PROTESTERS have won their battle with BT to delay roadworks in Holmfirth.

The works, which were supposed to start on Monday, will now not begin until after Christmas.

More than 140 campaigners took to the streets on Monday and Tuesday to protest against the work planned for Huddersfield Road.

They said it would have created a festive gridlock and ruined Christmas trade in the village.

After an hour-long meeting between Kirklees councillors, campaign leaders and BT officials it was decided to put the works to supply a new housing estate with phone connections back until the new year.

Protester Andrew Bray, owner of Andrew's Greengrocers in Huddersfield Road, said he was delighted with the outcome.

"I am so glad we did not just let ourselves get railroaded by the big boys," he said.

"We have stuck up for ourselves and proved that if you make your point loud enough you can change things for the better.

"Now we can look forward to a festive period free of roadworks. Hopefully, trade will be good this year.

"It is not that we are against roadworks. We know they are essential, but the timing was wrong.

"With the right communications between us and BT things will hopefully run smoothly now."

Tory councillor Donald Firth said he was impressed with the way both the residents, traders and BT conducted the talks.

He added: "We thrashed out a lot of things at the meeting, and of course we are very pleased with the outcome.

"It is good to talk. We have proved that today. Now we can enjoy a peaceful and profitable Christmas."

A BT spokesman said that although the works had been postponed they would be completed for January 25, when the first people move into the new estate.

He added: "We are pleased to have found a compromise solution to this problem. We will work with the community and ensure everyone who moves into the new houses has a phone connection when they do."