TRAFFIC/HIGHWAYS ISSUES – POOL

I have recently been chasing the Highways Department as I am not happy with the speed of their implementation of the following two schemes, set out below. These are the most recent responses in respect of both:

WORKS TO REDUCE SPEEDING TRAFFIC POOL BANK NEW ROAD/POOL BANK ROAD,

“I refer to your email in regards to the above.

If you are unaware the traffic management section has seen some significant changes in recent months with engineers being seconded to other projects and officers leaving under ELI. Andy Merckel is currently working primarily on the Tour de France project for the next month or so, but is still trying to keep his current commitments progressing. We have therefore found it difficult to progress some schemes as quickly as we would have liked.

To try and ease the pressure we have recently appointed a new member of staff within the traffic team on a temporary basis commencing on the 6th January and his first task will be to progress the improvement measures on Pool Bank New Road which Andy has previously described.

I will ask this new officer to assess your request in relation to extending the double white line system and once we have a drawing prepared and have undertaken your assessment we will write formally to you for your comments.

I trust the above is of assistance and explains the present position.”

REVISED SPEED LIMIT AND HGV SIGNAGE, LOWER OLD POOL BANK

“I would just like to confirm that this issue will also be progressed by the new Engineer starting in the Traffic Management Team this coming Monday as detailed in my previous email to you today in relation to Pool Bank New Road.

Whilst we will commence the feasibility, design and consultation element this financial year, due to the legal process we have to follow it will not be implemented until the next financial year. Once we have prepared the plans we will write to you formally as part of the statutory consultation process.”

I am trying to get a meeting set up as quickly as possible with the new engineer to discuss how the work can be prioritised.