Out and about discussing residents concerns
Mike Wood has met with two groups of residents battling to improve their local area.
Mr Wood had two meetings, one in Batley and one in Birstall, following approaches by local people.
He met over 30 residents at Frederick Walker Gardens in Batley with ward councillors Hanif Mayet and Amanda Stubley and three council officers.
Mr Wood said: "We discussed the local parking issues as well as environmental issues such as litter, rats and the need for play equipment in the area for young people.
"We agreed the council officers would do some investigation of the feasibility of some of the ideas put forward and report back to our next meeting in July.
"There was an acceptance with several of the issues that the locality could do more to help itself not least in regards to the rat infestation - residents feeding the birds is seen as a contributing factor."
Afterwards Mr Wood met with residents at High Street in Birstall, also concerned with a variety of local problems.
"I met with a dozen residents at High Street to talk about a series of environmental issues and hope to visit again soon in the company of one or more appropriate senior Kirklees officers to look at a plan of action to resolve some of the problems," he said.