Double-yellows plan ‘could set precedent’

DOUBLE yellow lines proposed for a Mirfield housing scheme could set a new district-wide precedent, a councillor has warned.

Coun Martyn Bolt said Bellway Homes want a parking ban around Balderstone Fields.

The firm wants to build 135 properties on land off Hepworth Lane despite concerns about traffic access.

In response, Bellway have asked Kirklees Council to put in double yellow lines on Jenny Lane, Lockwood Avenue, Wellhouse Avenue and Woodward Court.

The authority has yet to make a decision, though Coun Bolt (Con, Mirfield) said any agreement “would set an interesting precedent”.

He believes it would give residents the right to ask for double yellow lines or other measures elsewhere. This would particularly affect areas where traffic access is a problem, such as near schools.

Coun Bolt said: “Kirklees previously refused to allow permit parking near Crowlees Junior and Infant School.

“I’ll be asking them to look at that again if they let a developer have double yellow lines.

“It will be interesting to see if the council resists this. If they don’t, I’ll be wanting fairness for residents.

“The council will look foolish if they help a developer but then don’t do the same for residents.”

Of double yellow lines Coun Bolt said: “All it would do is push the problems further out and inconvenience residents and their visitors.”

Roads which could be affected in this way include Wellhouse Lane, Grove Street and Quarry Fields.

Campaign group Save Mirfield has organised a public meeting at St Andrew’s Methodist Church Hall on Old Bank Road on Tuesday, June 23 (7.30pm) to debate the matter.

 

• Keen cyclist Martyn Bolt is to attempt a charity bike ride – that could be described as Balder-dash!

He plans to pedal 45 miles from Balderstone, near Preston, to Balderstone Fields in Mirfield on Saturday, June 27. Cash raised will be shared between Save Mirfield and stand-up comic Max Lemon, aka Peter Morgan of the Lady Heton Action Group. Peter aims to raise £100,000 for Kirkwood Hospice while Save Mirfield need funds to keep battling planning issues in the town.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Coun Bolt can call 07572 158015, email savemirfieldgroup@virginmedia.com or see the group’s Facebook page.

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