End in sight over bus layby dispute

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.

RESIDENTS in Hipperholme have received an early Christmas present with news of a possible end to a long-running dispute lasting for over a decade.

The on-off dispute over the planned Hipperholme layby on Halifax Road, which would make life easier for passengers and road users, looks set to be reaching a conclusion.

The layby was built several years ago but has been fenced off because of a row between an adjoining developer and Calderdale Council.

However, Ian Hughes, director of democratic and partnerships services at Calderdale Council told residents at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum that legal work was almost complete over negotiations regarding the layby.

“I am pleased to say I have good news and that an agreement has been reached over the layby and once the legal work is complete, it will be in the ownership of Calderdale Council by the end of January. Electrical cable work underneath the layby will have to be carried out by Yorkshire Electricity and hopefully the layby will be open in early summer time.”

Residents have been frustrated by the lack of progress made over the last 12 years which has resulted in the layby being partly constructed near the junction with Thompson Close by Younger Homes.

Over the last two years the layby has been fenced off.

The saga of the layby goes back to the 1990s when the former Hipperholme Infants’ School was demolished.

Councillor David Kirton (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con) who chaired the ward forum meeting said: “I think we can all say that it is great news that this situation looks to finally be coming to an end.

“The dispute has been running for a long time and has been a concern of many of the residents.

“Hopefully this time next year, the layby will be open and working fully with a shelter protecting passengers.”