Save lives #slow down!

The Upper Calder Valley Renaissance Sustainable Transport Group supported the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week (8-14 May), which called for slower traffic speeds to save lives. Members of the group were joined in marking “Slow Down Day” by Councillors Dave Young (Calder Ward) and Jane Scullion (Luddendenfoot Ward).

The group has recently carried out traffic speed monitoring in a number of locations in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, in both 30mph and 20mph areas. The worst examples on non-compliance were found in some 20mph areas. At the bottom of Cragg Road in Mytholmroyd, near the entrance to Elphaborough Court, and at Machpelah and in Commercial Street, Hebden Bridge, more than 90% of vehicles were found to be exceeding the 20mph limits. Continue reading

UK risks breaking legally binding carbon budget

The Climate Change Committee’s 4th Progress Report, published at the end of June 2012, shows that the UK’s in danger of breaking its legally binding carbon emissions reduction targets.

Since the Climate Change Committee’s 4th Carbon Budget Report in 2010, the UK has a statutory greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target  for 2025, of  50% of the 1990 GHG emissions.

In order to stay within the law set down in the Climate Change Act, the UK needs to reduce its emissions by 3% each year, through actions like increasing renewable energy generation and building insulation. To hit this target, the UK will have to up its carbon reduction game times four.
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Upper Calder Valley environmental groups, organisations & businesses

This Directory has three main sections:

  • Businesses and community groups
  • Campaigning groups
  • Local government – Calderdale Council, Hebden Royd Town Council and other parish councils



Calderdale Badger Group

This group is set up for the protection of badgers in the Calderdale area. They campaign, lobby government, protect setts, and offer education. They are on facebook here.

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group

Here is the website for the Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve, which aims to bring back wildlife into Calderdale. The Nature Reserve is at Elland Road, Brighouse HD6 2RG.  This is in Lower Calder Valley so strictly speaking, shouldn’t be on this website but hey ho. The Wildlife Group is a membership organisation, their webpage is here

Upper Calderdale Wildlife Network is open to all wildlife enthusiasts. It helps to survey and protect wildlife and habitats in the Upper Calderdale area. They meet on the first Monday of the month at 7.30 p.m. in a Todmorden Pub. For info, contact Ms Penny Bennett, 01706-812480.


A variety of groups, organisations and businesses can help with reducing buildings’ carbon emissions and increasing their resource efficiency and energy efficiency.
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