Cash blow for crossroads scheme

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Plans for a future redevelopment of Hipperholme Crossroads could be in doubt as the cabinet member in charge of the project admitted that nothing has been done to move the project forward.

In the summer, Calderdale Council revoked plans for a redevelopment of the key road junction and instead decided to investigate alternative proposals.

But several months later, some of the funding for the £3 million project has been returned to West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

And there are concerns that more than £2 million of funding from the Department of Transport (DfT) could also be withdrawn, a move which would put future redevelopment of the crossroads in jeopardy.

Because of the high levels of air pollution around the crossroads, Calderdale Council has a legal obligation to find ways to improve air quality and could be handed large fines if no positive action is taken.

At Monday night’s cabinet meeting Peter Caffrey, cabinet member for economy, told councillors that nothing had been done.

Speaking after the meeting about news that the DfT funding could be withdrawn, Coun Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) said: “Calderdale will be the only local authority to have this funding withdrawn.

“You can imagine how damaging that will be for the council’s reputation nationally.”