Motorists ‘risk lives’ on rat run

NAUGHTY: A van mounts the pavement in an attempt to bypass the closed road at Pyenot Hall Lane.
NAUGHTY: A van mounts the pavement in an attempt to bypass the closed road at Pyenot Hall Lane.

RECKLESS motorists in Cleckheaton are putting pedestrians’ lives in danger by driving on pavements to avoid new bollards

The bollards were put on Pyenot Hall Lane two weeks ago by Kirklees Council after residents complained of motorists using the area as a rat run to get to the centre of town.

However, shocking pictures sent to the Guardian by a resident show that a new problem has emerged, with vehicles mounting the pavement to get past the bollards.

Coun Kath Pinnock said: “I think it is absolutely outrageous that some motorists think they have a right to put pedestrians’ lives in danger by mounting the pavement to get past the bollards. They are probably the same drivers that caused the bollards to be put in.

“However, I believe the bollards are a positive thing for the area – one of the residents of Pyenot Hall Lane came up to me the other day, and told me she had had the best night’s sleep in 10 years, as there was no longer a constant stream of traffic.”

Parking has also been a concern to some residents in the area. Matthew Robinson lives on nearby Woodhead Street, and said that although he understands the need for safety measures, it had worsened the parking situation for the street.

He said: “These are streets with terraced houses and no garages, so obviously you are going to get a lot of people parking their cars on the street.

“The signs have been put in a position where I struggle to park my vehicle, so they could probably have put them in a better position.”

The bollards have been put in for a trial period of 18 months, after which time they will be assessed by Kirklees Council.