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Frustration over length of time to solve traffic issues

Craig Whittaker MP, Coun Christine Beal and Coun Scott Benton inspecting the parking difficulties with residents of Lords Lane, Brighouse

Craig Whittaker MP, Coun Christine Beal and Coun Scott Benton inspecting the parking difficulties with residents of Lords Lane, Brighouse

Councillors have expressed their frustration at the time it is taking for parking and traffic improvement schemes to be progressed.

Calderdale Council currently has more than 160 requests from residents across the borough for minor parking and traffic improvement schemes on residential streets.

Many of the requests for improvement, such as the addition of double yellow lines to improve traffic flow on residential streets or to improve road safety at junctions, require a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that can cost up to £4,000 to progress. Despite having over 160 requests on record, only a handful of such improvements were completed by the council last year.

“We are contacted by residents on a weekly basis in relation to different parking and traffic issues,” said Coun Christine Beal (Rastrick). “It is incredibly frustrating that the council are not doing more to solve the problems that residents are experiencing outside their homes on a daily basis.

“Residents have been waiting since 2008 in some parts of Rastrick for action to address their parking concerns. This wait is simply not good enough and we urge the council to get their act together and to work with residents to sort out these problems.”

Coun Scott Benton (Brighouse) said the revenue budget for minor traffic measures in 2013/14 was £20,370 out of a highways budget of more than £8 million per year.

“The level of funding given to progress these schemes is derisory and does not reflect how important such schemes are to local residents,” he said. “The waiting list for these improvements grows every year and residents deserve answers as to why these relatively minor schemes take so long to sort out.”

 
 
 

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