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Mum Urges Action On Previously Quiet Cul-De-Sac

Monday October 21 2013

Cllr Roy Miller Cllr Roy Miller

"HAS a child got to get killed before they do anything?" That's what one mum said about Barnsley Council after her warnings that a new housing development has turned her quiet cul-de-sac into a traffic hazard.

Gemma Crookes, who lives on Fenn Road, Tankersley, said the new 20-home development had extended the cul-de-sac and meant twice as much traffic was now fighting to get through.

She said: "Fenn Road was a quiet cul-de-sac and kids got used to playing out on the street. Now they've put new pavements in, which has narrowed the road, and there are big lorries coming through delivering topsoil - they have to go up on the pavements to get past.

"The speed limit is 30mph which is much too fast for the amount of traffic now coming through."

Mrs Crookes is calling for traffic calming measures and she and other residents have voiced their fears to the police who referred them to Barnsley Council's highways department.

Mrs Crookes, who works part-time at a hair salon, said: "Highways told us there have been no accidents on the road for the last three years, and if anything happens, we have got to phone the police. Has a child got to get killed before they do anything?"

She said her eight-year-old daughter and other local children had made posters and leaflets appealing to drivers to slow down, and were delivering them door to door in Fenn Road.

"We would like 10mph signs or speed humps - at 5pm it's like the M1 here," she said.

She claimed the new estate was also putting pressure on drainage and sewage systems. "The street smells of sewage - we think a sewage pipe has been wrongly fed into a rainwater drain."

Barnsley Council said any speeding issues should be raised with South Yorkshire Police.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: "While road safety remains a key priority for the council, we no longer have the funding available to finance physical traffic calming schemes, such as road humps.

"We will carefully monitor the area and if there does appear to be issues with speeding we will work with our police colleagues to address them.

"As to the sewerage and drainage, the new housing estate has been through the full planning process, which takes drainage into account.

"If people in the area identify specific issues they should report them to us via email at roads@barnsley.gov.uk or on 773555 and we will work with the responsible authority - be that ourselves, Yorkshire Water, or the developer - to sort them out."

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Reply Posted by TheWomble on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:01
Obviously, the coverage Roy Miller and Cllr Houghton get on WAB is enough to make many people sick and to be quite honest, it gives a face an advedrtisement, so c'mon WAB, why are you doing this? Is it because you think we are all thick? Personally, I think WAB is bias and promoting these Cllr's. WAB has become a political ally of BMBC... My opinion, of course, but what does everyone else think... I think you should omit these faces and put the Barnsley Crest on instead... not these politically motivated pictures! JUST SAYING...

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:18
haha! there's just no pleasing some people on here. ''wab is biased and promoting these cllrs' is the most ridiculous thing i've ever read... and i've read some rather daft things!!!

Reply Posted by chris on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:09
delete WAB then muppet!!.....simple!!...............ohh JUST SAYING!! X

Reply Posted by Jay on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:10
Come on love the lorries are going to stop coming through once the work has finished not like they are building a factory is it
Maybe as a parent you should be teaching your kids some road sence

Reply Posted by justin sayin on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:31
it just highlights a problem faced all over the borough, new housing is needed but unfortunately builders want to sneak houses in some tight spots, a gap between two houses suddenly becomes a road leading to 100 houses. the tankersley area has single lane roads leading in to it, going in to pilley you take your life into your own hands yet more houses are being built and more are waiting for planning. all this is fine but the roads need widening, street lighting , amenities need upgrading too but these issues never get done like all round the barnsley area. So i do agree with the lady worrying about her children the whole area needs looking at and not just some house builder finding a bit of cheap land and banging a new settlement up, just sayin

Reply Posted by Chsrlie on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:32
Maybe you should teach your children not to play on the street and use your drives rather than park on the road I think you will find as the building work has nearly finnished the only large vehicles will be bin wagons.

Reply Posted by kylie on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:38
Exactly. If my child were 8 and the road on which they play was busy they would be in the garden and not on the street. It is her responsibility as a parent to ensure the safety of her child which doesn't just mean moaning about the street being busy.

Reply Posted by Rebekah on Monday October 21 2013 at 15:46
Why should she teach her kids road sense?? If you read it it says that her kids and others on the estate play on pavements, which is totally acceptable if there's no park, when I was growing up I was always playing out of the garden asking as I was in before dark, what if this lady has no garden it's common these days kids should be able to play on a pavement safely without an issue of a lorry mounting the pavement

Reply Posted by DaveE on Monday October 21 2013 at 16:03
There's no reason why traffic through a residential area should be going more than 5mph. Ok, so they can't play on the road any more, but kids shouldn't be in fear of being mown down by some b**d who doesn't give a toss about the people who live there.

Look up "Traffic Regulation Orders" for a cheap & simple option.

Reply Posted by dci jones on Monday October 21 2013 at 16:47
you can easily be traced through your ip address,you will be getting a visit,

Reply Posted by Anon on Monday October 21 2013 at 16:59
If you truly are a police officer, you may like to look at some of the other foul and disgusting racist comments made by this same individual last night. The comments on the article in question have been disabled because of it.


I am almost certain that it was criminal and would be in the public interest to pursue.

Reply Posted by Jase on Monday October 21 2013 at 17:15
No wonder the council has no money when in the pass they have wasted money on project like this woman wants
I live in Millhouse green now if you want to see an accident waiting to happen come here
We have Manchester road that runs through the village it has 40mph limit it has lorries taking short cuts to and from the m1 that are using woodhead pass we also have No crossing or crossing patrol for the school
There is more of a chance that a kid is going to killed here than on your street

Reply Posted by Dave E on Monday October 21 2013 at 18:04
Show some solidarity. Why should anyone care about your problems if you're not interested in their kids safety?

Reply Posted by lee c on Monday October 21 2013 at 22:11
Ask BMBC for some of that ton of tarmac they over ordered for wakey rd. That's only if the cllrs aint used it first for their drives!!!

Reply Posted by fast on Monday October 21 2013 at 22:14
lee c,BMBC sold all the tarmac to the gypsies at locke park,,,

Reply Posted by harvey on Tuesday October 22 2013 at 20:55
were all doomed council are cutting frontline jobs by 50!!!! so get ready also theres no money 4 nothing so things are surely going to get alot lot worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Peter on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 17:37
Councilor miller is a disgrace to barnsley a total bloated Moron

Reply Posted by Jacqui on Wednesday October 23 2013 at 17:44
If people park correctly on fenn road and walker road and not cause hazards it will reduce risks. People park on corners. Going up fenn road you can't go fast due to incorrect parking, in the last month no lorries have gone up fenn road it's just reckless parking that's causing the problems.

Reply Posted by mike tesko on Sunday February 14 2016 at 23:07
Rebecca Rose, her boyfriend Joe Watmough, Samantha Hobson, and her mother Kathleen Gorman, are all evil, vile criminals, who should all be in prison for what they have done. They think they are the Tankersley Mafia, but hey listen up, you have all ****** with the wrong person in this instance. You are all scumbags, and Justice is going to be catching up with you all sooner or later. If people like you can attack a disabled 60 year old man like me, what are you capable of doing to each other, and to your children, and your grand children?

Reply Posted by mike tesko on Sunday February 14 2016 at 23:11
The day of reckoning is almost upon us - you will all get your cum-uppence, as soon as night follows day. Anybody can attack anybody with a brick and baseball bats, but me I will settle for my day in court testifying against the lot of you evil low life scumbags