Traffic Management in School Road

Update 4/2/18: The letter we recently sent to residents included ‘inconsiderate parking’ as one of the factors causing traffic issues on School Road. The impact survey reports an increased level of parking on that stretch of School Road at school pick up/drop off times. However the parking noted was not illegal and the narrowness of the road and lack of view from either end are also contributing factors. It is also important to note issues  occur at all times of the day and not just during school times.

Residents are calling for action to deal with the poor driving they are experiencing daily on the section of School Road from the roundabout outside Kings Heath  Primary School to the junction with Prospect and Ashfield Roads.

We are concerned that not enough consultation has been done with people who do not use Facebook and who were not aware of or did not attend, the public meetings.  

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What are the issues?

The issues faced by all users and residents of this route are:

*Drivers regularly mounting and driving along the the pavement to pass oncoming traffic.

*Aggressive behaviour from vehicle drivers including driving aggressively, verbal aggression, and physically intimidating behaviour.

* Noise caused from horns and traffic grinding to a halt at numerous times of the day and week

*Vehicles being driven at speed.

The current situation is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. It is affecting the quality of life for residents and users of this road . School Road is an important access route to  two local schools and is heavily used by children and families on foot at all times. Their safety, and that of other road users, is a risk.

You can see a video produced by School Road Action Group here: 

 

What are the solutions?

At a public meeting on 24th January 2018 six possible solutions were proposed by Councillor Trickett. They are listed below.

If you are unable to view the jpeg images we have included the six options as pdf files below . We have also included notes relating to the options produced by the council.  

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Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Option 4

Option 5A

Option 5b

Notes of Considered Options for issues relating to School Road

Feedback so far: 

These are some of the  concerns/ points we noted that were raised at the meeting and in subsequent conversations: 

*No modelling /traffic impact assessment was presented and a completed traffic survey had not been circulated. (We now have a copy of the Traffic Impact Study dated 9/10/17 – please see below)

*One way systems may need traffic calming to prevent increased speeding. Traffic calming humps are not good for motor cycles or cyclists and can increase pollution.

*It could be dangerous for cyclists to travel two ways in a one way system, but preventing them from doing that would inconvenience cyclists when we are trying to encourage more cycling and could cause cyclists to ride on pavements .

*A short two way system between two one way systems at the junction of Greenhill Road could be hazardous. This is already a difficult junction to manoeuvre out of.

*Preventing traffic turning from High St into Valentine Road would lead to more congestion and tail backs and more traffic going up Poplar Road (and possibly Woodbridge Road/St Mary’s Row / Oxford Road)

*Parking restrictions (option 4)with passing bays could be easily trialled but may not be enforced. There would be a displacement of parking to near by roads.

*The Moseley triangle, Billesley Lane & Oxford Road could all be negatively impacted by larger volumes of traffic. (Before traffic calming was put into Billesley Lane in the late 90’s there was a fatal and several very serious accidents at the junction of Dyott Road).

*Emergency vehicles may struggle to get through with options 5a & 5b. (It was suggested bollards could be removable)

*Options 5a & 5b are different to the first 4 as they discourage vehicles from the whole region as opposed to one or two roads.

*Options 5a & 5B could lead to the blocked off roads being used for car parking especially during school drop off and pick up times.

TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY

We have now obtained a copy of the Traffic Impact Study which you can see below together with all the appendices.

NB: This study was undertaken in July & August 2017 to look into the impact on surrounding roads of the original proposed one way system (School Road between Blenheim Road & Valentine Rd/Springfield Rd/Poplar Road roundabout) which went out for consultation in June/July 2017 but was not progressed.

 As the recent revised options also include one way systems along the same stretch we believe the report is still relevant although we would recommend it be updated if any of these schemes are taken further and made available as part of that consultation.

Traffic Impact Study 9/10/17

Appendix A – C1406 RTA Stats

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Diagram C1

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Tables C1-C3

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Diagram D1

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Tables D13-D16

Tables D17-D20

Diagram E1

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Tables E1-E5

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Existing Junction – AM Peak ARCADY Results

Existing Junction – PM Peak ARCADY Results

One Way Scheme – AM Peak ARCADY Results

One Way Scheme – PM Peak ARCADY Results

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What happens now:

Councillor Trickett is seeking feedback on all the 6 options with the aim of one or two  being put forward to a wider reaching public consultation and possibly trialled. 

