Letter: Flood alleviation work has caused major inconvenience

MAJOR WORKS Yorkshire Water has been carrying out flood alleviation work in Mirfield.
MAJOR WORKS Yorkshire Water has been carrying out flood alleviation work in Mirfield.

Recent essential major flood alleviation work carried out in the Old Bank/Sunnybank area of Mirfield has caused major disruption and inconvenience to the lives of local residents.

Old Bank Road and Lower Sunny Bank Avenue (which is still closed) were closed for several weeks leading to the diversion of buses. Residents, many of them elderly, had to walk a considerable distance to the nearest bus stop and return laden with shopping.

There has been nothing but praise by the majority of local residents regarding the conduct of the contract which has been carried out with due diligence and professionalism. The major concern has been with the conduct of West Yorkshire Metro who showed a total disregard for the local community, by failing to provide adequate information regarding bus timetables and diversions prior to commencement, and by failing to provide a convenient shuttle bus service to transport people to a convenient bus stop.

When I telephoned West Yorkshire Metro regarding the problem, I was informed that a shuttle service would only be provided if the main contractor provided the finance. I find this strange as several years ago when major drainage works were carried out in Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield, a shuttle service was provided during the period of the road closure.

Harold Laycock

Sunny Bank Avenue

Mirfield