Residents’ fears over waste station changes

ANGRY residents living alongside a waste transfer station are urging people to say “No” to works that could involve raised ramps for car access.

Calderdale Council has launched a public consultation on a redevelopment of the waste transfer station at Eastwood, on the A646 between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge.

Residents near the site claim a similar scheme in Halifax has made local people’s problems worse, not better, and are urging members of the public who are consulted about the scheme to reject plans to stream traffic using raised ramps and to remove the bus stop outside Victoria Terrace.

Tim Challis, spokesman for the residents, said: “The council is proposing two alternative plans: a modest plan that involves essential safety and renovation work; and a grand scheme that would involve scrapping our bus stop and moving the waste transfer station’s exit closer to Stoodley Bridge Road.

“We have already had numerous accidents on the road near this junction, including one fatality. It is insane that the council is considering making it even more dangerous than it is already.”

Residents are keen to stress that they are co-operating with Calderdale Council on the consultation but are urging people who are asked to reject any plan that involves ramps or traffic conflict on the Halifax Road.

“We can understand that people living away from the station might find raised waste deposit areas and ramps attractive, but please think of those of us who live by it,” Mr Challis said.

“Rejecting the grand scheme will save rate-payers a great deal of money and prevent our quality of living being damaged even further.”

Coun Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for employment and environment, said the council is looking at making the site easier and safer to use while boosting the recycling levels and having a reduced impact on the site’s neighbours.

Consultation events will be held on the following dates:

Thursday, September 8, Todmorden Market, 10.30am until 3pm.

Friday, September 9, Todmorden Library, 2-5pm.

Saturday, September 10, Todmorden Library, 9.30am until 4pm.

Monday, September 12, Todmorden Library, 9.30am until 11am.

Thursday, September 15, Hebden Bridge Market, 10.30am until 3pm.

Thursday, September 15, Todmorden Ward Forum meeting at Todmorden Town Hall, 7.30pm until 9pm.

Friday, September 16, Hebden Bridge Library, 2-5pm.

Sunday, September 18, Bridgeholme Cricket Club, 2-5pm.

There will be displays at the transfer station on Saturday, September 10, from 1-4pm and on Monday, September 12, from noon until 3.30pm.