Woman protestor removed from council planning meeting

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A woman was removed from a planning meeting at Halifax Town Hall in a public outcry to Calderdale Council planning councillors.

Barbara Booth - owner of Barbara’s Day Nursery, Crossley Hill, Halifax, was removed from the meeting by Town Hall security after appealing to the committee to refuse the application for two dwellings on land adjacent to the nursery for fears of child safety. She said: “If the road is not sustainable this could pose a serious risk to our children. I’m happy to be thrown out for serving to protect the lives of children.” The proposal is to build on vacant land, at the junction of Crossley Hill and Farrar Mill Lane, Salterhebble. Children and staff from the nursery attended the planning meeting which was interrupted on several occasions by the public. Councillor John Hardy said the safety of young people is paramount.

A Highways officer said if plans were not structurally sound with engineers, plans would not go ahead. Calderale Council Planning Committee approved plans to build two residential properties on the site.