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Our next meeting is going to be held on Tuesday 30th August at 8pm. We plan to meet at the Marsden Liberal Club (although if there is an event on there, we will decamp to The New Inn).

Up for discussion at this meeting are:

  • Progress with the community shed project
  • Plans for a fundraising quiz
  • The ale trail

Please come along if you would like to get involved, or just to see what the meetings are about – there is no pressure to take any responsibility for topics being discussed if you do attend (although this is also welcome!), but we would love to hear from more members of the Marsden community, so come and have your say!

In the last year we acquired a small dilapidated shed. We have obtained permission from the owners to demolish it and erect a much larger structure. The new shed will be 10m x 4m. Our plan is allow all volunteer groups in Marsden to store and share their assets from it. Access is to be via a keypad.

Kirklees have now given planning permission for the larger shed –

http://www2.kirklees.gov.uk/business/planning/application_search/detail.aspx?id=2014/92037

We hope to raise the £4000 to £6000 required to build the new shed in the next year.

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The government is holding a public consutlation regarding the Northern and TransPennine rail franchises –

Manchester Piccadilly railway station on 3 July 2014 at 4pm.

Leeds railway station on 9 July 2014 at 4pm.

“The North of England has a population of 15 million and accounts for around 25% of the national economy. Rail has a major role to play in helping the North of England meet its economic potential. By connecting the North of England’s major centres, supporting commuters and businesses, and reflecting the needs of social and leisure markets, the railway supports the wider economic prosperity of the region. It also provides an important link to Scotland.

More and more passengers are using the railways in the North of England, and the recent increases in journey numbers are forecast to continue. Combined with the major investment in railway infrastructure undertaken by Network Rail, the forthcoming re-letting of the Northern and TransPennine Express rail franchises represents a significant opportunity to transform rail travel for the increasing number of passengers in the North of England. 

The two franchises need to be affordable to the taxpayer, as well as offer value for money to the fare paying passenger. So the challenge is to best match the available resources to the journeys passenger want to make, whilst identifying opportunities to make services more attractive. Innovation and partnership working will also be vital in making the improvements to service levels and facilities that passengers want to see.

This consultation document is therefore seeking views on how best to balance our aspiration for a railway that supports the expected growth and delivers the economic benefits it is capable of, whilst at the same time being an affordable proposition with focused and targeted use of resources. We welcome your views.”

Consultation document –

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/320806/northern-transpennine-consultation.pdf

Full Details of the consultation –

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/future-of-northern-and-transpennine-express-rail-franchises

 

The volunteers who manage the Mechanics Hall would like help delivering leaflets this weekend, to all properties in Marsden.  The leaflets concern the asset transfer of the building. Meet at 10am at the Mechanics.

“We would like your help to deliver leaflets to every household in Marsden to promote and seek feedback on the work we are doing towards transferring Marsden Mechanics to community ownership.

We meet at Marsden Mechanics at 10am on Saturday 7 June to divide up the leaflets and deliver them to all parts of Marsden. There are over 2000 leaflets to deliver so we need as many volunteers as possible to get the job done quickly, please.

Please bring a shoulder bag or similar large enough to hold a stack of A4 size leaflets.”