Flockton Bypass

Flockton by David R - flocktonbypass.co.ukFlockton village required at least 3,000 signatures before our bypass request could be debated by Kirklees Council.  As of 17 December 2018, we have 4,767 signatures. Still increasing, thanks to all our supporters. We intend to present the petition to Kirklees Council in January 2019. All additional signatures are still helpful and will add weight to the increasing call for action from our local authority. (Read more …)

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Proposed Flockton 20 mph Speed Limit – Pre Scheme Survey

Flockton residents have received a letter regarding the proposed 20 mph speed limit, due to come into force in parts of the village, later this year.

All residents are encouraged to respond to the survey and you can complete it by going to this link: kirklees.gov.uk/flocktonsurvey

The survey will be live from Monday 21 January till Friday 22 February 2019.

Once the scheme has been on site for 6 months, a further survey will be produced to evaluate post scheme views.

New Traffic Regulation Order for 7.5T Weight Restriction

Posted as requested by Cllr. John Taylor (17 January 2019)

KIRKLEES COUNCIL
(TRAFFIC REGULATION) (No.4) ORDER 2018

PROPOSED 7.5 TONNE WEIGHT RESTRICTION
VARIOUS ROADS IN FLOCKTON, FLOCKTON MOOR, EMLEY,
MIDDLESTOWN AND OVERTON

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees (“the Council”) in exercise of their powers under Sections 1, 2, 3(2) and 4 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) and of all other enabling powers and after consultation with the Chief Officer of Police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 to the Act hereby make the following Order which relates to roads at Flockton, Flockton Moor and Emley in the Kirklees District, and Middlestown and Overton in the Wakefield District.

PART I

Interpretation

1. ​Save where the context otherwise requires, any reference in this Order to a numbered Article is a reference to the Article bearing that number in this Order.

2.​ In this Order the expression “maximum gross weight” has the same meaning as in Regulation 4 in Section 1 of Part 1 of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002.

PART II

Weight Restrictions

3.​ Save as provided in Article 4 no person shall, except upon the direction or with the permission of a police constable in uniform, cause or permit any vehicle of over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight to proceed in the lengths of road in the directions specified in the Schedule to this Order.

4.​ Nothing in Article 3 shall render it unlawful for a person to cause or permit any vehicle over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight to proceed in the lengths of road so specified if the vehicle is being used:-

​(a) ​in connection with the carrying out on that length of road of any of the ​following operations, namely:-

​​(i) ​building, industrial or demolition operations;
​​
​​(ii)​ the removal of any obstruction to traffic;

​​(iii) ​the maintenance, improvement or reconstruction of that length ​​of road;

​​(iv)​ the laying, erection, alteration or repair in or on land adjacent to ​​that length of road of any sewer or any main, pipe or apparatus ​​for the supply of gas, water or electricity or any ​​​​​telecommunications apparatus as defined in Section 4(3) of the ​​Telecommunications Act 1984.

​(b)​for fire and rescue service, police or ambulance purposes;

​(c) ​in the service of a local authority or water authority in pursuance of ​statutory powers or duties;

​(d) ​for the purposes of agriculture on any land adjacent to that length of ​road or for or in connection with the conveyance or haulage of timber ​felled upon such land;

​(e) ​for or in connection with the conveyance of goods to or from any ​premises on or adjacent to that length of road, or any other road ​accessible from and only from that length of road;

​(f) ​to proceed to or from any premises which are situated adjacent to that ​length of road and at which time the vehicle is to be, or has been, ​garaged, serviced or repaired.

(g) ​to access to and egress from any premises which are situated adjacent to that length of road to proceed and to return from the said premises along the same route

(h) ​is a public service vehicle as defined in section (2)(1)(a) of the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 being a stage carriage being used in the operation of a local service

5.​ The Council are satisfied that for preventing damage to the roads or buildings on or near them and for preserving or improving the amenities of the area through which the lengths of road specified in the Schedule to this Order run by restricting the use of the said lengths of road by vehicles over 7.5 tonnes maximum gross weight, it is requisite that Section 3(1) of the Act should not apply in relation to this Order.

PART III

General

6.​ The restrictions imposed by this Order shall be in addition to and not in derogation of any restrictions or requirements imposed by any Regulations made or having effect as if made under the Act or by or under any other enactment.

7.​ For the avoidance of doubt any reference in this Order to a length of road shall be deemed to be a reference to more than one length of road where the context requires it.

8. ​Any reference in this Order to a Statute or Statutory Instrument shall include reference to any re-enactment or replacement thereof.

