Are open spaces in Kirklees important to you?

flowers on an allotmentDo you value local open spaces such as allotments, parks, wildlife sites, community orchards and other green spaces?

Kirklees Council are running a survey to find out how often people use open spaces, how important you think they are and whether you’re interested in helping to look after our open spaces.

Make sure you share your views.

Our council are facing huge financial challenges and the results of this survey will help to determine policies about our local open spaces. If you value open spaces, please get involved.


Please fill in this short questionnaire to give your views about open spaces in the area where you live. Anyone who uses open spaces in Kirklees is welcome to take part.

Open Space survey


Food in your community – share your views

colourful beansIt’s almost five years since we ran a community research project in Newsome to find out how people feel about food growing. You might have filled in one of our questionnaires at the time.We’ve now started a new survey to find out what’s changed over the past five years.

Food is of course a part of all our lives, but what do you think about local food?

* Do you grow your own?
* Are you interested in cooking?
* What do you consider when choosing what food to buy?
* Does your household waste too much food?
* Do you want to sell homemade food?

These are just some of the questions in the ‘Food in your community’ survey which is running in March 2014. Please take part to share your views.

The survey asks questions about growing and eating local food, including what kind of activities you’d like to take part in and whether you’d like to be able to buy more locally grown food. It’s your chance to tell us what you wish for in Newsome and areas nearby – we’ll do our very best to act on what you tell us.

How to take part

> Take part in the ‘Food in your community’ survey online now

Please also pass this link on to your friends and neighbours.

The survey is only open for a short time, so please take part soon if you’d like to have your say. It will take up to 20 minutes to complete. There are three prizes on offer as a thank you for those taking part.

You can also look out for our team of fieldworkers from IbyD knocking on doors across the Newsome Ward (and in Almondbury, Honley and Netherton) who have paper copies of the questionnaire. This map shows where our team are working:

Map of food survey area (pdf)

This is a joint project between Growing Newsome, Kirklees Environment Partnership and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. We will use the results to help plan future activities in the local area. If you have any questions, please email

Have your say about your local area

row of people holding up speech bubble signsNewsome Ward Community Survey

Your chance to share your views – February 2013

  • What do you like about living here?
  • What’s the one thing you’d change about your local area?
  • What would you like to see more money spent on in your community?

Please tell us your answers to these and other questions by taking part in our Community Survey – you’ll also be helping to plan for the future of our area.

The survey is being run by Newsome Community First, who are a group of local people working together to support and encourage community projects. We have almost £40,000 of funding available over the next two years, and the survey results will help us decide which projects to support.

We are keen to get the views of as many local people as possible – from all the different neighbourhoods right across the Newsome Ward.

Please take part now:
Newsome Community Survey – take part online now

the survey is open until Monday 25th February 2013.

Other ways that you can help:

  • Share the link with your friends and neighbours in the Newsome Ward.
  • Are you part of a local group?
    Can you hand some paper copies of the survey out to your members?
  • Are you involved with a community venue?
    Can you hand some surveys around in your venue?
  • Do you live in Ashenhurst, Springwood or Primrose Hill?
    Can you hand some surveys out to your neighbours? (We already have a team of people knocking on doors all over the area, but we could do with a few more helpers in some places).
To request paper copies of the survey, please email Diane at: or call 07941 652836.

The Newsome Ward area includes:
Armitage Bridge, Ashenhurst, Aspley, Berry Brow, Bluebell Hill, Broadgate, Folly Hall, 
Hall Bower, Highfields, Lockwood, Longley, Longroyd Bridge, Lowerhouses, Newsome, Primrose Hill, Rashcliffe, Salford, Springwood, Stile Common, Taylor Hill and Huddersfield Town Centre.

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