Agenda item

OBJECTIONS RECEIVED TO A PROPOSED TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER FOR VARIOUS SITES IN BRADFORD SOUTH

The Strategic Director Place will submit a report (Document “U”) which sets out objections received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for various parking restrictions in the Bradford South constituency.

 

Recommended –

 

(1)       That the order be sealed and implemented as advertised.

 

(2)       That the proposal to introduce No Waiting At any Time     restrictions on Poplar Grove be abandoned.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Environment and Waste Management

 

(Andrew Smith - 01274 434674)

Minutes:

The Strategic Director Place submitted a report (Document “U”) which set out objections received to a recently advertised Traffic Regulation Order for various parking restrictions in the Bradford South constituency.

The Principal Engineer explained that a number of traffic regulation orders had been advertised covering different areas of the constituency.  In relation to the proposals for Poplar Grove it was highlighted that following initial informal consultation, officers were recommending that this particular TRO be abandoned, and that this course of action was supported by ward councillors.

A number of objectors were present at the meeting to make representations on a number of the Orders that had been advertised, and the following issues were raised in respect of:

Lowell Avenue: An objector stated that cars were already parking and blocking driveways and that a permit parking scheme would be a better option going forward; that many householders had access to two cars, and he suggested that there was some charity land that could be utilised for parking with the consent of the owner or that the option for permit parking be explored.  In response to the issues raised the Principal Engineer stated that there were no resources to implement a permit parking scheme and the proposals were the best options for what was a very narrow street.

A Member of the Committee and Ward Councillor stated that there were 8 houses on Lowell Avenue and the proposed TRO would only make matters worse and although he appreciated there were parking issues, not all the properties had access to a driveway.  In addition there will be spill over onto Clayton Road and given the number of objections the best option would be to abandon the Order.

Wibsey Park Avenue:  An objector stated that the proposed double yellow lines would be ineffective as parking was not the real issue and what was really required was the installation of traffic lights and slowing down traffic, he argued that installing double yellow lines would only encourage drivers to speed.  In response the Principal Highways Engineer highlighted that the proposed double yellow lines could contribute to reducing the number of collisions on this stretch of road and that they would also enable a future scheme to be implemented.

Bierley Lane:  The Chair highlighted that he had been made aware of issues at Councillor Surgeries regarding access to the Church, in particular when there was a funeral or wedding service taking place, however objectors at the meeting stated that the proposed double yellow lines would only disadvantage church users.

Knowles Street:  A group of objectors who ran a trampoline business on Knowles Street stated that the proposals would inhibit their customers from parking as they had limited parking on site.  In response the Principal Engineer stated that proposed parking prohibition would only apply to one side of the road and there was some support for the proposals.

Commondale Road:  A number of the owners of the businesses that were located on Commondale Road were present at the meeting and raised objections to the proposals, stating that it would impact on business deliveries, was draconian, there was inadequate parking, with the parking issues being further down Commondale Road, and that consultation on the proposal had been inadequate.  The Principal Engineer confirmed that there had been consultation with those affected by the proposal.

New Works Road:  An owner of a business located on New Works Road stated that the proposed double yellow lines would affect his business adversely and that he had sight of a petition which had been signed by over 300 people objecting to the proposal.  A Member of the Committee and Ward Councillor for the area stated that he was familiar with the area and the proposal would affect the viability of some of the businesses that survived on passing trade and that there was limited parking in the vicinity of New Works Road.  In response the Principal Engineer stated that small elements of the scheme in the vicinity of the business in question could be revised in the light of the representations made.

Church Street:  Members expressed their surprise at the proposals as this was a scheme that had been previously considered by the Committee and the viability of the scheme was predicated on the understanding that parking could only be facilitated on one side of the road.  The Principal Engineer confirmed that the proposal would only affect one side of Church Street and although there was no consensus, further consultation for a preferred solution could be sought.

In light of the representations made on the above and the suggestions made by Members it was:

Resolved -

(1)       That the objections in respect of Highgate Road and Wibsey Park        Avenue be overruled and the Order be sealed and implemented as            advertised subject to:

i.              the removal of elements of the scheme in respect of Lowell Avenue, Bierley Lane, Knowles Street and Commondale Way and,

ii.            revised proposals for New Works Road (at its eastern end) and Church Street being agreed with frontage properties and ward members.

(2)       That any remaining objections to the New Works Road or Church        Street proposals be reported back to the Bradford South Area      Committee.

 

(3)       That the proposal to introduce No Waiting At any Time     restrictions on Poplar Grove be abandoned.

 

(4)       That the objectors be informed accordingly.

 

Overview and Scrutiny Committee: Environment and Waste Management

 

ACTION:       Strategic Director Place

 

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