Prospects of street opening look good

Work repairing the landslide at Prospect Street, Halifax.
Work repairing the landslide at Prospect Street, Halifax.

A ROAD is finally being cleared almost six months after a landslide blocked the street.

Diggers have moved in on Prospect Street, off New Bank, Halifax, and will soon re-open the main access route to a primary school.

The road was blocked in January this year after a mound of earth subsided bringing down a large tree.

Rocks and debris were scattered across the road, meaning council officers had little option but to close it.

Prospect Street leads to St Joseph’s Primary School, which had to find an alternative route for parents and staff to access it.

Chair of governors at the school, Pauline Fothergill, said: “We are absolutely delighted after waiting six months for this and I’m sure the residents are as well.

“The route we were having to use was tight and not great but the parents have been fantastic throughout.”

Mrs Thornhill said the road was the easiest and most direct access to the school and its blockage could have caused safety issues.

She said: “It was quite worrying having the road blocked because it would have been a nightmare if you needed an emergency vehicle.

“We just hope it doesn’t happen again. I was really worried that if we had any severe rain the whole lot would slip again and block the dual carriageway.”

It is the second time in a year that the road has been closed after falling earth saw it closed off from April to September.

The land is owned by Blackshaw Properties, who are working in partnership with the council to address the problems.

Blackshaw refused to give a comment when approached.

A council spokesperson said: “We are working to clear the fallen tree so that the landowners can commence work on the site.

“The road will remain closed while the landowners carry out this work.”