Kirklees

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Coordinates: 53°35′35″N 1°48′04″W / 53.593°N 1.801°W / 53.593; -1.801

Kirklees
Metropolitan borough
Coat of arms of Kirklees
Coat of arms
Official logo of Kirklees
Emblem of Kirklees Council
Kirklees shown within West Yorkshire
Kirklees shown within West Yorkshire
Areas of the district
Areas of the district
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Constituent country  England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
City region Leeds
Ceremonial county  West Yorkshire
Established 1 April 1974
Administrative HQ Huddersfield
Government
 • Type Metropolitan borough
 • Body Kirklees Council
 • Leadership Leader and cabinet
 • Leader David Sheard (Labour)
 • Mayor Christine Iredale
 • Chief Executive: Jacqui Gedman
 • Executive: Labour (council NOC)
Area
 • Total 157.8 sq mi (408.6 km2)
Area rank 100th
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 437,000
 • Rank 11th
 • Density 2,770/sq mi (1,069/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode areas BD (11, 12, 19)
HD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
WF (4, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17)
Dialling codes 01484 (Huddersfield)
01924 (Wakefield)
ISO 3166 code GB-KIR
Vehicle registration prefix Y
GSS code E08000034
NUTS 3 code UKE44
ONS code 00CZ
Motorways M62
M606
Major railway stations Huddersfield (B)
Ethnicity 79.1% White
15% S. Asian
1.9% Black
2.3% Mixed
Other 1.7%[1]
Councillors 69
MPs Tracy Brabin (L)
Thelma Walker (L)
Paula Sherriff (L)
Barry Sheerman (L)
European Parliament Yorkshire and the Humber
Police area West Yorkshire
Fire service West Yorkshire
Ambulance service Yorkshire
Website kirklees.gov.uk

Kirklees is a local government district of West Yorkshire, England, governed by Kirklees Council with the status of a metropolitan borough. The largest town and administrative centre of Kirklees is Huddersfield, and the district also includes Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite. Kirklees had a population of 422,500 in 2011 and is therefore the most populous borough in England that is not a city; it is also the third largest metropolitan district by area behind Doncaster and Leeds.[2]

History[edit]

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 as part of a reform of local government in England. Eleven former local government districts were merged: the county boroughs of Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the municipal boroughs of Batley and Spenborough and the urban districts of Colne Valley, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holme Valley, Kirkburton, Meltham and Mirfield.

The name Kirklees was chosen by the merging councils from more than fifty suggestions, including Upper Agbrigg, Brigantia and Wooldale.[3] It was named after Kirklees Priory, legendary burial place of Robin Hood, situated midway between Huddersfield and Dewsbury. The priory was located within the present-day Kirklees Park estate, most of which actually lies in the neighbouring borough of Calderdale.[3][4]

Under the original draft of the Act, the district would have included Ossett, part of the Dewsbury Parliamentary constituency at that time. It was eventually decided that Ossett was too remote to be governed from Huddersfield and the town was included within the Wakefield district instead.[5]

Geography[edit]

The principal settlements of Kirklees are mill towns in the Colne Valley, Holme Valley, Calder Valley and Spen Valley. Those areas of the district with a more urban character bound Calderdale to the west, Bradford to the northwest, Leeds to the northeast and Wakefield to the east.

The district also includes several rural villages, with the largest rural area extending from the south of Huddersfield. The Pennine countryside to the southwest of Meltham and Holme lies within the Peak District National Park.[6] This moorland area mostly bounds Saddleworth, a traditional part of Yorkshire but now locally governed from Oldham, Greater Manchester. There is then a relatively short border with the High Peak district of Derbyshire running across the summit of Black Hill, and then the main border to the south of Kirklees is with Barnsley.

The inclusion of two county boroughs resulted in a district without an obvious centre. Over the years there have been suggestions of splitting the district into two, administered from Huddersfield and Dewsbury.[7][8] Graham Riddick, as MP for Colne Valley, campaigned for a split in the early 1990s.[9][10] A similar ambition was mentioned by Elizabeth Peacock, MP for Batley and Spen in 1991.[11] The boundaries of metropolitan boroughs were outside the remit of the Banham Commission appointed to review local government structures in 1992 or its successors, and only minor boundary changes were made with neighbouring districts in 1994.[12][13][14]

The district includes parts of three postcode areas. Huddersfield and the rural areas to the south have HD postcodes, Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton and Gomersal have BD postcodes, and the rest of the Heavy Woollen area has WF postcodes. Similarly the district is split between several telephone dialling codes, with most residents in the 01484 (Huddersfield), 01274 (Bradford) and 01924 (Wakefield) codes. A small number of residents in Birchencliffe and Birkenshaw villages fall within the 01422 (Halifax) and 0113 (Leeds) codes respectively.

