A busy road next to a controversial new housing development in Lindley Moor will be closed on Wednesday for emergency repairs to be carried out.
Crosland Road will be closed after rush hour from 9.30am and Kirklees Council hopes the repairs can be completed by 4pm.
The work is costing about £10,000 and local councillors Mark Hemingway and Gemma Wilson, who have been swamped with complaints from residents about the state of the road since the housing development began, say they will push for the developers to meet the cost.
Clr Hemingway said: “As local councillors, we’ve been inundated with phone calls and emails about this including people who have contacted me regarding damage to their cars as a result of driving along this road.
“I am a cyclist and I know only too well how dangerous a road in this state can be.
“We have been trying to sort this for some time and have been in regular contact with Kirklees enforcement officers about the dire state this road has been left in.
“The work is expected to be completed by the end of the day and is expected to cost around £10,000 - monies which I will be pushing to recover from developers.”
And Clr Wilson said: “I’ve been worried about this road as it is in an absolutely appalling state and has been both extremely dangerous and massively inconvenient for people.
“We’ve been monitoring it and it’s been deteriorating week on week.
“These repairs are temporary as the road is eventually going to be resurfaced and a new pavement laid once the developers have finished work. There will also be a reduction in the speed limit.”
The controversial development of a new estate, known as Farriers Croft, began last year and marked the start of large scale work on Lindley Moor, where dozens of new homes and industrial units will be built on green fields.
Developer Harron Homes was ordered to stop work by Kirklees Council in December following complaints from nearby residents about drainage issues, the road being caked in mud, and access and traffic congestion on surrounding routes at peak times.
The council served a temporary stop notice, meaning no construction work could take place at the site for 28 days, and said improvements, including a temporary drainage scheme, had to be made.
Harron Homes said: “Local councillors will be fully aware that as part of the planning conditions for our development we are making financial contributions to the improvement of Crosland Road including creating a new path and curbs as will the other users of the road, including Persimmon Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Scotfield Developments.”
When the stop notice was issued the company said adverse weather had caused ‘very challenging conditions’ on site.
A Kirklees Council spokesperson said: “The road is being closed to allow some urgent repairs to the road following conversations with Harron Homes.
“The works will start following the busier morning period at about 9.30 and plans are for the works to be completed in one day, with the road reopened as soon as possible in the afternoon.”