Regarding Coun Peter Price’s letter about the daffodils on Woolley Wood Road, between Shiregreen and Wincobank, being replaced after new cables were laid. This is welcome news because this stretch of Woolley Wood Road used to be a delight at this time of year, with the woods on one side, and verges covered in daffodils and the trees and bushes on the other side. Trees overhung the road from both sides and created a beautiful avenue effect in summer.
Coun Price did not mention however, how hundreds of trees and bushes on the opposite side to the woods have been hacked down recently, revealing not only the railway line to Barnsley all alongside the road, but also the industrial estate beyond.
The once pleasant drive is now blighted by a huge crane storage site, a metal recycling yard and a great wasteland that used to house a steelworks, and other businesses, along with the railway line. I have lived in the area for more than 60 years and have never seen the foliage hacked back in this way before. A nice pleasant road has been reduced to an eyesore on one side.
I also note that Coun Price has mentioned that Shiregreen was the first estate to have its road resurfaced under the Streets Ahead scheme, and he points out that the main roads have not been done yet because it will cause traffic disruption. This is exactly the point that I, and many other people, have mentioned in your column over the last couple of years, as our main roads are a disgrace.
The idea that you resurface all the small back streets on the estate that carry the least traffic, but omit the main roads that carry all the heavy traffic and the bus routes, seems counterproductive as these roads are collapsing in places. The excuse for not doing them yet is because of the disruption to traffic. If they had completed the side roads, and then moved onto the main roads, how could that have caused more disruption to the traffic than it will when they get around to doing the job at some point in the future?
There are several roads which join one side of the estate to the other, so closing some stretches of the main roads for a couple of days should only cause minor disruption. Maybe if we had a law where motorists could sue the council for cumulative damage caused to their vehicles over a period of time, the sinking, pothole- riddled, patched-up mess we have now would have been quickly attended to.
Ironically, tens of thousands of pounds were spent on making the estate a 20mph zone, where it is now perfectly normal to see traffic on Hartley Brook Road whizzing along at closer to 40mph. Sadly the current problems on Shiregreen’s roads far outweigh a few hundred daffodils bulbs on Woolley Wood bottom.