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Saturday, November 4, 2000
Rain held off for most of today so the HB Bonfire was able to go ahead. Click here for more pictures

Snow and more floods
Monday 30th October 2000

Between Hebden and Mytholmroyd
Monday morning

Snow covering Old Town
Monday morning
Following heavy rain all evening, night and morning, Hebden Bridge was once again victim to floods. The main road between Todmorden and Halifax was blocked in several places by water, and the police are restricting access. An ITN reporter told the HB Web that he was let through from Todmorden because he had a press pass but everyone else was being turned back. Nevertheless, it took him"hours". All Hebden Bridge schools closed. Many cellars in the centre of town have been flooded again. Banks' computers are down because they keep their computers in the cellars!!! The Hold in the Wall is flooded.

Just before 9 the rain turned to snow and many roads on the tops were soon impassible. One parent taking his child to Calder High could not return to Hebden because of the flood and drove back by means of Foster Clough and Old Town. Several roads in Old Town were blocked by cars stuck in the snow and only one road was still open to Hebden Bridge.

Buses between Halifax and Todmorden were cancelled and a fallen tree blocked the railway line near Todmorden.

Many businesses are only just recovering from the disastrous floods of June. However, so far this flood is not as bad as that one.

New Twist in Parking Charge Battle
Local Liberal Democrat Councillors have reacted angrily to a new twist in the row over increased car parking charges in Hebden Bridge.

A report to be considered by the CouncilÕs Regeneration & Development Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday (11th October) suggests that the parking voucher scheme in Halifax should be scrapped and replaced by pay and display machines which will cost £120,000 to introduce.

Councillor Jane Brown told us: "The report says that, if parking charges are introduced in the outer towns there will then be money available to pay for ticket machines in Halifax. This means that we will be paying for them - and paying twice."

"Money raised in Hebden Bridge will be spent in Halifax and we will then have to pay again when we visit Halifax. I think that this is a disgraceful move."

"The only reason we have been given so far for wanting to impose further car parking charges in Hebden Bridge is to get rid of the "subsidy" on the car parks in the outer towns. Now it is suggested that the "subsidy" ought to be the other way round - and twice over. I and my colleagues will not stand for this."

"We are still convinced that our campaign against the new parking charges will be successful but, if the Conservatives insist on pushing them through, we will insist that they stick to the promise of re-investing the money in the towns that it comes from" said Cllr Mrs Brown.

What do think? - put your opinion online

On- Line Shopping? Not for Hebden Bridge

With the news that major supermarket chains have started online shopping with home deliveries in several areas, the Hebden Bridge Web investigated whether this was now possible for web users in our town.

‘Phone calls to Sainsbury’s, Safeway’s and Tesco proved disappointing. Both Sainsbury’s and Safeway’s said that people living in certain areas of the south-east could now buy their groceries on-line but as far as they knew there were no plans to extend this service to this area. There was a little more hope when we contacted Tesco’s, whose Huddersfield store offers this service according to their helpline, "as far out as Batley." However, Hebden Bridge is not currently within their area.

The only company which is offering e-shopping in this district is Iceland. Whilst they are efficient and reasonably priced they do not offer the same selection of goods as the larger companies and do not provide fresh vegetables. Perhaps interested Internet users should contact the major stores demonstrating our interest in using this time saving and eco-friendly practice.

Parking to cost more
At present, charges for parking are only made at the Bridge Street car park in Hebden Bridge. Proposals are to be put to Calderdale Council to raise the charge from 20p to 30p an hour and to introduce car parking charges to the other car parking areas in Hebden Bridge. Charges will be introduced New Road, market place, Hangingroyd Lane, Garden Square and Garden Street of up to £1. Parking charges will be extended to include Sundays.

No petrol in Hebden Bridge

Monday, September 11, 2000


What you think

Award for local singer-songwriter
From Eileen Jones
Friday, September 8, 2000
Local singer-songwriter Natalya Cutler has gained a rare double distinction in journalism and media production at Calderdale College. Natalya, an English and History graduate from London who moved to Hebden Bridge a couple of years ago, crammed two one-year courses into 12 months. She gained distinctions in both journalism and radio production, and TV and video production, on City and Guilds courses. As well as performing her own songs locally, she has worked on two radion stations and helped produce the film Mills and Healers which was shown at Hebden Bridge Picture House in the summer. There are still vacancies for students who want to take up a place on a practical journalism or media production course - contact David Elliott or Eileen Jones at the college media centre in Halifax (tel:357357).

