Meeting called over crossroads plans

editorial image

Church members have called a meeting with Calderdale Council over the proposed plans for Hipperholme crossroads.

The leadership team at Christ Church, Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, has asked for the meeting with council officers to exchange information and views about the £3.6 million scheme that is proposed.

Without the church’s agreement to sell a key parcel of land it is understood that the scheme would collapse, taking down with it plans for 350 homes and a 100-bed care home on the site of the redundant Clugston’s quarry off Brighouse Road.

The scheme to improve traffic flow would be funded by central government money totalling £3.1 million, the bulk of which has to be allocated and used by March 2015. A further £300,000 would be put up by developer Strata Homes, to buy two strategic parcels of land - the one owned by the church and the other occupied by the currently closed Whitehall public house. The church has also decided to consult with church members more fully and forward all representations to the council.

Residents have been raising their concerns about the scheme which they feel will only encourage people to use some of the residents only streets as short cuts.

Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said: “The proposed improvements to Hipperholme crossroads aim to reduce journey times between one and eight minutes for every vehicle that passes through – there are over 2000 vehicles during each of the day’s peak travel hours. It will also make it safer for people to cross the roads that make up the junction.

“Some examples of expected journey reductions are as follows:

A58 Halifax Road right to A649 Wakefield Road – from 10 minutes to 8 minutes in the morning, and 10 to 7 minutes in the evening

A58 Leeds Road right to A644 Denholme Gate Road – from 14 minutes to 6 minutes in the morning, and 6 to 3 minutes in the evening

A58 Leeds Road left to A644 Brighouse Road – from 13 minutes to 5 minutes in the morning, and 6 to 3 minutes in the evening.”