Demography[edit]

Religion[edit]

The stated religion of the population of Kirklees, as recorded at the 2001 census of population was as follows:[15]

  • Christian 261,128 (67.2%)
  • No religion 54,445 (14%)
  • Muslim 39,312 (10.1%)
  • Religion not stated 28,394 (7.3%)
  • Sikh 2,726 (0.7%)
  • Hindu 1,222 (0.3%)
  • Other Religions 772 (0.2%)
  • Buddhist 397 (0.1%)
  • Jewish 171 (0.0%)

Transport[edit]

Public transport information is provided by Metro, as is the case across West Yorkshire.

Rail[edit]

Kirklees lies along the core Huddersfield Line of the TransPennine Express network, with services calling at Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Direct Grand Central services to London King's Cross call at Mirfield. Other railway stations in the district on these routes and on the Penistone Line have local Northern services. Some towns in Kirklees have not been served by rail transport since the Beeching cuts.

Bus[edit]

Most bus services in the Huddersfield area are operated by First, and most bus services in the Heavy Woollen area are operated by Arriva.

Road[edit]

The urban areas of Kirklees are served by the M62 and M1 motorways. Parts of the local road network are considered to require improvement, such as the main route from Huddersfield to the southbound M1 which narrows as it passes through Flockton.[16]

Bicycle[edit]

Kirklees Council has developed a number of traffic-free cycle paths called Greenways in partnership with Sustrans.[17]

Tourism[edit]

Tourism in Kirklees is based around the area's countryside and industrial heritage:

Kirklees Council closed Dewsbury Museum and Red House Museum at the end of 2016, claiming it could not afford to continue running them following cuts to its budget.[18]

Tourist information in Kirklees can be obtained from major libraries.[19]

Sport[edit]

Huddersfield Town play football in the Premier League as of the 2017-18 season. They were the first English club to win three successive league titles.

The birthplace of rugby league was at the George Hotel, Huddersfield; local clubs include Super League side Huddersfield Giants, alongside Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams who both play in the Championship.

Governance[edit]

Council[edit]

Kirklees Council is the local authority of the district. The council is composed of 69 councillors, three for each of the borough's 23 wards. Elections are held three years out of four, on the first Thursday of May. One third of the councillors are elected, for a four-year term, in each election. The council is currently under no overall control and is led by a Labour executive.

Borough status and mayoralty[edit]

The shadow Kirklees District Council petitioned the privy council for a royal charter under section 245 of the Local Government Act 1972 granting the status of a borough from 1 April 1974.[20] The grant of borough status entitled the chairman of the council to the title of "mayor", effectively continuing the mayoralties of the former boroughs of Dewsbury (1862), Huddersfield (1898), Batley (1869) and Spenborough (1955).[21] The mayor is elected from among the councillors for a one-year term (the "civic year") at the council's annual meeting.[22]

Kirklees is the most populated borough or district in England not to have city status. In 2001 it was announced that a grant of city status was to be made to an English town to mark the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, and Kirklees council indicated that it was considering applying on behalf of Huddersfield. An unofficial telephone poll by the Huddersfield Examiner found a slim majority against the proposal, and the council did not proceed with the application.[23]

Freedom of the borough[edit]

Yorkshire Volunteers Freedom Scroll
Kirklees Mayor, Cllr Karam Hussain & Lt Col Andy Pullan Inspect Yorkshire Regiment Soldiers

Borough status also allows the council to confer the freedom of the borough on "persons of distinction". Since its formation Kirklees Borough Council has granted this right to two individuals and two groups:

  • 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Volunteers - (25 March 1979)[24] On 25 March 1979 Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council gave the Freedom of Kirklees to the 3rd Battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers. The 3rd Battalion was at that time the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding) Territorial Army unit. However the freedom given by Kirklees to the 3rd battalion of the Yorkshire Volunteers did not permit any transfer to heirs or successors and effectively that freedom ceased when the battalion was amalgamated into the East and West Riding Regiment on 1 July 1999. The East and West Riding Regiment ceased to exist on 6 June 2006, having been merged into the Yorkshire Regiment as its 4th Battalion. The Yorkshire Regiment requested the freedom to march to be transferred to them. On 25 October 2008 Kirklees Council transferred the Freedom of Huddersfield to the Yorkshire Regiment at a freedom parade held by the 3rd Battalion, formerly the Duke of Wellington's Regiment (West Riding).
  • Sir William Mallalieu MP (27 January 1980)[25]
  • The Rt Hon Betty Boothroyd MP (20 November 1992)[25]
  • Citizens of Besançon, France (7 October 2005)[25]
  • The Yorkshire Regiment (25 October 2008)[26]

