New traffic measures approved by Sheffield Cabinet

A pedestrian crossing has been given the go-ahead at the site of an accident that led to the death of a 14 year old schoolgirl earlier this year.

A petition containing 12,571 signatures was handed in to Sheffield City Council requesting a controlled pedestrian crossing and speed restrictions on Normanton Hill.

This followed the incident on 9 May near the Richmond Park entrance when 14 year old Jasmyn Chan was fatally injured and another 12 year old girl was seriously injured.

A report approved by the Council’s Cabinet explaining the measures that have been taken since the accident and setting out plans for the installation of a pedestrian crossing on Normanton Hill has been approved.

Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “This was a truly tragic incident and we take it extremely seriously, as we do all road safety issues. The local ward councillors and I have worked closely with community activists to make sure we take positive action on this stretch of road to make it safer.

”We have already been working with our partners to reduce the speed of vehicles using Normanton Hill. The police have been undertaking regular speed enforcement checks and improvements have been made to the warning signs on the road. The Streets Ahead Improvement work in that area will include new, brighter street lights to ensure the park entrance and bus stop are properly lit. The pavement also needs widening. Tenants and private home owners have also been asked to cut back the vegetation hanging over the footpath.

“Our road safety teams are working with the Birley Community College and Outwood Academy to educate children and reinforce road safety messages to their students, but I don’t think this is enough. We need a permanent controlled crossing point to improve pedestrian safety for everyone needing to cross that road and so I’m pleased that the report to Cabinet is going to make this happen.”

Streets Ahead work has already commenced on this road with the renewal of street lighting. Surfacing of the road, as far as the park entrance, was carried out in August and the Council has funded the addition of a higher skid resistant material at the crossing point as part of these works.

South Yorkshire Police agreed to undertake speed enforcement in the short term and camera enforcement signs were installed. Mobile speed enforcement has taken place at regular intervals since July and to date 471 speeding offences have been identified.

In the short term the Council will be installing two VAS’s (Vehicle Activated Signs) to flash a warning to motorists to indicate the park entrance or school crossing patrol at the appropriate times of the day. The signs are being manufactured by a specialist company and will be installed this week.

Sandra Bradley, who is coordinating the work of the local community said: “It’s good to see that the Council are taking this issue most seriously. I’m so pleased with the way the community has come together after this terrible tragedy to help find solutions to the problems, but it is dreadful that so many drivers are still driving at such reckless and dangerous speeds in what is a 30 mile speed limit.

“The controlled crossing proposed in the Cabinet paper is what’s needed here. It’s also positive that the Council has agreed to name this crossing after Jasmyn as a way of keeping other children safe.  ‘Jazzy’s Crossing’ will not only be a lasting tribute to a very courageous teenager, but more importantly help to prevent any further tragedies on this very dangerous stretch of road.”

The Road Safety Education, Training and Publicity team has contacted both Birley Community College and Outwood Academy and is in the process of booking road safety education sessions with these schools. Both schools have already confirmed sessions with all Year 7 and 8 pupils and sessions with the other year groups will be confirmed shortly. These sessions will be delivered throughout this academic year.

Unprecedented Improvement in Condition of Sheffield’s Roads

Sheffield’s roads are in much better condition than this time last year, a survey carried out by the National Highways and Transport (NHT) Network has revealed.

The NHT’s Public Satisfaction Survey, which has independently questioned over 420,000 members of the public across the country about the highways and transport services in their area, found there has been remarkable 10 per cent increase in satisfaction of the road surfaces in Sheffield since last year.

This is thanks to the Streets Ahead team who are working hard to improve the city’s highways.

The survey also shows more people are satisfied with the highways services carried out as part of the Streets Ahead project including:

  •  An almost 10 per cent increase in satisfaction about the quality of repair to highways.
  •  Around a five per cent increase in satisfaction in the speed that repairs are carried out.
  • A four per cent increase in satisfaction in how damage to the highways and potholes are dealt with.

