Beauty spot gets a massive makeover

Kirklees Lagoon, Wakefield Road, Brighouse.
Kirklees Lagoon, Wakefield Road, Brighouse.

A BRIGHOUSE beauty spot blightened by problems has been given a major makeover.

Members of Calderdale Council and officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team have joined forces to restore Clifton Lagoon off Wakefield Road, Brighouse, after receiving a number of complaints about the area.

The natural beauty spot is used regularly by anglers and dog walkers but in recent years it has been plaqued with flytippers and is used as a meeting place by sex seekers.

Neighbourhood co-ordinator Mags Bryson with Calderdale Council, said a lot of rubbish had accumulated at the site.

“It is a lovely beauty spot and there are a lot of anglers who use it,” she said.

The council has been discussing for several months what action to take but had to wait until the winter was over before they could get started.

Members of the Safer, Cleaner, Greener team have now been on site.

“We have done a lot of clearing up and putting up new signs and a few bins here and there to try and deal with some of the problems,” she said.

“The Countryside team is also going to be tackling the vegetation down there which will be done over time.

“We are also working with the police to see how we can deal with some of the complaints and to see how we can ensure that it keeps its reputation as a local beauty spot and open up the area for a variety of people to visit.

“The bins will be emptied regularly and it will be monitored. It is hoped that the police will be able to increase their patrols in the area too.

“Because it is such an isolated area it has been easy for flytippers but when the work has been done on the vegetation it will open it up.

“Hopefully people will see the area to be a positive and they will want to keep as a beauty spot people can enjoy.”