Crumbling road funding

Browning Avenue, Siddal.
Browning Avenue, Siddal.

Essential street works on an unadopted road that is not maintained by Calderdale Council will be discussed by councillors.

Improvements are needed to Browning Avenue in Siddal because the road is in a very poor condition.

The cost of improvements is estimated at £110,000. Homeowners and businesses are being asked to contribute financially to the scheme so that this is shared between those with property along the route and the Council.

Councillor Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development said: “These proposals will provide a much needed improvement scheme for a road which is in a very poor state and which is causing real problems for the community.

“The repair and maintenance of unadopted roads is always difficult because it can be costly and the responsibility lies with those who own property on the street.

“In most circumstances we are unable to provide a contribution to the cost, however on this occasion we are able to use the remaining money from a specific capital grant which has helped to make the scheme viable.

“By sharing out the costs combined with funding from the Council, we hope to develop a scheme which will provide significant improvements to the area.

“We’re now consulting with local communities in Siddal about the proposals.”

Uneven pavements can lead to trips and falls, particularly for those who have mobility problems, and can also make it difficult to use wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Patchy and rutted road surfaces can cause damage to cars, especially tyres.

Council services such as recycling and waste collections and home care may also be affected and the emergency services may find access difficult.

The proposed work will improve the paving, lighting and appearance of the road between the junctions of Oxford Lane / Browning Avenue and Browning Avenue / Siddal Lane.

Cabinet has already approved the Council’s share of estimated cost of the scheme.

The Cabinet will be askedon November 16 to recommend to Council that its powers are used to ensure the works take place.