Crossroads idea halted... for now

It was good to see a temporary halt put on the unacceptable proposals for Hipperholme Crossroads that Council Officers had reccomended to elected members.

The item and previous cabinet minute was not discussed at the last Full Council meeting because of a lack of time for all business on the agenda to be dealt with.

The Hipperholme Crossroads is on the agenda for the new Cabinet to consider at the next meeting to be held at the Halifax Town Hall at 6pm on August 18 2014.

Within the report for this meeting it says ‘In light of continued local opposition to the scheme and to the use of compulsory purchase order powers Cabinet is required to re-consider the matter; specifically whether to revoke the previous resolution on the use of compulsory purchase order powers and whether to resolve not to proceed with the scheme as submitted to, and approved by, the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund’.

I am hopeful that the new Cabinet will now put to bed and, will not seek to bring back any further proposals for the Hipperholme Junction which is in anyway linked to the previous proposal or any future possible housing development as we have enough in Hipperholme.

Traffic safety is still a priority

Just to remind residents in Bailiff Bridge that the petition with over 1,100 signatures on, which you gave me to hand in to the Full Council on your behalf, has not been forgotten about.

Unfortunately the previous Labour administration in Calderdale failed to prioritise the need to bring forward a plan, despite regular questions to them about progress on the matter.

I am hopeful that during the next few months up to Christmas this year that, the new Conservative led Cabinet from July 30 2014, will see fit to request officers to work on a scheme to provide push button crossing facilities at the traffic light junction in Bailiff Bridge in order to improve pedestrian safety.

Let’s wait and see and review the situation in January 2015.

A messy problem

Lately I have received a number of comments from residents who are concerned about the increasing amounts of dog poo in public places.

Most recently these have been regarding Grassy Lane in Hove Edge. It is appreciated that most dog owners do act responsibly and do pick up if their dog fouls.

Unfortunately a minority do not. Please do pick up and either place your poo bag in a refuse bin or take it home for your own dustbin.

By Councillor Graham Hall (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con)