THE Spenborough Guardian had a number of issues recently which particularly interested me.
Firstly, I support the Communication Workers’ Union bid to keep the Heckmondwike postal delivery office open. To move it to the Batley office will cause problems for the elderly or disabled members of the public and even if you drive, there is limited parking.
For those of us living on the Firthcliffe Estate, reliant on public transport, there will be massive problems collecting our mail.
It means boarding a bus to Heckmondwike and a second bus to Batley, but there is no bus to the Batley office at Grange Road.
Secondly, some bus services in the Spen Valley are under threat due to Metro reviewing its services.
Ones to watch out for and ask questions include the 221 service from Heckmondwike to Mirfield. Is that secure?
No changes are proposed for the 209 service from Heckmondwike to Leeds, but what about the 219 service which also operates from Heckmondwike to Leeds, Monday to Friday from the early hours of 5.07am to 7.07am?
A number of bus users have complained over the years that it’s difficult getting a bus from Huddersfield to Cleckheaton and Gomersal.
The one service that links these areas is the 220 and Metro are proposing its withdrawal. The 229 Sunday service from Huddersfield to Heckmondwike is to be reduced by one hour. The last bus will be at 21.30pm hours. Anyone attending the theatre in Huddersfield will not be able to get a bus back to Heckmondwike or Cleckheaton. Good news is that there are no changes proposed for the services 222 and the Metro Local service LM1, both of which cover the Firthcliffe Estate.
It is important to participate in the consultation. Remember, if you don’t want to lose it, use it.