Leeds: Campaigners offered hope in Headingley traffic fight

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HELP could be on the way for residents who say the roads in their neighbourhoods are blighted by “rat-running,” traffic congestion and illegal parking.

Campaigners have been pressing for measures to tackle traffic problems in the Wood Lane area of Headingley.

In January this year a group of residents took their fight to the Civic Hall when a deputation addressed a full council meeting outlining the difficulties they faced.

They told councillors: “Vehicles often park on both sides of Grove Road, making traffic movement down it difficult or impossible and access to and from it from Wood Lane has become increasingly difficult.

“We have illegal, dangerous and inconsiderate parking everywhere. Commuters in the day and match-goers in the evening for Headingley events take up all the parking spaces, often parking in and obstructing private drives and roads.”

Council officials are to now carry out a series of traffic surveys in the area to help them assess possible changes to parking restrictions. Renewal of “keep clear” road markings and replacement of missing signs are also proposed. Residents are also to be provided with information on the process and cost on introducing parking restrictions on the private section of Wood Lane.

Coun James Monaghan (Lib Dem, Headingley) has welcomed the action.

He said: “I am pleased that the council has met with the organisers of the delegation and gone out with them to see for themselves the parking problems that we have around Wood Lane. For too long these problems have been getting worse.

“The council has acknowledged that these are serious issues and have identified some ways of improving the situation. I hope they’ll get on with doing these as soon as possible so we can see an easing of the pressure on residents in the area. I still think there’s more they could be doing, such as expanding residents only parking and improving visibility at junctions, but this is nonetheless a positive start.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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