REPORT TO CABINET MEMBER 16.7.03
PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION
PROPOSED EMERGENCY ACCESS GATE – BRADSHAWE WAYE
CONTACT OFFICER: Sandra Ophondu
TELEPHONE: 01895 277879
This report informs the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation of
the result of consultation on the proposal to introduce an Emergency Access
Gate in Bradshawe Waye west of its junction with Newcroft Close together
with “At any time” waiting restrictions in Bradshawe Waye, Peel Way and
Newcroft Close. Several objections have been received, which must be
considered by the Council before a final decision can be made on the
The Cabinet Member notes the objections received and approves:-
The installation of the proposed Emergency Access Gate in
Bradshawe Waye approximately 18 metres east of Peel Way
as shown on Dwg. No. SO/1/1280D attached as appendix A.
The installation of “At any time” waiting restrictions in Peel
Way, Bradshawe Waye and Newcroft Close as shown on
Drg. No. SO/1/1280D attached as Appendix A.
REASONS FOR OFFICER RECOMMENDATION
To address local residents concern with through traffic movement in the
estate and to complement walking routes by enhancing road safety as well as
encouraging alternative and sustainable ways of children getting to and from
To take no further action or only approve the introduction of waiting
COMMENTS OF OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE
1. At a petition evening on 31 st August last year, one was considered from
residents of Peel Way, Bradshaw Waye and Newcroft Close regarding
concern with the extent of non-residential through traffic in their estate.
They requested the introduction of traffic calming measures to reduce
vehicle speeds and discourage use of the estate by non-residents
avoiding the main road network. At the same time, they requested
additional “ At any time” waiting restrictions at the junctions with Royal
Lane, Newcroft Close/Bradshaw Waye and Pield Heath Road. The
waiting restrictions are indicated on Appendix A attached to this report.
2. When this petition was considered by the Cabinet Member for Planning
and Transportation, it was pointed out that traffic calming measures in
the form of speed reducing road humps, which are possibly the only
effective method of reducing vehicle speeds and discouraging
extraneous traffic could not be met from existing funding sources.
However, a low cost scheme could be considered in the form of an
emergency gated barrier in Bradshaw Waye, which would prevent
through movement within the estate. Although this would stop nonresidential
traffic “cutting” through the estate, it would also affect local
residents. The suggested location of the gate was approximately 30
metres east of Newcroft Close. In order to ensure emergency vehicles
would not be obstructed “At any time” waiting restrictions are required
either side of the barrier.
3. Public Notice was given of these proposals which produced a further
petition from Peel Way, Bradshaw Waye and Newcroft Close residents
objecting to the location of the barrier. The petitioners accepted the
benefits of the gated closure and did not object to the proposal, only
that the location should be at the western end of Bradshaw Waye. In
support of their request, a drawing was included with the petition, which
is attached to this report as Appendix B. Following consideration of
this petition the Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation
approved the revised location of the emergency gate, which also
required the “At any time” waiting restrictions to be resited with it.
These revised measures are indicated on Appendix A. It is pointed out
that no objections were received to the additional waiting restrictions at
Peel Way, Newcroft Close and eastern end of Bradshawe Waye.
4. Public Notice was given of these revised measures in June this year
and eight letters of objection have been received. All came from
Bradshawe Waye, four from the same address with three residents
signing a standard letter. The reasons for the objections are indicated
on Appendix C together with the number of residents making similar
comments. The letters are available for inspection. No objections
were received from the Police or Emergency Services.
5. The main reason given by objectors is the constraint of access to
Bradshaw Waye, which with a gated closure would restrict it via Royal
Lane. These residents considered the access via Pield Heath Road
was preferable and some wanted the choice of two access points to
the estate. There were also objections to the loss of parking, which
presumably related to the double yellow lines required to keep the
gated closure free for emergency use at all times.
6. The objections received are acknowledged and need to be balanced
against the views of other residents. It would appear that whilst the
majority of residents in the area would like to see a gated closure and
although they understand there are disbenefits, consider the most
appropriate location to be at the western end of Bradshaw Waye. It
would appear no residents in Newcroft Close objected to the access
constraint via Royal Lane.
CORPORATE CONSULTATIONS CARRIED OUT
The estimated cost of installing an emergency gate is £4570, which can be
funded from the revenue budget for small Traffic Management Schemes. The
cost of waiting restrictions is estimated to cost £250, which can be funded
from an allocation from the Parking Revenue Account to provide these
None at this stage.
EXTERNAL CONSULTATIONS CARRIED OUT
The proposed emergency access gate and waiting restrictions have been
subjected to the usual statutory consultation procedures through notices in the
local paper and on site.
Reports to Cabinet Member for Planning and Transportation – 31/08/02 and
8 letters from objectors.
Reasons for Objections
Number of residents making
(1) Would restrict access to
Bradshaw Waye via Royal Lane
Only. Via Pield Heath Road
(2) Prefer location of barrier at Royal
Lane end (previous proposal?) to
allow access via Pield Heath
(3) Two points of access required for
(4) Loss of parking. 4