LINDLEY residents fear roadworks on a school route could put children in danger.

People living on Plover Road say pedestrians are being put at risk by roadworks being done by a developer working on a housing scheme.

Parts of the pavement have been made inaccessible and parents and children have to step into the road to pass the roadworks.

They say this puts them in danger.

The pavement on one side of the road was taken away when Plover Mills were demolished recently. Three weeks ago roadworks took place in the middle of Plover Road and traffic was forced close to the remaining pavement to pass them.

This initially sparked people’s safety fears.

Resident Steven Askham contacted Kirklees Council’s Highways Department to complain.

He says he received no response until he involved local councillors.

An official then contacted him and gave him a schedule of works and dates, which said a hole in the roadworks would be filled in last Saturday.

This was done, but on the Sunday a new hole for works was dug next to the stretch of pavement.

Residents are now left with no pavement on one side of the road and an inaccessible section of pavement on the other.

The road is used as a route by children going to Lindley C of E Infant School on East Street and Salendine Nook High School on New Hey Road.

Mr Askham uses it each day to walk his six-year-old daughter Megan to the infant school.

He said: “Both pavements are unusable.

“This road is used as a route for parents walking their children to school.

“At these times the road is extremely busy with traffic. I hope there are no accidents.

“It has obviously been planned work but planned wrongly. It’s dangerous and a big concern for parents.”

A Kirklees spokeswoman said the work was being done by a developer and highways officers were working to make sure disruption to residents is kept to a minimum.

She added: “We have investigated the works.

“There is a coned and signed walkway and we are in talks with the developer to try and minimise disruption.”

The Examiner phoned the developers, Miller Homes, but no-one was available for comment.