Residents are demanding CCTV to cut crime and antisocial behaviour in Brighouse’s worst grot spot.
The Ludenscheid Link subway has become one of the least desirable places in the town centre.
The foul smelling, graffiti covered underpass is often used as a toilet since the public toilets at Brighouse Bus Station closed.
And the poorly lit subway, which was opened in 1984 as part of the Ludenscheid Link town centre bypass, has been the site of crime and antisocial behaviour.
Now campaign group the 3Bs have conducted a survey with pedestrians to see how the subway could be improved.
3Bs founding member Nick Yates said: “It’s like something out of Gotham City. No-one likes it.
“We had complaints of muggings and it stinks of urine, especially in the summer.
“It gives a bad impression as the gateway to Brighouse town centre.”
He added: “It’s dangerous, unpleasant and frightening.”
Those surveyed suggested CCTV and better lighting to cut down crime and antisocial behaviour and a revamp, including murals, to brighten up the shabby subway.
Mr Yates, who founded the 3Bs in the 1990s, said: “People have come up with some good ideas.
“CCTV is expensive but Calderdale Council is supposed to be improving CCTV in Brighouse town centre so they could install a camera in the subway.
“And we could decorate the subway with street art.”
Calderdale Council’s Head of Planning and Highways, Geoff Willerton, said: “We are always happy to hear how we can improve our facilities, and will be interested to see the results and suggested improvements from the 3Bs survey regarding the subway under the Ludenscheid Link in Brighouse.
“Two years ago £10,000 was spent refurbishing the subway, including re-painting and improvements to lighting. We will continue to work with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to firstly understand the issues raised in the survey, then explore options to improve the subway.
“Whilst CCTV is an effective deterrent for crime, it is not suitable for all situations. In this case, the height in the subway means that any cameras installed can easily be reached and are therefore susceptible to vandalism. We will however look at alternative options.”