Rothwell Wood Lane double parking action needed now

People throughout Rothwell are up in arms about the double parking at the top of Wood Lane and IMG_9236David and I want to see action on this as soon as possible. We at last were able to get Cllr Richard Lewis, the executive board member responsible for highways and Gary Bartlett, the director of highways both available for a site meeting with us this week. It was good to be able to show them Rothwell is currently having to shoulder such a volume of cars which are double parked along the top part of Wood Lane causing numerous problems, although this wasn’t the busiest day I’ve seen for cars parked there, it was enough to show what the problem is.

IMG_9235We had also invited the business park manager from Valley Park, and so were disappointed when no-one from the business park attended. We are again writing to the business park manager to express our disappointment and re-iterating that the business park needs to be part of the solution to the parking problems.

IMG_9240We believe that the cars parking on Wood Lane are a mix of staff from the business park and people leaving their cars and travelling into Leeds.

At the site meeting I stressed that it is unfair that Rothwell should shoulder this amount of parking, and that the double parking is dangerous.for sight lines and people crossing the road. It is also unsafe when two vehicles try to pass at the same time when there isn’t enough room to do so safely. Often it isn’t possible for two vehicles to pass at the same time and this leads to traffic waiting and queues at busy times.

David and I are pushing for a park and ride site at Stourton which we think would help IMG_9245alleviate some of the parking problems on Wood Lane, this could be one of the long term solutions.

Actions to follow the meeting – highways to draw up a revised scheme which may include further parking restrictions to try to reduce or eliminate the stretch of double parking and markings at junctions. It is important though to try to get the balance right as we don’t want the cars to then try to park on the streets off Wood Lane instead, but David and I feel that without more restrictions  double parking will continue regardless of other measures taken.

IMG_9251Highways are going to try to liaise with the business park as well as David and I again trying to get them to engage on this issue.

There is not going to be one action which can solve the whole problems. We have made it clear at the meeting that we will persist until Rothwell sees some improvement on the situation.

Rothwell Bonfire 2016 in Springhead Park

IRothwell bonfiret’s that time of year again, nights drawing in and a chill in the air! So on Friday 4th November in Rothwell we’re having our community bonfire and fireworks display. It’s good to think back to Yorkshire’s historical connection with the original gunpowder plot – Guy Fawkes was born in York .

Councillor David Nagle will be lighting the bonfire this year, along with the sponsor of this year’s event, White Rose Shopping centre, and the winner of the ‘design a poster’ competition which children from our local primary schools took part in. The fire is lit at 7pm and the firework display kicks off at 7.30pm. The event as always is being organised by Leeds City Council with the support of the Rothwell District Lions Club.

Rothwell District Lions Club do a tremendous job on behalf of the community. The Lions Club Motto is ‘We Serve’. In the case of Rothwell District Lions, this is to serve and support our local community, at events such as the Rothwell Carnival, the annual May Day Duck Race (a favourite in our household) and the Rothwell Park Bonfire. Every December the Lions escort Father Christmas on his sleigh visiting  homes in the area. I remember my daughter’s face after hearing actual sleigh bells!

As chair of the council’s Outer South Community committee I’m pleased we’ve again helped boost extra police support around Bonfire Night, with extra money for police foot patrols as part of the Operation Flame Bonfire. It is effective on October 31 and November 4th to 6th to help deter and deal with any anti-social behaviour common at this time of year.

Although bonfire night and fireworks are great fun for most of us, please remember to think of your pets and make sure you keep them safe inside your house. The RSPCA has some good advice here.

In Rothwell, bonfire night is one of the highlights of our calendar and we’re expecting a huge turnout in excess of 10,000 in Springhead Park for 2016.

Rothwell Primary school gets new 20mph zone

Rothwell councillor Karen Bruce has successfully campaigned for 20mph zones throughout the wardIt’s fantastic that we’re getting another 20mph zone in Rothwell. The latest one is around the Carlton Lane area and includes all the streets from Carlton Lane and Butcher Lane. This includes Stone Brig Lane which all too often is used as a rat run by some inconsiderate people.

Road safety is one of the top issues that people contact me and David about and the roads around Rothwell Primary are no exception. Local residents, parents and grandparents consistently raise the issue of safety for children with a combination of speeding cars and inconsiderately parked cars being two of the biggest complaints.

Speeding and parking are also two of the top topics people raise with us when we’re running community stalls, doing our roving councillor street surgeries and calling round knocking on doors to listen to local concerns.

This will be the latest 20mph zone in the Rothwell ward in our campaign to get many of our suitable roads into the zones, following successful schemes introduced in Carlton, Woodlesford, Haigh Road, and Victoria Primary school.

