Danger junction branded an accident waiting to happen

Campaigning for something to be done about irresponsible parking at Ashville Croft and Sandbed Road, Pellon, from the left, Halifax MP Linda Riordan, David Lumb, Edward Rushworth and Warley ward Labour candidate Martin Burton.

Campaigning for something to be done about irresponsible parking at Ashville Croft and Sandbed Road, Pellon, from the left, Halifax MP Linda Riordan, David Lumb, Edward Rushworth and Warley ward Labour candidate Martin Burton.

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WORRIED residents fear drivers parking recklessly at the end of their street are an accident waiting to happen.

Homeowners living in Ashville Croft, Pellon, Halifax, are calling for action to restrict parking on Sandbeds Road at either side of the entrance to their private road.

They say patients at the nearby Plane Trees group practice and parents of children at Christ Church Primary School park too close to the junction, making pulling out dangerous.

Edward Rushworth, 66, said: “It is sheer luck there hasn’t been a major accident, particularly when the school is in.

“It makes it impossible for us to see what is coming down the road.”

His neighbour David Lumb, 62, has already had one near miss with a motorcyclist.

“Luckily for me he was driving carefully. If he had been going fast I don’t know what would have happened,” he said. “All I am bothered about is I don’t want an accident. I don’t want any injury on my conscience.”

Halifax MP Linda Riordan and Martin Burton, Labour’s council candidate for Warley, are supporting their fight.

They have written to Calderdale Council to ask for double yellow lines to be painted two or three cars’ length at either side of the junction.

Mr Burton said: “If they parked 20 yards further down the road it wouldn’t be such a problem. “We have had numerous phone calls from residents about this.”

Mrs Riordan said: “Residents are rightly concerned that if something is not done to make the road safer a serious accident could take place.

“It will not cost much in time or resources to get these double yellow lines down.

“The council should be pro-active in ensuring the road is made safer as I don’t want to see, in a few weeks’ or months’ time, them having to be reactive after an accident. Residents have been very patient in waiting to see something done about it and their patience is wearing a bit thin.

“I am sure common sense will prevail and the council will get these double yellow lines down as soon as possible.”