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New Keighley area co-ordinator hopes to ‘sell town’s story’
6:10am Sunday 27th October 2013 in Keighley
Keighley’s new area co-ordinator has moved into the job following several years in a similar role in Shipley.
Jonathan Hayes was acting area co-ordinator in Shipley before he became Bradford Council’s top man in Keighley.
He now has a range of tasks, including managing Keighley’s team of neighbourhood wardens.
Mr Hayes also liaises between council departments and other agencies tackling issues such as crime, education, the economy and the environment.
And his team also works with residents and community groups across Keighley and surrounding villages.
Hornsea-born Mr Hayes – married with three teenage sons – has been involved in community work for many years, in locations including Bradford and inner-city Edinburgh.
He joined Bradford Council in 2006, spending several years at the area co-ordinator’s office in Shipley before a stint as the council’s district-wide Safer Communities officer.
Mr Hayes said a key part of his Keighley team’s role is listening to the concerns of local people, and helping the council and other public bodies address these issues.
He added: “People are passionate about their town and where they live, and not giving in to what some say about Keighley.
“Keighley is a great place to live. We need to sell that story, and we need to work together to make it even better.”
Mr Hayes took over from long-serving Keighley area co-ordinator, Jeff Bennett, who retired during the summer.
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