir near Hebden Bridge, cause a significant strain on… read more … about Warning of the dangers of fires in Calderdale>>

Walshaw moor