We need im­prove­ments but know noth­ing will hap­pen in the fore­see­able future

Halifax Courier - - The Week In Court -

Re­gard­ing a let­ter I re­ceived from MP Craig Whit­taker about Hip­per­holme traf­fic lights. I would like to point out that not all of the peo­ple of Hip­per­holme agree with the es­sen­tially un­demo­cratic way in which the Calderdale Con­ser­va­tive group has be­haved. It is by the slimmest of mar­gins that the Labour group does not have an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity and the behaviour of the Lib­eral and Con­ser­va­tive Groups smacks of po­lit­i­cal high jinks. His ini­tial sup­port for the scheme and now op­po­si­tion is also clearly po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism and is es­pe­cially con­ve­nient in this pre-elec­tion year. I am also con­vinced that the of­fi­cers of the coun­cil will have op­er­ated within the le­gal frame­work within which they have to ex­ist - ir­re­spec­tive of the po­lit­i­cal el­e­ment of what has been go­ing on. There­fore con­sul­ta­tions etc. will have been un­der­taken within this frame­work. I have a strong in­ter­est in the state of the lo­cal roads and in par­tic­u­lar the en­vi­ron­men­tal and safety as­pects. I would be in­trigued to know his views on traf­fic calm­ing and speed cam­eras on Leeds and Wake­field Roads. We reg­u­larly wit­ness driv­ers ex­ceed­ing the speed limit to the ex­tent where we feel that it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore an­other se­ri­ous accident oc­curs. In fact, very re­cently, one of our ‘lo­cal he­roes’ - the lol­ly­pop lady on Wake­field road - was the vic­tim of a RTA. The ex­tra noise and pol­lu­tion cre­ated is also highly un­wel­come in an area sub­jected to wholly un­ac­cept­able lev­els of pol­lu­tion from traf­fic. I find the slow / lack of ac­tion on this is­sue very dis­ap­point­ing. It is clear ac­tion needs to be taken to im­prove the cross­roads and traf­fic man­age­ment. We now find our­selves in a po­si­tion where noth­ing will be hap­pen­ing for the fore­see­able future. I will be watch­ing the ac­tions of the Con­ser­va­tive led mi­nor­ity ad­min­is­tra­tion and Mr Whit­taker’s ac­tions very closely in the run up to the elec­tions next May.

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