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Welcome to the Denby Parish Community Action Group Website. The Action Group was created as a result of a public meeting in Upper Denby School in November 2006 which expressed an overwhelming desire for a local approach to government in the villages of Denby (Upper and Lower), Birdsedge and High Flatts.
Our principal concern is to create a Community Plan, along the lines of a Parish Plan, which will cater for the needs of our villages, rather than the wider area (thirteen villages in total) covered by the Denby Dale Parish Council. We are also very interested in :
  • the traffic problems along the A629 and through the villages of Upper and Lower Denby
  • the management of open spaces within the parish [see Denby Delf]
  • the provision of bus shelters and seats
  • the provision of valuable community meeting places, such as Birdsedge Village Hall
  • the accessibility of footpaths
  • planning and conservation areas
  • the review of parish status [see Petition]

Residents of the villages are encouraged to come along to our meetings to raise their concerns and discuss these and other matters.
STOP PRESS! Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council and the University of Huddersfield are organising a range of events as part of the Local Democracy Week which is held between October 10th and 17th 2009. The programme offers opportunities for University staff to attend events which provide an insight into Kirklees MBC and the machinations of local democracy. It also provides an opportunity to meet local politicians and ask them questions about your local community. There are a number of events which should be of interest including:

Wednesday October 14th 2009
Question Time with Councillors - Citizen Engagement 2.00pm to 3.30pm
Council Chamber, Huddersfield Town Hall
Meet and ask questions of leading Kirklees Councillors. Find out what makes Councillors tick, what they do and how to work with them. Questions welcome in advance.
Chaired by the Mayor of Kirklees (Councillor Julie Stewart Turner). The Panel is Councillor Andrew Marchington, Councillor David Sheard, Councillor Jim Dodds, Councillor Andrew Cooper, Dave Harris (Director of Corporate Services) and Dr Andrew Mycock (Senior Lecturer in Politics at University of Huddersfield)

Research in Local Democracy – with MA Students
Meeting Room 1, Huddersfield Town Hall 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Hear and discuss with councillor and officer students of the MA Public Sector Modernisation course the findings of their dissertation topics into the practical workings of Local Democracy. Presentations include:
  • The Role of Full Council after Modernisation
  • Modern Local Government: The End of Party Politics?
  • The Local Government Agenda and Community Engagement

  • This session provides an opportunity to discuss how local government modernisation has reshaped our understanding of local democracy. Chaired by Dr Andrew Mycock, Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield

    Thursday October 15th 2009
    7.30 pm to 9.00 pm Reception Room, Huddersfield Town Hall
    Public Lecture – The Political World of Twentieth Century Huddersfield
    Speaker - Cyril Pearce – publications include Comrades in Conscience: the story of an English community's opposition to the Great War, looking at the Socialist movement in Huddersfield in the early 20th century
    Chaired by Professor Brendan Evans (University of Huddersfield) – publications include Liberalism, Conservatism and Labour movement in Huddersfield 1945 to 1980
    The lecture will provide a fascinating insight in the development of local politics in Huddersfield.Thursday October 15th 2009
    Places on the above event is strictly limited. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to book in advance to be sure of a place.
    Further information on any of the events during Local Democracy Week may be obtained through the contact details below: Tel: 01484 221752 (860 1752) – Email: policy.governance@kirklees.gov.uk

    Group Officers

    ChairmanDavid Cook
    Vice ChairmanJohn Cook
    TreasurerAndrew Brown
    SecretarySue Daws
    PublicationsAlan Fish