A TRAFFIC scheme to reduce congestion and improve safety in a village centre has been welcomed by residents.
Kirklees Council has just announced firm plans for Meltham town centre.
It is expected work on the scheme – which includes speed plateaux, a junction widening and improved zebra crossings – will start as early as the spring.
The plans follow a public consultation since the proposals were announced in summer.
Slaithwaite Road: Footpaths around the junction will be widened and pedestrian islands incorporated to ease pedestrians crossing.
Station Street: The suggested zebra crossing and footpath near the junction with Greens Ends Road has been dropped from the plans following opposition.
Huddersfield Road: A guard rail will be installed to stop vehicles parking on the pavement.
Holmfirth Road: The zebra crossing will be placed on a speed plateau.
Wessenden Head Road: The junction will be widened to fit a pedestrian island which will also stop cars parking inappropriately.
Meltham Town Council chairman Terry Lyons said the plans had received a positive reception from villagers.
He added: “The consensus is very positive. The people of Meltham feel they have been listened to and I congratulate Kirklees Council, especially Alison Cockayne, for their positive proposals built on Meltham Town Council’s initiative.
“Under the circumstances it will bring a lot to Meltham town centre. This has gone down very well with many people I have spoken to. I haven’t heard anyone come back with a negative reaction.
“But the caveat is to start this in March. I don’t want another Westgate which wasn’t started until 18 months after it was supposed to.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said: “The proposals are being concentrated in the town centre as this is where the collisions are occurring, particularly involving pedestrians.
“Any request outside this area will be looked at independently of this scheme as there are often different types of problems on different roads.
“It is hoped, subject to all the necessary approvals, that work on the site will start in spring 2010.
“Formal objections will be considered by the council’s cabinet at a date to be confirmed.
“During construction there will be some disruption but this will be kept to an absolute minimum.”