Twin towns[edit]

Kirklees is twinned with:

Coat of arms[edit]

Kirklees Borough Council was granted armorial bearings by the College of Arms by letters patent dated 24 June 1974. the blazon of the arms is as follows:

Vert on a bend Argent a bendlet wavy azure on a chief Or a pale between two cog-wheels azure on the pale a Paschal Lamb supporting a staff of the fourth flying therefrom a forked pennon argent charged with a cross gules; and for a Crest, On a wreath of the colours a ram's head affronty couped argent armed Or gorged with a mural crown sable masoned argent.

Supporters: On either side a lion guardant purpure resting the inner hind leg on a cross crosslet Or embellished in each of the four angles with a fleur de lis azure. Badge or device: A roundel purpure charged with a Lacy Knot Or all within a circle of eleven roses argent barbed and seeded proper.[28]

The green colouring of the shield represents the fields, woods and moorland of the borough. The white stripe or bend represents the M62 motorway, while the blue wave upon it is for the many waterways of the area. On the chief or upper third of the shield is a paschal lamb, symbol of St John the Baptist. John was the patron saint of woolworkers, and the inclusion of the emblem represents the historic woollen industry. The cogwheels are for the modern engineering industries. The crest is a ram's head, found in the arms of the County Borough of Huddersfield and the Mirfield Urban District Council. The black mural crown stands for the district's status as a borough, recalling a city wall. The supporters are purple lions from the arms of the de Laci family, medieval lords of Huddersfield. For heraldic "difference" from other lion supporters a distinctive cross has been placed below their inner feet. This device, combining the symbols of Christ and the Virgin Mary, represents the priory from which the borough took its name.[28][29]

Parish and town councils[edit]

In five areas of the borough there is a second tier of local government: the civil parish. Parish or town councils have limited powers of a purely local character, such as owning or maintaining allotments, burial grounds, footpaths and war memorials. Four of the parishes were formed as successor parishes to urban districts abolished in 1974.[30] The fifth was formed in 1988.[31] The five town or parish councils are:

Council Area covered Number of councillors Parish Wards Formed
Denby Dale Parish Council Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Upper and Lower Denby, Birdsedge and High Flatts, Scissett, Skelmanthorpe and the hamlet of Kitchenroyd, Emley and Emley Moor and Clayton West[30] 17[32] Clayton West, Denby & Cumberworth, Emley, Skelmanthorpe[32] Successor to Denby Dale UDC 1973[33]
Holme Valley Parish Council Holmfirth and Honley, Brockholes, Cinderhills, Hade Edge, Hepworth, Hinchliffe Mill, Holmbridge, Holme, Jackson Bridge, Netherthong, New Mill, Scholes, Thongsbridge, Upperthong, Wooldale[30] 23[34] Brockholes, Fulstone, Hepworth, Holmfirth Central, Honley Central and East, Honley South, Honley West, Netherthong, Scholes, Upper Holme Valley, Upperthong, Wooldale[34] Successor to Holmfirth UDC 1973,[33] renamed Holme Valley 1975.
Kirkburton Parish Council Farnley Tyas, Flockton, Grange Moor, Highburton, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Lepton, Shelley, Shepley and Thurston[30] 25[35][36] Flockton, Kirkburton, Kirkheaton, Lepton, Lepton & Whitley Upper, Shelley, Shepley, Thurstonland/Farnley Tyas[35][36] Successor to Kirkburton UDC 1973[33]
Meltham Town Council Crosland Edge, Meltham, Helme, Wilshaw[30] 12[37] None[37] Successor to Meltham UDC 1973[33]
Mirfield Town Council Battyeford, Mirfield, Northorpe, Lower Hopton and Upper Hopton[30] 16[31] Battyeford, Crossley, Eastthorpe, Hopton, Northorpe[31] Formed 1988[31]

The remainder of the borough is unparished, with the borough council exercising parish powers.

