Spen Valley's in the middle of built-up West Yorkshire with centuries of industrial activity that's affected our environment. We've fought to stop pollution in our streams and River Spen, we've increased the numbers of trees, and we encourage people to get out and about and use Spen Valley's footpaths, cycle tracks and parks. We helped oppose an asbestos waste transfer site in Cleckheaton and have supported plans to remove redundant sewage works in Heckmondwike and restore the site to agricultural land. Regeneration of out-of-date, derelict sites is a key issue for Spen Valley Civic Society. We've far too many long-term "eyesore sites". We press the Council to use its powers to stimulate development, for example at Serpentine Road Cleckheaton, where derelict mills have been replaced by smart apartments and a Nursing and Dementia Care Home, surrounded by landscaped gardens. We comment on design and quality of planning applications, and we award Certificates of Excellence for for high-quality restoration and design of buildings.