By Jackson Kiwanda
Hi, my name is Jackson Kiwanda, and welcome to Kirklees Local TV’s Weekly News Round-Up.
Council sets budget to cut library spending
Kirklees Council aims to save £370,000 within library services over the next few years.
After a revamp of the building, the library will focus more on a different range of services: introducing more voluntary services, a community sector and primary care, communities’ team.
The voluntary service will mean that the Library will employ more voluntary staff to help. This change will not have an impact on frontline staff and no trained staff would be replaced by volunteers.
A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “We are in the position to offer something back and continue to grow and develop through innovation”.
The art gallery is now closed due to refurbishment while major renewal and repairs on the roof and the top floor building are pending.
The library remains open and services will continue as usual. The art gallery will be reopening in 2021. This is an ongoing process as plans have been set in place. What’s the future of the art gallery? We will have to wait and see.
Home Sweet Home? Not Quite yet.
Kirklees Council has put into motion plans to build new homes by 2023.
Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Peter McBride (Lab, Dalton), said “a significant number” of the homes being built were prefabricated units “that would minimise energy use”.
Over 10,000 new homes will be built across Kirklees region. The council is committed to making a least 20% of affordable homes across the borough.
Transpennine Express has decreased their Delay Repay Scheme for passengers.
In the past when travelling, if trains were delayed by approximately 30 minutes or more, Passengers would be able to apply for compensation.
Now if the train is delayed by 15 minutes or fewer, passengers can apply for compensation through Delay Repay Scheme.
On the face of it, it sounds like good news all round, but we don’t know if this means passengers will still have to suffer from delayed trains and mixed up timetables, that seem to have become the norm for trains in the north.