Parliamentary representation[edit]

1997 to date[edit]

Since 1997 Kirklees has been divided into five constituencies: four being entirely within the borough, while one ward (Wakefield) is included in the Wakefield Council borough.

The boundaries of two of the Colne Valley and Huddersfield constituencies were virtually unchanged from those defined in 1983. Denby Dale and Kirkburton wards were transferred from Dewsbury to Wakefield, with the former constituency receiving Heckmondwike ward from Batley and Spen.

The constituencies were first used at the 1997 general election, when the Labour Party came to power in a landslide, gaining all the seats in the borough. The party held the seats at the subsequent elections of 2001 and 2005.[38] The incumbent MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox, was murdered on 16 June 2016.[39] A constituency by-election took place on 20 October 2016 and Tracy Brabin was elected.[40]

Constituency Wards Member of parliament Party Majority
Batley and Spen Borough Constituency

The following wards continued to formulate the Batley seat from 1997-2005:
Batley East, Batley West, Birstall and Birkenshaw, Cleckheaton and Spen.

At the 2010 general elections the boundary commission moved Heckmondwike from
Dewsbury into the Batley seat and moved Hanging Heaton from the Batley seat
into the Dewsbury seat[38]

Jo Cox Labour Party 2015: 6,057 (over Conservatives)[41]
Mike Wood Labour Party 2010: 4,406 (over Conservatives)
2005: 5,788 (over Conservatives)
2001: 5,064 (over Conservatives)[42]
1997: 6,141 (over Conservatives)[42]
Colne Valley County Constituency Colne Valley West, Crosland Moor,
Golcar, Holme Valley North,
Holme Valley South and Lindley.[38]
Jason McCartney Conservative Party 2015: 5,378 (over Labour)
2010: 4,837 (over Liberal Democrats)
Kali Mountford Labour Party 2005: 1,501 (over Conservatives)
2001: 4,639 (over Conservatives)[43]
1997: 4,840 (over Conservatives)[43]
Dewsbury County Constituency The following wards continued to formulate the Dewsbury seat from 1997-2005:

Dewsbury East, Dewsbury West, Heckmondwike, Mirfield and Thornhill.

At the 2010 general elections the boundary commission moved Heckmondwike from
Dewsbury into the Batley seat and moved Hanging Heaton from the Batley seat
into the Dewsbury seat. In addition, it moved the two wards of Denby Dale and
Kirkburton from Wakefield into Dewsbury[38]

Paula Sherriff Labour Party 2015: 1,451 (over Conservatives)
Simon Reevell Conservative Party 2010: 1,526 (over Labour)
Shahid Malik Labour Party 2005: 4,615 (over Conservatives)
Ann Taylor 2001: 8,323 (over Conservatives)[44]
1997: 4,840 (over Conservatives)[44]
Huddersfield Borough Constituency Almondbury, Birkby,
Dalton, Deighton,
Newsome and Paddock.[38]
Barry Sheerman Labour Co-op 2015: 7,345 (over Conservatives)
2010: 4,472 (over Conservatives)
2005: 8,351 (over Conservatives)
2001: 10,046 (over Conservatives)[45]
1997: 15,848 (over Conservatives)[45]
Wakefield County Constituency At the 2010 general elections the boundary commission moved Denby Dale

and Kirkburton wards out of Wakefield seat and into the Dewsbury seat
Remainder of constituency composed
of wards of the
Metropolitan Borough of Wakefield
[38]

Mary Creagh Labour Party 2015: 2,613 (over Conservatives)
2010: 1,613 (over Conservatives)
2005: 5,154 (over Conservatives)
David Hinchliffe 2001: 7,954 (over Conservatives)[46]
1997: 14,604 (over Conservatives)[46]

1983 to 1997[edit]

The 1983 general election was the first at which constituencies based on the administrative areas created in 1974 were used. Kirklees was divided into four constituencies.[47] The Conservative Party polled well in the 1983 election, and took two of the borough's constituencies. Labour held Huddersfield, while the Liberals, running in an alliance with the Social Democrats, held Colne Valley. In the following election in 1987 the Labour vote increased slightly, and they gained Dewsbury from the Conservatives. At the same time the Alliance vote fell, and the Conservatives took Colne Valley. The four MPs elected in 1992 were all returned in 1997.

