Opposition is growing to unpopular plans to make a Lindley street one-way as part of a scheme to encourage cycling.

Liberal Democrat councillors Cahal Burke and Anthony Smith have launched an online petition opposing the plans for Occupation Road.

Yesterday (Tuesday November 23) was the last day for a public consultation run by Kirklees Council on behalf of West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

The proposals – which also include making Lidget Street a 20mph zone – are part of a wider scheme to cut congestion on the A629 Halifax Road between Huddersfield and Halifax.

To speed up journey times on the main route between Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax, the scheme aims to encourage people to leave the car at home.

Councillors Cahal Burke (left) and Anthony Smith

Clr Burke said the proposals were “unnecessary” and would “cause more problems than they will solve.”

He added: “This proposal is not going down well with local residents and we are behind them. We all live in the area and we know the negative impact this proposal would have on our area.

“We want active travel and we want to encourage local residents to be able to get out and about safely but we only need changes in the right places where it is necessary and justified.

READ MORE: Full details on what the A629 scheme entails with a link to the public consultation

“We have many local roads and footpaths that need improving for pedestrians and cyclists. Priority should be given to those before any other scheme.

“A more joined up approach needs to be taken, listening to our residents and various walking and cycling groups.”

Lindley Tory councillor Adam Gregg has also voiced his opposition and local campaigner David Heathcote raised the issue at a full meeting of Kirklees Council last week.

The petition can be found at https://www.kirkleeslibdems.org.uk/occupationrd