Road improvement £1.5m plan for Spen

FUNDS: The council has set aside �200,000 from its 2011-2012 highways budget to put towards a new bus station in Heckmondwike.
FUNDS: The council has set aside �200,000 from its 2011-2012 highways budget to put towards a new bus station in Heckmondwike.
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MORE than £1.5m is to be spent on improving roads and road safety in the Spen Valley.

Kirklees Council has agreed revised spending at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday following government cuts _ but the Spen Valley is still set to benefit from almost £1,600,000 of improvements.

A bus station planned for Heckmondwike town centre is still to go ahead despite the budget cuts.

Kirklees Council agreed to spend £200,000 creating a new terminus in the town centre when its 2011-2012 budget was put forward in October, and the money has been retained under the spending review.

Eyesore buildings and land in Royle Fold were cleared last year to make way for the station, which will be built behind a planned library and state-of-the-art information facility.

The building work will be done in partnership with transport authority Metro.

The council has reviewed its highways capital plan because of government cuts. It had planned to spend about £16m on highways projects throughout Kirklees but has shaved off about £250,000 - a saving of 1.7 per cent.

Under the plan, the council has set out projects to help improve the lives of the young and old and lead Kirklees out of recession.

Kirklees has put together separate budgets for lighting, pavement and road works in each ward, some of which ward councillors can allocate.

Birstall and Birkenshaw ward will get £86,000 and the area committee will be given £42,000. Cleckheaton ward will be allocated £76,000 and the area committee will be granted £25,000. In Heckmondwike ward, £63,000 will be granted, and the area committee will get £25,000 and Liversedge and Gomersal ward will be allocated £55,000, with an extra £25,000 for the area committee.