Changes on town council as Deputy resigns post

From left to right are Coun Robin Dixon, Hebden Royd Mayor Coun Karl Boggis and Coun Andrew Halewood in the COuncil Chambers at Hebden Bridge Town Hall
From left to right are Coun Robin Dixon, Hebden Royd Mayor Coun Karl Boggis and Coun Andrew Halewood in the COuncil Chambers at Hebden Bridge Town Hall

It was all change at Hebden Royd Town Council last week with a major resignation and three new appointments.

Deputy Mayor Coun Nigel Yorke stepped down from the post because of time and family commitments, with Coun Jonathan Timbers (Labour) taking on the role until May, and Coun Andrew Halewood (Liberal Democrat) and Coun Robin Dixon (Labour) were co-opted to the two vacant seats in Mytholmroyd.

Former Mayor Coun Dixon will represent constituents in the Caldene ward, while Coun Halewood - who beat off competition from former mayor and town councillor Tom McAvoy - will represent White Lee ward. The seats had been vacant since the resignations of Matthew Talbot and Julia Gibson.

Coun Dixon, who had to step down as councillor for West End ward in 2011 for health reasons, said: “I’m really pleased to be asked by my peers to come back .

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the council and having a say on what goes on in Hebden Royd.

“My first priority is to get to know people in Caldene and find out what issues they have and how I can help resolve them.”

Coun Dixon will sit on the twinning, strategy and review, and staffing committees.

Coun Halewood, a former professional golfer and successful marketing and sales director, said: “I’m delighted to be becoming a councillor.

“I will serve, I will listen, I will communicate, I will deliver.”

Coun Halewood will sit on the twinning and Picture House committees.

Mayor Coun Karl Boggis said: “Welcome to the two new town councillors. You must need your heads testing!

“I look forward to seeing what you bring to the town council.”

Coun Yorke, who will continue his role as a town councillor, said he had enjoyed his time as Deputy Mayor but would not be able to give the time and energy required if he was elected as Mayor for 2014.

The new Deputy Mayor Coun Timbers said: “Coun Yorke would have made an excellent Mayor.

“He’s a brilliant and unassuming town councillor who does a lot behind the scenes to improve the area.

“But he didn’t want to be in the public spotlight and felt the Deputy Mayor’s role was not for him. So he asked me to step in, and I agreed.

“The council unanimously supported me and I am delighted to accept the role of Deputy Mayor until May next year, when I shall be Mayor.

“I haven’t accepted the position lightly. When I am Mayor, it will be a big year, with the Tour de France and World War One commemorations, which I am already working on.

“I think it’s important that we mark the beginning of the war that cast us headlong into the twentieth century with respect to all those who suffered, from all sides, including our twin towns in France and Germany.”