Councillor hits out as layby saga is finally settled

COUNCILLORS are to fork out £33,000 to settle a dispute over a bus layby that has been rumbling on for more than a decade.

The lay-by has already been built alongside the A58 at Hipperholme crossroads but it can’t be used.

That is because it will have to be dug up to divert mains electricity cables.

Calderdale Council Cabinet has now agreed to release the money, acquire the land from a private developer by the end of the month and carry out the work as quickly as possible.

Economy and environment spokesman Coun Barry Collins said: “At last, the council can put this controversial issue to bed.

“It has gone on far too long and the way it has been handled over the years has not done the council’s reputation a shred of good.”

Ward councillor Graham Hall said he wanted to thank cabinet members and all the council officers who had worked so hard to find a solution.

He said: “I feel this solution is a sensible way forward to bring this outstanding matter to an end.”

It was originally envisaged that the developer of a nearby block of flats would pay for the layby, in return for planning permission.

“In negotiating a settlement of this dispute, this issue has been set aside,” according to a report by the council’s acting head of highways, Dave Tee.