State of the town centre again under the spotlight
COUNCILLORS have clashed over the best way forward for Huddersfield town centre.
And the controversial bus gates were again under the spotlight with leading councillors under pressure to respond to claims that they had not listened to the complaints.
Following a heated debate last year, it was agreed to launch a probe into the impact of the traffic enforcement cameras, known as bus gates, on shopkeepers.
The cross party group agreed to incorporate it into a wider study into how to boost the town centre’s fortunes.
But, as reported, the probe has been slammed as a “whitewash” after it made no attempt to resolve the reported problems with trade suffered since the bus gates were installed in early 2016.
Lib Dem, Clr Andrew Marchington, said: “To be honest a lot of us thought this working group was a way of pushing the bus gates issue into the long grass.”
Bus gates campaigner, Alisa Devlin, said there was no reference in the report to the 25 per cent drops in trade that 60 small businesses had suffered.
She asked why all the small businesses in town had not been asked to give evidence about the impact of bus gates.
No-one from the cabinet seemed willing or able to answer her question.
After a period of arguing among councillors, Clr Carole Pattison, chair of the Town Centre Working Party agreed to answer.
She said: “There was no suggestion that we would commission or undertake any survey.”
Mrs Devlin accused the council of