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Meeting to discuss Brow Foot Gate Lane Proposals

by jamesbaker on 29 February, 2016

This is a rather long post, but it’s worth reading. It includes a covering letter explaining the current consultation that is being carried out around Brow Foot Gate Lane, and the two proposed options. There is a public meeting at  St John’s Church, Windle Royd Lane at 7 – 00pm on Thursday March 3rd.

Trimmingham  Residents’ Group

Dear Trimmingham Resident

 

As you will have been aware for some time there have been serious concerns amongst the residents of Trimmingham Lane, Brow Foot Gate lane, Churn Lane & Trimmingham Road about the unregulated traffic flow from Warley Road towards Burnley Road. This traffic is clearly not local residential traffic but significant volume traffic seeking an alternative to the King Cross Junction for journeys heading westwards on the A646 & A58. The sheer volume of this traffic presents the residents of Trimmingham with a safety threat which cannot be ignored.

Local residents Peter Neale & John Taylor- Robinson have been campaigning for the last two years for the council to address this situation. Their pressure, and your petition, has resulted in Calderdale Council acknowledging this problem and requesting the Highways department to look closely at the problem. The Highways department has developed two options for a re – configuring of the traffic flow arrangements in your immediate area.

Those options, and the explanation  of their function, are contained in the proposals in this mailing. Please read the details carefully and discuss with your family and neighbours and fellow residents. You will then get an opportunity to discuss the proposals further at a public meeting of Trimmingham residents which has been arranged to help clarify the options. That meeting will take place at St John’s Church, Windle Royd Lane at 7 – 00pm on Thursday March 3rd and will be attended by an officer from the Highways & Engineering Department of Calderdale Council who will respond to your questions.

The accompanying documents includes an opportunity for you to express a preference for one of the options. You may wish to bring this with you to the meeting where it can be handed into one of your ward councillors or you may wish to take it home for further consideration with your family. It will then be collected by  Friday March 11th. The data from the completed questionnaires will be collated by the Highways department and used to inform the final decision.

It is unlikely that the final decision will satisfy all views but if a new traffic flow system brings an end to the use of Trimmingham as a ‘rat run’ that threatens the safety of residents then it will be a success.

We do hope that you are able to attend the meeting and help us make this decision. Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact councillors Burton & James on the contact details displayed below.

Yours faithfully  ( on behalf of Trimmingham Residents Group ),

 

C’ll’r.  J. Baker       councillor.jbaker@calderdale.gov.uk          07817605162

C’ll’r.  M. Burton.    councillor.mburton@calderdale.gov.uk   01422 203393

 

 

TRIMMINGHAM RESIDENTS’ GROUP

STOP THE BROW FOOT GATE LANE “RAT RUN”

In 2014, following concerns about inappropriately high volumes of non-local traffic from Warley Road using Brow Foot Gate Lane (BFGL) as a “rat run” to gain access to Burnley Road, a petition was organised by two residents.  The petition called upon Calderdale Council to take action to prevent BFGL from being used as a “rat run”. The ever-increasing traffic presents a hazard to pedestrians, particularly school children, young mothers with buggies and local residents’ traffic.

The petition was signed by an overwhelming majority (72%) of the residents of BFGL, Kelvin Crescent, Kelvin Avenue, Brow Foot Drive and Willow Rise.  In response to this petition, the Council paid a random visit to the area and recorded an extremely high traffic count of 223 vehicles over a period of 1.75 hours.

The Department of Transport’s projected traffic forecast concludes that, between 2015 to 2025, traffic volumes will increase by 19%.  Extrapolating these figures to BFGL would mean that the number of vehicles could, over time, increase from 223 to 265.

The Council has now drawn up two alternative options in an attempt to resolve this issue, which are described overleaf and illustrated on the attachments.  This position has only been achieved by sustained and protracted pressure on the Council through correspondence with the Council’s Chief Executive, the Highways Department itself, the local MP, the Local Government Ombudsman and enlisting the aid of the local media by those two residents, together with the ongoing support of Councillors Baker and Burton over a period of two years.  If this opportunity to permanently resolve the “rat run” problem is not seized now, it is unlikely that a further opportunity will present itself in the future because of the time and effort required to force the Council to act, a commitment which other residents in the future might not wish to, or be unable to, take on board.

Adoption of either option may result in inconvenience to some residents to a greater or lesser extent but the consequences of not taking any action will undoubtedly, as traffic volumes increase, have an adverse and intolerable impact on all residents far in excess of any inconvenience resulting from the adoption of either of the proposed two options.

Apart from the potential risk of personal injury from the unacceptable volume of through traffic, considerable inconvenience to residents is already being experienced from the congestion caused by tailbacks of “rat run” traffic attempting to exit Willow Drive on to Burnley Road.  There has been a spate of accidents at this junction recently, which adds to that congestion as vehicles are prevented from exiting Willow Drive by emergency vehicles dealing with the aftermath of those accidents.  Such congestion will only increase and worsen in the future.

Regardless of whichever of the two options is adopted, it is extremely unlikely that the favoured option will be implemented before the end of 2016 because of Council procedures and the legal processes that have to be undertaken in order to ratify any decision.

Your completed forms will be collected either at the residents’ meeting or in the next few days following that meeting and the information on those forms will be forwarded to the Council in order to assist the decision-making process.

 

Option 1 -Brow Foot Gate Lane

The total closure of BFGL at its junction with Churn Lane and Trimmingham Road, will incorporate the re-instatement of a two-way traffic flow from Burnley Road into BFGL and parking restrictions on Kelvin Avenue between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Trimmingham Lane opposite Plane Tree Nest Lane at all times.

The re-instatement of a two-way traffic flow at the top of Willow Rise could benefit the majority of local residents.

Vehicles parking at the bottom of Kelvin Avenue prevent its residents with caravans and motorhomes turning right onto BFGL.  The introduction of parking restrictions will allow those residents to turn right.

Vehicles parking opposite Plane Tree Nest Lane force traffic driving up Trimminham Lane to overtake on the brow of a hill and on a blind bend.  The introduction of parking restrictions will eliminate the need to perform this extremely hazardous manoeuvre.

This option might inconvenience a minority of residents but will permanently prevent the use of BFGL as a “rat run” from Warley Road and will prevent Churn Lane from being used as a shortcut to BFGL by HGVs.

Option 2 – Brow Foot Gate Lane

The introduction of one-way systems will incorporate the narrowing of the top of Churn Lane (creation of a pinch point) and parking restrictions on Kelvin Avenue between the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Trimmingham Lane opposite Plane Tree Nest Lane at all times.

The one-way system on Warley Street and the closure of Warley Lane should prevent “rat run” traffic accessing BFGL from Spring Hall Lane/Warley Road.  The introduction of a short one-way system on the lower end of Trimmingham Road should prevent “rat run” traffic entering the top end of Trimmingham Road from Warley Road in order to access the lower end of Trimmingham Road and then onto BFGL.

The narrowing of Churn Lane will stop HGVs using the lane as a shortcut but not restrict cars.

The benefits of the parking restrictions are outlined in Option 1.

This option might not cause as much inconvenience as Option 1 but there is no guarantee that “rat run” traffic will not simply ignore the one-way restrictions in the knowledge that the Police will not enforce those restrictions.  Most residents will be aware that the one-way system currently in force on Willow Drive is regularly ignored.

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