A MECHANICAL engineer has warned that lives could be lost unless a road is repaired.
Barrie Holt believes potholes and a collapsed wall have made Lascelles Hall Road at Lascelles Hall very dangerous.
He said: "Do we have to wait until someone is killed before something is done?"
Mr Holt, who lives on nearby Thistle Hill Avenue, says the road has become more dangerous since a wall collapsed in August, forcing Kirklees Council to make the road one way.
Two weeks ago Mr Holt counted 20 cars travelling the wrong way in 45 minutes.
He said: "The residents are fed up with people flying up the road in the wrong direction - despite there being a sign saying no entry. It's absolute madness."
The council is in dispute with homeowner Liam Smith as to who should pay the £15,000 bill to repair the wall.
A Kirklees spokeswoman said: "We are discussing liability, but our priority is safety and getting the road open.
"So during this time our designers have been putting together a scheme to rebuild and strengthen the wall.
"We are awaiting comments about the proposals. All being well work should start in early 2007."
Mr Holt is also worried about the number of potholes on the road.
He has collected more than 40 signatures for a petition protesting about the state of the surface.
He plans to hand it in at the next full council meeting, which is on Wednesday next week.
In September he photographed nearly 100 potholes on the half-mile road.
He said: "In 23 years living here I can't remember any proper road maintenance being done.
"It's a nightmare to drive on. You bounce around all over the place, especially if you have an older car."
The council spokeswoman encouraged people to come forward with details of problems on the road.
She said: "We would appreciate it if people could report potholes to us by contacting Ross on 0800 731 8765 and giving accurate location details."