Foundation Elects Chairman

Farnley Country Park Foundation Elects Chairman

 Farnley Country Park Foundation was set up by Farnley Estates to spread the message about the proposal for Farnley Country Park, and to give local people a voice in the creation of the Park, should it be given the go-ahead. Now the Foundation has elected a chairman, vice chairman and secretary, giving the group more independence from the Estate.

“In June, we invited anyone who is in favour of the proposal for Farnley Country Park, to join the Foundation. The response was amazing and the Foundation now has more than 100 people signed up, and over 50 active members,” said Paul Sykes, Farnley Estates Director.

“Once the Foundation was established, it was always our intention to step back and let the members take over the running. Due to the fantastic response and commitment that people have shown, we’ve reached that point much sooner than we expected,” added Paul.

In July, the members elected John Hirst from Lepton as chairman and Joanne Stanley as vice chairman, while Angela Marshall has taken on the role of secretary.

John has taken a keen interest in Huddersfield and the local area for many years. He’s the chairman of Lepton Community Link, sits on the Board of the Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership Ltd., a Lepton C of E School governor and an ex-Kirkburton Parish Councillor. Joanne works with the Kirklees Integrated Youth Support Service and has links to outdoor education.

John commented. "I am highly honoured to have been elected as the first chairman of the Farnley Park Foundation.  I look forward with great excitement to the future, as we support Farnley Estates in its endeavours to develop this fantastic, recreational, fun, educational and environmental resource for the community."

“Should Farnley Country Park go ahead, we’ve always said that it will be a country park for the people of Huddersfield. The Foundation will provide the link between local people and the Park Board, giving the people of Huddersfield a voice in the creation and evolution of Farnley Country Park,” said Paul.

The first meeting of the Farnley Country Park meeting with John at the helm will take place in September.

Picture caption: Farnley Country Park Foundation - from left to right: Joanne Stanley, Angela Marshall and John Hirst.