Plans for two roundabouts and parking restrictions in Birkby has led to complaints.

And Kirklees councillors will today have to rule on the plans for the Birkby Hall Road area.

Kirklees Council’s Highways Safety officers want to install two mini-roundabouts, move the pedestrian crossing at the junction with Wheathouse Road and Grimescar Avenue and add double yellow lines to deter parking near the junction.

The council says the proposal is “intended to reduce both the current level of accidents at the junction and the average speeds of traffic using it, thereby enhancing road safety in the area.”

But residents argue that the council plans have not considered all options, but instead let the budget dictate the level of works.

Members of the Cabinet Local Issues panel will on Wednesday rule on the traffic regulation order.

Council papers say residents Mr and Mrs Batten submitted a petition signed by 26 people in objection to the plans.

In a letter the couple say: “It is accepted that the junction has had a number of accidents in the past and the casual issues have been discussed with local ward councillors.

The junction of Wheathouse Road and Birkby Hall Road
The junction of Wheathouse Road and Birkby Hall Road
 

“To residents’ surprise, traffic-calming measures were installed along the upper and lower stretches of Birkby Hall Road far away from the junction which consequently had no effect on the traffic situation where the accidents have occurred.”

But they don’t think the council’s plans go far enough.

They put forward objections to the proposal, saying the new pedestrian refuge will increase footfall in front of their window leading to increased visual intrusion, will remove established parking spaces and increase noise.

Kirklees highways say the proposal has been through appropriate safety audits and they are confident problems raised will not occur.