RESOLVED that the report notifying the receipt of the following petitions be noted and the recommended actions for responding to them be endorsed:-
(a) Containing the signatures of 95 signatories, in respect of pedestrian safety on Wellington Crescent and Underwood Avenue at Worsbrough Bank End, Barnsley.
The Council’s Traffic group will inform the petitioners representative that;
As part of the continued pressure on Highway service budgets; the dedicated budgets for introducing traffic calming and Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) that could introduce parking restrictions, yellow lines etc has been reduced to zero. The only money available for traffic measures is the road safety budget and which is targeted to sites on a priority basis.
The method used to ascertain the priority sites is by using Personal Injury Collision (PIC) data obtained by South Yorkshire Police.
The Council receives an allocation of Integrated Transport funding from the Department for Transport (DfT), via the Sheffield City Region, to carry out remedial measures/improvements at locations where there is a history of PIC collisions. The Council educates and promote road safety to the general public.
The Authority has a statutory duty to monitor all PIC’s and each year officers interrogate the database to determine the list of priority locations, which require intervention first.
Following this, officers then seek to resolve issues at these locations using the available funding received.
There have been 4 collisions on Wellington Crescent and Underwood Avenue during the last four years and have occurred on the road away from the school. This area does not fall within the current priority collision list.
As a result, it does not meet the criteria for the provision of parking restrictions and traffic calming but the Council will continue to monitor the location as part of ongoing collision analysis.
In addition, the Authority is aware that the school has not responded to or accepted any support from the Council’s Road Safety team to discuss measures available from the Council to educate and promote road safety to the children, parents and teachers. The road safety can provide support including:-
· Signs in the shape of children at zig-zigs,
· School representative to attend PACT,
· Work with parking enforcement and children to educate drivers – children issue notices to parents with support from parking officers,
· Request Smiley Sid attends the school from the Police.
These measures will require support from the school to be effective.
No further action on this matter.