Agenda for Thursday 28 July 2016 Open Meeting

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Crosspool Forum Open Meeting – click for provisional agenda (PDF, 530KB)

Crosspool Forum’s Open Meeting on Thursday 28 July at St Columba’s will start at 7pm.

Come along for updates local issues including:

  • Local highways refurbishment
  • Claremont Hospital parking
  • Plough Inn closure
  • Selbourne Road Traffic Calming petition
  • Cardoness Road flooding
  • Closed circuit TV in Crosspool

You’ll also get chance to give your concerns on local issues to local councillors, the police and First Bus.

Agenda for Crosspool Forum Open Meeting, 28 July 2016 (PDF, 530KB)

Minutes from previous Open Meetings


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Crosspool flash flooding latest

An update from Amey, which came via our councillors, on flash flooding in Crosspool:

Further to concerns over Cardoness Road, Barholm Road and Dransfield Road from recent flash flooding we would like to confirm that our design engineers have been working hard to investigate and find a remedy for this issue.

Unfortunately this isnt a quick fix and we need to ensure that the correct resolution is found for this issue to avoid any recurrence in the future.

We are meeting with our contractor this week to discuss further and will keep you updated with our intentions moving forward.

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Parking problems continue around Claremont Hospital

Residents on Sandygate Park say they have been let down by a private hospital assurances to end disruptive parking by staff near their homes.

They are angry that roads near their homes are used as a car park by staff from the nearby Claremont Hospital.

Now people living nearby say they have had enough and want action by the police and the city council to end the long-running row, which is blighting their lives.

“A minority of staff at the hospital are behaving irresponsibly and inconsiderately,” said John Parsons who added that access to his home on Sandygate Park is often obstructed.

“The roads on Sandygate Park are very narrow and there is also a safety issue with people parking on Carsick Hill and Ivy Park Road – often partly on the pavement.”

Councillors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are supporting the residents and say they will back renewed calls for action.

Staff are not allowed to use the car parks at the hospital, on Sandygate Road. It seemed the problem had been solved when last year, in response to residents’ protests backed by councillors, the hospital arranged extra off-road parking for staff in the area.

Residents say those parking places are left empty with some staff refusing to walk even a few hundred yards and continuing to park on narrow residential roads in defiance of pleas from the hospital management.

Councillors Anne Murphy and Craig Gamble Pugh are determined to see action taken. It is hoped to arrange a meeting between residents and the community police officer. They also want a meeting to explain the residents’ concerns to the city council officials responsible for parking and roads.

“We were promised by the director of Claremont Hospital that staff would be encouraged to use the alternative car parking spaces but unfortunately there is a group of staff who have deliberately ignored those requests,” said Councillor Murphy.

“The residents are often elderly and in some cases disabled and access to their homes is important. This should not be happening, it’s unnecessary and we will work for a solution.”

Some residents have tried to talk to the drivers and explain the problems but say they are met with abuse and threats.

“If you challenge the (hospital) staff you are abused and residents have been threatened with being reported to the police for being ‘aggressive’,” said John Parsons.

“People have been accused of vandalising cars with no evidence or cause. In one appalling incident a pensioner in his mid-70s found two policemen at his door saying he had ‘behaved aggressively’ to two female members of (hospital) staff after he challenged their obstruction of his drive.”

He added: “With the help of our local councillors’ we did feel the problem had been resolved but it’s not the case. I can’t be optimistic after three years of trying, and five meetings with the director of the hospital that something will be done by the hospital.”

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Selborne Road safety: petition launched

A Crosspool resident has launched a petition to review the layout of Selborne Road following the fatal accident last month.

Organiser Carol Hanson said: “I have lived on Selborne Road for over 15 years and have never known such a volume of traffic. I am hoping to get some form of traffic calming measure following the tragic accident a few weeks ago. I shall be attending the Open Meeting on 28 July with fellow residents to put my case forward to the councillors etc.”

The petition can be found in many of our local shops, including Bamforths, The Post Office in Spar, GT News, Green Cross chemist, Alex Gage Optometrist and Philip James butcher.

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Summer 51 bus timetable starts

51 bus

51 bus

The 51 bus switches today to its summer service.

The new timetable also shows the changes in the Western Bank area.

51 bus servicer summer 2016 timetable

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Tesco Express Crosspool opens on Manchester Road

Tesco Express Crosspool opens on Manchester Road

Tesco Express Crosspool opens on Manchester Road

A new Tesco Express store opened this morning on Manchester Road on the former petrol station site.

The planning application for the new convenience store was approved in March 2015.

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Purse found at Summer Fayre

A young person’s purse was handed in at last Saturday’s busy Summer Fayre on Coldwell Lane.

If you have lost your purse and think it may be yours then please call 0114 266 3473, or contact the Crosspool Forum via giving a brief description and we’ll try to return it to its owner.

Also – if anyone has found a child’s pink rain mac that was lost at the Crosspool Summer Fayre on Saturday, please let us know.

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