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. (John Rodgers 20th August 2017)
I can't help but think that the statement (as reported in the YEP on 7th August) that "structural changes in the licensed trade" make the Crown unviable as a public house is somewhat disingenuous given the flourishing bar scene in Boston Spa. Surely all the arguments and objections that were raised against Tesco still apply? The Crown could be a gold mine if someone opened it up as a family friendly gastropub with accommodation as they've done with the Castle Inn at Spofforth. (Andy Duffy 9th August 2017)
Very pleased to note from your latest newsletter that you recommend tables and chairs outside Tom Foolery on the High Street but not on Bridge Road. I would think (apart from the access problems) it is not very pleasant to sit next to idling traffic with all the associated pollution. (Nicola Midgley 3rd July 2017)
Disappointed to hear that the Parish Council seem to be thwarting genuine attempts for businesses to thrive in Boston Spa (Tomfoolery). The biggest issue on Bridge St (sic) are the cars who continue to park on yellow lines to nip in to the shops rather than park 1 min up the road!! Café culture is part of the appeal of Boston Spa, so curbing progressive businesses, who are only responding to consumer demand, seems contrary to the investment of small businesses attracted to the village and trying to improve the village experience. I frequent both TF and S&O and feel that we need to promote and support them to ensure their success rather than become a nanny state and sweat the small stuff (canopy over what building) which would not be detrimental to the village but provide a safe area to sit perhaps as a village we could debate the bigger issues!! (P Storrar 20th June 2017)
Parish Council response (23rd June)
The Parish Council in no way wishes to thwart the attempts of businesses to thrive in Boston Spa. We are on good terms with both establishments and acknowledge their contribution to the community and welcome their commitment to provide street food for the forthcoming Boston Spa Festival. Notwithstanding this, the PC has a duty to respond to concerns raised by residents and there were a number in relation to the tables and chairs outside Tomfoolery including one from the mother of a disabled child expressing serious concerns about the impact of the tables and chairs on Bridge Road on her being able to access the dropped kerb and cross safely. At its meeting last Monday, the Parish Council expressed the view to Ward Councillor Gerald Wilkinson that tables and chairs should be allowed on the High Street but not Bridge Road although this appears to have been disregarded by the LCC Enforcement Officer
Further to J Rodgers 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. George Hargreaves 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. John Rodgers 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."