IT’S one of the oldest streets in the Holme Valley.
Yet Church Street, Honley, is being wrecked by vehicles mounting the kerb to get down the narrow lane.
Paving stones on the cobbled street, which has buildings dating back to the 17th century, have been repeatedly broken and knocked loose by cars and even lorries driving over the pavement.
Residents say the traffic using the pavement is shaking and damaging their homes.
Now Kirklees Council says it may consider installing bollards to stop selfish drivers continuing to damage the street, which is in a conservation area.
The council has had to repair the pavement three times, once 18 months ago, again eight months later and last week.
Karl Lee has lived in one of the historic cottages on Church Street for three years.
Mr Lee, 52, said: “The council did the whole of Honley during the Street Scape scheme and to be fair they did a good job.
“But I advised the local council that unless traffic was controlled they would be wasting taxpayer’s money as vehicles regularly mount the pavement and use it as an extension to the road.
“Unfortunately I was ignored and this resulted in a second laying of the pavement approximately eight months after the new one was renewed – no doubt at significant cost to the taxpayer.
“Twelve months on, the condition of the pavement is worse than it has ever been; this and the traffic pose a health and safety hazard to pedestrians and residents of Church Street.
“The vibrations through my property due to vehicles travelling on loose flags is horrific – the whole property shakes. The noise is so bad you can’t hear the television and it is difficult to sleep.
“These properties have stood for almost 400 years and I am concerned that the foundations and drains are now at risk.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council, said: “As Church Street is within a conservation area, we use stone flags to maintain the character of the area.
“Unfortunately, drivers have persistently mounted the pavement in their vehicles and this has led to repairs being needed at frequent intervals.
“The situation has not improved and drivers continue to cause damage. Our priority is to keep the area safe for pedestrians so we now take up the broken flags and use tarmac as a temporary measure.
“The next stage will be to prevent vehicles damaging the flags so that the area can be enjoyed safely. One plan is to install bollards to stop people driving onto the pavement, but we will also consider other measures.”