Report from Crosspool Forum – 20mph

This report sent to us by Eamonn Ward – Sheffield Green Party .  This is his personal take on the meeting .

Note that 20’s plenty for Sheffield has no political affiliation but we are happy to post comments from local political parties when they are pertinent.

George Lindars-Hammond, Deputy to the Cabinet member responsible, spoke at Crosspool Forum last week. Selborne Rd scores about 18th or 19th on the citywide points table based on accidents, injuries and deaths in the last 5 years. It needs to be at least top 10 to get into schemes for the next round of annual funding. George said he would like to get this area looked at separately because of the circumstances but did so knowing that year on year funding cuts make this very unlikely.

The official Forum minutes follow. Note that the 20mph commitment is not backed by the current funding availability to make it happen.  shame because citywide schemes like that in Portsmouth are hugely more cost and awareness effective with everyone knowing that it’s 20mph on all residential streets. 20mph zones are being prioritised around school entrances in Sheffield rather than in the general area where children walk to and from school. So that reasoned argument from Cllr Murphy is not likely to lead to anything.

The petitioners were thanked in the meeting. It’s disappointing but, as outlined in a previous post by me, there are hundreds of road safety schemes needed across the city chasing an ever shrinking pot as councils budgets are cut massively year on year.

Minutes:

1/ Selborne Road accident July; George Linders-Hammond from Sheffield CC Highways said they now had a very limited budget (£2m p.a. – once £5m) and speed bumps are very expensive to install. This street did not score highly from past data of accidents, but the Council is committed to making such streets 20mph zones in the next 4-5 years. Cllr Murphy wanted to ensure this is prioritized, as Crosspool has a very high number of children using the streets.

Eamonn Ward  Sheffield Green Party

Proposed 20mph speed limit for Firth Park, Woodhouse and Greystones-Whirlow

 

New meeting date.

All the consultation responses we have received will be reported to Councillor Mazher Iqbal, the new council cabinet member with responsibility for transport related schemes, at a meeting at the Town Hall on Thursday 9 June at 2.00pm.  Councillor Iqbal will be asked to decide whether the scheme should go ahead or not, or whether any changes should be made.

The report and recommendations are available to view by visiting Agenda for Highway Cabinet Member Decision Session on Thursday 9 June 2016, 2.00 pm and opening the ‘Agenda reports pack’.

The meeting is open to the public.  If you would like to speak at the meeting you will need to register by contacting the Principal Committee Secretary, Simon Hughes (email simon.hughes@sheffield.gov.uk or phone 0114 273 4014) no later than 10.00 am on the last working day before the meeting.

 

Letter to Ecclesall councillors

Letter to  Ecclesall councillors
 
Dear Paul, Roger and Shaffaq
 
Congratulations on your elections results. 
 
At the Bents Green Ward Meeting in April 2014, I gave a presentation on the benefits of 20mph speed limits in residential areas. These have been proven to improve safety and well-being in the areas where they have been implemented, with minimal impact on journey times for motorists.  
 
 It was unanimously agreed at the meeting that this was a good thing and there was much discussion of the difficulties local residents were having in making the roads safer particularly for the many children who attend schools in the area. The Labour council has obdurately refused to respond to requests to reduce speeds particularly on the short section of Ringinglow Road that is affected by this. 
 
The Ward Plan agreed by LibDem councillors of the time included the following strategy: “Champion the Ecclesall  Ward for inclusion in any future Phase 2 20 mph developments
 
Since then we have been eagerly awaiting the implementation of a 20mph scheme for the area. First we were told that the Streets Ahead programme for the area meant that the 20mph scheme would have to be delayed: I would have thought that the street refurbishment scheme would have been an ideal time for bring in 20mph, but it would appear not. 
 
More recently, the sticking point appears to be the deadlock over the Ringinglow Road area. 
 
You will no doubt also be aware of the petition started due to concerns from parents whose children travel from the Fulwood area to Bents Green.
 
The “compromise” that  Council officers have proposed is a part-time 20mph restriction in the school area. The demonstrates a failure to understand the issues around children and the “School Run.” An Important aspect of 20mph on distributor roads near schools is that the highest volume of traffic is in school run times. Hence outside those hours any increase in journey times has little effect on total daily flow. So all that effort for timed 20mph has few benefits compared to full time 20.
 
Adopting different speed reduction measures around schools than the rest of an area is counter-productive, as children and their parents have to travel through the area to get to the schools, as the Fulwood petition demonstrates. We have children from many different parts of the city travelling through the area to get to school and we want them all to be safe. We want everyone in the area to be safe at other times as well, remembering that we also have a high proportion of elderly residents. 
 
It should also be noted that most traffic on Ringinglow Road is for leisure purposes, as the road doesn’t really “go” anywhere. Business traffic uses Ecclesall Road South for journeys to and from Derbyshire. We do however have a problem with “boy racers” using Ringinglow Rd for high speed burns at evenings and weekends. 
 
All this being so, you would think that the council could make a decision one way or the other on the issue.  However the decision has been repeatedly postponed – in fact of the past 16 meetings of the Highways Decisions committee, 11 have been cancelled – here’s the list:- 
 
 
14 Apr 2016 2.00 pm – CANCELLED
10 Mar 2016 2.00 pm – CANCELLED
18 Feb 2016 1.15 pm – Agenda, Decisions
11 Feb 2016 10.00 am – CANCELLED
14 Jan 2016 10.00 am – Agenda, CANCELLED
10 Dec 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
17 Nov 2015 1.00 pm – Agenda, Decisions, Draft Minutes
8 Oct 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
10 Sep 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
13 Aug 2015 2.00 pm – Agenda, Decisions, Minutes
9 Jul 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
11 Jun 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
14 May 2015 10.00 am – CANCELLED
24 Apr 2015 1.00 pm – CANCELLED
9 Apr 2015 10.00 am – Agenda, Decisions
 
We were told that a decision could not be made at the 14th April meeting because it was too close to the election. With the election over, could you please take this up with Cabinet members and press for a speedy decision and implementation?