Thursday, 12 May 2011

Back to work...

Friday 20th May update: Regarding Swan Lane, a site meeting was held today with neighbours and a SCC officer. The proposal is for another no left turn sign on the right hand side, level with the existing one (where there is an unused rear of another sign), turning the no entry sign more towards the oncoming road through the square and painted arrows on the road pointing only towards Southgate Street and Westgate Street.

But it all has to be costed, and then I have to persuade my county councillors to fund it!

Now that Suffolk County Council have taken back from the Borough Council full control of most highways matters, it will be 'interesting' to see how much easier or more difficult it is to get things done.




Issues I am currently dealing with include the question from a Kings Rd (east) resident, who asks whether Linden House can use what seems footway space for private parking. For the answer, watch this space, as ever.



Secondly, what should be done about vehicles illegally turning left down Swan Lane. Should there be another sign or a build-out, the latter being the best part of £10,000, which just isn't going to be forthcoming in the current financial climate. Maybe the site meeting next week will clarify.

6 comments:

Sylviane said...

Regarding the first problem, isn't the answer in the question? Footway: a walk or path for pedestrians... But that doesn't mean it is illegal to park in a footway, alas.

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

I don't think I made clear what the issue is, which is that residents opposite would like to use this parking opportunity. There is still a pavement either way. Thanks Sylviane for helping me clarify this.

Sylviane said...

Probably a silly question but why such a wide footway instead of parking spaces along the street? As a pedestrian, I am not keen to walk between car lanes as it is the case there. And as a car driver, I am not keen to cross the path of pedestrians. This is clearly not a safe option? If cars are to be parked on the pavement, the bollard should be moved further towards the wall, so cars and pedestrians paths don't cross.

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

Not a silly question, but one of the many I am asking.

Bury Boy said...

You dont see many cars turn down swan lane from the top of southgate street. How ever if you exit the record office car park you can turn left and travel down swan lane. Also as the road to the side of the square is PART private and PART public you could turn earlier and travel down swan lane.

In short There are sufficent signs and the money can be spent better else where for what is a limited problem. ( after all there is a no entry sign and a no left turn sign if you miss them maybe you should not be driving) the only upside is that any one turning left will slow the traffic down so that is a result.

Councillor Paul Farmer said...

That would be a bonus I hadn't thought of Bury Boy.