£33,000 to finish work on layby

New bus lay by on Halifax Road, Hipperholme, in front of Thompson Close Flats - pictured on left.
New bus lay by on Halifax Road, Hipperholme, in front of Thompson Close Flats - pictured on left.

CALDERDALE Council will pay £33,000 to complete work on the bus layby at Hipperholme.

There has been an ongoing dispute with the layby in Halifax Road which goes back more than 10 years. But the long-running saga has now been resolved and the process is underway with the land being transferred to council ownership by the end of February.

No funding had been allocated to complete the construction works now estimated at £33,000.

On Monday night councillors agreed to pay for the work from the Capital Programme. This does mean that there will be less funding for other schemes in the Capital Programme.

The work involves the diversion of electric cables in advance of construction of the layby.

Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipperholme/Lightcliffe) who spoke at the meeting said: “What has been decided should solve the problem very soon with residents in Hipperholme not having to stand in the pouring rain waiting for a bus to Halifax next winter. With the dispute between the Council and the developer now resolved this is landmark decision that has the benefits of providing a local shelter at a very busy bus stop with high passenger numbers, improving traffic flow along the A58 for all motorists which will ease congestion and, very importantly, will remove the dreadful eyesore which has blighted Hipperholme in the past.

“In addition, as the proposal is to pay for the works out of the Capital Programme Budget, which will have no effect on the Council’s Revenue Budget and, as such, will not be a cost to the council tax payers of Calderdale.”

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