Constituency Wards Member of parliament Party Majority
Batley and Spen Borough Constituency Batley East, Batley West,
Birstall and Birkenshaw,
Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike and Spen[47]
Elizabeth Peacock Conservative Party 1992: 1,408 (over Labour)[48]
1987: 1,362 (over Labour)[49]
1983: 870 (over Labour)[50]
Colne Valley County Constituency Colne Valley West, Crosland Moor,
Golcar, Holme Valley North,
Holme Valley South and Lindley.[47]
Graham Riddick Conservative Party 1992: 7,225 (over Labour)[51]
1987: 1,677 (over Liberal / Alliance)[52]
Richard Wainwright Liberal / Alliance 1983: 3,146 (over Conservatives)[53]
Dewsbury County Constituency Denby Dale, Dewsbury East, Dewsbury West,

Kirkburton, Mirfield and Thornhill.[47]

Ann Taylor Labour Party 1992: 634 (over Conservatives))[54]
1987: 445 (over Conservatives)[55]
John Whitfield Conservative Party 1983: 2,068 (over Labour)[56]
Huddersfield Borough Constituency Almondbury, Birkby,
Dalton, Deighton,
Newsome and Paddock.[47]
Barry Sheerman Labour Party 1992: 7,258 (over Conservatives)[57]
1987: 7,278 (over Conservatives)[58]
1983: 3,955 (over Conservatives)[57]

1974 to 1983[edit]

Parliamentary constituencies in England and Wales continued to be defined in terms of the boroughs and districts abolished in 1974 until a general redistribution of seats in 1983. Accordingly, Kirklees was divided between seven constituencies, which had first been used in the 1950 general election.[59]

Constituency Former administrative areas Member of parliament Party Majority
Batley and Morley Borough Constituency Municipal Borough of Batley
Also included the former Municipal Borough of Morley
in the City of Leeds.
Kenneth Woolmer Labour Party 1979: 5,352 (over Conservatives)[60]
A D D Broughton October 1974: 8,248 (over Conservatives)[61]
February 1974: 7,091 (over Conservatives)[62]
Brighouse and Spenborough Borough Constituency Municipal Borough of Spenborough
Also included the former Municipal Borough of Brighouse
in the Metropolitan Borough of Calderdale.
Gary Waller Conservative Party 1979: 1,734 (over Labour)[63]
Colin Jackson Labour Party October 1974: 2,177 (over Conservatives)[64]
February 1974: 1,546 (over Conservatives)[65]
Colne Valley County Constituency Colne Valley Urban District, Holmfirth Urban District,
Kirkburton Urban District, Meltham Urban District
Also included the former Saddleworth Urban District
in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.
Richard Wainwright Liberal Party 1979: 2,352 (over Labour)[66]
October 1974: 1,666 (over Labour)[67]
February 1974: 719 (over Labour)[68]
Dewsbury Borough Constituency Municipal Borough of Dewsbury, Heckmondwike Urban District, Mirfield Urban District
Also included the former Municipal Borough of Ossett
in the City of Wakefield.
David Ginsburg Labour Party

(Defected to the
Social Democratic Party in
1981 when he seemed unlikely
to be reselected
as Labour candidate for the next election.)
[69]

1979: 4,381 (over Conservatives)[70]
October 1974: 6,901 (over Conservatives)[71]
February 1974: 5,412 (over Conservatives)[72]
Huddersfield East Borough Constituency Seven wards of the County Borough of Huddersfield:
Almondbury, Dalton, Deighton,
Fartown, Newsome, North Central,
South Central
Barry Sheerman Labour Party 1979: 3,095 (over Conservatives)[73]
J. P. W. Mallalieu October 1974: 8,414 (over Conservatives)[74]
February 1974: 7,304 (over Conservatives)[75]
Huddersfield West Borough Constituency Eight wards of the County Borough of Huddersfield:
Birkby, Crosland Moor, Lindley,
Lockwood, Longwood, Marsh,
Milnsbridge, Paddock
Geoffrey Dickens Conservative Party 1979: 1,508 (over Labour)[73]
Kenneth Lomas Labour Party October 1974: 1,364 (over Conservatives)[74]
February 1974: 630 (over Conservatives)[75]
Penistone County Constituency Denby Dale Urban District
Remainder of constituency consisted
of former urban and rural districts
in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley and
the City of Sheffield
Allen McKay Labour Party 1979: 9,701 (over Conservatives)[76]
1978 by-election: 5,371 (over Conservatives)
John Mendelson October 1974: 1,364 (over Conservatives)[77]
February 1974: 630 (over Conservatives)[78]

See also[edit]

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