by prestwichfocus on 11 May, 2017
Following a long investigation by your local Councillors, the Council has confirmed that two major 20mph schemes in Holyrood Ward are now NOT going ahead.
Five years ago Bury Council’s Labour administration announced that all residential roads in the Borough would be made 20mph in it’s “Streetsafe” scheme. Since then only one scheme in Holyrood Ward has been completed – St Margaret’s Road and (part of) Polefield Road.
Last year the Council undertook two major consultation for two additionl schemes:
– “Poppythorn Road Area” (Nursery, Poppythorn, Glebeleands, Langley etc)
– “Heaton Park Area”, the entire area between Bury Old Road and Heywood Road
Now it has been confirmed that both these schemes have been abandoned, despite the fact that 19 other schemes in the rest of Bury ARE going ahead. Apparently the Poppythorn Road area scheme is on a ‘reserve’ list, but the Heaton Park scheme isn’t.
We also asked what was happening to the other areas that Streetsafe hadn’t yet got to the consultation stage of (in Holyrood Ward this is the area of Whitefield to the south of the motorway (Tamworth Avenue etc), and Simister village. Residents have also raised concerns about parts of Heywood Road that particularly suffer from speeding traffic. There are no plans for any works in any of these areas.
We are concerned that this is a very poor deal for our area. Not everybody likes 20mph schemes, but there are sometimes roads that do particularly suffer from speeding traffic where this can be a good option.
There are a number of things we are going to continue to pursue around speeding traffic, particularly whether there are other ways of addressing this on some of our roads.
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