Roadworks ‘for years to come’ – claim

CAMPAIGNERS have hit out at plans which they claim could see one area of Dewsbury swamped by roadworks for years to come.

The A653 Leeds Road is a priority route in Kirklees for congestion-busting improvements under a county-wide transport scheme.

It runs parallel to where council chiefs want to build industrial units and hundreds of homes at Chidswell.

The A644 Huddersfield Road out of Dewsbury through the notorious gyratory at Ravensthorpe is also considered a priority route.

And the A62 Leeds Road from Heckmondwike to Huddersfield is earmarked for changes.

Cash for improvements would come from the £1bn West Yorkshire Transport Fund.

Kirklees Council’s cabinet backed basic “design principles” for projects costed at £150m.

Measures proposed include:

• Bans on parking, loading or waiting at certain times;

• Road widening  – with compulsory purchase of land or property if necessary;

• Layouts used to create town centre ‘gateways’.

The Chidswell Action Group (CAG) warned such ideas could help destroy that part of Dewsbury.

CAG spokesman Mark Eastwood said: “This is not just about widening the roads.

“Kirklees Council are discussing the possibility of using compulsory purchase orders to acquire the necessary land to push through alterations.

“They also want to turn stretches of roads into ‘Red Routes’ where no-one is allowed to park or stop.”

He added: “Residents and businesses need to know about the devastating impact these proposals could have on the area.

“There would be years of roadworks, massively increased traffic congestion and businesses might close because customers can’t park nearby. People need to know the impact this will have on farmland, ancient woodland and green fields at Chidswell.”

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