Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker has voiced his concern at the latest plans for the re-development of Hipperholme crossroads, stating that he will not support any plans that do not gain the consent of local people.
Plans for re-developing the crossroads will go before the Calderdale Council’s Cabinet tonight (Monday) and include a proposal to carry out a compulsory purchase order (CPO).
Under the council’s proposals, land at Christ Church, The Whitehall pub and to the rear of Tesco Express is required to implement a scheme to reduce congestion at the crossroads and so will be the subject of a CPO from the council.
But the plans are not supported by Mr Whittaker, who has criticised the council’s handling of the process.
“I have stated on many occasions that the council should have produced a number of different designs and held a public consultation on that basis,” he said.
“Their original plans were dismissed by local residents last year and rather than returning with a number of different proposals the council has merely brought back what is largely the same design and that is simply not acceptable.
“There are concerns locally in relation to congestion at the crossroads and it is widely acknowledged that this requires a long-term solution; as such, I was pleased that the Government made available £2.3million to the council to address this issue.
“However, for any proposal to be successful, it needs to receive the support of local residents, which this scheme does not.
“I urge the council to listen to the views of local people on this issue and to ensure that any plans for the redevelopment of the crossroads are supported by the residents of Hipperholme.”