How good is our place?

How good is our place?

Our towns, villages and communities are the strength of Kirklees – and local people have asked us to do more to recognise this. So we’re working with citizens and colleagues to make sure that everyone has a stake in the place where they live, work or visit. We’ll be in Shepley and Berry Brow this March.

How good is our place?

Ask Shepley – get involved

Listening to Berry Brow

Batley 150

Batley Charter

To mark the 150th anniversary of the first meeting of Batley Borough Council, restoration work has begun on Batley’s historic Charter. Find out more in this guest blog from West Yorkshire Archive Service’s Kirklees  Archivist Robert Clegg:

Restoration begins on Batley’s historic charter

Growing our youth council – be part of it

Growing a stronger youth councilWe’re celebrating Kirklees Youth Council’s 10th anniversary by looking to the future. We’re asking lots of people to share their ideas for how we can grow an even stronger youth council over the next ten years. There are lots of ways to get involved:

Get involved: Growing our youth council

Age 11 to 18? Take part in the Kirklees Youth Survey

Working Group

Watch live

Our Working Group for the Kirklees Democracy Commission are overseeing our practical work to grow a stronger local democracy.

Our next meeting will be on Monday 20th May 2019 from 11am to 12.30pm. You can watch all our meetings via live webcast or follow via @kirkdemocracy on twitter.

Get involved: Working Group info

Summary of our January 2019 meeting

Blog: Meet our new Working Group

Our local democracy is changing… How are we doing?

Kirklees Question Time

Kirklees Question Time webcast archive

Our latest Kirklees Leaders Question Time event was at Holmfirth Civic Hall on Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

If you missed it, you can watch our webcast archive or look back at our live tweets from the evening.

Our next event will be in early 2019.

Watch our webcast archive

Live tweets from #KirkleesQT

Kirklees Question Time

Vote 100 – deeds not words

Vote 100 in Kirklees

We’re proud to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.

We’ve created a Vote 100 Kirklees website where you can see a list of upcoming events in Kirklees, get ideas about running your own event and find links to the Centenary Grant Fund, or find out more about the fight for the vote.

Vote 100 in Kirklees

Deeds not words

Deeds not wordsAs our contribution to Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little deeds for local democracy throughout the year. Please get involved by doing something, however small, to celebrate democracy for everyone.

100 little deeds for local democracy

Growing a stronger local democracy

Our report | Executive summary | Chapters | Taster booklet (PDF) | 48 recommendations
Active citizens

Read our report on the future of local democracy:

Growing a stronger local democracy,
from the ground up

Published 30th June 2017

Our report | Executive summary | Chapters | Taster booklet (PDF) | 48 recommendations

Previous events

events archive

Want to catch up on an event you missed, or take a second look? You can find out what’s already happened here – stories, webcasts & more…

Events archive

Launch eventVideos | Slides

Reviewing the evidence

Our evidence gatheringOver 1,000 people have talked to us about local democracy in Kirklees and beyond. Thank you to everyone who has got involved so far.

  • 88 people took part in discussions at our local democracy roadshow events across Kirklees.
  • We met with the Kirklees Youth Council, Huddersfield University Students Union, partner organisations and other groups.
  • 43 witnesses gave evidence during our public inquiries and evidence gathering sessions.
  • 318 members of the Kirklees e-panel shared their views.
  • 441 Kirklees Council staff shared their views.
  • We have heard from councillors and political groups in Kirklees.
  • We have visited some other councils to learn from their experiences.
  • We’ve also received comments in writing, via social media, via our web site and by email.

We reviewed and deliberated all this evidence to help create our landmark report. You can look through the evidence too:

Our evidence

Democracy in Kirklees

What should local democracy be like in Kirklees?

Local democracy is about being part of the decisions that affect our everyday lives. It’s about what happens on our street, in our neighbourhoods and across Kirklees. It’s important because it affects all of us.

And because it’s so important, the Kirklees Democracy Commission are working with our citizens and others to grow a stronger local democracy, from the ground up.

Hear from local citizens in our 4 minute film

We’d like you to be part of helping to shape a strong and healthy local democracy here in Kirklees – for the next generation, and beyond.

How should we do democracy here in Kirklees?

Join the debate to help us find out.

We’ll also keep you posted via twitter and email:

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