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Highway Matters

Fortunately the planners saw sense and rejected the Co-op application on the grounds that it would exacerbate an already difficult traffic situation at the top of Church Street. However something needs to be done to slow down the traffic racing up and down Church Street (and other roads leading to the High Street).  A couple of months ago a car coming from Clifford, collided with three parked cars, "writing-off" two of them, before somersaulting and landing on its roof in the middle of the road.  Goodness knows how fast the driver had been going.  It was pure chance that no-one was hurt.  A few days later there was an altercation in the street when an SUV narrowly missed a dog.  Drivers see a relatively straight road and hit the accelerator.  I have to parallel park in the street and am frequently abused by drivers who have to wait while I manoeuvre, some resort to driving on the opposite pavement so they are not held up for 20 seconds.  The traffic is inevitably going to increase, with all the new developments which will need access to the High Street.  This is a residential area and some sort of traffic calming measures are urgently needed.  I know everyone hates speed bumps but in this situation they would be welcomed.  (JD 17th October 2017)

In response to Leeds City Council traffic engineers comments that they are aware that traffic tends to 'increase speed' once passed (sic) the official 30 mph sign.  Myself, being a regular walker to Wetherby would say that many vehicles do not slow down at all.  Apparently LCC traffic engineers are aware of the 'speeding' situation in this area and I look forward to seeing the 'monitoring' period results.  (JR 20th August 2017)

Further to JR's comment re the flashing speed limit sign at the west end of the village, I agree that it is in the wrong place.  A more suitable place would be before the junction of the High Street with the Clifford Moor Road.  Many dog walkers, elderly people, disabled people etc attempt to cross here to walk down Leys Lane.  The crossing here is very dangerous because the curve in the road prevents one seeing fast traffic approaching from the A1.  Can Leeds City Council be made aware of this.  GH 18th June 2017

I am trying to understand why the new 'flashing' speed information sign at the West end of the village is located several hundred yards beyond the official '30 mph' speed restriction sign. Surely it should be located (as it is as the East end of the village) just beyond the official restriction sign. JR 28th May 2017

Parish Council response (6th June)
"The sign has been positioned based on advice from Leeds City Council traffic engineers. The key risk area has been identified as being around Deepdale Community Centre as this is where the children's playground is located. The advice of traffic engineers is the locating the sign too far out (ie at the start of the 30 mph zone) has the effect of slowing traffic down there but that it would speed up again by the time it reached Deepdale.
Since the sign was installed, the Parish Council has become aware that tree coverage is partially obscuring the sign until drivers have almost reached it and have requested the City Council to undertake some pruning to ensure that it is more visible sooner.
Monitoring will be taking place over the coming months to compare traffic speeds pre and post installation and adjustments will be made if these are considered appropriate."

Re pavement parking it is indeed an unfortunate and growing problem and one of the worst areas is near the schools on Westwood Way, where it seems that parents cannot physically walk a few extra yards to get their children to the schools and must park as closely as possible to the school gate. It also seems that children have to be accompanied right up to the school door. That usually involves pavement parking and double parking and even on occasions blocking drives to the nearby houses. Staff and visitors to the schools are equally as bad and sometimes cars are so badly parked that larger delivery vehicles are unable to pass. Even a fire engine had difficulty getting past last week. Pavement parking can also prevent pedestrians and in particular residents or children in wheelchairs, or users of double buggies, getting past without going into the road. As long as the driver is OK the rest of the world can suffer. Unfortunately it seems that parking on the pavement is not illegal outside London yet by a quirk in the law it is illegal to drive over the kerbs. The Police could be encouraged to take some action over this. Whilst the PC may not have any powers to control or punish such antisocial or illicit parking they could legitimately complain to the schools and seek their help in advising parents and telling staff and visitors not to park on the pavements or to double park. There is usually space to spare on Primrose Lane but it seems that that is just too far away. DT 9th November 2016

Recent submissions on the Message Board about traffic on High Street raise some interesting points including the question of sight lines at junctions. It is an unfortunate fact that many side roads in Boston Spa have poor sight lines and in addition to Clarendon Road Westwood Way, Church Street, Bridge Road and Clifford Road are all busy and difficult due to parked vehicles. Whilst it may seem a simple solution to ban parking at such junctions in fact they all generally comply with the law or the yellow lines and in many cases the parked vehicles belong to residents or occupiers who may not have any other parking spaces. It has been suggested that banning such parking will also be safer for motorists joining High Street but in fact all the evidence shows that restricting or removing such parked cars actually speeds up traffic and that one of the cheapest and best means of slowing traffic down is to restrict the road width with parked vehicles. Even the police in Wetherby used to advocate that strategy. DT 9 November 2016

The recent accident at Clarendon Road is the latest in many over the time that I have lived in the village. Oaks Lane, Springfield and Chestnut Avenue all suffer from vehicles parking too close to their entrances and blatantly parking on the H bar. Traffic speeds up upon leaving the village centre and as a dog walker who crosses over to Deepdale twice a day, I can say with utter certainty that most cars are speeding. We need a crossing and double yellow lines and a flashing speed limit sign in this area. However, I won't hold my breath as I have tried in the past to appeal to LCC for double yellow lines. My fear is that it will have to be a fatal accident before action is taken. PO 7th November 2016

