Elland town centre is set for a transformative makeover as Calderdale Council takes significant steps in the execution of the Future High Streets project, with improved road layouts and enhanced pedestrian facilities at the forefront. The public is encouraged to partake in the process by providing feedback on the proposed changes.

With a substantial investment of over £6 million from the Future High Streets Fund, Elland’s town centre is earmarked for a facelift. The funds will be allocated towards enhancing public spaces, revitalizing the primary shopping areas, particularly around Southgate, and refurbishing the community’s Cartwheel Club. This injection of capital aims to cultivate a lively market town, fostering vibrancy, safety, and an appealing environment for businesses, residents, and visitors alike.

The UK Government-backed initiative encompasses alterations to the town’s core road layouts, introducing wider pavements and other measures to enhance navigability and safety for pedestrians and cyclists. A key aspect of the plan involves the pedestrianisation of Southgate, aiming to create a safer and more visually appealing environment, attracting increased foot traffic from the local community.

The implementation of these changes involves the current advertising of several Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs), incorporating modifications to waiting restrictions, loading bays, and traffic rerouting. Although some on-street parking spaces will be removed, significant improvements to access at the Timber Street car park are promised as part of the broader town-wide initiatives.

Members of the public are invited to review and comment on the TRO proposals. Detailed information about the proposals can be accessed on the Council’s website: [link]. Feedback can be submitted in writing to proposedtro@calderdale.gov.uk or via post to Highways and Transportation, c/o The Town Hall, Crossley Street, Halifax HX1 1UJ.

The deadline for comments is Wednesday 7 February 2024. Feedback received will contribute to the refinement of plans, with any necessary changes incorporated into updated proposals. These revised plans will then undergo further consultation in late February or early March 2024.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Towns, Tourism and Voluntary Sector, Cllr Sarah Courtney, said; “The transformation of the centre of Elland is progressing well, with significant funding supporting improvements to make the centre more attractive and enhancing the experience for those living, working or visiting the town.

“Part of this work involves amendments to the road layout, including the pedestrianisation of Southgate and changes to the way traffic moves around the town. We’re inviting people to comment on the proposals, as part of an informal feedback exercise. This will be used to develop the plans ahead of formal TRO consultation, scheduled for early spring.

“Supporting resilient, thriving towns is a priority for the Council and wider work in Elland is also moving apace, with the improvements to the market square due for completion soon and the market scheduled to reopen next month.”