Speeding traffic becomes battleground as politicians fight to win key seat in Sheffield local elections

Council chiefs have agreed to review speeding traffic in a Sheffield neighbourhood following hundreds of complaints.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 11:45 am

More than 420 residents around Mosborough High Street signed a petition amid claims several cars were written off on one street.

One Mosborough High Street resident said they had three parked cars written off after speeding vehicles crashed into them, while a High Street resident claimed they had four parked cars written off.

The issue has become a battleground between Labour and the Liberal Democrats, who both view Mosborough as a key seat to win in the local elections.

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Kurtis Crossland.

The petition was presented at a council meeting by Kurtis Crossland, Liberal Democrat candidate, last month.

The council originally said there had been an “unprecedented increase” in requests for cameras around the city and it could be some time before any enforcement happened.

Now Labour candidate and sitting councillor Tony Downing has promised the council will review traffic and set up a panel to bring residents together with the police and highway officers.

Coun Downing and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts say they have surveyed residents to understand their concerns.

Coun Downing said: “Labour are committed to making our roads safer and only recently we announced 20 mph zones for Westfield and Waterthorpe.

“But we know that much more needs to be done and I have had an awful lot of comments about speeding. The council can’t just set up speed cameras, that responsibility is with South Yorkshire Police, but we will all work on this together to best tackle this issue.”

Speed camera locations are decided using set criteria, including past accidents. Highway officers advise road humps should not normally be placed on main roads.

Coun Downing also said Labour had recently secured a pedestrian crossing at Halfway. Mr Crossland had repeatedly pushed for one and had presented a petition of more than 500 signatures at a council meeting recently. Residents had been asking for a crossing for more than a decade.

Other candidates standing in Mosborough include Mark Thomas Finney, Conservative Party; Julie White, Green Party; and Adam Wood, Reform UK.