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Councillor Knocked Back By Council

Wednesday July 24 2013

Cllr Tim Cheetham Cllr Tim Cheetham

A COUNCILLOR who wants speed bumps removed was knocked back by the council because it has not got enough money.

Cllr Tim Cheetham said he had been told the ageing traffic measures on Royston's Midland Road cannot be removed due to finances.

He said it will cost about £50,000 to remove the seven speed bumps as well as remove a chicane, signs and carry out white line work.

Talks had been held about the busy street following development proposals for the old Royston High School site including a supermarket and new housing, he said.

South Yorkshire Transport Executive was also asked to help fund the removal of the speed bumps, he said, but were unable to provide funding for it. Developers Kier Property Developments have not offered to help have them removed, Cllr Cheetham added.

Fellow Royston councillor Graham Kyte said in April the speed bumps were installed about 15 years ago and were 'causing more harm than good'.

He said bus company Stagecoach had also complained about them damaging buses.

Cllr Cheetham said the restrictions have also raised concerns from the emergency services because they affect their response times.

"We've felt all along that the speed bumps have served their time.

"We will keep feeding it back in to the council until they're removed."

Diane Hall, who runs florist Willow Floral Design, in Midland Road, said she felt Royston was being neglected.

She said lorries, cars buses and motorbikes all pass over the speed bumps, including the one outside her business, causing such terrible vibrations that cracks are forming in the walls above her shop.

When wagons and buses come over the bump too quickly they cause tremors, Diane said.

"I'm very disappointed," she said. "What's my next step? Is it to get a structural survey done and go back to the council? What do they suggest I do?"

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Reply Posted by Anon on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 09:38
I've lived in Royston many years and all the speed bumps have accomplished is damage to vehicles, my car alone has had enough suspension/exhaust replacements to normally last 4 cars or more!! If I could prove its the bumps I would bill the council!!

Reply Posted by Brian on Sunday July 28 2013 at 18:20
I take it you are a woman driver then?


Reply Posted by Ackerman on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 09:53
Don't need speed bumps in barnsley, cant go over 25 MPH due to all the pot holes

Reply Posted by Mark on Wednesday July 24 2013 at 14:24
Royston councillors wanted these speed humps and campaigned to have them installed. Now they want them taking out. What another waste of public money - they should be ashamed.

It could only be Barnsley council who would incur costs of £50k to remove these ridiculous obstacles. I am confident that they could be removed by an efficient operator for a mere fraction of that cost.

Reply Posted by Tony on Sunday July 28 2013 at 17:21
I hate speed bumps but if they drove over at a slow speed they don't cause any damage. More damage to cars is done by driving up kerbs

Reply Posted by dd on Sunday July 28 2013 at 18:06
tony. cars shouldn't be driving up kerbs. drop kerbs only. pavements are for pedestrians.

Reply Posted by Billy on Monday July 29 2013 at 12:12
"Councillor Knocked Back" What kind of journalism is this? - it reads like a teenagers text message.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Monday July 29 2013 at 14:23
Of Course Kier developments have not mentioned or offered to get involved/part finance them, it's SIMPLE - make it part of their planning permission.... i.e. unless you get involved in improving the roads/supporting the community then planning shouldn't be granted.

Reply Posted by Stevo on Monday July 29 2013 at 15:52
That is exactly what BMBC do these days isn't it?

If you want your planning permission you have to pay your bribe.

Reply Posted by hally on Friday August 16 2013 at 20:24
Ive driven through Royston several days a week since the speed bumps have been in place. Drive slowly over them because thats what they are designed for...to slow you down. Better than speed cameras !!

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