By canal to Manchester

Navigation on the Rochdale Canal is already possible from Sowerby Bridge through Hebden Bridge and Todmorden to Littleborough. The Waterways Trust, which has recently taken over the Rochdale Canal Company, has this week announced a contract with British Waterways for restoration and maintenance work for the next 50 years. A Grant of nearly £12 million has come from the Millennium Commission.

The aim of the restoration project is to make the Rochdale Canal navigable along its entire 32 mile length from Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire across the Pennines to Manchester city centre. Work is due to start in the next few months, with a completion date of April 2002. More details by emailing rochcanal@oldham.gov.uk

Riverside School success
Riverside School, which failed an Ofsted Inspection three years ago (see news archives) has this week reported vastly improved results for its year 2000 SATS.

The number achieving Level 4 or above now equals or exceeds the national averages of 70%.(approx). Level 4 is the level which children of 11 are expected to attain. The numbers achieving Level 5 are English - 36% (22), Maths - 42% (24) and Science - 52% (27). The numbers in brackets refer to the national figures for 1999. It would seem that Riverside School under its current head, Nicola Woodman, is once more a school in which our community can take pride.

Swimming pools: Tod and HB
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Todmorden Swimming Pool finally re-opened at the weekend. First reports indicate that it was well worth the wait. One comment reaching the Hebden Bridge Web is:

"A superb pool in which one isn't conscious of the chlorine. What a contrast to the old pool which often felt like taking a prolonged dip in disinfectant! The beautiful setting of Centre Vale Park has been exploited to great advantage by the architecture of the building. One entire wall of the poolside is made up of glass which allows swimmers to look out on the stunning scenery of the Calder Valley. There is a wide array of other sporting activities available and there were many people signing up for them. The centre is obviously going to be a great asset to the Upper Valley.

"The only thing not superior to the old pool was the operation of the Reception Desk. Whereas one person used to process through fairly large numbers of people at peak times with little delay, an assortment of four and five people seemed unable to cope with the numbers trying to gain entrance at yesterday's midday adult swim. Apparently, a new computer system, was causing chaos."

There will be a meeting of Hebden Royd Leisure Pool Association at the White Lion Hotel on Wednesday 21 June for any interested parties to attend. It is important that the land on Victoria Road is used for the use of the community and it is only by community involvement that the people of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding areas have their say.

As the swimming pool in Todmorden has now opened it is important that the people of Hebden Bridge have their say in the use of the land.

Email Catherine Price for more information.

Local doctor and peace campaigner gets OBE
Monday, 19th June 2000
Dr Linda Patterson of Hebden Bridge, who is medical director of the Burnley Health Care Centre, has been awarded an OBE for services to medicine. Dr Patterson has been a regular campaigner for nuclear disarmament, urging the switching of resources to the NHS. In the 1980s she was part of the Snowball campaign and arrested for putting daffodils on a fence at the US spy base at Menwith Hill.

Flash Floods hit Calder Valley
Monday, June 5, 2000

HB centre - Sunday morning. Photo: Ruth Brown

Aillee Kerrane on BBC News this lunchtime, describing the flooding of their house in Charlestown, Hebden Bridge. The force of the water forced open the door and then the weight of the water collapsed the floor. Her and John lost much of their personal and work belongings and will have to find alternative accommodation for the next few months.

Mr Rob Jackson, licensee of The Railway pub on New Road, Hebden Bridge, said the water had flushed straight through the building. "I tried to get in a few times and eventually managed at about 6 am," he said. "It was still waist deep outside."

When the water subsided, it left behind a thick residue of mud, with stock strewn across the pub. Mr Jackson said he was still unable to get into the cellar because it had completely flooded.

Police divers searched basement flats and firefighters waded through chest deep water to ensure nobody was trapped. In Hebden Bridge the worst affected area was between the Picture House and the New Road traffic lights.

Local MP, Christine McCafferty on BBC TV this evening demanding answers to questions, eg why was there not adequate warning?

From the Yorkshire Post: Witness Graham Freeth, a barman at The Railway in Hebden Bridge, said the water was "like a tidal wave". "The taxi driver had to crawl out of the door and swim over ? the water was at chest height," he said. "He was scared." Kirsty Gordon, also from The Railway, said: "A wall of water came from down by the Picture House. I was scared when water was rushing into the pub."

Several people and a dog became marooned on the steps of Hebden Bridge Picture House, where they spent almost four hours in darkness.

