AboutHaworth, Cross Roads & Stanbury Parish Council
Our Parish Council is a non-party political body which prides itself on focusing on the needs of the community without fear or favour.
The Council meets every six weeks throughout the year. While most of the meetings are staged at the Village Hall on Butt Lane in Haworth, we hold both main Full Council Meetings and Committee Meetings in both Cross Roads and Stanbury on a regular basis.
The Council has three Committees who look after specific areas of Council activity these are Environment, Finance and Overview and Planning. We also set up Working Groups to address specific issues and currently have a Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group who are actively progressing the development of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish.
The Planning Committee meets every three weeks. It is a statutory body and, while it doesn’t possess any planning powers, it is an advisory body to the Bradford Council Planning Department and Planning Committee.
The Finance and Overview Committee must meet four times a year but often convenes more often. It considers in detail the Council’s financial health and planning and makes recommendations for spending to the Council.
There are twelve elected or co-opted Councillors and we have two part time staff: the Clerk and Assistant Clerk to the Parish Council.
Our Council helps provide ‘seed’ capital for local groups who want to extend their reach or start new activities for the benefit of the community as well as supporting groups who want to establish themselves within our parish.
Haworth nestles on both sides of Bridgehouse Beck, in the South Pennine region of West Yorkshire. It is 10 miles north-west of Bradford, 20 miles from Leeds and 4 miles south- east of Keighley. The industrial centres of east Lancashire, including Colne, Nelson, Burnley and Blackburn lie within 20 miles to the west. The village lies 15 miles north of the M62 trans-Pennine motorway and four miles south of the cross-country rail route that connects Leeds to Carlisle. Initially an agricultural settlement, the village grew with quarrying, both stone and metals, and later with the textile industries, which resulted in large 19th Century mill developments and terrace housing to accommodate the influx of workers, mainly at Brow and Coldshaw. It is now a major tourist destination. Haworth is linked to the neighbouring town of Keighley and village of Oxenhope by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, which was saved from extinction in 1968 when a band of preservationists re-opened the five-mile branch line after it had been closed in the Beeching purge of the national railway system. It is now one of the country’s best known heritage railways. The picturesque village has found worldwide fame as the home of the Brontë family, three of whose sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne have achieved immortality as classic Victorian authors. Their Parsonage home adjacent to Haworth Parish Church has been preserved and a museum has been developed to service the massive interest in the family and their literary output. Haworth’s literary legacy has been reinforced by the retention of its early and mid-Victorian architecture and street scenes which attract large numbers of visitors. It has been recorded as Britain’s second most visited literary heritage centre, second only to Stratford-upon-Avon. Today, Haworth is a growing and thriving community. Tourism is its staple industry but it also retains stone quarrying, textile and light engineering links, as well as a burgeoning number of people who work from home. Much of the village social life, together with that of the tourist industry, is based on a wide variety of public houses and small to medium sized hotels. The village has a thriving primary and junior school while secondary education is provided away from the village by three high schools in Keighley and Cullingworth. The major part of the district’s day-to-day shopping needs of the residents are met by a selection of local shops in the Station Road-Mill Hey and Sun Street region while the high profile tourist orientated retail businesses are situated on the historic Main Street as is the Village Post Office. The village’s rural situation and good transport links with the major business centres of West Yorkshire have seen a rising number of residential developments and most of the village mill buildings have been earmarked for conversion to either apartments or integrated residential developments.
Cross Roads with Lees represents the eastern gateway to West Yorkshire’s Worth Valley and this Parish Plan’s area of remit. The ancient village, probably the oldest inhabited part of the valley, sits astride the junction of the trunk route A629, the A6033 route from Hebden Bridge via Oxenhope and the old route between the valley and Bingley. The village is situated on high ground to the south east of Keighley in West Yorkshire and it possesses an eclectic mix of both old and new residential development; retail facilities; a sustained commercial base with engineering; haulage and service industry companies and a distinct community spirit that has resisted the steady encroachment of ribbon development from Keighley. There is a public houses, a medium-sized hotel and a social club within the community as well as a small retail sector on the A6033 that includes a variety of shops and a restaurant. It has retained its own sub Post Office. There is an attractive Park with good facilities for children. There is a thriving Primary and Junior School serving the community. The community relies on Cullingworth and Keighley for the provision of its secondary education and medical services. While Cross Roads’ transport connections with Keighley and the Worth Valley are excellent, it still retains easy access to moor land and open country.
Stanbury is an ancient South Pennine hilltop village situated on the secondary road B6142 to the west of Haworth and en route to Laneshawbridge (Colne) in Lancashire, once part of the old Bluebell Turnpike. It is a working agricultural village with a significant presence of people commuting away from the village. Existing in magnificent scenery, Stanbury no longer has any retail facilities but has three public houses and a primary school that attracts pupils from far beyond the village boundaries. The centre of social and cultural activities within the village is at St Gabriel’s Anglican Church which is associated with St Michael’s and All Angels in Haworth. The village relies on Haworth for its access to medical services, Post Offices and shops.
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