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PLANS for traffic calming measures outside three Sheffield secondary schools are set to be approved after receiving support from residents.

An overwhelming majority of people living around City School at Stradbroke, Parkwood Academy at Shirecliffe and Handsworth Grange School at Handsworth, who answered questionnaires sent out by Sheffield Council were in favour.

The proposals for streets around the three secondary schools, which are being rebuilt, are being brought before Sheffield Council’s cabinet highways committee for approval on Thursday.

Plans involve zig zag lines to ban parking, road humps, raised crossings and narrowed kerbs to slow down vehicles and reduce the potential for accidents.

The committee has also been recommended to approve plans to re-pave the small streets around Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter, in the city centre.

Those plans received a ‘very favourable response’ in public consultation, with 52 residents and business people supportive and just two against.

Streets will be resurfaced and pavements rebuilt with higher quality paving.

Some carriageways will be narrowed and footpaths widened, with a reduction in on-street parking. The scheme covers an area between Arundel Gate, Howard Street, Paternoster Road, Brown Street and Furnival Street.

A decision by Central Community Assembly to install a 20mph zone on the Wisewood estate, after consultation with residents, is to be rubber-stamped by the cabinet highways committee. It would be the third area covered by a blanket 20mph speed limit, after Shiregreen and Stradbroke.