Margaret Walker, 67, a resident of the town for 60 years, said: "This was the worst IÕve seen. The water just came straight through the front door and then the lights went out." Other older residents said the flood was the worst since 1975. In the village of Eastwood, between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden, water was said to be up to eight feet deep. Michael Brummitt, assistant divisional officer based at Halifax fire station, said it was lucky no one had died or been hurt.

Sunday, June 4, 2000

Hebden Bridge featured throughout the day on the main national news. Almost 30 hours of continuous rain caused the river Calder to burst its banks, flooding Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden. Water was eight feet deep in some places. The flood sirens went off at 12.15am this morning.

This afternoon, parts of Hebden Bridge looked like a disaster zone. In the place of the usual Sunday tourists was sludge, runied carpets from the shops and sandbags. People leaving the Trades Club at two in the morning talk of having to wade through the town.

Todmorden resident Pamela Rogers said she had been trapped in her car as she tried to escape from the rising river. The vehicle filled with water but she was unable to get out because of the pressure of the water outside, she said. She was rescued by a neighbour who helped yank the door open.

Green Centre Wins £33,000 Cash Windfall
Monday, May 22, 2000

The Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre is today celebrating a £33,000 cash windfall after succeeding in its bid for a slice of vacant funding from the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward.

The ATC’s exciting community-driven plan to develop an Energy Conservation & Training Centre, as part of a canal-side family ‘Ecopark’, in the heart of Hebden Bridge, was given the green light - and £33,000 of the total £78,000 available - today following a presentation to a selection panel from Yorkshire Forward and the Rural Challenge Rochdale Canal Corridor Partnership. The spare £78,000 Yorkshire Forward funding became available after the collapse of an energy conservation project supported by Rural Challenge at Riggs Garden Centre in Walsden.

The scheme will see the establishment of an Energy Conservation & Training Centre based at Hebble End Mill in Hebden Bridge to inspire and inform visitors and local people about methods of conserving energy and living sustainably. Training courses will be held in the centre for schools, businesses and individuals. The Centre will combine with plans to turn a 350 metre stretch of the Rochdale Canal between Hebble End and Blackpit Lock into a family ‘park’ using sustainable methods and materials.

The plans for the Energy Conservation & Training Centre and EcoPark will be on view at the Alternative Technology Centre at Hebble End - open Mon — Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat — Sun, 12-5pm.

Railtrack cut down trees
Tuesday, May 16, 2000
From Iain Kemp

The chainsawing which undoubtedely awoke many residents on Monday night was Railtrack cutting down dozens of trees along the railway embankment. As part of a national programme, Railtrack has apparantly decided to solve the problem of 'the wrong sort of leaves on the line' by removing the trees. 5 nights of destruction are planned to remove trees that shroud the track from Todmorden through Hebden Bridge and beyond.

It seems crazy that at the time that people are being encouraged to 'plant a millennium tree' Railtrack is allowed to perform such vandalism without consultation or permission. Calderdale council are aware but are powerless to stop them.

Our only course of action is to contact HB Times, or national papers, phone Railtrack to swamp them with complaints 08457 114141 (although you will not be put through to anyone significant) .... or chain yourself to the track!

Calderdale goes Conservative
Thursday, May 4, 2000

Local Election Results: Calderdale goes Tory. Conservatives have 28 seats, Liberal Democrats 15 and Labour just 10. Labour lose control of Bradford and Burnley but hold on to Rochdale

Mary Seward (LD gain from Lab) and Peter Coles (LD) won the Calder Valley and Luddenden Foot wards.

The results for the Calder Valley Ward were Mary Seward(LD) 1406, Jonathan Timbers(L) 912 and the Green Party candidate Jamie Johnson 433 with a 30% turnout. There was no Conservative candidate in the Calder Valley.

In the Luddenden Foot ward, the vote was Peter Coles(LD) 1272, Charmian Smith(C) 556 and Jill Smith (Lab) 535 with a 28% turnout.

Council before 5th May:
Lab 20 Con 19 LD 14 Ind 1

History of control of Calderdale Council:
1973-LAB; 1975-CON; 1976-CON; 1978-CON;
1979-CON; 1980-NOC; 1982-NOC; 1983-NOC;
1984-NOC; 1986-NOC; 1987-NOC; 1988-NOC;
1990-LAB; 1991-LAB; 1992-NOC; 1994-NOC;
1995-LAB; 1996-LAB; 1998-LAB; 1999-NOC;

Hebden Bridge loses Bottle Bank
Monday, May 1, 2000

Hebden Bridge residents are no longer able to recycle their bottles in town. A notice has appeared at the New Road recycling centre saying that we now have to travel to Mytholmroyd to recycle our glass. One consequence of this is that people are just leaving their boxes of bottles. According to the Calderdale website those concerned may telephone Gill Dennett in the Environmental Services Department on 01422 392336.

