Sheffield Council vows to take action over 'speeding rat run' complaints

People power has scored a victory after council chiefs vowed to take action against speeding motorists using a quiet residential street as a 'rat run'.

Monday, 10th July 2017, 11:54 am
Updated Thursday, 31st August 2017, 2:03 pm
Gill Furniss MP.

Angry residents claim taxis and other vehicles are using Firth Park Crescent in Firth Park as a thoroughfare.

It is claimed many of them are driving at well above the 20mph speed limit - which was only introduced recently in a bid to crack down on speeding motorists.

Councillor Jack Scott.

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But following letters to councillors and Hillsborough and Brightside MP Gill Furniss, Sheffield Council has now vowed to increase the number of parking enforcement visits in a bid to reduce the problems.

Neville Levick, who penned the letters, described how he and his wife are so fed up with the issues blighting the area they now considering leaving Firth Park after 47 years.

He wrote: "Over the last five years our road - Firth Park Crescent - has become the taxi rank of Firth Park with many out of town taxis parking here.

"Our road is being used as a rat run between Firth Park Road and Bellhouse Road and with resident's cars parked on both sides it becomes a bottleneck when a stalemate situation occurs when no driver is willing to give way."

Firth Park Crescent in Firth Park. Picture: Google

He added: "Many cars ignore the recently painted double yellow lines at the bottom of Firth Park Crescent and since the 20mph speed limit was introduced nobody takes any notice with cars travelling in excess off the speed limit both ways along the restricted highway. "

Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport at Sheffield Council, said: "This is clearly a problem that we need to take action on.

"We’re monitoring the traffic speeds in the new 20mph zone to see if this is helping to address issues in Firth Park Crescent and nearby.

"I’m also working with local councillors Alan Law, Abdul Khayum and Abtisam Mohammed to increase the number of parking enforcement visits that take place locally."

Councillor Jack Scott.

A spokeswoman for Gill Furniss said they had not received the letter from Mr Levick but will "take up the case immediately as it arrives."

She added: "Parking and traffic issues are ongoing issues and Gill shares the concerns of her constituents and will do everything to try to resolve them."

The spokeswoman said four penalty charge notices were recently issued following extra patrols.

Firth Park Crescent in Firth Park. Picture: Google