Signed, sealed – undelivered
A LONG-running dispute in Hipperholme, expected to be resolved last month, rumbles on.
The bus lay-by in Halifax Road should have been handed over to Calderdale Council at the end of February but a council spokesman said: “We are still waiting for legal issues to be sorted out.”
Residents raised their concerns at Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum about the lack of progress but no-one was able to provide an update.
One message filtered through to residents from legal officer Ian Hughes was that the situation was “going okay”.
The lay-by was built several years ago but has been fenced off because of a row between the owner of a nearby development and Calderdale Council.
According to information released under the Freedom of Information Act the dispute, which has been on-going for around 12 years, has cost the council £13,000 in legal fees, £417 in land and property costs and £5,180 for design and engineering.
And in February it was announced that in order to complete the work on the bus lay-by it will cost the council £33,000 which is being taken from the capital programme.
The work involves the diversion of electric cables in advance of construction of the layby.
Metro has indicated that a bus shelter will be erected once the work has been completed.
Councillor Graham Hall (Con, Hipp/Light) said: “Metro will fit one that is appropriate for the area but to a standard design.”
Calderdale Council’s acting head of highways, Dave Tee, said he expected the work to be completed by the summer.
Councillors also asked for a bus shelter outside Crosslee’s factory in Halifax Road but Metro has refused.
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