Twelve-year Hipperholme bus stop saga could be coming to an end

New bus lay by on Halifax Road, Hipperholme, in front of Thompson Close Flats - pictured on left.
New bus lay by on Halifax Road, Hipperholme, in front of Thompson Close Flats - pictured on left.

THE on-off plan to create a bus lay-by at Hipperhome, to make life safer for passengers and road users, is back on again.

The lay-by was built on Halifax Road several years ago but has been fenced off because of a row between an adjoining developer and the council.

Ward councillor Graham Hall (Con) told Calderdale Council that he understood a compromise had finally been agreed which would benefit passengers and reduce congestion.

But the council’s economy and environment spokesman Barry Collins urged caution.

“There are technical issues still to be resolved,” said Coun Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden).

The owner of the lay-by, which is near the notorious Hipperholme crossroads, had offered to make it available in return for land linked to the old Brighouse swimming pool.

But the proposal was not pursued.

In September, the council’s director of democratic and partnerships services, Ian Hughes, told residents at the Hipperholme and Lightcliffe ward forum that if negotiations didn’t prove to be successful his advice to members would be that “we press for a resolution with legal proceedings.”

Residents said the issue had been rumbling on for the past 12 years.

Mr Hughes warned that if the council did decide to take legal action it could end up costing tens of thousands of pounds in legal costs alone.

The council could also be left will a bill for barristers’ fees, the time involved and the preparation for the court case.

If the council lost the case, council taxpayers would also end up with further costs.