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Mirfield Town Council
Lisa Staggs - April 2014
Kirklees Council have carried out a review of the five parish and town councils in Kirklees. This was
called a 'Community Governance Review'. The review covered: Denby Dale, Mirfield, Meltham, Kirkburton and
|Welcome to Mirfield Town Council
|About Mirfield Town Council
|The residents of Mirfield lamented the
loss of their urban district council, upon the formation of Kirklees way back in 1974. It wasn't long before
locals looked for ways to redress that ‘injustice’ and after much hard work a Parish Council was
formed in 1988, this evolved into today's Town Council.
All Town Councillors are volunteers and give up much of their free time to attend meetings, organise
projects and undertake case work for residents.
The council comprises of 16 councillors (members) who serve a four year term of office. Elections for the
whole council take place at the same time, unlike Kirklees which works on a rotating basis, and the next
elections for the whole town council will be in 2015.
|Meetings of the Full Council are usually chaired by
the Town Mayor who this year (2013/14) is Councillor Mrs Vivien Lees-Hamilton. She will serve until next May when the annual
meeting of council will elect someone for the next 12 months.
His Deputy is Councillor Mr Andrew White who, as the term implies, substitutes for the Mayor when he is unable to
attend functions or chair the meetings.
In addition to the work in the Chamber they are also asked to represent Mirfield at events around the area
and to attend functions in Mirfield to represent the Town Council. The Town Mayor is invited to many functions
organised by neighbouring town and parish councils even over the Pennines in Saddleworth and Mossley.
The council has two meetings each month. They are Full Council Meetings that take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.
In recent years the Town Council has also organised successful public consultation meetings on important
local issues such as policing, development applications and the Kirklees Boundary Review.
The council is committed to public engagement. Mirfield residents are allowed to address or question the Town Council prior to the start of each meeting, for
a period of 3 minutes each, on matters relevant to the Town Council. Only one speaker is allowed when representing a group or organisation and notification
must be sent 7 days prior to the meeting. Not long ago members of the public were not allowed to speak at Town Council meetings so this ‘freedom’
is a great step forward.
|Mirfield Town Council accounts
|Mirfield Town Council is funded by a levy or precept set against
each house in the town and collected by Kirklees for the Town Council with the annual rates.
This year (2013/14) the people of Mirfield are paying a total of £52,600 to fund the administration and
functions of the Town Council.
Full details of the budget are available for residents, however to remind people, a quick breakdown is:
- 30% of the money is used on administration (clerk's wages, costs, election coverage etc).
- 30% of the budget funds regular projects which the council is involved in at this time of year. Residents will see the benefits
in the hanging baskets around the town, the wonderful condition of Eastthorpe Gardens in the Town Centre, and from a contribution to churches for maintenance
of the clocks in the town. Mirfield residents may also remember the impressive display of lights and activities over the Christmas period.
- The largest chunk of this year's budget is allocated to community support, making grants to groups and causes in Mirfield, and organising events such as the
Civic Service. Money can be used to form a partnership with other groups, or Kirklees Council, to boost projects in Mirfield. By partnership working it has
been shown that the money the Town Council has can be increased, in some cases by 4 times, to help worthy causes.
|Mirfield Town Council
198 Huddersfield Road
Tel: 01924 499240
Administrator to Mirfield Town Council: Lisa Staggs