Campaigners call time on Brighouse road safety group

Brighouse Road Safety Committee campaigning to have chicanes removed from stretch of road outside Withinfields Primary school, Southowram
Pictured with the petition from 200 local residents, (from left) are:- vice-chair, Pat Oates and chairperson,
Ann Rutherford

Brighouse Road Safety Committee campaigning to have chicanes removed from stretch of road outside Withinfields Primary school, Southowram Pictured with the petition from 200 local residents, (from left) are:- vice-chair, Pat Oates and chairperson, Ann Rutherford

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A group that has been championing road safety in Brighouse for over 70 years has been forced to disband due to funding problems.

The Brighouse Road Safety committee was founded in 1944 and for the past seventy three years it has served Brighouse by listening to their concerns with regard to any road safety issues.

Brighouse Road Safety Committee hand out balloons at Brighouse Charity Gala 2011.
Pictured is secretary Peter Davies, Vice-chair Pat Oates and chair Ann Rutherford

Brighouse Road Safety Committee hand out balloons at Brighouse Charity Gala 2011. Pictured is secretary Peter Davies, Vice-chair Pat Oates and chair Ann Rutherford

The group has provided cycle training for pupils attending schools and the Chairman, Mrs Ann Rutherford was involved with the scheme for many years with the help of Calderdale Council.

They were a regular feature at the annual Brighouse Charity Gala and each year they have provided a Christmas Drink Drive Campaign in order to reduce the number of road safety injuries and deaths through drink driving over the festive period.

However, the committee has said it has been forced to wind up because of funding being stopped by Calderdale Council.

Peter Davies, secretary of committee, said on behalf of the group: “Every effort has been made to try and get the road safety message to the residents of Brighouse.

“Regrettably Calderdale Council cannot afford the princely sum of £250 in order that the good work of the committee can continue and it has been decided with deep regret that the committee to discontinue its valuable work.

“For the past year there has been a distinct lack of support from elected representatives and Calderdale Council and it was only by making requests for financial assistance from other people that the committee has been able to continue with its work for the people of Brighouse.

“The Committee feels that it has been very badly treated by Calderdale Council and financial funding was withdrawn without any notification to the committee which is the height of bad manners.

“It would appear that it no longer needs local road safety committees.”