9.​ This Order shall come into operation on the day of 2019 and may be cited as the “Kirklees Council (Traffic Regulation) (No.4) Order 2018”.

GIVEN under the Corporate Common Seal of the Council of the Borough of Kirklees this day of Two thousand and Nineteen.

THE CORPORATE COMMON SEAL of​​ THE COUNCIL OF BOROUGH OF​​ KIRKLEES was here unto affixed in the​​ presence of:

Assistant Director, Legal, Governance and Monitoring /Authorised Signatory

SCHEDULE

Download the full document and schedule, here. (Word docx)


KIRKLEES COUNCIL
(TRAFFIC REGULATION) (No.4) ORDER 2018
VARIOUS ROADS IN FLOCKTON MOOR, EMLEY,MIDDLESTOWN AND OVERTON

NOTE: This a re-advertisement due to the addition of the service bus exemption to the order. Previous objections will still be taken in to consideration.

The Council of the Borough of Kirklees propose to make the above Order under their powers in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 the effect of which, as it affects lengths of road in Flockton Moor, Emley, Middlestown and Overton in the Kirklees district, will be to apply a 7.5 tonne weight restriction to the following roads:

1. The route consisting of Paul Lane, Moor Top Lane, Lenacre Lane, Westfield Lane, Jagger Lane, Chapel Lane, Beaumont Street, Upper Lane, Ash Lane and Woodhouse Lane, in a generally south-eastern direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to its junction with the A636 Wakefield Road

2. A637 Barnsley Road in a generally eastern direction;
• from a point 170 metres south east of its junction with A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point 100 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

3. The route consisting of Cross Road, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

4. The route consisting of Green Lane, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

5. The route consisting of the un-named road immediately west of 184 Old Road, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-western direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

6. The route consisting of Grange Lane, Old Road and Hardcastle Lane, in a generally south-eastern direction;
• from its junction with the A642 Wakefield Road
• to a point on the A637 Barnsley Road 91 metres east of its junction with Hardcastle Lane.

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER ONLY. NO ON SITE CHANGES. Reason: to clarify that the restriction allows access to premises within the boundary of the order to enable appropriate enforcement and for service buses.

NOTE: This a re-advertisement due to the addition of the service bus exemption to the order. Previous objections will still be taken in to consideration.

A copy of this draft Order, together with the plans showing the affected lengths of road and a statement of reasons for proposing the Order may be examined during normal office hours at:-

• 1. Customer Service Centre, Civic Centre 3, Huddersfield
• 2. Or web address: www.kirklees.gov.uk/trafficregulation.

If you wish to object to the proposed Order you may send grounds of your objection in writing to reach the undersigned by not later than 18th February 2019, quoting reference DEV/JE/D116-1804.

Dated this 18th day of January 2019.

Julie Muscroft signature

 

Julie Muscroft – Assistant Director – Legal, Governance and Monitoring Kirklees Council, 2nd Floor, High Street Buildings, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2ND

Download the Notice of Proposal document, here (Word docx)


Other documents

Flockton TRO Plan 1 (pdf)

Flockton TRO Plan 2 (pdf)

14 January 2019 Update

At the bypass steering group meeting, on Monday 14 January 2019, the following key items were mentioned:

It is the intention of the group to submit the bypass petition to Kirklees Council on 13 February 2019.

Later in this week of 14 January, there will be a notification for HGVs over 7.5T that they will not be permitted to travel through Flockton from the Grange Moor end of the village, and local Police patrols will be ready to enforce this. (There will be some specific exceptions, such as service buses).

Sometime soon, there will also be some new road signs for the school, on approach from the west side of the village, travelling east.

20 MPH Still Going Ahead

On 20 December 2018, Cllr. John Taylor informed the Flockton Community, via facebook, that:

“I have just been notified by Highways that the proposal for a 20 mph limit through the centre of the Village received no objections during the legal consultation period. ” Full response from Highways is shown below:

“The legal advertisement for the speed limit changes in Flockton finished on Friday 14 December and we received no objections to the proposals.

“The next step is for us to contact the school in the New Year to run the competition for the artwork at the bottom of the 20 mph signs, with judging taking place at the end of January. Whilst the school are designing the signs we will look to install all the poles and kit, ready for making the 20 mph live in February.”

If anyone has any questions I can be contacted at or 07831 810096


 

Flockton Pavement Parking

Some comments from our facebook group (3 December 2018, onwards)

Parking issues have been discussed on the Flockton Community facebook group, over the past few days, following a police presence. David Rawling explains:

“As stated on there, this matter has now been brought to the attention of this group, with some background information, mainly for non-residents unaware of the “history”.

