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These are the candidates standing in Lindley ward

The local elections are looming.

Voters go to the polls in nine days on 5 May for the 2022 local elections.

In Kirklees, the major parties are fighting for a handful of wards that could see further seats taken from the minority Labour administration.

The Local Democracy Reporting Service invited candidates to outline their pledges and aspirations should they be successful.

Four candidates are contesting Lindley ward, which last year saw an all-Lib Dem team reduced to two when the Conservatives took the seat. The Tories are hoping to replicate that result in 2022.

These are the candidates standing in Lindley ward:

Gulfam Asif (Labour)

Lindley ward currently doesn’t have a community centre. I will make sure that it gets one including activities for local children, adults and much more. I promise councillors’ ward budget is used for the benefit of the local residents. I will listen to residents and find solutions to their problems.

Cahal Burke (Lib Dems)

Fight Labour’s one-way plan for Occupation Road. Save trees on Halifax Road. Fill potholes in a timely manner; get roads resurfaced. Increase school place numbers. Protect green fields and stop over-development of our area. Protect our NHS and improve services locally, supporting the new medical centre. More tree-planting. 20mph zones.

David Heathcote (Conservative)

I live in the Lindley ward, and residents tell me they are fed up that the council is not listening to their concerns. I’ve campaigned against Labour’s top-down plans to remove veteran trees on Halifax Road and the crazy Occupation Road one-way scheme. A Conservative council will scrap both schemes.

Ian Vincent (Green)

Greens would establish a fuel poverty fund to help improve the energy efficiency of people living in cold homes. We will seek initially to fund this through a charitable trust that the council will establish and seek contributions through a variety of methods including an appeal through council tax mailing.

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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