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Thursday, May 26, 2022

Almondbury hopefuls speak as the clock ticks down to polling day

We asked candidates for their pledges if they are voted onto Kirklees Council.

Voters in Kirklees go to the polls on 5 May.

There are 100 candidates standing in 2022. The Local Democracy Reporting Service asked them to outline their pledges and aspirations should they be successful.

Four candidates are contesting Almondbury ward, which last year was comfortably held by the Conservatives. This year sitting councillor Alison Munro is defending her seat.

Her opponents are Maria Ackroyd, chair of Huddersfield Conservative Association; Barbara Jones, a former Labour councillor who represented Greenhead ward for five years; and Peter Taylor, chair of Huddersfield Green Party.

These are the candidates standing in Almondbury ward:

Maria Ackroyd (Conservative)

We need safe roads for all users. We will scrap plans for a cycle lane on Wakefield Road, which is opposed by residents.

I would change the road safety policy and push the police for increased enforcement, and support residents in bringing forward road safety measures where they live.

Barbara Jones (Labour)

I will work with fellow councillors to ensure that the resources of Kirklees Council are made available to Almondbury ward on a fair and equitable basis, and that all means are employed to support vulnerable residents and those who face imminent financial hardship made worse by the Tory government.

Alison Munro (Lib Dems)

My pledge: To continue to oppose the Local Plan developments; support the Friends of Tolson Museum in seeking a solution; work with the police to tackle anti-social behaviour; pursue improved resident parking; 20mph zones, installation of EV charging points and extra investment in improvements to pavements and roads.

Peter Taylor (Green)

Castle Hill is a valued iconic landmark that is loved by the people of Huddersfield and I was appalled that Labour voted to build a modern hotel on it. I will do all I can to protect this listed Iron Age hill fort from development.

Kirklees Council is currently in no overall control with Labour (33 seats), Conservatives (19 seats), Liberal Democrats (nine seats), Greens (three seats), Holme Valley North Independents (three seats) and other Independents (two seats).

Of the seats up for election this year, Labour hold 11, Conservatives six, Lib Dems four, Holme Valley North Independents one and Greens one.

The election count will take place at Cathedral House in Huddersfield from 8.45am on Friday, 6 May.

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