Carr Head Asbestos Tip - Residents Urge Parish Council to consider Alternative Plan
Pecket Well, Saturday 8th April
Richard Hull, Pecket Well Resident

Residents of Pecket Well yesterday called on Wadsworth Parish Council to consider two alternative plans for dealing with the problems of asbestos exposure at the Carr Head Landfill Site. A packed meeting at the Robin Hood pub listened attentively for nearly an hour to a detailed presentation by local man Mr Stuart Bradshaw, a chartered and experienced Geotechnical Engineer, who outlined two additional options for stabilising the site. Neither of his suggested options would mean severe disruption of the site or the import of substantial amounts of extra landfill.

Wadsworth Parish Council, acting on the advice of Calderdale Technical Services Department, have applied for planning permission to effectively bury the site under a massive amount of imported landfill, which would require 17,500 lorry loads and take anything up to four years to complete. Mr Bradshaw's options, by contrast, rely on stabilising the steeply sloping site using an established engineering technique called 'Soil Nails'. This option had not been considered in any of the three consultancy reports commissioned over the last two and a half years.

The problem at the Carr Head site is that top soil is slipping down the slope, which could potentially leave asbestos exposed to the air. If the asbestos then dries out it can be released into the air as fibres. If the fibres are inhaled they can cause a variety of illnesses, some fatal. To date, the monitoring by Calderdale and the two geo-environmental surveys have not detected any asbestos exposed at the site, nor any fibres in the air, but they have found asbestos only a foot below the soil surface, which is far shallower than should be the case.

Mr Bradshaw's presentation described a technique for dealing with this problem of 'slope stability'. He began carefully with a general description of the work of Geotechnical engineers, whose role is to analyse the stability of any piece of ground, and is thus central to virtually all civil engineering projects. He described the problem of slope stability (embankments for example), and the methods used to understand and deal with such problems. He then described the technique of 'Soil Nails', which has been widely used in this country for over ten years, and elsewhere for over 25 years. Soil Nails are lengths of steel tubing or steel bars, driven into sloping ground and into the bedrock below, and capped with steel plates at ground level. They are spaced about 1-3 metres apart. The whole slope is then covered with a plastic netting that has hessian matting and grass seed embedded into it, so that the whole area is eventually covered in grass. He provided numerous photographs of the technique in use at many different sloping sites, and photographs of the small mobile 'rigs' - machines on caterpillar tracks which drive the steel 'nails' into the ground. He described how he had worked on many such projects, including ones where stability was required for over 100 years, but admitted that he knew of no cases where it had been used with asbestos tips.

After hearing and discussing Stuart's suggestion, residents at the meeting agreed that pressure should now be exerted on Wadsworth to consider these options before proceeding further with their planning application. Calderdale MBC have told Wadsworth that unless the Parish Council takes action to prevent asbestos exposure, Calderdale could carry out the work itself and charge the cost to the Parish Council. Calderdale Technical Services Department have advised the Parish Council on what it considers the best option, and advised the Parish Council to appoint Calderdale as its agent to carry out the work. The advice from Calderdale Technical Services is based on two geo-environmental surveys carried out in early 1998, whose brief was to examine the extent of environmental contamination, the stability of the site, and options for remedial action. These were commissioned by West Yorkshire Waste Disposal Authority in December 1997, following a complaint to Calderdale by someone who had found asbestos close to the surface after digging illegally on the site (which should have been fenced off securely at the time, but was not). In 1999 Calderdale then commissioned a more thorough 'interpretive report' from one of the two original consultancy companies, which examined in more detail the six original options for action. These options - which did not include any use of the Soil Nail technique, and did not provide examples or experience from any other remedial action on asbestos tips - were then considered in turn by Technical Services in their Feasibility Report. They rejected four of them with very brief justification, and considered two in more detail - 'in-filling the valley with imported landfill', and 'moving landfill waste to the valley bottom' - with detailed costings and risk assessments. These clearly come out in favour of the first (Option 5 in the Report), and that is now their advice to Wadsworth.

The Feasibility Report and the three consultancy reports will be on view to the public at Wadsworth Community Centre on Tuesday 11th April between 2pm and 8pm, and representatives of Calderdale Technical Services will also be present to answer questions. Residents are proposing to attend en-masse between 6.30 and 7pm. Mr Bradshaw will also be present to describe his suggestions again.

