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The long and winding road; Work finally carried out after 11 years.

Byline: By DAVID HIMELFIELD News Reporter

ONE ofMeltham'smost run-down lanes has been revamped after 11 years to provide a cycle, horse and pedestrian route.

Near Lane has long been known to residents as a "grot spot", strewn with graffiti, litter, dog dirt and weeds bursting through the surface.

But now the unadopted lane, which connects Morrisons supermarket to Huddersfield Road in Meltham town centre, has been transformed.

It is used by hundreds of people every week to get to the supermarket, the surgery andMeltham Greenway. The transformation has all been down to a massive team effort.

Two families have shared the pounds 11,000 cost, along withMorrisons, BT and theMeltham Hall fund - the cash from Meltham Town Council's sale of Meltham Hall several years ago.

A handrail is also planned for the passageway which leads to the Meltham Greenway.

Melvyn Gibson, secretary of Meltham Greenway SteeringGroup, said: "All in all this is a super example of voluntary initiative and of businesses, local residents and the town council working together and sharing the cost to improve a village route for the benefit of all the community.

"This road had been a mess for at least 11 years. But it's the safest route, as Station Street has a very narrow pavement and is very busy."

Holme Valley South councillor Royston Rogers said: "I don't know why it's been so long. I thought this was crazy.

Anyone who couldn't use the steps would have to go down this horrible path.

"You don't want to walk down Station Road because of the traffic. Near Lane is a lot safer.

"Morrisons and BT have been great. It's not cost the taxpayer anything and it's an extension of the cycle way."

The work has been done by Meltham tarmac contractors D Haigh And Sons.


WAY FORWARD: On a tarmac machine are (from left) Meltham Morrisons' deputy manager Peter Gorman, Clr Royston Rogers, Clr Terry Lyons and Melvyn Gibson, of Meltham Greenway Steering Group (PW291008Dsurface)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 31, 2008
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