Manchester Road electronic speed signs return

This week the speed indication displays returned to Manchester Road.

As well as showing drivers how fast they are going, the signs also display a happy face for vehicles travelling under the speed limit and a sad face for those exceeding it.

The idea is that they slow cars down by making drivers aware when they are driving at unsafe speeds. The speed limit for this stretch of road is 30mph.

Two speed indication displays were installed in a similar location last summer for a few weeks. We’ll report back anything we hear about the data collected.

Background information about Manchester Road speed signs

Manchester Road speed signs return
The electronic speed signs on Manchester Road have returned

Crosspool Coffee Shop closes: property to be sold as a house

The coffee shop situated on the plot between Manchester Road and Lydgate Lane has now closed.

An application to change the use so it could become a house was accepted by the council last year. The two-bedroomed property been put on the market for £264,950 and now includes planning consent for a drive.

Former Crosspool coffee shop, 315 Lydgate Lane property on rightmove.co.uk

Crosspool coffee shop, 315 Lydgate Lane
The former Crosspool coffee shop at 315 Lydgate Lane: now being sold as a house

Comment on convenience store planning appeal before Wednesday 26 January

The window for residents to comment on the appeal for the proposed convenience store on Lydgate Lane in the premises currently occupied by Motor World closes on Wednesday 26 January.

Grounds of appeal document for 10/02657/FUL (PDF, 584KB)

The detail is in the document. If you read it you will see that the appeal:

  • challenges the council to demonstrate that the extension would cause any detriment to pedestrian or traffic safety and the free flow of traffic
  • will show that the perceived level of harm is not so great as to warrant the refusal of the development in terms of:
    1 – the need for further car parking in a local centre and whether the lack of off-street parking will lead to an increase in street parking in the immediate locality to the detriment of road users
    2 – whether the development can provide adequate on-site servicing arrangements

If you have a view on the appeal then please submit your comments using one of the methods below before this Wednesday 26 January:

  • online at www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk. In the case reference box, insert the number 2140979
  • by emailing teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423
  • in writing by post, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423/A/10/2140979/NWF and enclosing three copies of your letter. The address is: Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18A, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

Consultation on Broomhill Crookes Road junction changes

Local residents are being consulted on two options to make it easier to cross the road in Broomhill at the Crookes Road/Fulwood Road/Nile Street/Whitham Road junction.

One proposal would see vehicles banned from turning left from Fulwood Road into Crookes Road and an extra crossing inserted on Fulwood Road between the benches outside Cream coffee shop and Help the Aged:

Broomhill Crookes Road junction proposals - option 1
Broomhill junction proposals option 1 - click to download PDF (983KB)

The other option includes a slip road from Fulwood Road up to Crookes Road and would result in the loss of two parking spaces from the adjacent shopping parade.

Broomhill Crookes Road junction proposals - option 2
Broomhill junction proposals option 2 - click to download PDF (983KB)

Any changes will be of interest to readers of this website as they could indirectly affect the flow of traffic on both Lydgate Lane and also Manchester Road, two of the key routes up to Crosspool.

A Sheffield Star article says that members of Broomhill Forum have indicated a preference for the second option but final judgement is being reserved until more views are known.

Read and comment on full details of both proposals

Bole Hills tree planting and Friends group meeting

On Wednesday this week there is a meeting in the Bole Hills pavilion to discuss the proposed tree planting on Bole Hills Rec and also the possible formation of a Friends of Bole Hills community group.

For more information contact Edward Thatcher, Community Forester on  0114 273 4303 or email edward.thatcher@sheffield.gov.uk.

Information about Bole Hills tree planting (Word document, 1.4MB)

Bole Hills meeting on Wednesday 19 January 2011 flyer (Word document, 1MB)

Bole Hills meeting flyer
Bole Hills meeting flyer (Word document, 1.4MB)

Sandygate Road pedestrian crossing plea rejected

A request to install traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the Sandygate Road/Coldwell Lane/Carsick Hill Road junction is set to be rejected by Sheffield City Council.

Highways officers investigated the feasibility of a scheme but concluded that there were other sites in the South West Community Assembly area with a higher number of accidents where money would be better spent.

If you are interested in hearing more about the report then it is due to be discussed at the assembly meeting on Monday at Wesley Methodist Church in Crookes.

Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road junction
Sandygate Road, Coldwell Lane and Carsick Hill Road junction

Convenience store grounds of appeal information published

The grounds of appeal for Lydgate Lane convenience store planning application 10/02657/FUL have now been published on the Sheffield City Council website. You can download a PDF of it here:

Grounds of appeal document for 10/02657/FUL (PDF, 584KB)

The detail is in the document. If you read it you will see that the appeal:

  • challenges the council to demonstrate that the extension would cause any detriment to pedestrian or traffic safety and the free flow of traffic
  • will show that the perceived level of harm is not so great as to warrant the refusal of the development in terms of:
    1 – the need for further car parking in a local centre and whether the lack of off-street parking will lead to an increase in street parking in the immediate locality to the detriment of road users
    2 – whether the development can provide adequate on-site servicing arrangements

If you have a view on the appeal then please submit your comments using one of the methods below before 26 January 2011:

  • online at www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk. In the case reference box, insert the number 2140979
  • by emailing teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423
  • in writing by post, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423/A/10/2140979/NWF and enclosing three copies of your letter. The address is: Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18A, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

Den Bank Drive tree removed

Remains of tree on Den Bank Drive
Remains of tree on Den Bank Drive

On 21 December, residents of Den Bank Drive returned from work to discover that a tree had been removed without warning from a grass verge on the street.

A card was left to say that the tree was dead, although according to residents it had full blossom last Spring.

Further enquiries to Street Force reveal that the tree had been inspected earlier on in the year and was diagnosed as infected. There is no budget available to pay for a replacement tree in the current financial year.

Den Bank Drive resident Mark Shipman commented: “I am upset that the tree was removed without any communication until afterwards.”

Revised convenience store appeal letter sent out

Following yesterday’s mix up regarding the closing date for commenting on the convenience store planning application appeal, a revised letter has now been sent out. This second letter features the new deadline date of 26 January 2011.

A copy of the new letter is below. If you have a view on the appeal then please submit your comments in one of three ways:

  • online at www.pcs.planningportal.gov.uk. In the case reference box, insert the number 2140979
  • by emailing teamp7@pins.gsi.gov.uk, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423
  • in writing by post, quoting Planning Inspectorate Reference APP/J4423/A/10/2140979/NWF and enclosing three copies of your letter. The address is: Planning Inspectorate, Room 3/18A, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN

The original application was rejected on the grounds of unsuitable/insufficient car parking accommodation and inadequate on-site servicing provision and servicing from the highway.

Revised appeal letter 1
Revised appeal letter 1
Revised appeal letter 2
Revised appeal letter 2