Home owners to get £1,000 repair bill?

Phillip and Anne Stott in Cleveland Avenue, Siddal.

Phillip and Anne Stott in Cleveland Avenue, Siddal.

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Residents in Siddal could be asked to fork out more than £1,000 per household to help Calderdale Council pay for the repairs of unadopted roads.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet will be asked to consider plans to repair Browning Avenue, Ashgrove Avenue, Longbottom Street and Cleveland Avenue, Siddal, Halifax.

Phillip and Anne Stott in Cleveland Avenue, Siddal.

Phillip and Anne Stott in Cleveland Avenue, Siddal.

If approved, £150,000 will be provided by Calderdale Council, with the remaining costs being made up by local homeowners.

Irene Currington, of Cleveland Avenue, said: “We’ve known this could happen for years, but I hope the council don’t.

“It’s like a racetrack up here, so if they smooth it out it will be worse than ever.

“I don’t think £1,000 is something people on this street will be able to afford.”

Local resident Phillip Stott has been living on Cleveland Avenue for over 40 years and said the roads in the area were long overdue for repair.

He said: “The government should be paying for this - all they need to do is lift up the pavements and smooth them down.”

Mr Stott complained that the roads were used as a shortcut by HGVs trying to avoid heavy traffic on Oxford Lane.

The proposals will go before Cabinet on Monday, September 15, where members will be asked to consider whether to accept the £150,000 grant from the Regional Housing Board.

If the plans are approved, a consultation will take place, and if a majority of residents agree, legal notices will be served to residents to pay towards the road repairs.

Deputy leader of Calderdale Council, Scott Benton (Con, Brighouse), said: “The Council will be liaising and consulting with local residents to work out the exact level of contribution.

“We’re looking at a fifty/fifty split between the Council and the residents themselves.”