Traffic signal lights bid is still up in the air
Denholme councillors say they are “deeply disappointed” that Bradford Council has scuppered plans for traffic signal lights at a dangerous road junction in the village.
They have now asked them to reconsider putting Led arrow lights on New Road as part of a proposed housing development.
Bailey Bros Builders applied to build 35 houses on a field at the junction of New Road and Long Causeway in June, having previously consulted with villagers and Denholme Town Council.
During this consultation they presented a number of different road improvements to New Road, which already has heavy traffic flows, to help it cope with the new homes and traffic.
The town council recommended new traffic signal lights be built at the site, and it was the most popular option with the public too. But when the application was submitted there were no lights, or roundabout, instead the road improvements would consist of new road markings and signs.
The document said dropping the traffic signal light plans was at the request of Bradford Council, with officers saying it was “inappropriate” from a highways safety perspective. The Town Council says it has no objections to housing on the site, but wants Bradford to re-consider their traffic plans.
A letter written by town council clerk Alison Swiszczowski to Bradford planning officers says: “We are deeply disappointed that the Highways Department have persuaded the developers not to pursue a signalised junction to give access to the development and connect a traffic signal lights manufacturer, which was the preferred option of both Denholme Town Council and the residents attending the exhibition.
“We would urge the highways department to reconsider this.”
She goes on to say that a recent traffic survey showed almost 3,000 vehicles used the road during the peak morning period and 3,500 in the evening peak period, and adds: “Any vehicle attempting to access or exit the development will do so with some difficulty without a traffic signal light.”
A Bradford Council spokesman said they planned to decide on the application either by the end of the month or in September.
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