Hands off our cobbles

World renowned street dance act Bad Taste Cru perform at Tynemouth Metro Station to promote under 16 smart card travel.
World renowned street dance act Bad Taste Cru perform at Tynemouth Metro Station to promote under 16 smart card travel.

A PIECE of Brighouse history is being relocated to another part of Calderdale.

The cobble setts which once made up the ford in Thornhill Beck Lane have been removed and replaced with a concrete slab. Work is ongoing at the moment and the sets will be transferred to Elland to help a burr wall.

Peter Davies, footpaths officer for Brighouse Civic Trust, said he was extremely annoyed that Calderdale Council had decided to do this without any consultation. “They never consulted with anyone about doing it and just gone ahead and done it,” he said. “These cobbles are part of our heritage and I’m very annoyed about it. There are very few streets in Brighouse left with cobble stones.”

The first Mr Davies knew about the work was when the signs went up about closing the road. “It’s too late to do anything when the signs have gone up,” he said. “I don’t understand why they can’t put the cobble stones back and put the concrete surface underneath.

“I’m quite upset it is part of our history and those cobble stones have been there for centuries.”

A council spokesman said: “The ford is being reconstructed as a reinforced concrete slab, which will be safer and will require less maintenance. We are also installing a new footbridge and anticipate completion on February 25.”

Do you think the setts at the ford should be ripped up and replaced with concrete?

Email stephen.firth@brighouseecho.co.uk or write to Brighouse Echo, West Park Street, Brighouse, HD6 1JW.