Concerns are growing that Calderdale Council’s plans for 20mph being the speed limit in “residential areas” across the whole of Calderdale are not going to be “fit for purpose” in the Upper Calder Valley.
“At last we’ve seen the proposals for Calder Valley”, says Cllr Janet Battye. “While there are some positive aspects to it: extending the 20mph zone in Hebden Bridge; sorting it out in Heptonstall so that it covers the whole of the village; including Pecket Well and Old Town, and clearly signing the 30mph areas, and including the Carr House estate and Kilnhurst in Todmorden, as well as the town centre, there’s a lot that it doesn’t do.
“Officers say that the first criterion for 20mph areas is where there have been casualties, the second is improvement in air quality and therefore general health and wellbeing. This being the case, I’m surprised that they haven’t included Lee Bottom Road in Todmorden and Heptonstall Road. I’ve asked for both of these to be looked at.
“Most of all, we’ve been campaigning for speed reduction work to be done on the A646 between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden where there have been some serious accidents over the years. On the face of it, the Council just seems to be saying that it’s too difficult to do anything about it. That can’t be the case, so I am pressing for a closer look at the problems and possible solutions.
“I’ve also asked the Council to look at Blackshawhead where work was done a few years ago to put traffic calming in through the middle of the village to make it safer for cars rat-running to Burnley, and Lee Bottom Road.
“The principle of a blanket 20mph speed limit – 20 is plenty – is a good one and it has to be about quality of life as well as casualty reduction. In the Calder Valley there are many stretches of housing where people could walk straight out of their front door onto the road. The 20mph limit should give us a chance to do something about this everywhere!”