PLANS have been unveiled to ease traffic problems in Lindley.
A new lay-by will be built in the village centre – despite objections.
Worried residents opposed the plan for Plover Road, but the objections have now been overruled by Kirklees Council.
The concerns raised delayed the development of the lay-by at Plover Road, near its junction with Acre Street.
It is a busy junction and is only a few hundred yards from the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
The lay-by will accommodate lorries making deliveries to a busy shop.
At present, there are concerns that the main road into Lindley is blocked by delivery vehicles parking outside the Jacksons’ shop.
But residents said there were concerns the planned new parking area would not be big enough for the supermarket’s delivery vehicles. They would ‘stick out’ into Plover Road, causing congestion and safety issues.
Now a decision to go ahead with building the lay-by outside Jacksons’ store has been made by Kirklees Council.
Council officers agreed the vehicle fit within the lay-by was “snug”, but depended on the manoeuvring skill of the driver.
They thought it would be far better than the current loading and unloading practices at Acre Street and would prevent the main thoroughfare in the village being blocked.
There is restricted parking in the area with double yellow lines along stretches of the road.
It is also an area which includes St Stephen’s Church and Lindley Liberal Club.
Clr Tony Woodhead, a Lindley councillor, said: “This is excellent news, the store owner has been waiting for months to get the green light.
“The objection itself had some grounds, but officers have looked at it closely and decided that the risks presented by the current situation with the delivery trucks on Acre Street outweighed any possible concerns about the size of the bay.”
The Jacksons’ shop will be converted into a Sainsbury’s convenience store after the lay-by at the side of the building is finished.
The work is scheduled to be carried out within three to six months.