Emergency talks held ...

Carl Bateman in front of his smashed up garden, after a car lost control and crashed through his wall on Halifax Road, Brighouse
Carl Bateman in front of his smashed up garden, after a car lost control and crashed through his wall on Halifax Road, Brighouse

COUNCIL officers have held an emergency meeting to discuss Halifax Road, Brighouse, after yet another car collided with a wall.

The incident is the latest in a catalogue of accidents along the busy road which is due to be resurfaced by Calderdale Council during this financial year.

The meeting, on Tuesday morning, was attended by top officers to discuss how they can progress.

Police attended the accident on Monday which happened at around 4pm. PC Pete Doyle from the Western area Roads Policing Unit in Bradford said: “The vehicle was travelling up the road when it lost control skidding on the wet road surface. The vehicle clipped the kerb, this caused him to mount the kerb and hit the wall.”

Last month there were two accidents along the 30mph road within a couple of hours. Both vehicles collided with two separate walls, causing extensive damage.

A petition has been set up in a bid to get a series of road safety measures including speed cameras, flashing 30mph signs and a pedestrian island.

Resident Paul Kenny said the question he wanted answering was why Calderdale Council will not do anything? “Are the officers not listening to us? I am glad the driver is ok from this accident but only half an hour before children were walking down the road.

“I don’t understand why they will not do anything. There is only one answer, we need speed cameras to slow motorists down. I must see about ten near misses a day along this road.

“They have put yellow lines outside the One Stop Shop but people still park there and they don’t care and they don’t understand the problems they are causing.

“I can’t even let my two children play in our back garden because of the problems. Even the workers who come to build the walls back up say they feel unsafe. It is only a matter of time until something serious happens.”

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said: “I have asked the council to scratch the surface which will be a temporary solution until the resurfacing is done. But at the moment with the flooding in Todmorden where a couple of the road surfaces have been washed away, they are taking priority.

“Cars are becoming safer which is why the driver was not injured, meaning it will not be recorded as an accident even though it has caused a couple of thousands of pounds worth of damage.”