Police chief in Spen fact finding tour

Mark Burns-Williams sees the fish farm at the Able2 project in Heckmondwike.
Mark Burns-Williams sees the fish farm at the Able2 project in Heckmondwike.
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Police Commissioner Mark Burns-Williams spoke to business leaders and organisers of an enviromental project during a visit to Spen.

Mr Burns-Williams, who was elected West Yorkshire Police Commissioner a year ago, came to the valley as part of his Listening to You First campaign, so he can get a better understanding of the changing needs of communities.

Mark Burns-Williams tours the Able2 project in Heckmondwike

Mark Burns-Williams tours the Able2 project in Heckmondwike

First he visited the Titan Business Centre in Central Arcade in Cleckheaton for lunch with local businesses who are members of the Spenborough Chamber of Trade.

The chamber works voluntarily in partnership with the police and Kirklees Council. They have received some small retailers’ funding and are working together to make the town a safer and more attractive place to visit.

Afterwards he went on to Heckmondwike to see the Able2Project which is based at the Ponderosa Business Park.

The project – led by the Green Business Network – is on the site of a 16 acre former railway sidings and is now home to a large fish farm – promoting environmentally sound farming.

Police Commissioner Mark Burns-Williams meets business leaders in Cleckheaton.

Police Commissioner Mark Burns-Williams meets business leaders in Cleckheaton.

It provides a training and education programme for young people excluded from school and those on community punishment orders.

Mr Burns-Williams will use the responses from his five-week tour of the county to shape his Police and Crime Plan.