Kirklees Council chief to leave

Kirklees Council chief to leave
By Tony Earnshaw
Local Democracy Reporter

KIRKLEES Council is to lose one of its most senior figures.

Karl Battersby (pictured) is the council’s strategic director for economy and infrastructure. His role includes managing tens of thousands of refuse collections in the borough.

He is joining North Yorkshire County Council as Corporate Director of Business and Environmental Services and will leave Kirklees over the summer.

He was appointed in 2018 from Wigan Council, where he had worked for two years as director of economy and environment.

Mr Battersby has had responsibility for all front-line environmental services, planning, regeneration and development functions, the capital programme and all council land and property assets.

He has been at the heart of negotiations with union officials to prevent potentially crippling bin strikes and was a key figure in the presentation of the £250m Huddersfield Blueprint, which was unveiled last summer.

He has also been a spokesman for the council on issues as varied as the restructure of the borough’s museums and the furore over Kirklees schools serving halal meat from non-stunned animals.

One councillor described Mr Battersby as “an impressive and capable professional” and “a sorter-outer” who worked hard to solve problems.

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