Category Archives: Road Safety
Readers may wish to look at the post of Jul12 last (http://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2013/07/12/another-planning-aplication-shirley-golf-club/) for full details of the application by the golf club to establish a driving range, golf academy and build 57 new homes on green belt land. I have taken possession of a 166 named petition from local residents who object to the planning application and it will be presented to the Council’s planning officers.
There is still no date for the application to go before the planning committee but it is likely to be one of the October meetings. I will inform readers and residents when I hear confirmation. I have posted here my formal letter of objection: Golf Club Objection Letter . It is also worth pointing out I am not against any development – previous posts about the Local Development Plan indicate my general support for appropriate development.
Readers may also wish to view comments from people who have already objected to the proposals on-line. These can be viewed via this link: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/planning/dc/comments.asp?AppNo=2013/1126&V=1
I do know I will get a bit of stick from some friends about another obstruction in the way of vehicles but they will understand the rationale of my request for a crossing facility to be situated at the top of Monkspath Hall Road, near to the Fieldhouse Pub. This has nothing to do with me going to the pub on Monday evenings either I might add!
Seriously, I have been a governor at Monkspath Junior and Infant School for some 23 years and we have been asking for either a pathway down Monkspath Hall Road (to save children from actually crossing the highway) or some sort of crossing facility. There are some 90+ children who live in the Hillfields area and attend Monkspath J&I School, with some having to cross both Widney Lane and Monkspath Hall Road at ver busy times of the day. It appears a pathway has been ruled out – basically not enough space on the grassed area near the top of Monkspath Hall Rd. So, we are left with just one option – a Toucan Crossing.
I have attached a document and plan of the proposals and please respond to the consultation if you have a view. I doubt there is a school in Solihull where as many children are expected to cross such big roads.
I have eventually received the data from a traffic speed data check that was undertaken in Creynolds Lane between 9 and 16 February earlier this year. I have copied and pasted the report from a PDF file sent to me. I took the decision not to attach the whole report as it has private and direct dial telephone lines. I have though copied the data that relates to traffic travelling in both directions.
You will see that the average speed is under 40 mph, with 85% of traffic travelling under 44 mph. The maximum speed recorded is 68 mph in each direction. There is no indication as to the type of vehicle these were, but it is possible they could be emergency vehicles. CREYNOLDS LANE Speed Data
I would say that I am not surprised by these figures and are typical of a country lane with a 40mph speed limit. I would though use these figures to argue against any further (major) development in the Creynolds Lane area. Please feel free to add your comments here:
The links explain the rational for the speed limit review of roads within the borough. This post relates to roads in Blythe ward but all the borough’s roads subject to a review can be found within the documents. I support the review and re-classification of roads in Blythe ward, where mainly unrestricted roads (60mph zones) were recommended to be reclassified at lower speeds (eg. 40mph in most case). This is certainly excellent news for residents who reside within the 60mph stretch of Tilehouse Lane, Tidbury Green who asked me to find out if that bit of road can be made safer (see post 25 June 2011). List of roads reviewed with commentary: Highways Speed surveyDanaInfo=www.solihull.gov.uk+att25951
I am all for taking credit where it is due but you will see from the report that the report went before the Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways last September (2010) and therefore wheel are already in motion (sorry for pun). It just shows that this is where social media would have been very useful in getting information out to residents about issues in their area. See report here: http://www.solihull.gov.uk/akssolihull/images/att26014.pdf
All this will cost some money, so there will be priorities as to what roads will be done first; there has to be formal/statutory consultation and establishing of regulations. I shall urge our officers to tackle the roads in Blythe Ward as soon as they can.
Please feel free to make any comments.
I am writing to all residents in Tilehouse Lane to seek their views about the speed limit on the stretch of Tilehouse Lane between Birchy Leasowes Lane and Tythe Barn Lane, where vehicles can travel up to 60 mph. With houses set back on both sides of the road some residents complain that the speed limit should be reduced. I am surveying residents to find their views and then will speak to the council’s highway officers. A few images of the road in question, where clearly cyclists are prevalent and the odd horse can be seen now and again (not that the horses are really odd, if you know what I mean).
There has been an on-going issue about provision of a pedestrian footpath in Norton Lane, between the existing footpath and the garden centre for some time. During my election campaign I sought the views of residents who lived at that end of Norton Lane and delivered a short survey request to addresses between Rumbush Lane and the garden centre (approx 33 houses). From 13 responses all but one stated quite clearly the need for a footpath. Council officers undertook a survey of users of this section of the road last autumn and reported back to your councillors that there was not enough pedestrian usage to prove the cost of a footpath and recommended a ‘pedestrian warning’ sign be placed on the section of road without a footpath.
I have delivered a letter to all addresses in Norton Lane, continuing up to Lowbrook Lane this time Norton Lane June 2011 (copy letter attached) seeking the views of residents for what may be a compromise. We should never ever compromise over road safety but there is the question about where would we stop – for instance, would we need to create a footpath for every grassed verge in the countryside. However, the proximity of the garden centre and Earlswood Lakes makes this section of Norton Lane a bit different from other country roads. I am to meet with the council’s highway officers on site but would value residents thoughts on the following;
- The speed limit changes from 30 mph to 50 mph as soon as the tarmac footpath end, should the speed restriction be extended as far as the garden centre, or indeed up to the lakes?
- Would a pedestrian warning sign be useful?
- Would increases ‘scything’ of the grass verge make it easier for walkers?
Please feel free to make comments here.