The Council

Denby Dale Council – Its Role in the community

Denby Dale Parish Council serves the semi-rural parish of Denby Dale within the Metropolitan District of Kirklees.  It has twenty Councillors in total, serving the four Wards of Denby and Cumberworth (incorporating Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Upper and Lower Denby, Birdsedge and High Flatts), Skelmanthorpe (incorporating Scissett, Skelmanthorpe and the hamlet of Kitchenroyd), Emley (incorporating Emley and Emley Moor), and Clayton West.

The Parish Council, over the years, has played a leading role in supporting environmental projects in the parish.  It is a co-funder of the Denby Dale Countryside Management Project and is a keen supporter of the Denby Dale Parish Environment Trust.  The Trust runs a small scale environmental grant scheme that is funded by the Parish Council and grants have been awarded to various schools and conservation groups within the parish area.  The Parish Council is also supportive of the local community through its annual grant scheme. 

The Parish Council is a consultee in respect of planning applications.  The Council considers all planning applications for the parish area and observations are forwarded to Kirklees Metropolitan Council, which is the Planning Authority for the area.

Above all, the Parish Council acts as a ‘grass roots’ authority, channelling its electorate’s concerns through to the appropriate departments within other authorities.  Its Councillors are a visible presence within the community and are able to address the public’s concerns through the medium of Council meetings.

The councillors

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Clayton West

Cllr Susan Hellewell

Cllr John Cook (Vice Chairman)

Cllr Lynn Hardy

Cllr Billy Jewitt

Denby & Cumberworth

Cllr Cynthia Naylor

Cllr Richard Brook

Cllr Maggie Blanshard

Cllr Steven Slater

Cllr Janet Depledge (Chairman)

Cllr Neil Gemmell


Cllr Edward Shaw

Cllr Ray Gott

Cllr Paula Kemp

Cllr Mike Wood


Cllr Graham Turner

Cllr Kelvyn Waites

Cllr Jamie Summers

Cllr Polly Ann Flinders

Cllr Neil Denby

Cllr Stuart Merry

Council Policies

The Council has adopted the NALC Code of Conduct.  Member Interest forms are now available at the link below; search by individual councillor or in the library. Parish Councillors’ interests also listed below.

Declarations of Interests of Councillors

Cllr M Blanshard

Cllr N Denby

Cllr S Hellewell

Cllr P Depledge

Cllr W Jewitt

Cllr J Summers

Cllr P Flinders

Cllr S Slater

Cllr C Naylor

Cllr K Waites

Cllr R Gott

Cllr E Shaw

Cllr G Turner

Cllr L Hardy

Cllr P Kemp

Cllr R Brook

Cllr J Cook

Cllr S Merry

Cllr M Wood

Cllr N Gemmell

Click here for a copy of the - NALC template code of conduct for parish councils 

Freedom of Information Act New Model Publication Scheme 2008

At the meeting of the Council held on 2 December 2008, the Council adopted the above Model Publication Scheme as recommended by the Information Commissioner.

This Model Publication Scheme can be downloaded here

Statement of Duty under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000

Under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, the Parish Council has a general duty to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, promote equality of opportunity and promote good relations between people of different racial groups.  In compliance with this Act, Denby Dale Parish Council adopted a Statement of Duty which can be downloaded here.

Standing Orders

The Parish Council’s Standing Orders can be downloaded here.

Business Plan

The latest Parish Council Business Plan can be downloaded here..

Annual Report 2016-2017

The latest Parish Council Annual Report can be downloaded here.

Annual Return

The Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2017 can be downloaded here.

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Return for the year ended 31 March 2017 (section 20(2) and 25 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234))

1. The audit of accounts for the Denby Dale Parish Council for the year ended 31 March 2017 has been completed and the accounts have been published.

2. The Annual Return and all books, deeds, contracts, bills vouchers, receipts and other documents relating to those records are available for inspection by any local government elector of the area of Denby Dale Parish Council on application to: Carole Wadsworth, Clerk, Council Offices, 24 Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, HD8 9DA from Tuesday (by appointment) to Thursday between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm.

3. Copies will be provided to any person on payment of 5p for each copy of the Annual Return.

Announcement made by: C Wadsworth, Clerk

Date of announcement: 20 July 2017

Annual Accounts 2016-2017

The Annual Accounts for 2016-2017 can be downloaded here.