A year of promises - but no action from Kirklees Council on Hillhouse pavement

Brian Law, 67, knows of at least three other people who have officially reported the dilapidated pavement near The Slubbers Arms, Halifax Old Road, Hillhouse, to the council

Pavement in need of repair, Halifax Old Road, Fartown. Local resident Brian Law.

Brian Law first reported the dangerous pavement near his home to Kirklees’ highways department in April -and he’s still waiting to hear back.

Nothing unusual about that - except it was April LAST YEAR when the complaint was first made.

Brian, 67, knows of at least three other people who have officially reported the dilapidated pavement near The Slubbers Arms, Halifax Old Road, Hillhouse, to the council.

They are the landlord of the Slubbers, one of his disabled customers and another local resident. None of them have heard back.

The council say planned works on the pavement had been put back.

Over the months, Brian, a retired electrical joiner, has periodically rung the highways department to check on the matter, He has been repeatedly told that an inspector will visit the scene and get back to him.

After a wall of silence and a lack of action from Kirklees, he turned to the Examiner as a last resort.

He said: “The footpath is in a very dangerous condition, it is full of potholes, cracks and loose gravel.

“We have to cross the road to use this footpath, as there is no pavement on the other side by the busy traffic lights, where there have been quite a few accidents.

“Every few months I ring the council up about it. They say ‘We will ring you, we will ring you,’ but nobody ever does.”

His latest call was on Tuesday, when he was once again told that the council would investigate and get back to him.

“We are all disgusted that nothing has been done. It is not as though it is a big, expensive job to pull up and resurface 100 yards of pavement.

“They have had all the paths renewed near the shops in Birkby, but we just keep getting fobbed off.”

A Kirklees spokesman said: ““We have had two complaints over this stretch of pavement dating back to November last year. At that time we did some remedial work but acknowledged that more would be needed and would require closure of a very busy road.

“This was due to be done earlier this year but has been put back because of the need to prioritise the patching programme for local roads. An officer will revisit this site to assess its current condition.”

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