In June 2014 the council established four district committees to replace the 7 area committees. The district committees currently have the same delegations and powers as the former area committees. The only difference is the geographical area they cover.
The district committees are:
Batley and Spen District Committee which covers the geographical area formerly covered by Batley Birstall and Birkenshaw Area Committee and Spen Valley Area Committee.
Dewsbury and Mirfield District Committee which covers the geographical area of the Dewsbury Area Committee and Mirfield ward.
Huddersfield District Committee which covers the same geographical area of the former Huddersfield Area Committee.
Kirklees Rural District Committee which covers the same geographical area formerly covered by Colne Valley and Holme Valley Area Committees and Denby Dale and Kirkburton wards.
The council is committed to devolving more responsibility to district committees and development work is ongoing with a proposal to return to council in December for decision.
District committees are local committees of Kirklees council. All the ward councillors are members of their district committee. Some committees also have representatives from the local parish or town council, and on some committees people from the local community become co-opted members.
The committees encourage public services such as the police, health and council services to come together to agree how to solve local problems together. This could include developing activities for young people, reducing crime or tackling health problems.
They meet regularly and the meetings are open to the public. You can find information about forthcoming meetings in your area from its district committee page.
Why we have District Committees
The council and its partners recognise that Kirklees is a geographically large and diverse area. This means that individuals and communities often face different challenges in improving their quality of life because of the nature of the places in which they live.
To deliver a shared ambition across the district, internal and external public services and the district committees will work together. Through this relationship, a number of factors will be addressed:
Link Kirklees residents to local democracy and enhance civic engagement
Create a shared ambition and sense of place between public services and Kirklees residents
Tailor universal services to local characteristics and need
Move resources closer to where they are to be used
Unlock resources and assets within communities
Improving service delivery through better understanding of citizen priorities and partner activities
Building local issues into strategic service planning and support strategies through local action
Identifying the needs and aspirations of local communities
Ward work conducted by councillors underpins much of the intelligence gathering from communities. This helps to identify issues and aspirations of most importance to those communities.