Vote Tory to scupper LDF

CAMPAIGNERS from antiLDF groups across the district are calling on residents to vote Tory in May’s local elections.
Kirklees Community Action Network, an umbrella organisation which brings together action groups who oppose the council’s controversial Local Development Framework plan, says the Tories are the only local party who oppose greenfield development.
The LDF allocates land, including greenfield and green belt sites, for new homes and industrial use.
Members from Thornhill Lees Action Group, Chickenley RAGE and Chidswell Action Group, attended the latest KCAN meeting in Brighouse last Friday, with around 40 activists discussing how they can continue their fight against development on green spaces.
Rod Lilley, of Chidswell Action Group, said two new courses of action were  agreed.
“Firstly we hope to hold a fullscale march into Huddersfield to protest against the development plans,” he said.
“Secondly, we’ll be encouraging people to vote Conservative in the local elections, as they were the only party to vote en masse against the LDF proposals.
“Nearly all the support we have had has come from Conservative councillors and we think the best way to stop development would be a Conservativeled council.”
KCAN has launched a petition which will  be presented at 10 Downing Street.
In addition Thornhill Lees and Chidswell Action Groups are working with Dewsbury MP Simon Reevell on a separate petition to the Church of England, which owns the majority of the land that is earmarked for development in those areas.
Last year, Steve Melligan, head of planning for the Church Commissioners, said the church had no ethical problems in supporting the council because they were trying to find land for new jobs and housing.
Mr Reevell said: “The petition has only been doing the rounds for a couple of weeks and already it has garnered hundreds of signatures.
“We hope to present it at Lambeth Palace, and possibly even to the Archbishop of Canterbury, in March or April.”

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