Blackshaw Parish

Notice of Election

Local and Parish elections are due to be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019.  This includes the election for Blackshaw Parish Council.

To be eligible for election a prospective candidate must satisfy certain conditions.  Full guidance is provided by the electoral commission.  To summarise a candidate must not be otherwise barred from standing.  They must either be registered as an elector of Blackshaw Parish, worked in the Parish for 12 months, occupied  or owned land within the Parish or live in the Parish or live within 4.8 kilometers of its boundary.

A nomination must be supported by a proposer and seconder.  Forms are available from the electoral commission or or 01422 393103.  Completed forms must be returned in person to the Electoral Services Office, Mulcture House, Mulcture House Rd, Halifax, HX1 1SP during business hours between Monday 18th March and Wednesday 3rd April 2019.

Depending on the quantity of nominations there are 3 possible outcomes

  1. If there are more candidates than seats on Blackshaw Council an election will be held on Thursday 2nd May 2019 (7am to 10pm)
  2. If not enough nominations are received to form a quorum of the council (3 seats).  The process of notice and nominations will begin again.
  3. If there are more than the quorum number of nominations and up to but not over the number of seats on Blackshaw Parish council (7 seats) there will be no election.  Councillors will be filled from the nominated people with any empty seats filled by co-opting.

Parish council elections are held every 4 years (with the possibility of additional by-elections). 

Blackshaw Parish

Blackshaw is a predominantly rural South Pennine Parish within the area of Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and is a part of the Calder Valley Parliamentary Constituency. The bulk of the Parish is part of the Calder Terrace moorland fringe and upland pasture framed by the moorland tops, Noah Dale, the wooded Colden and Jumble Hole Cloughs and crossed by the Pennine Way. The Parish stretches from the valley settlement of Charlestown on the busy A646 between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden to the high moorland plateau on the border with Lancashire at Hoof Stones Height (479 metres high). The upland settlement of Blackshaw Head sits on the ancient trans-Pennine “Long Causeway” 12 miles from Halifax and 7 miles from Burnley.   The 2011 census estimated a population of 963 in the parish for mid 2010.

Saturday 1st September 2018  was the annual village fete.

The Parish has one Chapel,  Blackshaw Head Chapel, and one public house The New Delight at Jack Bridge.

The area is served by two primary schools, Colden Junior and Infants and Hebden Royd, both of which are just outside the Parish Boundary.

Young people residing within the boundaries of Blackshaw parish are eligible to apply for a grant to help with their studies from the Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor charities to which the parish council together with other local councils makes an annual grant.

The only shop in the parish is Great Rock Co-op, selling local farm foods on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.   May’s shop at Height Gate Farm on Edge Lane Colden close to the parish boundary is open daily early til late and providing snacks and hot drinks. The closest Post Office is in Heptonstall.