Traffic banned despite protest

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TRAFFIC restrictions costing £350,000 outside three schools have been approved despite a last-ditch protest by residents opposed to a one-way scheme.

Sheffield Council cabinet highways committee passed proposals for streets around All Saints and Seven Hills Schools, on the edge of Sheffield city centre and Stocksbridge School.

Both are required as a condition of planning permission for rebuilding at the sites.

The decision was made despite a protest by residents against plans to make Norfolk Park Road one way.

It runs to the south of the site where All Saints and Seven Hills are being rebuilt. The restriction was deemed necessary because of increased traffic.

Residents says it would make it difficult to drive to the south and even the doctor’s surgery as they would have to go via the congested Granville Square gyratory.

Highways officers said a survey of several hundred residents closest to the roads and consultation with schools, found people supported the plans.

Gus Hill, of Norfolk Park Avenue, urged councillors to consider an alternative plan which involved keeping Norfolk Park Road two-way, but with parking restrictions.

He said their plans had been handed to officers but he complained they had not been consulted on, when they would be cheaper than the one-way.

Mr Hill said: “The one-way is badly-thought out and unnecessary. Officers only consulted with residents in a very small area. Many people living just a few streets further away who use it and will be adversely-affected were not given the chance to give their views.

“Proper consultation has not been carried out. Please reconsider our proposal.”

Councillors said there wasn’t sufficient time for another consultation as traffic-calming had to be implemented before the buildings opened in September, a requirement of planning permission.

They ‘reluctantly’ agreed to implement the officers’ recommended plan. It includes:

n a cycle lane on Norfolk Park Road in the opposite direction to traffic

n relocation of a crossing on Granville Road, making Claywood Road one-way

n building islands on Granville Road to make it easier for pedestrians to cross.

Councillors approved plans around Stocksbridge School, including kerb build-outs on Pot House Lane and Victoria Road, traffic calming on Shay House Lane and a pedestrian crossing on Glebelands Road.