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Residents Flock To Racecommon Road Safety Page

Friday December 20 2013




OVER 1,500 people have joined a Facebook page questioning the safety of a town centre road which has become notorious for accidents.

The 'Let's Make Racecommon Road Safe' page has hundreds of posts from residents and has stirred up a frenzy on the social networking site throughout the month.

The latest flurry of activity comes fresh from news on We Are Barnsley that a seven-year-old boy was knocked over by a car and airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries.

Others have bemoaned motorists parking on double yellow lines and blocking pavements on the area near Kwik-Fit.

Shelley Love, a driving instructor who started the group, said: "After three serious accidents in 12 months, enough is enough."

Having grew up around the area and now living on nearby St Edward's Avenue, Shelley is determined for measures to be put in place to eradicate the road's ongoing problems.

"I've always lived around here and even my dad's car was crashed into and wrote off when it was parked up," she added.

"It's the speed issue which is most concerning. It's inevitable that people will park on the road as it's near to the town centre but making it a 20mph zone would reduce accidents.

"I'd like Barnsley Council to enforce fines on illegally parked drivers and have more of a presence in the area.

"People speed to beat the traffic lights and having a camera on top would deter people from driving aggressively.

"The group wants to raise awareness, so if that's by putting posters up or making banners, every little helps."

Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, said: "I am regularly on Racecommon Road and share the concerns of local residents about the impact of the traffic there.

"It shouldn’t be a case of taking your life in your hands when crossing a road. We must do all we can to ensure that local people - especially children, the elderly and vulnerable - can navigate the street without risk of injury.

"I believe there needs to be a thorough investigation into measures which could be introduced to improve safety - particularly for pedestrians and cyclists.

"I will be working with local councillors to ensure that this issue is looked at in careful detail by Barnsley Council."

A council spokesman said: "Our highways people will be speaking with the police in the new year as part of the annual road safety assessment of the road."

The page can be found by clicking here.

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Reply Posted by Lynda on Friday December 20 2013 at 10:20
This need addressing sooner rather than later, all street need making residents only and 20mph zone and speed humps also could of with a pelican crossing half way up for people to cross safely

Reply Posted by g on Friday December 20 2013 at 10:32
always been same parking is the biggest prob especially round shaw lane at school times cars quee on to racecommon rd because shaw lanes down to 1 line of traffic but shops and businesses have to trade i used to deliver on to grafton st and bradbury st and 90%of time had to reverse back out but ha super dans on case think youd be better if a counciller moved in up there

Reply Posted by Raymond on Friday December 20 2013 at 16:49
Uncle Raymond says lets get some cameras with spikes on to bust ya speeding ass tyres if ya wanna speed ya suckas !

Reply Posted by neil on Saturday December 21 2013 at 08:42
its not about making race common rd safe??????????????????,, what about all the other roads in the country,,, its about the people what use the roads

Reply Posted by Rich Wright on Saturday December 21 2013 at 10:19
So penalise everyone with 20mph zones and speed humps for the sake of a few idiots (and I include some pedestrians in that as they don't use the road properly either)? Race common Road is a busy road carrying a lot of traffic in and out of the town every day. It would be gridlocked at peak periods doing this and damaging peoples suspension. What about enforcement and catch the culprits causing the problem and not hassling the majority of us law abiding folk?

Reply Posted by denise on Saturday December 21 2013 at 23:09
i have contacted various councillors....kath mitchell left voice mail on her phone,left messages on council phone...never replied.....tom sheard was the only one who said there was nothing they could do....all town area should have residents parking and force those who work at barnsley council..town stores..hsbc bank..barnsley college..john rideal house to park in town car parks.....disabled and sick elderly people cant get their carers or doctor anywhere near their home from 9 am till 6 pm
dan jarvis took on my fight but barnsley council replied there was no money....and people owned 2 cars.....not the case.....
if people pay car tax..then they can afford to pay for a car park ticket....

Reply Posted by harry on Saturday December 21 2013 at 23:23
Denise@ agree with most of your points,But people who pay road tax have a right to drive and park on the road as long as its not parked illegal.i understand where you are coming from,but no home owner/tenant has a right to park directly near there door unless restrictions apply.People understand this when there take the property.this happens all over the country and as I sympathy with the residents,nothing can be done as long as the car is parked with tax insurance and mot.

Reply Posted by harry on Saturday December 21 2013 at 23:28
Has for people affording to park in a carpark if there can afford to run a car,I disagree strongly. if you work in Town and it cost around Approx £25 weekly to park,then I would park as near to Town and save on the parking..

Reply Posted by Doreen on Monday December 23 2013 at 10:43
Car park across from new street clinic is 3 pound a day.

Reply Posted by yallah on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:08
Cost to legally park on side streets less than 50 yards away is zero pounds a day. No brainer.

Reply Posted by LOL on Monday December 23 2013 at 11:13
YES £15 MONDAY TO FRIDAY.FREE ON SIDE ROAD..WHAT IS UP WITH SOME FOLK..YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS TO PARK OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR..IF YOU DONT LIKE IT BUY A HOUSE WITH A DRIVE,,PROBLEM SOLVED..

Reply Posted by annoyed on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:36
Its something to park outside a house but something else to park smack outside a front door so I can't get out because that's what happens down my street off raceconmon rd,there's elderly people who can't open their doors sometimes.so for me parking permits all the way ,there's morrisons,lidl to park for a few hours n if your off to work n parking up surely you can afford the car park fee at the top of my street.rant over

Reply Posted by Kilkenny on Monday December 23 2013 at 12:40
My street you don't own the street.you dimwit!

Reply Posted by Edwardo on Monday December 23 2013 at 15:55
Don't your doors open inwards lol

Reply Posted by Edwards on Monday December 23 2013 at 15:57
But seriously surely a crossing half way up would make it easier. Roads too busy for 20mph

Reply Posted by Ted wards on Monday December 23 2013 at 16:01
Surely you could be right there Edwards@ BUT if you live near the top or near the bottom..would we all have to walk half way to cross the bloody road!

Reply Posted by Edwardo on Tuesday December 24 2013 at 08:55
Isn't there already one at the bottom?