It’s a team effort to get the job done

Sgt Tony Johnson (left) and Pc Gemma Brett (second from right) with councillors Joyce Cawthra (second left) and Colin Stout (left) talk with resident Nigel Pickles about his concerns
Sgt Tony Johnson (left) and Pc Gemma Brett (second from right) with councillors Joyce Cawthra (second left) and Colin Stout (left) talk with resident Nigel Pickles about his concerns

POLICE and politicians have teamed up to tackle issues on the streets of Brighouse.

Officers from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team and ward councillors went into the heart of the community to find out what residents felt were their main priorities.

Sgt Tony Johnson and PC Gemma Brett were joined by Independent councillors Colin Stout and Joyce Cawthra as they walked the beat around the Granny Hall Lane area.

Various residents were spoken to about what they felt both the councillors and the police could do to help address any problems.

Two issues were highlighted by the residents who were spoken to. The main one was parking at the end of Granny Hall Lane outside the One Stop Shop which was causing a road safety issue.

Councillor Stout told residents who were concerned that there could be a serious accident that talks were taking place with council officials to include markings which would prevent people from loading and unloading.

He told one resident that parking wardens had to give motorists five minutes before they can issue a ticket which gives them enough time to buy a loaf of bread and get back to their car before the warden can issue the ticket.

“By putting these markings down to prevent people from loading and unloading the warden can ticket them immediately.”

Some residents said they were also concerned about the speed motorists came along the road and especially with the junction with Halifax Road.

Information about the next partners and communities together (PACT) meetings were handed out and useful contact numbers for Brighouse Police Station and Crimestoppers.

A similar walkabout has taken place in Rastrick with Councillor Christine Beal (Con) and it is also planned to talk to residents in Clifton.

Do you think police and councillors are wasting their time or is it good to talk? Let us know your views. Email stephen.firth@brighouseecho.co.uk