The highways department tell me:

“Preliminary speed surveys have been undertaken and the results have indicated that this area can be implemented as a 20mph Limit. With the current driver behaviour on these streets, traffic calming should not be required in order to bring vehicle speeds down to an acceptable level. Post implementation monitoring will be undertaken to ensure that this has been successful.

In addition to this the existing School Keep Clear markings will be formalised by introducing a Traffic Regulation Order to that affect. This will allow Leeds City Council to enforce them and will be in force from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.”

This is another measure in our campaign to improve road safety in Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton. A recent addition was the two crossings in Oulton to help school children in Woodlesford and Oulton cross the road safely and funding luminous clips for the children to wear.

Rothwell councillors David Nagle and Karen BruceWe’re also hoping to get funding for installing mobile speed camera units, on an occasional basis on the John O Gaunts end of A639:  These will need an area to be installed on the central reservation for a vehicle to be parked up and appropriate signage

At the same time we are tackling parking problems outside our school including Rothwell Primary and have again had discussions with the neighbourhood policing team and requested regular police checks to be undertaken around all our local schools at peak times in Rothwell, Woodlesford, Oulton and Carlton and action to help to try to ensure safer parking including ticketing and this was agreed as a way forward.

This is the proposed 20mph zone and parking restrictions.

Rothwell Primary school 20mph zone map

 

Woody school students help us make Woodlesford roads safer

 

Cllr Karen Bruce and residents at road near Woodlesford schoolI’ve long pushed for 20mph zones and when the Woodlesford 20 mph zone was given the go-ahead I asked Leeds City Council Highways if children from Woodlesford Primary School could design the sign. As a result council officers have worked with Woodlesford Primary head teacher Robin Scott to organise a competition for pupils to design the new sign.

Robin then organised the competition in school. The school shortlisted the top 10 pictures from each year group and gave them to Leeds City Council for judging. I was delighted to be asked to be on the judging panel and really enjoyed going to have a look at the pictures. There were some amazing drawings. We weren’t just looking for the best pictures though, we had to think what would be effective with drivers and we viewed them from a long distance as well. Bold designs seemed to work the best. The winning six drawings will then be made into signs by the council’s sign workshop.

I’m really looking forward attending a special school assembly on road safety day on Wednesday, February 25 and awarding the prizes to the winners.

The road safety day will also see safety rangers and police at the school to help teach the children about road safety, pedestrian safety and HGV awareness, as well as using SID (the speed indication device) to show how fast cars are travelling.

The Woodlesford 20mph zone follows a successful zone in Carlton where the signs were also designed by a pupil from Carlton School. A further 20mph zone has also been put in near Haigh Road School and there is also an advisory 20mph speed limit near Royds School at school start and finish times.

It’s fantastic we can get the children to design the signs as this helps to teach them about road safety and really gets the local community involved in supporting the 20mph zones. Now we’ve got three in the ward I’m lobbying the council to see if we can get more 20mph zones on roads near to more of our schools. I want further ones introduced in more of our schools this year.

Royds students to benefit from safer road crossing

Woodlesford and Oulton residents with Cllr Karen Bruce campaigning for better road safetyAfter a long campaign with residents and road safety action group LAWRRAG I’m delighted that we’ve finally succeeded in getting a new road crossing to make it safer for children from Woodlesford and Oulton to get to Royds School. The crossing will be near to the roundabout and Rothwell Leisure Centre on the A639 and will be put in after April so it is ready for the start of the new school year in September.

 

The new crossing is part of our long-running campaign to support local people in the Leeds and Wakefield Road Residents Action Group (LAWRRAG). This included arranging for speed monitoring surveys to provide evidence of too much speeding traffic on Leeds Road and Wakefield Road. I arranged for officers from Leeds City Council highways department, Cllr Richard Lewis (the executive board member responsible for highways), Cllr David Nagle and Claire Rowlinson from the neighbourhood policing team to meet residents and agree what action could be taken.

 

Leeds City Council highways officer, Cllr Richard Lewis, local road safety campaigner Trish Wilson discussing road safetyI demanded crossing surveys be carried out along the road because of great concern by residents about the speeding traffic and children crossing to get to Royds School from the Woodlesford and Oulton communities. It is fantastic news that our concerns have been listened to and we are to get a crossing which will make it much safer for our children and young people to cross to the school, as well as improving community access to the leisure centre.

 

We also got council highways officers to do a review of signs all along the road, as we’re concerned that some aren’t visible enough, such as the 40mph signs at Dewans at the top of the road which are obscured by trees.

The flashing speed sign on Leeds Road which was set incorrectly and flashed at too low speeds, has now been corrected so it flashes correctly at 41 mph.

 

The council’s highways officers have done some further speed monitoring on behalf of the group and this will be discussed at the next meeting which will be held on Tuesday 3 February at 5.30 at the junction of First Avenue. If you would like to contribute you’re welcome to attend.