On a personal note, I just want to make the following brief points:

I have lived here for over 11 years, and my partner has lived here for over 25 years. We are very close to the site, and our 10 year-old daughter has played on the playground that is next to the site. Until now we have never been unduly worried, believing that the site was properly monitored. It is tempting to worry now about possible exposure in the past, but that worry must be put to one side whilst we sort out the current problem of landslip. When that is satisfactorily dealt with, we can then begin to ask a great many questions about the ways the site has been monitored in the past. I gather that prior to December 1997 Calderdale only monitored the site once a year. That has clearly been insufficient to ensure continued safety of the site, otherwise this whole situation would never have arisen. I would personally hope that someone can be held accountable for this error, even if only it is those who set standards and guidelines for monitoring this type of site.

  • There must therefore be continued monitoring of the site for asbestos exposure starting immediately, whatever happens. I really don't know how often this should be, but I would think at least once a month, and more frequently following sustained rain or snow, and during long dry periods. If that means video cameras and air-quality meters then so be it. All of the possible options should include this in their costing (they don't at the moment).
  • Having read all three consultancy reports, and the Feasibility Report, I am beginning to have doubts about whether Calderdale Technical Services Department, or indeed West Yorkshire Waste Disposal Authority who commissioned the first two reports, have the necessary expertise to deal with the current problem, and to monitor and manage the site when the current problem is dealt with. Whilst I am generally in favour of the devolution of political power, I think I would rather that a central government agency, with the best expertise available, had day-to-day responsibility for sites like this.

£78,000 available for Community Projects
Friday, April 7, 2000

The Rochdale Canal Corridor Partnership, which is responsible for spending the £1m Rural Challenge grant, is asking local people for ideas on how to spend £78,000 which is currently uncommitted. People who have ideas for alternative schemes and are able to deliver projects, are now invited to submit their proposals for the use of this under spend before the end of April.

Projects must demonstrate that they will achieve significant economic benefits to the canalside communities in the Upper Calder Valley between Friendly and Walsden including Hebden Bridge and Todmorden. The projects must be related to the Rochdale Canal and can involve private companies, community organisations or voluntary bodies or a combination of all of these. Schemes which involve energy conservation, the enhancement of canalside facilities and increase employment and training opportunities will be particularly welcome. . Projects requiring up to £78,000 can be considered but they must be matched on a minimum of a pound for pound basis by other finance and can be realistically completed before April, 2001.

Anyone with ideas can collect an application form from the Tourist Information Centres in Hebden Bridge and Todmorden or from the Regeneration and Projects Team in Northgate House(01422 39446) or by E-Mail Adrian.Rose@Calderdale.Gov.com They must be returned to the address on the forms by the end of April 2000.

For further information contact Adrian Rose on 01422392246.

Calderdale Plans "Environmental Disaster" for Pecket Well
Thursday, March 30, 2000

- the legacy of Cape Asbestos rumbles on.

Hundreds of local people died because of the asbestos at Acre Mill in Old Town above Hebden Bridge. Calderdale MBC is now planning to re-cap a Cape Asbestos waste tip sited at Carr Head, a beautiful stretch of woodland just below Pecket Well.

The local community is seriously concerned that they are taking a sledge hammer to a walnut. The Authority plans to approve the dumping of three hundred and fifty thousand tons of coal slag and quarry waste on the site, at a cost of £4.8 million, over a period which could take 'up to four years' (quote from Calderdale spokesperson on Radio Leeds). The environmental impact on the village, the upper valley, and local roads (17,500 heavy lorries) will be horrendous, and could arguably be far worse for the environment than the problem it seeks to solve. In addition, there are the incalculable costs to tourism and the economy of the upper valley, of such an enormous project.

At a Wadsworth Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 28th March 2000 a series of pertinent questions were posed to councillors and representatives of Calderdale MBC's Technical and Environmental Departments. None were answered adequately. In many cases the Authority 'experts' simply said they didn't know! These questions were drawn from a paper which was presented to a meeting of residents held at the Robin Hood Pub earlier in March. Until, and unless these questions are satisfactorily answered, no action on the Authority's proposals can be supported or justified.

The questions asked, and the expert paper may be read here.