The recent traffic accident at the junction of High St and Clarendon Road came as no surprise. I regularly turn right out of that junction towards the village and it is extremely hard to see glimpses of oncoming traffic between the parked vehicles. Whilst many of the vehicles currently parking there may be tradesmen on the Moorlands development, the problem predates this building site. There should be double yellow lines to prevent anybody, not just Moorlands people, parking in drivers' line of sight. A secondary factor is the speed at which cars zoom along this stretch out of Boston Spa towards the A1. Parking restrictions at this junction would at least make life a little safer and prevent another terrible accident. ES 29th October 2016

Parish Council response (28th October)
The Parish Council has reported the problem of vehicles parking too near to the junction on a number of occasions to our local PCSOs, the last time was in fact the morning of the incident (26th October). Naturally it is frustrating as it appears nothing was done about it. Speaking to a traffic officer following the accident, he suggested the following action, which we will urgently implement:

1. Contact the Police and Crime Commissioner asking for support in order to get the police to rigorously enforce the parking distance rule at the junction.
2. Contact Leeds City Council Highways in order to review arrangements at the junction so that the line of sight problem is resolved.

We understand these vehicles parked there are tradespeople working at the Moorlands development. We will check with LCC Planning Department whether a condition of the permission for this development was that all vehicles should be parked on site.

The PC would encourage residents to register their views on the issue, particularly if they have had direct experience of attempting to exit the junction. Naturally our thoughts are with those affected by the events on Wednesday.

Today there has been a very bad accident on the High Street at the junction with Clarendon Road. This was an accident waiting to happen as there has regularly been a line of cars parked on the village side of Clarendon Road. This same day at 9.20 am I only just managed to avoid an accident as I pulled out into the High Street. It is impossible to see if anything is coming up the road from the right. Vehicles must not be allowed to park so close to the entry onto the High Street.  JP 26th October 2016

Perhaps something will now be done to address the parking problem at the end of Clarendon Road/High Street now there has been a serious accident. AD 26th October 2016

There has now been a third road accident in less than a year all between the Vet's and Deepdale, which this time required the person to be cut out of their car and the air ambulance attending the scene. Something needs to be done sooner rather than later - we don't need a crystal ball to see what's coming next! GC 27th October

Attending the last Parish Council meeting (15/08/2016) a lady member of the public who lives near/on Bridge Road raised concerns regarding traffic mounting the pavement at the High Street end of Bridge Road. Today (25/8), just before 1.00 pm I was in a line of traffic (coming from Thorp Arch) waiting to gain access to the High Street. The road was busy and the tail back quite long as there was a bus in the line. A young lad (teenage) was on the pavement (just before the bus stop) making his way up the road. No less than 5 cars had mounted the pavement from the High Street forcing him to get out of the way. I had never witnessed this practice before and can now quite understand why this lady raised her concerns at the meeting. Perhaps it's time for some action to be taken by the appropriate authority... but who? KH 26th August 2016

 

I wrote a number of months ago asking about a traffic survey at Deepdale and also asking when the last one was done but my letter/request doesn't appear to have been published.  I did get an email response which advised me a traffic survey had been done but not when and also gave me information about a plan to change the village centre.  Please could you let me know when the last traffic survey was carried out in the Deepdale area.  RK 14th May 2016



The second car accident in under six weeks happened this morning at the junction of High Street and Westwood Way.  Is there any progress with the traffic calming measures?  SC 22nd March 2016

Any chance of a crossing near Church Fields?  There are so many children needing to cross the road to get to school or get to the bus stop and the volume of traffic can make it difficult and dangerous for them to cross. JJ 2nd March 2016

Further to the message from April 2015 regarding another village crossing, please could I ask when the last traffic survey was carried out?  Also how often can these be carried out to gain an accurate view of traffic flow on the roads.  I firmly believe that near the children's play area there should be a safer crossing place that is not as far away as the centre of the village. RK 4th January 2016

Parish Council response - The Parish Council has for many years petitioned Leeds City Council for a pedestrian crossing at the west end of the village.  Unfortunately the surveys that have been undertaken have consistently shown that traffic volumes are nowhere near to meeting the criteria set by the City Council.  Although the last survey was some time ago, the level of traffic was less than 20% of that required for action to be taken.  Notwithstanding this, the Taylor Wimpey planning consent in relation to the Church Fields development does, however, require off-site highways works including traffic calming measures to mitigate the impact of the additional traffic.  Discussions have been taking place for some time between TW and LCC in consultation with the Parish Council to determine how these requirements can best be met.  The deadline for completion of the work is when the last house is occupied, which is not far off.  As such, the Parish Council continues to press TW and LCC for action on this and has expressed its disappointment at the speed of progress.  We are currently waiting for a response to our most recent request for an update, which was sent on 22nd December and will continue to press for the works to be agreed and competed as quickly as possible

Hi, thank you for your continued hard work on communicating around the neighbourhood plan.  Are there plans to include any more pedestrian crossings in the village?  My understanding was that this was to feature as the village and population grew and I am nervous that a child may be injured or worse as the volume and speed of crossing increases.  LG 23rd April 2015

Parish Council response - Thanks for your kind words about the Neighbourhood Plan.  There are no specific proposals to increase the number of pedestrian crossings as these are expensive and have to meet quite specific criteria about traffic numbers and speeds and actual 'demand' from people trying to cross the road.  On every survey carried out so far by the Highways Department of Leeds City Council, we have failed to get anywhere near the necessary numbers.  However, the intention is that we will try and get the speed limit for traffic reduced and in doing this may deter through traffic.  In the longer term we hope that a 'shared space' design for the centre of the village will create a more pedestrian-friendly environment.