VILLAGERS have called for action to tackle congestion at a Colne Valley cul-de-sac.
Kirklees Council has been blamed for the problems affecting Coombe Road, off Greenway, Golcar.
The villagers say lack of off-street parking and the absence of a ‘turning head’ at the end of the cul-de-sac were forcing people to park on the road or on the footpath.
This causes problems for refuse wagons and other large vehicles.
Campaigner Dr David Hill said: “Despite being a cul-de-sac – and designated as such on the street sign – Coombe Road is unusual in having no turning head to allow vehicles to get in and out easily.
“Instead, the road ends in a stretch of broken ground which has become potholed and rutted.”
Dr Hill said Coombe Road was originally planned as a “loop” road with an exit and entrance off Greenway.
But part of the land where the exit should have been was sold by Kirklees, preventing Coombe Road from being completed and turning it into a permanent cul-de-sac.
Dr Hill added: “When large and long vehicles come onto Coombe Road the drivers assume – quite rightly – that there is a turnaround as the signs say so.
“At times vehicles parked in the road have no alternative but to be moved to allow long vehicles to turn round.
“Over the last three years, the council and councillors have been informed of the constant problems but have shrugged their shoulders and done nothing whatsoever.”
Dr Hill said letters and emails had been sent to Kirklees leader Clr Robert Light and ward councillors. Kirklees highways staff had refused to meet residents to discuss the problem, he said.
“The rough area where people have had to put up with for years to turn around is getting highly dangerous,” he added. “The next thing that the residents are concerned about is that a pensioner falls and injures themselves.
“Ambulances and fire engines in emergencies also will have difficulties as the engines will tip sideways. Over the last six months an ambulance came out for an emergency to one of the elderly pensioners. When the ambulance tried to turn around it bounced literally sideways.
“At least a third of residents on Coombe Road are pensioners and one is over 90.”
A Kirklees spokesman said: “Dr Hill wrote to the council requesting a turning head for Coombe Road.
“The council will maintain and repair the road. The condition of Coombe Road is such that we have arranged for repair work to be carried out this year and surface dressing next year as part of the council-wide programme.
“However, there are no plans for a turning head to be provided.”