The Hebden Bridge Web regards this as a major issue for local concern. We are prepared to create a forum page for discussion and debate on the Carr Head tip. Email us your comments

Mount Skip: gone forever?
Friday, March 24, 2000

The Mount Skip Inn is no longer to be a pub. The owner, Andrew Marshall, has made a successful appeal to the Planning Inspectorate. After 200 years serving the community, the pub is now going to be converted into 2 houses. Councillor Stewart Brown who campaigns to keep rural pubs open has said that anyone who attended the public hearing and heard the balance of arguments must be mystified at the Inspector's decision. Many visitors to the Hebden Bridge Web pages have followed the story of our rural pubs closing - background.

Hebden Bridge Strawbale Sauna
18th March, 2000

As part of 'Clean Up Weekend' on Sat/Sun April 8/9 2000 a skip will be placed near the site of the sauna in Victoria Road/Spring Grove. The local council are providing the skip and and protective gloves. I need teams of volunteers to help clean up the site. BUT... not just that. Landscape gardner Andy Rayner has offered to survey the land and design a landscaped area, relating to the whole history of Hebden Bridge and draw up plans of planting READY for the clean up weekend. He needs 80 VOLUNTEERS for one day so that the whole site can be made ready. Cleared of rubble, banking taken down - cleared of bricks, put back and plants planted!

Phone Catherine Price on 01422 846158 or email for further details

Welcome for Shelving of School Changes
Wednesday, March 8, 2000

News that any reorganisation of primary schools in Hebden Bridge is to be dropped has been welcomed by local Calderdale Councillor Jane Brown (Liberal Democrat - Luddendenfoot).

Councillor Mrs. Brown told us: "This is very good news which removes the uncertainty over the future of our local primary schools. The number of surplus places in Hebden Bridge is not now at a level to cause concern and this means that there is no longer the pressure for the council to take any action".

"I was a member of the Save Our Schools campaign two years ago - before I was a member of the council. At that time Hebden Bridge was in uproar about the way the council handled the matter". (see earlier news items here on the Hebdweb) "One of the first things I wanted to do after being elected was to make sure that any future discussions about school reorganisations would be handled better. My Liberal Democrat colleagues and I suggested some improvements to the Education Department's consultation procedure back in July 1998. I am very pleased that these suggestions were taken on board. All the teachers and governors I have spoken to recently believe that the matter has been handled much better this time round. All the relevant people have been kept informed and involved from an early stage and this has paid off".

Robin Hood in Crag Vale closes
Tuesday, February 8, 2000

The owner of the Robin Hood in Crag Vale has decided to sell the pub. It has not opened since the New Year. The owner, Sidney Connor who lives in Newcastle, claims he has been unable to find the right sort of manager. Readers of this news section will be aware that three other local pubs remin closed - the Mount Skip, the Woodman and the Shoulder of Mutton in Blackshaw Head - more details of other closures.

Council closes Community Centre
Thursday, January 27, 2000

Youth House has been closed without notice by Calderdale Council for safety reasons. The building in the centre of Hebden Bridge has long been the home of many community groups, including a popular pre-school playgroup, scouts and the Junior Band. Council engineers estimate that the improvements to make the building safe will cost £100,000. Among the many improvements necessary are re-wiring and improvement to the toilets. Users are angry and have blamed the council for not maintaining the building properly.

Alternative Technology Centre Celebrates Lottery Award
Saturday, January 15, 2000

The recently established Hebden Bridge Alternative Technology Centre is celebrating the award of a £5000 grant from the Millennium Festival Awards For All Committee. The grant has been given to purchase equipment demonstrating earth-friendly technologies including: a solar water heater; solar water pump; a sun-pipe (a pipe with a highly reflective interior for bringing daylight to lower storeys); a reed bed system for purifying water; a small wind charger; and an exercise bike for recharging batteries.

Most of the demonstration equipment will soon be on view at the Centre. The solar water pump will be used for irrigating the community garden, to be based on permaculture principles, which is being established close to the Centre. Visitors to the ATC will be invited to ‘pedal for power’ by getting onto the exercise bike to help recharge batteries at the Centre!

Calder High is 50 today - - and achieves a good Ofsted report
Monday, January 10, 2000

Calder High School opened fifty years ago today - the first comprehensive school in Yorkshire and, at the time, one of only a handful in the country. It was formed by a merger of several other schools including the Hebden Bridge Grammar School which is now Riverside Primary School. For the first few years, first year students at Calder High still attended this Hebden Bridge school. The recent Ofsted inspection reported that three quarters of lessons were good or better, a clear improvement on the previous inspection of 1995. The leadership and pupils' attitude were praised. Over-crowding was seen as a weakness. See full inspection report - you will need Acrobat to read it.

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