Inside the Council: Improved parking for residents

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I was pleased recently to have a street meeting, along with my ward colleague Coun Graham Hall, and local residents on Barfield Road, Hipperholme.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear residents concerns and their frustration at their increasingly problematic parking situation.

This parking problem, we heard, is also being compounded by motorists going dangerously the wrong way down Barfield Road in order to circumvent using the Hipperholme traffic light junction, which is threatening the safety of pedestrians and other motorists in the area.

Following this meeting, we brought residents’ concerns to the attention of Highway Officer’s at Calderdale Council, who are now working on possible solutions to alleviate resident parking problems.

Staff from the council will be consulting over the coming months with residents and adjacent local businesses in respect of improved parking proposals and improved highway signage for Barfield Road and Thompson Close.

Increasing concerns over road safety in Bailiff Bridge

Last week saw yet another road traffic accident at the Bailiff Bridge traffic light junction between two cars, which was devastatingly made worse when a police officer, directing traffic, was injured whilst on duty at the scene of the accident.

Local residents will recall some time ago that a petition, signed by around 1200 Bailiff Bridge residents, was presented by my ward colleague, Coun Graham Hall, to the then Mayor of Calderdale, calling on the council for improved pedestrian crossing facilities at the Bailiff Bridge Junction.

It also asked to improve the safety for local residents, in particular those children going to and from Bailiff Bridge School Junior and Infant School, Lightcliffe Academy, the local Post Office within Costcutters Store and also residents using the ever popular community centre in Bailiff Bridge.

I was pleased to support moneys being allocated by the West Yorkshire Combined Authorities Transport Committee to fund a feasibility study to improve safety and improved pedestrian crossing facilities and we are pressing the council for an update on the outcome of this feasibility study.

Resident suggestion for improve road safety

In respect of improved highway safety in Bailiff Bridge - a local resident has suggested to the council that consideration should be given to making the road adjacent to the Memorial Park, running between Bradford Road and Victoria Road, should be made one-way to alleviate congestion, improve road safety and to ensure traffic has a smooth flow for local residents.

We await a report from the council’s highways team on the feasibility of this suggestion, which would go out to full consultation with local residents and businesses, prior to any decisions being made.

Work on station has started

I am pleased to report that, as a member of West Yorkshire Combined Authorities Transport Committee, which met last week, has agreed to work on the assessment of the technical, operational and economic aspects of the proposed new train station at Elland.

I am hopeful that once Elland Station proposals move towards completion that a similar assessment can be undertaken for a train station at Hipperholme for the benefit of our local community in the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward.