Calderdale Council Local Plan Consultation

Calderdale Council has started consulting on the new ‘Local Plan’ for Calderdale. At this stage the Council is just consulting on the Core Strategy of the plan. Therefore it does not allocate any specific sites for development or indicate what land will be taken out of the Green Belt for this purpose. These issues will be dealt with in a separate Land Allocations and Designations planning document (part 2 of the Local Plan), the initial draft of which is intended to be published in or about Spring 2013 and will then be the subject of public consultation before the final draft of the document.

Warley Community Association has been tracking the Council’s work in this area and will continue to do so as the Local Plan is developed. Throughout that process we will collate any relevant information which is pertinent to Warley and keep residents updated via this website and the Warley Lantern newsletter. At this stage, however, we would also strongly advise residents to also keep abreast of developments for themselves and use the Council’s consultation portal to pass comments as this can influence the development of the Local Plan for the whole of Calderdale.

For more information on the Local Plan, click here.

WCA Committee

Warley Community has a new chairman, Andrew Berry, and new committee members, Janet Blackburn, Andrew Ferguson and Shari Taylor.

The Warley Community Association was formed in 2008 to raise funds to repair a local landmark and it has since gone on to organise large-scale annual events in the MayFest, Warley Open Gardens Day, Warley History Exhibition, and Christmas Fayre.

WCA Committee
Andrew Berry – Chairman
June Illingworth – Treasurer
Maryke Deahl – Secretary
David McCallam ~ Website Administrator, Newsletter Editor, Warley History Group Co-ordinator
Eliana Bailey ~ Events Co-ordinator
Stephanie Ryan ~ Warley In Bloom Co-ordinator
Shari Taylor ~ Publicity
Andrew Ferguson ~ Allotments
Janet Blackburn
Christine Crowther
Sylvia Ketley
Phil Ineson
Susan Naylor
John White
Jean Williamson

Warley History Archive: Wilkinson Pickles of Gads Hill in Unique Stone-laying Ceremony 1897

Continued from ‘The Warley Lantern’ newsletter Christmas 2012…

A news item from the Sowerby Bridge Chronicle: Wilkinson Pickles of Gads Hill in a unique stone-laying ceremony in 1897

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Wilkinson Pickles in Unique Stone-laying Ceremony 1897

(Extract below from the feature in ‘The Warley Lantern’ newsletter Christmas 2012)

Gads Hill and the Astonishing Wilkinson Pickles

The steeply banked and formerly densely wooded area of Trimmingham has always been closely associated with Warley. For example, Miss Elizabeth Farrar, who lived at Trimmingham House was one of the main benefactors for the building of Warley St John’s Church. Scattered across this hillside, around and below West View Park, lie many fine houses. The grand and imposing ‘Gads Hill’ is situated on the hill-top and, as lovers of Charles Dickens will know, takes it name from that famous author’s own house in Kent. The house was built by Wilkinson Pickles owner of the nearby Steam Laundry who insisted on an exact replica of Charles Dickens’ own library being created in the house. A wonderful story and apparently a somewhat eccentric character. Amongst Wikinson’s other notable activities were globe-trotting trips to all corners of the earth studying steam laundries and a visit to the holy land – where he brought back two very heavy tablets of stone which he installed in Boulderclough Methodist chapel. Williamson was a native of Sowerby but like many before him had chosen to emigrate to Warley at the earliest opportunity and naturally, we don’t blame him. His house still stands proudly on the hilltop with some windows looking straight out to Warley Edge. Did he imagine as he gazed out to the fields beyond, that he might one day pen a work that would be as great as his hero?