“Firstly though, road users need to be aware that several cars may now have had to resort to parking in the road itself, having no alternative parking spaces. The numbers having to do this will probably increase as the village continues to grow. Some subsequent very slight delays may occur at peak times, whilst traffic negotiates any vehicles parked in these places. Owners obviously would prefer to not have to do this, but feel there is no other option now. Apologies to anyone affected by this.

“Why has this been necessary then? The new central development firstly resulted in the original club car park going (used by several residents I believe), followed by the removal of the “lay-by”, originally intended for customers of the old post office by day, and residents in the evening, generally.  Subsequently, several vehicles parked on the widened pavement, some unfortunately not leaving, or not being able to leave, due to ongoing building work, the regulation space of 1.2 metres for pedestrians to get through, especially those with children and pushchairs. This actually caused a little friction previously within the groups, not to be repeated hopefully, as we all have one common aim.

“Both Kirklees Highways and the police have been aware of this particular problem for some time now. Some started parking on the new development but were requested to move their vehicles by the building company, due to ongoing work, and also with people moving into their new properties. Those who had continued to park on the pavement, close to the access road, obstructed the view of anyone pulling out from there. As had been discussed with the authorities and mentioned [on the facebook group] recently, the police duly appeared as noted above.

“Similar problems exist at other points within the village too. Section 106 monies could, and should, have been used to resolve these foreseeable problems. Another matter though for now.

“We all know the easiest solution to this problem. Some short term pain could potentially result in a long term gain. “

Some extracts from the replies to the above posting (names removed for privacy)

“They [builders and Kirklees] cannot expect to remove the parking availability and Not have people having to find alternatives. The trends are towards multi car households so the problem will only increase. The builders should have been required to provide a replacement for the lay-by parking at the very least.”


“I don’t think Kirklees will give a hoot about the roadside parking as it’s not affecting them at all. Knowing them, they will double yellow both sides of the road as that’s a cheaper option and again penalise the residents of Flockton, rather than deal with the actual issues that you originally started the campaign for.”

Reply from David Rawling:
“That wouldn’t surprise me either. But how would people be able to even drop off or have deliveries made etc? Their representative basically said they’d rather have the “illegal”pavement parking than the legal roadside parking!
The plain truth is they don’t know what to do with the “problem that is Flockton”. Their own words.”


“There’s a lot of mixed reactions to parking outside houses on Barnsley road, unfortunately a lot of complaints where made about pavement parking, after the lay-by was removed by the building firm. I have seen a lot of photos on these Flockton pages complaining about pavement parking; now everyone is parking legally it’s still an issue! The police officer, who came out the other day, informed one of the neighbours there was no law against parking outside our houses… regardless of “designated parking spaces” beside, behind or anywhere to our properties.”


 

 

Road Routes Affecting Flockton – Public Consultation Sessions

At Council on 7 November 2018, the Motion proposed by Cllr Richard Smith & Seconded by Cllr John Taylor was approved by the Council. This committed the Cabinet to:

“undertake an assessment of any impact upon the village of Flockton & B6118 from the NKOR and A62 scheme and to ensure that due consideration is given to the issues in Flockton prior to any work starting on either of these road schemes.”

What we would like to do is encourage as many people as possible to comment on this proposal once it becomes available and to ask what the impact will be on B6118 and Flockton itself, as the Motion has committed them to considering this impact.  (Please read full information, below the session dates).

Details of Proposed Open public sessions:

Thursday 6th December 2018 3-7pm @ Bradley & Colnebridge WMC
Colne Bridge Rd, Huddersfield HD5 0RH

MONDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2018 3-7PM @ THE ROOM, BRIGHOUSE
The Old Town Hall, Thornton Square, Brighouse HD6 1EA

TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER 2018 3-7PM @ ST THOMAS CHURCH BRADLEY
St Thomas Gardens, Huddersfield HD2 1SL

WEDNESDAY 12TH DECEMBER 2018 3-7PM @ HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL
Corporation St, Huddersfield HD1 2TA

MONDAY 7TH JANUARY 2019 3-7PM @ THE ROBERTTOWN (FORMER WMC)
Roberttown Ln, Liversedge WF15 7LT

TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY 2019 3-7PM @ BATTYEFORD BC PAVILION
442A Huddersfield Rd, Mirfield WF14 0EE

THURSDAY 10TH JANUARY 2019 3-7PM @ BRADLEY & COLNEBRIDGE WMC
Colne Bridge Rd, Huddersfield HD5 0RH


Plans to create £69m Cooper Bridge bypass to M62 finally revealed.


