Next week will see Kirklees Council’s proposed budget discussed despite 60% drop in National funding since 2010.
The new budget includes plans to put more money into improving youth services, tackling roads, so called“grot spots” and tackling gangs and crime.
lt will include millions of pounds to tackle air pollution outside schools, purchasing of renewable energy for council buildings as well as extra road surfacing and a feasibility study for a Flockton bypass.
The proposals suggest large scale investments including £25 million towards climate change, £8 million on adult social care and investments towards regenerating Huddersfield and Dewsbury town centre for £68 million.
Conservative Councillor David Hall described Labour’s commitment to combating climate change as “woefully under-ambitious”, he said that the £750,000 allocated to planting trees should go towards tackling air pollution.
Lib Dem Councillor, John Lawson, said “We want a district that is safe, clean and connected”. He called for the authority to deliver better outcomes in a sustainable way, despite operating “against a backdrop of enormous financial uncertainty”.
In relation to the Leeds Bradford airport expansion Green's Councillor Andrew Cooper commented that the regional funding shouldn’t be used to support to airport growth which, “threatened the viability of our emission reduction targets”.