Traffic restrictions to be updated months after introduction

Thousands of pounds are to be spend amending traffic restrictions introduced on a Barnsley one way system only months ago, following a complaint from a business.

Friday, 27th April 2018, 2:27 pm
Updated Friday, 27th April 2018, 2:36 pm
Changes: Traffic restrictions imposed only months ago are now set for an expensive change

Restrictions were introduced in the centre of Hoyland in the Autumn, following a long process of drawing up the legal documentation, following a request from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which had concerns about the free flow of traffic in the area.

There were no complaints at the time but since then Barnsley Council’s highways department have been contacted by a firm called Hoyland Furniture and Carpets about the impact of the restrictions.

The rules, called a traffic regulation order, were drawn up as a response to what highways officials called “irresponsible parking”, though it has now been accepted they could be changed to reduce the impact on the business, which is on King Street.

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However, funding for the project has to come from the South Area Council, which has its own budget to spend on improving an area across the southern suburbs of Barnsley, and members have agreed to that.

The exact cost and timescale for the work remain uncertain, though it will cost at least £3,000 and could be as much as £5,000 if there are objections to the changes.

The process will take at least six months and, if objections are raised, it would mean a report going to Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet, which has the powers to overrule them.