Full information

At Council on November 7th, the Motion proposed by Cllr Richard Smith & Seconded by Cllr John Taylor was approved by the Council. This committed the Cabinet to:

“undertake an assessment of any impact upon the village of Flockton & B6118 from the NKOR and A62 scheme and to ensure that due consideration is given to the issues in Flockton prior to any work starting on either of these road schemes.”

This is helpful timing as the proposed improvements to the A62 are now coming forward for public consultation. Importantly on December 5th the proposals for changes at Cooper Bridge will be made public. These involved the creation of a new road from between Bradley Bar and the Railway Viaduct to connect up to the Brighouse M62 junction. It is stated that this has the potential to remove 1500 cars an hour at peak times from the three Nuns roundabout.

Clearly this new road has the potential to make journeys from A62 to the M62 at Cooper Bridge easier and this therefore has the potential to attract more traffic to use this route and hence up the B6118 and through to Flockton to access the M1.

What we would like to do is encourage as many people as possible to comment on this proposal once it becomes available and to ask what the impact will be on B6118 and Flockton itself, as the Motion has committed them to considering this impact.  I would also like people to ask what assessment has been done of the potential impact on air quality and road safety.  It is worth remembering that each individual is entitled to submit a comment, so I would encourage households where there is more than one adult that each individual submit a comment but ensure that they are not identical as otherwise they will be dismissed, just change around the order of the points made and change some of the words so each submission is counted individually.  The aim is to get as many submissions as possible so that once more the need for a Bypass is self evident and keeps the issue live.

There are also a number of public consultation sessions and I have copied the details of these below, clearly the ones at the WMC by Mama & Papas will be the nearest but if you are able to attend any of these and view the proposals and ask questions about the Flcokton impact, this again would be very helpful.  Once the website link to the public consultation goes live on 5th December I will share this so people can log on and add comments.

Cllr. John Taylor

Bypass Meeting With Police

On Wednesday afternoon, of 14 November 2018, members of the bypass campaign group, together with councillors, met with Police and Highways.

The meeting was attended by all 3 Councillors and 4 bypass committee members.

Confirmation was given that the TRO  (Traffic Regulation Order) has been revised and will be sent to council committee. (This relates to the enforibility of the weight restriction signage at Grange Moor, heading towards Flockton).

No ANPR camera (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) but Police to attend on a regular basis.

Please continue to contact the companies of HGV’s, with names and registrations of vehicles, and inform them of the restrictions from Grange Moor.

20 mph is now enforceable nationally (whereas before, it wasn’t). When the 20 mph signs appear in Flockton [from March 2019) they will be enforcible by the Police.

A school sign is to be erected after the traffic lights, approaching the zebra crossing.

There will be a change to the “No access through Flockton to the M1” – removing the “M1” element.

Pavement parking is to be addressed by Police.

Access of HGV’s is to be allowed, but proof of delivery will be required.

So in conclusion, not got all we wanted, but still some progress in making the road safer.

Flockton traffic motion carried at Kirklees Council meeting

Attending Kirklees Council’s meeting on Wednesday 7 November 2018, Cllr. Richard Smith announced that: “Flockton traffic motion carried”. He has added the following statements:

So the motion reads “This Council notes that work is now underway to produce an Option Assessment Report in relation to the North Kirklees Orbital Route [NKOR], which will help to determine if this is a viable scheme to develop. Additionally the £77 million Cooper Bridge by pass, linking the A644 near junction 25 M62 and the A62 near Bradley Bar, is currently in the Design phase.

“The Council recognises that both these schemes have the potential to significantly affect the volume and flow of traffic in and around the village of Flockton and on the B6118.

“Given the existing severe traffic problems affecting the village of Flockton and the undoubted increase in the future with developments already in construction and the potential from the Local Plan , the Council recognises that even if it were to overlook the 2 major road schemes already mentioned, without intervention, this situation will only continue to deteriorate. Therefore, the council calls on the Cabinet to undertake an assessment of any impact upon the village of Flockton and B6118 from the NKOR and A62 scheme and to ensure that due consideration is given to the issues in Flockton prior to any work starting on either of these road schemes.”

