I’ve long been frustrated by the way local Tories like to portray themselves as protectors of local communities and green spaces whilst at a national level they stand for the exact opposite. I think David Kirton and Graham Hall are both genuine and hardworking councillors but they have to ask themselves are they in the right party?
Judging by the letters pages and the petition you would think they’d always opposed the improvements at Hipperholme crossroads. They are now scurrying around and complaining loudly about the proposed improvements but it wasn’t always so.
Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker was trumpeting this scheme as a Tory triumph. “We look forward to proposals which will redevelop the infrastructure of this junction to free up flows and make this key artery of the Calder Valley speedier for everyone who uses it,” he said.
He wasn’t the only one to comment.
Councillor David Kirton said: “This is a much needed investment in Hipperholme which will complement the new housing which is currently under construction in the area and make the increased traffic flow much more fluid”.
Councillor Graham Hall said: “We have known for many years that the Hipperholme Crossroads has been a real pinch point in the Calder Valley and this investment is welcome and overdue.
“Hopefully this will be a catalyst for future aspirations for a new railway station in Hipperholme which will further ease the burden on our local roads.”
It’s time now for Hipperholeme’s councillors to make an honest stand and end the public posturing whilst privately thinking something else altogether.
Councillors need to make a stand
Finkil Street, Brighouse
Houses must wait for traffic scheme to be resolved
Last week’s article about the proposals for Hipperholme traffic lights highlighted what I have seen as a significant problem since the details were first disclosed.
Given that a solution to the congestion has been sought for many years and there have been several proposed solutions that would have been more expensive, why has this solution not been considered before? As the traffic flow data, design and computer modelling was supplied by Clugston, I made enquiries with the Highways Department.
I was told that only the proposed design was modelled with the computer software and that the same software is used by Sheffield, Wakefield and Bradford Councils.
This leads me to the conclusion that despite not having any confirmation that previous similar schemes modelled with this software have produced the predicted results and not even having the reassurance that the software gives results that compare with the current situation, the Council is prepared to accept these predictions without question.
If the proposed scheme goes ahead then a sensible option would be to require any start on the housing be delayed until the predicted improvements in waiting times and traffic flow are confirmed.
If there are the predicted improvements, there will still be significant problems caused for the Hipperholme area and its residents. It would be COMPLETELY unacceptable for this scheme to go ahead and not produce the predicted results and then still allow the housing development to continue.
Some still don’t know they have it
Wakefield Road, Brighouse
I wish to alert readers to the worrying fact there are still too many people who are living with dementia but have never received a diagnosis.
New figures reveal that across England, only 48 per cent of people living with dementia ever get a diagnosis.
This is an increase of just 2 per cent on last year, despite government efforts to improve this.
I ask for your help as I am supporting the Alzheimer’s Society campaign to raise awareness of this key issue.
A diagnosis is just as important to people who live with dementia as the key to your car or your own front door.
It unlocks access to support, information, and sometimes treatment. With the right help it is possible to live well with dementia, and a diagnosis allows people to plan for the future.
These shocking new figures show that dementia is still yet to be given the same priority as other conditions.
The Government, the NHS, local GPs, and the wider public all have a role to play in helping people to get the support they need.
Help us change things for the better and sign up to stay in touch at www.alzheimers.org.uk/campaignersnetwork
Finally, I would urge any readers who are worried about their own memory or that of a loved one to find out more at www.alzheimers.org.uk/memoryworry but also visit their GP.
My granddad lived with dementia in the latter stages of his life. I was struck by the lack of understanding of the disease and how reluctant the people around him were to making small changes to make his life a little easier towards the end.
A little patience, understanding from friends, family and medical professionals would’ve gone a long way.
In his case, he was one of the very many that was never diagnosed but knowing what I do now about dementia, I understand that he lived with this condition.
I wish we could turn back the hands of time to make his last memories positive ones.
But as I can’t do that, I have in his memory introduced Home Instead Senior Care to the people of Calderdale where we ensure a high quality support for those living with memory problems and other challenges older people face.