VILLAGERS in Flockton are wondering if Kirklees Council has forgotten about them.
The residents of the tiny settlement have been calling for a bypass for 53 years.
In August 2008 Clr Adrian Murphy said he was on the verge of securing £35,000 for another feasibility study into the plan.
But a year on the announcement has proved to be yet another false start.
Residents are now wondering if the project has been axed forever.
Jimmy Paxton, a Flockton resident and Kirkburton Parish councillor, said he had inquired about the project at last month’s Kirkburton Area Committee and had told councillors they would all probably be dead before anything happened.
But a Kirklees Council highways spokesman has hinted the long-running saga could be back on the agenda.
Clr Paxton said during rush hours traffic would queue from the lights in the centre of the village up to the working men’s club.
He also said lorry driver’s were continuing to flout the no HGVs rule meaning gigantic 18 wheelers were thundering through the village only inches from people’s front doors.
He said: “I was told nothing’s going to happen until Kirklees have got all the LDF plan sorted.
“It’s frustrating because a lot of people ask me on a regular basis ‘what’s going to happen?’ and nothing’s ever happening.
“They’re still playing around with their surveys, they did another survey 18 months ago.
“They’ve had that many surveys it’s just a joke.
“We’re no further forward now than we were in 1956.”
Clr Paxton, who represents the Flockton ward, said he now favoured a short two lane link road instead of a full bypass.
He added: “The road would be about one-mile-long from the water tower near New Hall prison across to the National Coal Mining Museum at Grange Moor.
“That would take the bulk of the traffic out of the village.”
But Clr Paxton said he had been told Kirklees Council prioritised roads with high accident levels, such as the nearby A642 Wakefield Road.
A spokesman for Kirklees Council’s highways department said: “Over the years there have been a number of improvements to traffic management around Flockton but the possibility of a bypass has never been fully reconsidered due to the lack of potential funding.
“Following a request the council is currently re-examining this issue, looking into whether a relief road is viable and whether there would be a possibility of securing funding.
“A detailed report will be compiled later this year.”