DRIVERS in the Brighouse area may already have seen the 'slow down and mind the chippings' signs, as roads in Calderdale prepare for surface dressing work.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for Regeneration and Resources, Coun Jane Scullion, said the work is part of a West Yorkshire-wide programme being carried out by contractor Kiely Bros.

The roads, which have already been identified as needing repair, will be maintained with bitumen and stone chippings applied to the road surface.

Coun Scullion said the work, which starts this month and continues through until the end of July, seals the road making it more waterproof, improves surface texture and prolongs the life of the road by many years. The roads in this year’s programme include Coach Road, Bracken Road, Knowles Road and Woodhouse Lane, all at Brighouse; New Street and Grange Lane at Clifton; and Mayster Grove, Castlefields Road and Castlefields Crescent, all at Rastrick. The A647 at Haley Hill, Boothtown Road and Queensbury Road, Boothtown; Newlands Avenue and Newlands Drive, Northowram; Shelf Hall Lane and West Street, both at Shelf. Coun Scullion, said the work was essential and a quick, efficient and economic method of maintenance, although it would cause some disruption to residents while it was being carried out.

“Although the work will unfortunately cause some level of disruption for local residents, it is vital to help prevent more serious road defects in future.

“We’ll do all we can to make sure those affected are kept fully informed of when this weather dependent work will take place in their area,” she said.

Backhold Drive, Siddal, Halifax, will be just one of dozens of roads being treated. Picture: Google Street