TRANSPORT related issues featured at the last Hedon Town Council meeting on Thursday 12th December 2013.
We’ve already alerted readers about the radical proposal for a local transport service to help alleviate parking problems in the town, but other transport issues included:
- A petition was received signed by 54 residents complaining about Watson Drive being used as a ‘rat run’ for speeding traffic. Drivers frequently used the street as a shortcut between main roads. There was a call for some kind of traffic-calming measures. The council would send a copy of the petition to the East Riding Council with a request for a response and recommendations for tackling the problems highlighted by the residents.
- Concerns about dangers during peak-traffic times on the roads at Johnson’s Corner had been raised previously at the council. Near-miss accidents have been witnessed and reported to town councillors, however, the East Riding Council who is responsible for highways, is only able to act upon official data collected on accident rates collated by the Police, and these did not currently indicate the location as an accident spot. Town councillors were concerned that it might take a fatality at the location before action was taken. The East Riding Councillors present (Cllrs Bryan and Dennis) were asked if they could chase this issue up with the authority to see what could be done.
- The conditions around the New Road bus stop had been raised as a concern. When the stop was in use and busy, passers-by had to step onto the verge which was in a poor muddy state and currently covered in slippery dead leaves. As well as the inconvenience of stepping into the mud, it was feared that there was an increased risk of falls. Hedon Town Council would contact the responsible East Riding Council for recommendations for action.
Other issues at Hedon Town Council:
- The council’s Emergency Plan for dealing with winter conditions and severe weather needed to be updated. With the onset of snowy and icy conditions then Hedon Town Council’s powers to act and responsibility are really quite limited, but salting (not carried out by the East Riding Council) would take place on specific footpaths itemised by the plan. Currently, these are primary footpaths on: St Augustines Gate, Market Place, Church Gate, Stockwell Lane, Market Hill (outside Doctor’s Surgeries) and Town Centre Car Parks. The Emergency Plan leaflet issued last year would be re-issued where necessary.
- Hedon Town Council owns and is responsible for 14 street lights across town. A maintenance agreement is in place with the East Riding Council to take care of these. This costs approximately £300 each year.
- And finally…. Councillor David Thompson was elected as vice-chairman of Hedon Town Council and therefore becomes the new Deputy Mayor. Councillor Thompson’s wife Carole will be the new Deputy Mayoress.
The office at Hedon Town Council will close for the Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December at 3:30pm and will open again on Thursday 2nd January 2014.