Plans at crossroads just not acceptable

Local residents and traders at Hipperholme traffic lights.
Local residents and traders at Hipperholme traffic lights.

I voiced my concern at the latest plans for the re-development of Hipperholme crossroads when I attended the Cabinet meeting on July 14, 2014.

I will not support any plans that do not gain the consent of the majority of local people and local businesses in this area. 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 compulsory purchase order from the council.

I urge the council on July 30, 2014, to not approve the Labour Cabinet decision to proceed with this project and would encourage local residents and business owners who would be adversely affected by the proposals to attend the council meeting at 6pm on July 30 to be held at the Town Hall, Halifax.

Request for safety barriers

I have been requested by a number of residents in the Bailiff Bridge area asking for safety barriers on Royds Avenue.

I have requested officers from the council’s highways and engineering department to look into the possibility of installing two safety barriers at the top of the footpaths leading from Highfield Avenue onto Royds Avenue.

Concern has been expressed to me about the danger to young children from running out of the footpaths onto the narrow footpath on Royds Avenue and the main road.

Funding for worthy projects

I am pleased that the £218,000 from Section 106 monies planning is to be spent locally as follows:

l Broad oak, Halifax Road, Hove Edge – Match funding of £15,000 towards the new multi use games area for Brighouse Junior Football Club. This facility will be available for Community use.

l The Stray, Lightcliffe – Drainage works estimated at £50,000

l Leeds Road A58 – Repairs to crumbling stone wall retaining land which is part of the Shibden Estate on the left leading up to Hipperholme from Stump Cross.

l Wellholme Park – Improve play area £75,000, plus match funding £25,000 for a for a new skate park and £25,000 for general improvement works in Wellhome Park.

Hedge work is most welcome

I was pleased to see the vast improvement to the hedging on Spout House Lane when I and my ward colleague, Councillor Graham Hall, joined with other local residents to prune the hawthorn hedge planted some 20 years ago.

The work involved trimming the face and the height of the hedge and taking the waste to the Brighouse Waste Recycling Centre. I would encourage residents and landowners to view their own boundary of their own property and trim back if their hedging or bushes overhang the footpath, highway or if it covers street name plates, etc.

Inside the Council by Councillor David Kirton (Hipperholme and Lightcliffe, Con)