IN THIS week's paper, we report on a Kirklees Council planning u-turn branded an "utter shambles" that will have wide-reaching implications across the district.

The Labour-run authority ditched its long-delayed two-stage Local Development Framework (LDF) in favour of an all-in-one Local Plan.

Council chiefs considered doing this last year, but instead pushed on with the LDF - except now they have decided a Local plan would be better after all!

Opponents have rounded on Kirklees for wasting months, when land across the area, from Mirfield to Dewsbury and Cleckheaton, is at risk from predatory developers.

Elsewhere, we have a moving tale about a couple from Dewsbury affected by the so-called 'bedroom tax' days after the Government closed a loophole which allowed refunds.

Find out why the Frontier club in Batley, formerly the famed variety club, could be demolished and discover plans to mark the 40th anniversary of an IRA terrorist outrage on the M62.

Read about a resident who has hit out at the lack of buses in Gomersal after enduring a nightmare five-hour round-trip to the hospital for an operation on his foot.

A petition has been launched aimed at forcing council chiefs to confirm they will replace Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre in Cleckheaton when it is demolished in a school rebuild.

Also, two political heavyweights in Mirfield butt heads over whether the town's railway stations needs a new platform to improve disabled access or just a ramp.

In sport, Dewsbury Rams have bolstered their squad with the addition of former Wakefield Under-20s and Mackay Cutters player Jordan Grayston, who signs on a one-year deal.

This follows the Tetley's Stadium side's success in their pre-season friendlies, as they defeated Keighley and Bradford Bulls.

Batley Bulldogs should be proud of their performance against St Helens, according to coach John Kear. The Mount Pleasant side lost 20-0 at Langtree Park against a strong St Helens line-up (full report in this week's Press).

Elsewhere, Cleckheaton cricketer Iain Wardlaw has been shortlisted for the International Debutant of the Year award and in boxing Ashley Vanzie suffered a controversial unanimous decision loss in Ireland, in his rematch with Darren O'Neil.

In rugby union Cleckheaton RUFC were ruthless as they hammered Wheatley Hills to maintain their fabulous run of form.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has the whole of North Kirklees covered.

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