THIS WEEK, council chiefs stand accused of not thinking through planning decisions following controversies in Mirfield with district-wide ramifications.

Mayor of Mirfield Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton has questioned approval for new developments when the town's schools, doctor's surgery and roads are full.

In particular she called for extra school places for Dewsbury and Ravensthorpe to reduce the number of children travelling to Mirfield's oversubscribed primaries.

Kirklees Council officials gave an unusually detailed rebuttal to the claims - which you can read in the paper in full.

Elsewhere, Press readers brought Christmas cheer to charity workers in Gomersal who were stung for £4,000 by an airline blunder earlier this year.

A campaigner claims lives are at risk thanks to a fence stopping drivers seeing their way out onto a busy Dewsbury road.

Mid Yorkshire health bosses denied a conflict of interest after bidding for a home care contract which would pave the way for cuts at Dewsbury District Hospital.

We also explore how dementia care could be folded into the £284m deal following a meeting a Batley Town Hall.

And a councillor wants the planning system ovehauled after a stand-off developed between motorists over access to a Mirfield street.


In sport, Batley Bulldogs have announced a two-year sponsorship deal with local firm Fox’s Biscuits.

Part of the new agreement will see Batley’s Mount Pleasant ground re-named the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium.

Fox’s is already the official community partner of the club and provides significant funding to support their existing and extensive community programme along with a local schools sporting bursary.

Dewsbury Rams have revealed their new look for the 2015 season as they embark on a fresh challenge in the Championship.

At the club’s open day last Saturday the Rams unveiled the designs for their home and away shirts.

The Tetley’s Stadium outfit have stepped away from tradition with a predominantly white home shirt with red, amber and black flames, whilst the away shirt for 2015 will be red with amber and black flames.

Plus, we have a four-page feature as the Heavy Woollen rivals gear up for their upcoming Boxing Day derby clash.

In local rugby league, Shaw Cross Sharks were unlucky not to end Underbank Rangers’ unbeaten home run as they lost 14-6 at The Cross Grounds on Saturday.

In rugby union, Cleckheaton produced a stunning comeback to beat Wirrall 27-25 at Elsemere Port on Saturday.

A patched-up Moorend side – handing debuts to a number of youngsters – trailed 22-0 at one stage before fighting back to claim a memorable National League Three victory.

It's all in The Press, the only newspaper which has all of North Kirklees covered ... so give us a right good festive read!

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