First 100 Days delivers real change

Cllr Swift

Last night, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet heard how the actions delivered as part of the First 100 Days plan are making a real difference to people in Calderdale.

In June this year, Calderdale Council’s administration unveiled an ambitious programme to be delivered over the next 100 days.

The actions in the plan were set out under the themes of Vision2024 and as such are representative of the Council’s ambition for the borough. They included 25 actions in key areas of the Council, aiming to deliver on the issues that matter to local people and ensuring services can continue to thrive.

At the meeting on Calderdale Council’s Cabinet on Monday 30 September, members were pleased to note the significant progress made in delivering the actions throughout the 100 days.

21 of the 25 actions are fully completed, the remaining four actions are ongoing and all have been part-completed with good progress made. Most delays in these actions have been caused by issues outside of the Council’s control.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:

“I’m delighted with the progress of our First 100 Days plan. The realistic but radical actions were identified as key areas which could quickly make a real difference for our residents.

“As part of the plan we’ve also made real strides in responding to the climate emergency, with the launch of our Let’s Clear the Air campaign and the start of our tree planting programme, amongst many other environmental actions.

“Despite this significant progress, we’re not complacent, and we will continue to work hard to deliver further real positive change in Calderdale as we work towards our Vision for the borough in the year 2024.”

The actions achieved as part of the First 100 Days plan included:


  • Implementing our Public Space Protection Order to prevent moorland wildfires
  • Launching our air quality campaign ‘Let’s Clear the Air’ on Clean Air Day
  • Launching  our Cabinet Climate Change Working Party
  • Piloting our first liveable street at Field Lane Primary School
  • Clamping down on idling engines near schools
  • Identifying land to commence new tree planting

Kindness and resilience 

  • Starting to develop plans for in-house provision for children in care
    Securing a new residential facility to support care leavers close to home
  • Re-opening Orange Box to enable high quality early intervention for children and young people
  • Completing North Bridge works on time and on budget
  • Launching 50 things to do before you are five to give best start in life for children
  • Launching our improvement programme for Adult Social Care providers
  • Launching our new Health & Wellbeing strategy for Calderdale
  • Delivering Safeguarding Week to remind people that safeguarding is everyone’s business

Enterprising and Talented

  • Completing Beech Hill Tower Block demolition in partnership with Together Housing
  • Formally commencing our Inclusive Economy project backed by Leeds City Region funding
  • Holding an Enforcement Action Week
  • Recruiting our next cohort of apprentices
  • Launching our Town Centre local sustainable food initiative
  • Launching our Calderdale Future Leaders programme
  • Launching our plan to harness the impact of Gentleman Jack on tourism and Calderdale’s visitor economy
  • Beginning our consultation exercise on the future role of the Council in partnership with the Democratic Society through the ‘Public Square’ initiative
  • The Vision is for Calderdale to be a place where people can reach their potential, where talent and enterprise can thrive, where people care for each other and are able to bounce back, and a place that stands out as a great destination to visit and where people can live a larger life.
  • Vision2024 is based on the key themes of kindness, distinctiveness, resilience, talent and enterprise – qualities that make the borough special.

Where do we want to be by 2024? How will the Calderdale of 2024 be different from the place it is now? What ambitions do we share? Join the conversation by following #VisionCdale2024 on social media and visit