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