MUDDY quarry trucks are still causing a driving hazard despite years of campaigning, residents say.
Motorists claim Saddleworth Road is being made dangerous by mud and rocks from trucks leaving Clockface Quarry at Scammonden.
But despite more than five years of complaining to Calderdale Council, the police and the Environment Agency, residents say the situation has not improved.
Three years ago the Highways Agency installed netting on the nearby Brown Cow Bridge following a protest from residents, amid concerns rocks and debris from the trucks could fall 150ft onto the M62 motorway.
Two years ago a woman was taken to hospital with minor injuries after her car skidded off the road near the bridge.
Last December members of the Scammonden Wardens and Deanhead Residents Group said people were “seething with anger” at the lack of enforcement action by the council.
At the time Calderdale Council said operator Casey Enviro Ltd had breached its licence but the offences were only minor and didn’t warrant further action.
Almost a year on, local man, Ian Birch, said the problems remained and that campaigners were still being fobbed off by officials.
Mr Birch, who lives at Deanhead and drives past the site several times a day, said hundreds of emails and phone calls and dozens of meetings had failed to produce any progress.
And he said once winter arrived vehicles were left looking like they’d been on a rally if they drove past the quarry.
Mr Birch said the road had been showered with rocks on Thursday and residents were preparing for another winter of muck and filth.
He said: “They put in a wheel wash but it’s just a tank of water that the trucks drive through so after a three or four have been through it’s full of mud.
“The best quarries operate a really good system where the trucks are blasted with water.
“This quarry uses a road sweeper which in the winter sweeps all the salt off the road and lays down a load of water to make it more icy.
“Somebody is bound to get hurt or killed.
“We just can’t seem to beat this.
“The Police say speak to the council, Highways do send out patrols but nothing changes.
“The Environment Agency say speak to Planning Enforcement.
“We’re now trying The Health & Safety Executive, but think they will only act after a serious accident.”
No one from Rochdale-based Casey Enviro Ltd was available to comment.
Calderdale Council declined to comment.