I WAS absolutely delighted and overwhelmed to see so many local residents attend the local development framework meeting last Thursday night at the Tetley Stadium.
The strength of feeling from the people of Dewsbury, Batley, Tingley and Gawthorpe was such that having originally planned to host the meeting in the Royal Suite, the turnout of close to 600 people meant we were forced to open the main stand.
I would like to express my gratitude to our guest speakers, Simon Reevell MP and Robert Bamforth from Kirklees Community Action Network, who were on hand to answer questions about the proposed Chidswell development. Also a big thank you to the staff at the Rams for agreeing to open the main stand and for stewarding the whole event so professionally and ensuring our safety was paramount.
Finally, thanks to the members of the group for delivering thousands of leaflets, erecting protest signs and encouraging everyone to attend the meeting.
Thursday’s meeting sends a clear message to Kirklees Council that local residents do not want Chidswell, an area of outstanding natural beauty, decimated by these reckless development plans. We do not want this green belt destroyed and the leaders of the council must now act upon our opposition.
The battle against Kirklees Council will go on and I invite everyone to attend a rally and march scheduled for Saturday November 12 at 10am, meeting at the Huntsman public house near the Chidswell Farm Shop. Please come, bring relatives, friends and friends of friends so that the voices of opposition are heard before the November 23 full council vote.
Chairman of Chidswell Action Group