Hundreds protest over yellow lines proposals

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HUNDREDS of people are objecting to plans for new parking restrictions in a Sheffield suburb.

Sheffield Council has received a 277-signature petition against the proposed yellow lines on Main Road, Darnall.

But officials are recommending the restrictions are approved at a meeting of the council’s cabinet highways committee tomorrow to control parking around the site of the proposed new Darnall Health Centre and allow people to cross the road easily.

The facility will accommodate two existing GP practices as well as providing a base for community health services.

As well as double yellow lines, other plans on Main Road include providing a new right turn lane into the health centre, a pedestrian refuge island in the centre of the road and relocation of bus stops.

The council said it asked 100 households and businesses along the road for their views, and it received 18 replies, two thirds of which fully or partially supported the changes.

The petition was collected and sent in by patients at the Michael Dewar Dental Surgery, who complained about the proposed double yellow lines, needed so the pedestrian refuge can be installed.

They argued that people would no longer be able to be dropped off directly outside the surgery causing severe difficulty for those with disabilities who are currently escorted to the premises.

But council officers said the need for people to be able to cross the road safely outweighed the dental surgery patients’ needs.

The same committee meeting is also set to approve 14 minor changes on Ecclesall Road and Ecclesall Road South.

The aim of the work is to reduce congestion.

It involves altering existing road markings and parking restrictions.

The project will cost £8,000 and includes providing right turn lanes off Ecclesall Road South into Gisborne Road and Ringinglow Road.