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WHERE ARE WE AT?

Timing
• In response to the bottleneck at Saltaire Roundabout, in late June 2010, following
public consultation, Council Officers presented their plans (developed with a
Working Group of local residents etc) to the Shipley Area Committee (SAC)
• The SAC raised a number of concerns and asked for revised plans to be presented in
September. Particular concerns were: Increased traffic in Saltaire, HGVS in Hirst
Wood, that the easing of congestion must be a factor
• In September the SAC will then allow or refuse the spending of the budget
• The Planners will then work on the details and present these plans to the Council’s
Executive Committee, probably in December. After the Executive decision, the
planners will then put the work out to tender.
Money
• The council have £1.3 million ring fenced for the roundabout. This was given to them
by the Highways Agency when the road was handed over to the council.
• The council have also been granted from £3 million top up funding by the Regional
Transport Board. The council have to use this money by March 2012
These are Uncertain Times ....
• Money is being clawed back centrally. It is always possible the r/about finances could
be retracted by the RTB.
• Bradford Council are facing extensive cuts over the next few years

What does all this mean?


• To influence the roundabout development, we have to lobby the SAC – they are the
initial decision makers. We have August and September to do so.
• The planners have to work quickly to get everything done in time to use up the
money by March 2012. They will also be working against the clock to get the money
spent before it has a chance to get clawed back centrally.
• Due to council cuts, anything the SAC agrees to, must absolutely be value for money.
• If the council lose the £3 million from the RTB, they might be left with only 1.3
million for the project, or might drop the project all together.

Cllr Kevin Warnes will be encouraging the Council Officers to provide modelling data for the
residential areas over the next week or so. I have raised concerns that
a) It is now the school holidays, thus distribution of school traffic will not be evident
b) If Arup’s data can be so easily dismissed, what other conclusions reached by Arup -
such as the feasibility of the other eighteen or so proposals – can also be dismissed?

MATTERS OF CONCERN

Closure of Albert Road/Access to School


• Closure of Albert Road and restricting access to the school is one of the more drastic
elements of the plans.
• Obviously, school traffic will now have no choice but to use the narrow roads of
Saltaire which are already clogged with parked cars and vans.
• Arup have estimated an extra 2100% traffic could be expected on Titus Street. Limb
was dismissive of these figures even though they were provided by their own
consultants, and she had no alternative figures to counter them.
• It has been suggested that council officers will undertake the modelling in house.
However, as these will be done after that meeting and prior to the Shipley Area
Committee meeting in September, it needs to be highlighted that this is the school
holiday period, thus any modelling completed during this time is obviously highly
flawed and will leave little time to analyse how this data can be acted upon.
• It seems that Limb’s only concern regarding the closure of Albert Road is how
parents will turn their vehicles around. We would suggest that the issues raised by
the closure of Albert Road are somewhat more extensive.
• The roads of Saltaire are narrow and clogged with the parked cars and vans of
residents. Parking is already exceedingly difficult and restricting residents’ parking
further in order to facilitate the extra traffic through Saltaire that the closure of
Albert Road will cause, seems rather incongruous.
• Pedestrian access to pavements in Saltaire is limited due to parked vehicles. Walking
in the road is often the only option and to increase traffic through the village will
only transfer the road safety issues the roundabout plans seek to address elsewhere.
• 64% of respondents to the consultation process raised concerns about increase in
traffic in residential areas, yet this has not been acted upon by the planners.
• In the analysis of respondent data, responses to the closure of Albert Road is not
specifically referred to.
Clarence Road HGVs
• These ‘revised’ plans have failed to address concerns regarding the rerouting of
HGVs into Hirst Lane
Victoria Road Junction
• During the Shipley Neighbourhood Forum, it was revealed by Limb that the extra
traffic these plans will force onto the Victoria Road junction may necessitate the
replacement of the trees with traffic lights.
• It is a travesty that the extent of the outcry the potential felling of these trees caused
last year can be so quickly forgotten. It could also be seen by some as testament to
the extent to which Council Officers respect the views of local residents.
• Last year this junction was highlighted as one of potential concern re road safety. To
knowingly agree to plans that increase traffic pressure on that junction is
reprehensible.
Absence of a Holistic Approach
• Plans presented for consultation and during the subsequent Neighbourhood Forums
focus on the roundabout itself. A holistic approach that concurrently considers the
impact of this project on neighbouring areas is not only common sense but
fundamental to the success of this project. It is the local impact of these of these
plans that is the pressing issue, thus fobbing off questions with ‘we’ll be addressing
that in the future’ does not encourage confidence in the plans or planners.
Failure of Council Officers to address concerns raised during Consultation Process
• According to Fiona Limb the 'headline concern' to the proposed changes at Saltaire
roundabout was the Moorhead Lane turning (T&A 10th June 2010). However from
the figures shown during the Shipley North Neighbourhood Forum on 15th June, 26%
of written responses mentioned Moorhead lane, yet 64% of responses raised
concerns about traffic increase in residential areas.
• The failure of this concern to be addressed sends a poor message - our concerns are
actually of little value and easily dismissed.
• Whilst, according to Limb’s figures, 67% of respondents claimed the plans were fair
or good, over half of the respondents failed to rate the plans as good. Further, these
opinions were garnered without fully disclosing the potentially devastating impact of
these plans on the neighbouring areas.
The World Heritage Site ‘Gateway’
• One of the stated aims of the plans was to ‘enhance the setting of the World
Heritage Site’. However, by increasing traffic within the village these plans could
have a detrimental impact on the attractiveness of the WHS as a tourist destination.
Needless to say the increased traffic into these streets will also have a drastic impact
on those who live, work and study here, as well as those who visit the site.
Other Questions
• What is the data regarding accidents at the island? How many accidents are there
involving pedestrians, cars and cyclists? How does this compare to other islands?
What is the predicted improvement following the implementation of these plans?
How will the effectiveness of these plans to reduce accidents be monitored and
assessed?

Summary - These plans


• Fail to address congestion at the roundabout
• Will result in extra traffic in Saltaire as drivers struggle to access the school once
Albert Road is closed
• Transfers road safety issues elsewhere - namely into the residential, narrow and
clogged streets of a World Heritage Site.
• Creates pressure on the junction at Victoria Street that would necessitate changes to
the street-scape which residents have already vociferously objected to
• Cannot be considered value for money, especially in a time of lean government