A £77m plan to change the road network around Bradley and Cooper Bridge will be unveiled this summer. And it’s coming years sooner than previously thought.
Highways officials have confirmed they have significantly advanced plans to provide a bypass to the Huddersfield side of the constantly jammed Cooper Bridge roundabout. Read more…
(The video clip looks like a typical traffic day through Flockton – same number of vehicles passing the camera).
The boundless enthusiasm of our local bypass heroes didn’t prevent them from getting out in this morning’s brass monkey weather, to deliver the latest offering to residents – the bypass window posters.
Residents in favour of a bypass are asked to display these little posters in their windows and possibly, on their gates and fences. As people drive and walk through Flockton, we hope to make it very clear that our village needs a positive solution to its traffic problems. These laminated posters are free to those who are happy to display them.
We have made some laminated window posters. Ideally, we would like to see them appear throughout the village – in people’s windows, or on their doors or gates. (Click on images to enlarge).
Design by Richard Gentle
As well as being given out, by members of the Bypass Group, you can also download and print your own – ideally onto a bright coloured piece of paper.*
*You can keep them in their rectangular form, or cut around them. (Already laminated posters, being used outside, will need to be left as they are. If you can laminate your own, cut it out, or trim it slightly, before laminating, leaving a margin of plastic to create a better waterproof seam).
Since we began the Flockton Bypass website, we have recorded the numbers of visitors. The statistics shown below are for the period up to 9 March 2018. Although at least half of those visits shown are probably from search engines, we are, nevertheless, delighted that the website is being accessed. (Click on images to enlarge). We think that spikes shown in the graph are connected to times when leaflets have been handed out.
Another Quiz Night at the Sun
Jo, at the Sun Inn, has been very supportive of the Bypass campaign and has given the go ahead for another raffle to raise a bit more money. It was a great night last time, and the winners are donating their prize of Prosecco for this one! “The Bypassers” will be looking to hold on to their title!
Lorry drivers will be reminded that they cannot drive through a clogged up village to get out of Huddersfield.
Kirklees Council has said it is reviewing the legal ins and outs of its road traffic law that bans heavy good vehicles driving through Flockton from Grange Moor to the M1.
An order has been in place since 1971 restricting all vehicles over 7.5 tonnes from travelling eastbound through the narrow village roads. (Read full article – The Huddersfield Daily Examiner).
Some people believe that money for a Flockton village bypass would have to come out of Kirklees Council’s, already under strain, budget and that in any case, Kirklees wouldn’t have a say, since the decision comes from central Government. However, this is not true. The reason that Flockton villagers have once again requested a bypass, is because the Government announced at the end of last year, that it was going to make funding available to Councils that wanted to propose much needed bypass schemes. Flockton is one of those who are asking Kirklees to debate the need and present their case to the Government.
David Rawling posted on The Huddersfield Examiner’s facebook page: “Kirklees have a say and have had 2 opportunities recently to put this right. But for some reason, chose not to.
1. West Yorkshire Combined Authority – West Yorkshire ‘Plus’ Transport Fund
2. Department for Transport – Proposals for the creation of a Major Road Network
As announced over 2 years ago for councils to submit their proposals. Which Kirklees announced in The Examiner, pre-Xmas, when people were generally preoccupied. It was not missed by one or two in Flockton, however. I’ll bet certain councillors wish it had been now! So. Won’t cost Kirklees a penny. But “plans” may need a rethink!
“It doesn’t matter to villagers where the money comes from. As long as it comes, and by whoever would like to get the job done the quickest!”
Please continue to support our Flockton Bypass campaign by giving out leaflets or buying banners and car stickers.
You can download a leaflet here, or also get leaflets from the Flockton Club*, that are being distributed to local businesses, explaining the bypass campaign. Also displayed, is the agenda for the meeting the steering group had (on Monday 26 February 2018) so people can see what we are discussing at the meetings.
Orders for car stickers, at £2 each, can be placed at the bar. Please show your support by buying one (or two!). Your £2 includes a 25p donation to charities supported by the Yorkshire Beardsmen.
*[Old] Post Office in Flockton, Working Mens Club, 157 Barnsley Road, Flockton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4AA
As of 25 February 2018, we have collected 3,500 signatures*, ready to present to Kirklees Council, next month, to force a debate on the Flockton bypass, in the Council Chamber.
Thank you to everyone who has helped us reach this goal. (Any additional signatures will be added to our list).
Keep checking this website for other things we are doing in support of the Flockton Bypass campaign, and if you feel able to support us through buying and displaying a car sticker or banner, this will keep public awareness active throughout the campaign.
*We wanted to receive a few extra, in case of duplications between online and paper signatures.
As of Friday 23 February 2018, our Petition has 3,320 signatures. We now only need 180 to make sure we cover any duplications.
“Well done to everyone who has been involved and those who have signed. Couldn’t have got this far without you all. Thank you so much.” – Kathryn Middleton
Flockton villagers are in full swing with their campaign to petition Kirklees Council for a bypass.
Graham and Carolyne
(Our banners have been produced with the support of CES Sign Studio, Wakefield)
We will continue to produce posters & leaflets and position wherever possible in the village, in legal locations and with the permission of residents.