Hipperholme crossroads plans axed

The proposed view of Hipperholme crossroads from Leeds Road, Hipperholme
The proposed view of Hipperholme crossroads from Leeds Road, Hipperholme

Campaigners have welcomed Calderdale Council’s decision to revoke the Hipperholme crossroads redevelopment plan and focus on new options for the key road junction.

At Monday’s night Cabinet meeting at Halifax Town Hall, the new Conservative administration axed plans put forward by the previous Labour leadership.

Concerned residents at the Hipperholme crossroads

Concerned residents at the Hipperholme crossroads

Bob Horne, chairman of Hipperholme Preservation Society, said: “We are very pleased and very grateful to the new council leadership that they have listened to the people of Hipperholme.”

Mr Horne added that it is difficult to predict what will happen in the future for the crossroads but feels that the increasing volume of traffic will be a key factor in determining new plans.

Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward councillor Colin Raistrick was “utterly delighted” at the outcome of the Cabinet meeting.

“The decision was a triumph for the Hipperholme community and democracy. The scheme would never have worked and it was a waste of money,” he said.

“An option that could help solve the problem is to build a railway station. The trains would take 10 per cent off the road traffic.”

The scheme caused outrage in Hipperholme and would have meant the compulsory purchase of the land at Christ Church, the Whitehall Pub and the land to the rear of the Tesco Express on Wakefield Road. Despite the church building being saved from compulsory order, Christ Church vicar Patrick Taylor said concerns still remain about what the future plans may hold for the church.

Coun Stephen Baines, leader of the council, said: “People in Hipperholme rejected this scheme. They did not want it. The public were overwhelmingly against it at the consultation and that is why we have done this.

“We have listened to the public of Calderdale.”