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Traffic measures for the Leek area are to be debated

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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A series of new traffic measures are set to be introduced at locations in Leek.

Staffordshire County Council has sent out consultation documents to the Staffordshire Moorlands Local Area Parking Committee regarding three proposed alterations in the area, two of which have also been sent to Leek Town Council for comment.

The first is a proposed speed limit change to be made at the roundabout next to the former Britannia Building Society offices on the A520.

At present, the roundabout is within a 40mph limit which continues away from Leek along Cheadle Road, while the stretch of highway running up to the town is a 30mph limit.

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A spokesman for the county council said: "A Speed Limit Review has recommended that the 30mph limit be retained, but that the 30/40mph transition should be moved so that the roundabout itself is included within the 30mph limit.

"These changes were placed onto the Divisional Highways Programme for prioritisation and implementation."

County councillor Charlotte Atkins said: "It makes it consistent and it makes sense to change the speed limit at a particular point like a roundabout."

Secondly, following requests from residents' group Action West End and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, the committee has prioritised a review of the non-mandatory zig-zag markings outside Westwood First School and St Edward's Academy, both on Westwood Road.

A spokesman for the county council said: "This proposal intends to make the existing zig-zag markings mandatory. This will allow for better enforcement when resources permit.

"It is our intention to also provide junction protection on the junction of Westwood Road and Wallbridge Drive."

Ms Atkins added: "This will allow the police to ensure that irresponsible drivers who insist on parking on zig-zags can be prosecuted."

Headteacher at St Edward's Academy, Liz Clarke, told the Post & Times: "Parking by parents along Westwood Road is a recognised problem, especially at peak times such as before and after school, so anything that will make the road safer is better.

"We do try and encourage our parents to use the Beggars Lane side of the school as that redistributes the parking from Westwood Road.

"We also encourage parents to park or drop off their children further away from the school. This is not only good for parking issues but also good for fitness for the children to walk some of the way to school."

A spokesman for Action West End added: "We would welcome any measures which would help alleviate the parking issue along Westwood Road outside the two schools.

"Residents have had an on-going concern about this issue so we are happy that the county council has listened to our concerns."

Both Leek Town Council and the Staffordshire Moorlands Local Area Parking Committee have been asked by the county council to make any comments about these two proposals by August 4. The parking committee is next set to meet tomorrow, Thursday, July 24.

A third proposal which the parking committee has also been asked about is a review of restrictions to protect Meerbrook Road. Staffordshire County Council had initially consulted about this review in November last year, but has now made some alterations due to some of the comments they received.

In a letter about the proposed changes, Angela Nutter, Community Traffic Management Officer at the authority, said: "Parked vehicles have migrated since the new parking restrictions were placed on Blackshaw Lane, from Blackshaw Lane to Meerbrook Road.

"Meerbrook Road does have the capability of allowing some on-street parking.

"However, the bend there needs protecting along with an area for vehicles to pass safely, plus we need to consider the access and egress onto various fields.

"We have also been asked to provide narrow markings if the proposal is successful."

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