Tributes paid to dedicated Nigel, 55

A COUNCIL engineer who was involved with some of the most successful and often controversial highways schemes in Calderdale has died at the age of 55.

Network manager Nigel Pickles worked for Calderdale Council since 1990 and lived with his wife in Walsden, Todmorden.

He worked on the Halifax “zones and loops” scheme which was designed to keep motorists out of the town centre and make it safer for pedestrians.

Mr Pickles was also involved in parking projects throughout Calderdale and was partly responsible for the award-winning precinct in St George’s Square, Hebden Bridge.

Anthony Rae, spokesperson for the Hebden Bridge Traffic Review, said: “Nigel worked tirelessly as a dedicated public servant to ensure the development, implementation and eventual great success of our town’s pedestrianisation scheme, which went on to win several awards. Now it is something of a legacy to him.”

Mr Pickles graduated from Leeds University in 1978 with degree in civil engineering.

Councillor Janet Battye described his work as invaluable.

“Whenever we had a problem we contacted Nigel and he always had some advice or technical know-how. We shall miss him tremendously.”