You can send feedback to:

 Gill Brook  

David Clayfield

What are your local Lib Dems doing:

We will be talking to residents over the coming weeks to gauge public opinion and would like to hear your thoughts on all of the options. 

You can send us a message via our contact page, email moseleylibdems@gmail.com

 or call Izzy on 07784 155208

We are looking for the best solution to address the issues with the least impact on surrounding roads.  We do not want a situation  that causes further issues elsewhere.  However we also believe  the status quo is not an option.

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Neighbourhood Policing on brink of collapse

Birmingham Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion ahead of today’s city council meeting calling for the Government to increase funding. We will also call on the Police and Crime Commissioner to look at the state of community policing.

The move comes after a survey we carried out across the city revealed growing levels of dissatisfaction with the service.

You can read about the results in this article in the Birmingham Evening Mail

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Izzy has spoken to a number of Moseley residents who have been victims of crime and what we hear about the lack of contact from police is disturbing.
We have fantastic neighbourhood teams both in Moseley & Kings Heath and in Springfield but the good work built up over many years by dedicated Sergeants and their teams is being eroded and community policing skills are being lost.
Two officers from our neighbourhood team are moving on, one about now and one in the new year. I am seeking assurances they will be replaced.
They are already stretched so much they are struggling to deal with what is seen as low risk crime and anti social behaviour- but if not tackled leads to more harm in the community.
The monthly police neighbourhood tasking meeting has ceased to be a two way community/police partnership process and has become a an ‘update and contact’ meeting leaving many residents frustrated at the lack of progress on community concerns.
Birmingham’s Liberal Democrat council group will be pressing for action to stop the collapse of community policing, warning that effective local policing is vital for effective crime prevention.

 

Saving Windermere Fields

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On 5th May 2017 I went to a public meeting on Windermere Fields. It had been rumoured that Attock Cricket club were planning to take over the fields, to build a club house and extend their facilities with a new cricket pitch. Residents had already had to stop council workers from mowing some of the long grass at the side of the field, which is especially left untouched due to nesting birds and other wildlife. At the public meeting Councillor Lisa Trickett promised there would be no buildings or loss of use to dog walkers or families and a full public consultation would take place, as part of any bid to use the fields.
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On 27th June, after a long period of silence and with no public consultation having taken place, I discovered that on 19th May Springfield Councillors had signed off a Local Innovation Fund bid (council funds) for £20,000 to assist Attock Cricket club to cut hedges, cut overgrown grass, trim trees, hedges & shrubs, scarify, roll, aerate, seed and fertilise the field. Further funding had been obtained / was being considered to lay one astro turf and two grass squares at the site and for a pavilion and changing rooms. There were many inaccuracies and mis- information in the bid including that the field is neglected and under used and that the club was working with Friends of Moseley bog, neither of these statements were true. The bid had also failed to take into account the ecological and architectural importance of the fields, the impact on wildlife or the huge impact on parking and noise nuisance to residents living in close proximity to the field. Finally there was no consideration of a covenant on the land, which is believed to have been bequeathed to the city for use for dog walking and recreation. 
I further discovered that the bid was due to go to cabinet the following day, on 28th June for full approval. This was brought to the attention of about 35 residents who came to a meeting that evening at the cricket club to discuss the bid. At that meeting Councillor Rehman  declined the request to pull the bid from the next days cabinet meeting, despite the clear concerns and objections to the bid in its current form, by every resident there. Representations were then made at a Moseley Forum meeting the same evening which resulted in the bid being pulled the following day.
 
You might find it interesting to see the reason put forward for withdrawing the bid and the comments made in answer to a question by Councillor Jon Hunt (the Liberal Democrat leader) . You need to click on Cabinet Committee – Local Leadership 28th June – then no 7, Local Innovation Fund. The relevant times are 03:50, 15:20, 20:28 & 22:04 to 23:19
 On 10th July 2017 Councillor Trickett finally sent an email to some of the residents concerned putting their minds at rest that this particular development was not going ahead. 

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Wax Wings in the Fields – February 2017

I am now helping   Friends of Moseley Bog   and local residents to set up a Friends of Windermere Fields to protect this beautiful piece of open space against future, poorly thought out land grabs.  There are still opportunities for local cricket clubs to play cricket on the field, without having exclusive access. I will post further updates in due course, but if you would like to know more or to join the new friends group please contact me via my contact page. 

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