NEW traffic regulations will see a gridlocked village hit with parking restrictions and a 20mph speed limit.
This weekend work will start in Honley on the introduction of parking regulations along several streets as well as the new speed restriction covering effectively the entire centre of the village.
Kirklees Council says difficulties for parents taking their children to the infants school coupled with complaints by residents attempting to access sheltered accommodation are behind the move.
While some businesses say parking is needed to allow customers access, residents say irresponsible parking makes parts of the roads virtually unpassable and some have called for residential parking.
The scheme is the second after plans announced late last year to make the centre of Meltham a 20mph zone.
Waiting at any time in Honley will be prohibited on parts of Church Street, Cross Street, March Gardens, New Street, Southgate, St Mary’s Mews and St Mary’s Road.
Concord Street and New Street will see restrictions between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Shop worker Peter Webster said: “They’ve been thinking about this for some time.
“The parking is a problem, but people probably find it hard to speed because of the nature of the road.
“The main problem people have is with the positioning of the zebra crossings and about a year ago I did see a child hit by a car.
“He came on to the crossing and the lady driver knocked him over, but he seemed OK, she said he just stepped out but his friends were saying ‘you should have stopped’.
“Some of the drivers do take the road quick, and the crossings are close together and in an odd place.
“One is next to a junction so drivers turn the corner and there’s virtually someone already on there.
“Also if you are going fast you often don’t see them because of the brow of the hill.”
Another shop worker, Janet Donkersley, said: “The speed restrictions are only useful if someone actually bothers to enforce them, it’s no good just putting a sign up because they get ignored.
“The real problem is the boy racers. Some of them head up to the roundabout so fast that I’m sure they’re going to go straight into the wall.
“Honley’s population is 60% elderly and something needs to be done to protect them on the road.”
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said: “The new regulations are being introduced after complaints about congestion on side roads and the difficulty in accessing these roads, the sheltered housing and the local school.
“There were also complaints about inappropriate and illegal parking and the safety of the route to school.
“The area of Honley Village concerned is a dense village centre so this means that the traffic regulation order affects many streets within a small area.”
Work to install signs and street markings will begin tomorrow.