And…

“Which in practice means there is now a marker in the sand, in terms of the major road schemes being considered at the moment, in that when these progress, an assessment must be undertaken on any impact on Flockton and surrounding area. It also means that it is something we can use to pressurise the Cabinet in terms of consideration of Bypass, plus we can use this to discuss related issues at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Also MRN [Major Road Network] funding is potentially suitable, and following this motion, it means we can more easily bring up business related to this. So overall a small step in a longer battle, but the fact that this was passed is a much more positive step than where we were at 6 months ago. It is also very encouraging that there was no real opposition to a frank discussion about traffic issues in Flockton.”

The campaign continues. Please keep showing your support.

Pressure growing on Kirklees Council over Flockton bypass

The latest ExaminerLive article by Local Democracy Reporter, Tony Earnshaw, starts…

“Pressure is growing on Kirklees Council to look seriously at a bypass for the traffic-clogged village of Flockton.

“The first phase could involve a feasibility study into potential routes for a relief road taking HGVs and other vehicles off the busy A637 that cuts through the community.

“Councillors who have backed residents’ calls for a bypass say the cost of such a study could be as little as £80,000.

“And they say the council could apply for government money to pay for it.”

The article also reminds us of what Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, originally said about funding to help places, like Flockton:

Flockton Bypass with Chris GraylingOriginal meeting of local councillors and members of the Flockton Bypass campaign group, with Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, in Huddersfield

“In comments that seemed to relate directly to the Flockton scenario Mr Grayling said: “Typically you will have a small town on a major A-road where you have got an old centre, narrow streets, lorries going through them.

“You get pollution, you get congestion and there is a clamour for a bypass. We haven’t been building enough relief for those roads.”

Read the full article on ExaminerLive, here.

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Campaigners’ anger after councillors pull plug on debate over Flockton bypass

… as deputy mayor Mumtaz Hussain terminates Kirklees Council meeting early.

Cllr Richard Smith - flocktonbypass.co.ukCllr. Richard Smith

Local Democracy Reporter, Tony Earnshaw writes:

Clr Richard Smith, who was prevented from tabling a motion to debate calls for a bypass in Flockton

Residents of Flockton plagued by a “constant barrage” of traffic will continue their campaign for a bypass.

Two schoolchildren joined adults to present an impassioned deputation to Kirklees Council in Huddersfield Town Hall on Wednesday evening.

But whilst their address was greeted with applause from the council chamber a motion calling for a relief road for Flockton went unheard.

Now the Conservative councillor who has already raised the issue three times has vowed to do so until the Labour-run authority takes notice.

And Clr Richard Smith (Kirkburton) offered his apologies to the people of Flockton for what he described as a “shameful display” by Labour colleagues, which culminated in Deputy Mayor Mumtaz Hussain abruptly terminating the meeting.

Clr Hussain refused to extend the meeting beyond its 9pm cut-off despite being invited to do so by Clr Smith, who was overruled twice.

And after being advised by chief executive Jacqui Gedman that there were still five minutes to go, Clr Hussain said “I’ve had enough.”

‘Absolutely appalling behaviour’

Clr Smith called it “absolutely appalling behaviour when people have made the effort to do the deputation.

“It was a slap in the face to residents who made the effort to attend.”

He added: “I have raised this issue at least three times now. The bit that really annoyed me about the meeting was that I asked for standing orders to be suspended so that we could debate the issue.

“The Deputy Mayor said no. He could have used his discretion to hear it and he didn’t.

“I was angry but not surprised that the Labour Group wouldn’t entertain it.

“The Flockton residents’ deputation was well-received. The motion I put forward wasn’t just about the bypass but also about HGVs coming through the village when they shouldn’t, children walking to school, and housing that is going to impact on traffic levels.

“There are a lot of people in Flockton that do not vote for my party. There isn’t a political element to this. It’s about a village that has got issues with traffic. We need to find a workable solution.”

In presenting their deputation, local mothers Elena Delaney and Charlotte Michael pleaded for their voices to be heard.

“We are not here to antagonise, to be negative or denigrate the work that’s already been done or is being done but we are here to work together and to appeal to you to please relate to our petition.”

They said changes in road usage had impacted on the village, making demands for a bypass “more urgent than ever.

“Our conclusion as a group is that a bypass, or a small relief road, in actuality would be a single solution to a multitude of problems making Flockton a much safer place to be.”

In response senior Kirklees councillor Peter McBride said: “It’s real, it’s a problem. When we get the funding we will try to resolve it.

“I am not saying that we will provide a relief road. Longer term I think there is a solution. It may be the North Kirklees Orbital Road.

“In the meantime we are doing something that is hopefully relevant, and working with you.”

He said the council was looking at interim measures including travel plans for the local school and improved signage on highways.

Original ExaminerLive article.

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