Agenda item

Open Forum

Minutes:

Resurfacing Willows Lane
The recent resurfacing has left loose chippings which have collected at the kerbside and wasn’t cleaned up by the contractors.

Action 4: Report issues to Highways (Tracey Knight)

Resurfacing Newfield View
The recent resurfacing works don’t appear to be up to standard.  The contractors were also rude to a resident.
Action 5: Report issues to Highways and request the work is inspected (Tracey Knight)

Pot holes on Sir Isaac Newton Way
Highways have confirmed that the surface is beyond patching, and it has been included for structural maintenance during summer 2019.

Parking at Hollingworth Academy
A resident raised concerns regarding the dangerous parking situation at peak times outside Hollingworth Academy.  It was reported that the double yellow lines are faded and barely visible.
Action 6: Request repainting of double yellow lines (Tracey Knight)

Remembrance Sunday
Question submitted in advance - I would like to raise the matter of why and who was responsible for the Remembrance Day fiasco, as to why the minutes silence was carried out before the correct time, (it was carried out before 1050), and why no one will apologise.
The response from the Council -

There are a number of Remembrance parades and services that take place across the Borough each year.  A group of representatives met prior to Remembrance Sunday to plan this event.  Typically groups involved in planning these events can include representatives from a number of organisations, including the Police, the Council, Royal British Legion, Veterans Associations, and Mayor’s Office.  There is no one person or group with overall responsibility for the events, they are organised and facilitated by the collective and usually run with precision.

A walk through took place in Milnrow prior to November 11th and it was stressed that it was crucial to observe the silence at 11am.  Unfortunately on this occasion, the event in Milnrow did not run according to those pre-agreed timings.  The Council is unable to say why the band started off early, or why the service began prior to the agreed start time.  We share the disappointment of the wider community, and we understand the distress caused as a result.

We will ensure that the failings of this year’s event are fed back when plans start to be made for the event in 2019 and going forward, and we would like to reassure residents that all possible steps will be taken to ensure that there is no repeat of this unfortunate occurrence in future years.

Clean and Green request
Question submitted in advance - Overgrown brambles, etc are blocking the footpath on Two Bridges Road.
This issue has been reported to the Clean and Green Team and the work is planned for 10 December 2018.

Dangerous roads
Comment submitted in advance - Over six pet cats have been killed on the roads in Newhey in the last couple of months, not including the missing ones, they may just be animals to some, but they are people’s pets, how long before it's a human killed.

Traffic lights at Huddersfield Road junction
Question submitted in advance - Continual jumping of red lights on Huddersfield Road/Shaw Road including HGVs.  Can we not have cameras on lights?
Highways response - Cameras can only be installed if the strict national criteria are met which includes analysing collision statistics.  As there are none since the junction was signalised it will not meet the national criteria.

Parking on Huddersfield Road
A resident submitted the following question - Can we also address residents’ parking so close to junctions that it's endangering lives, only today my neighbour has nearly been hit pulling out of Travis Street off Huddersfield Road, Newhey.  This is not just one offs, it happens every day.  It has been reported before but nothing gets done, it is an accident waiting to happen.
Highways response – The current restrictions on Huddersfield Road are No Waiting Mon – Fri 8am until 6.30pm and Sat 8am until 1 pm.  Outside these times of operation there is nothing to prohibit parking. 
Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence.  You may be fined, given penalty points on your license or be disqualified from driving.  In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison.  Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’.  In addition, the rule includes an abbreviated reference to the legislation which creates the offence.

Although failure to comply with the other rules of the Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts to establish liability.  This includes rules which use advisory wording such as ‘should/should not’ or ‘do/do not’.
Rule 243 of The Highway Code does state do not stop or park, opposite or within 10 metres of a junction.  This is therefore an advisory rule which in itself cannot be enforced as stated above.