A CONTROVERSIAL application to build a bridge in Savile Town has been approved by councillors this afternoon.
Yorkshire Water can now build a bridge and road to ease access to its Mitchell Laithes water treatment works in Earlsheaton.
Earlsheaton residents have supported the plan, as it will divert noisy traffic away from their homes.
The application was opposed by parents and staff from Paradise Primary School in Savile Town. They say it will mean more lorries driving past the school, posing a health and safety risk.
But members of Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee approved the plan at a meeting at Dewsbury Town Hall.
After the meeting, Richard Sears, Yorkshire Water’s community engagement manager, said: “Clearly we’re pleased with today’s decision.
“However, we recognise that some of the local community still have some concerns around the impact of the new access road and we’ll continue to work with everybody in order to ensure these are properly addressed.”
For the full story, see next week’s Dewsbury Reporter, on sale April 15.