The NHT findings have been backed by a survey undertaken by Streets Ahead too.

The Streets Ahead team conducted a survey with residents who live in areas where highways work has already been completed.
Results show that there has been an impressive 33 per cent increase in the number of residents who are very satisfied with the condition of Sheffield’s roads in comparison to when they first asked residents what they thought.

The Streets Ahead survey also saw an increase in satisfaction in the condition of pavements (20 per cent), street lighting (35 per cent), maintenance of highway verges, trees and shrubs (five per cent), and the cleanliness of the roads and pavements (11 per cent).

Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “The findings from both the National Highways and Transport Network’s survey and the Streets Ahead survey are really positive for Sheffield. They show us that the work we are doing is successfully turning Sheffield’s roads from some of the worst in the country to the best. This is a huge project but it’s great to see that we’re achieving what we set out to – smoother roads, better lighting, an improved environment and higher levels of public satisfaction.

“To date the Streets Ahead team has resurfaced over 280 miles of road and repaired over 22,700 potholes and we’re still going.”
Streets Ahead Core Investment Period Director, Graeme Symonds, added: “The findings from the surveys are really useful to Streets Ahead as they enable us to see how we’re progressing and what the public think of the improvements that we’re making. This is important to us and the fact that both surveys are showing such a significant increase in satisfaction is great news.

“Improvements to the highways will continue for the next three years and by the end of this period, residents and visitors to the city should see a huge difference to the condition of road surfaces across Sheffield.

“We’ll continue to carry out surveys as work progresses to monitor residents’ opinions of the improvements being made to the city.”

Sheffield School Children Adopt A Gritter

With children from Arbourthorne Primary School

With children from Arbourthorne Primary School

Thirteen of Sheffield’s fleet of gritters now have their very own personality, thanks to creative school children across the city who have named the vehicles.

The Streets Ahead team who grit the roads when winter descends, challenged pupils from 13 different schools across the city to come up with a suitable wintry name for each of the gritting vehicles.

Gretta Gritta, Ice Warrior, Sammy Snow, Selwyn Salt, The Bear, Melter Skelter, Girty Gritter, Snowy Steve, The Gritternator, Gritgrinder, General Grit, Steel City Gritter and Snow Catcher will be seen working hard this winter to keep the roads of Sheffield safe when temperatures drop below zero.

Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said:  “Asking children to get involved with naming our fleet of gritters is really exciting for them, especially when they see their adopted gritter out on the streets of Sheffield during the winter months. Children have a wonderful imagination and some fantastic wintry themed names were suggested. Well done to all the pupils that took part.

“We have made some changes to our winter maintenance service this year and this also includes some of our gritting routes and location of grit bins. By working with the schools this also gave us a good opportunity to inform parents of the changes we have made and to encourage them to prepare themselves this winter.”

Streets Ahead’s Highways Operations Manager, Jim Pursglove, added: “We’re really excited that our snow gritters have been named by local children. We’ve also been into schools and spoken to the children about keeping safe when ice and snow is on the ground. We like to get schools involved with lots of our Streets Ahead projects where possible, engaging them in the work that we do across the city.

“The Streets Ahead team are ready for the winter and have over 16,000 tonnes of grit and 19 gritters and snow ploughs, as well as 15 tractor ploughs.”

More information about Sheffield’s gritting service .

Follow us on twitter @sccstreetsahead for updated information throughout the winter period.

Streets Ahead Apprentices On The Road To Success

The new 12 apprentices at Sheffield Council meet members of the council's cabinet at Sheffield Town Hall.

Twelve Sheffield young people have taken the next step towards their long term career by becoming the latest apprentices helping to make the Streets Ahead project a success.

The group, aged between 16 and 24, fought off stiff competition to secure training contracts with Sheffield City Council’s Streets Ahead Contractor Amey.

Working in a variety of areas, including business administration, finance, mechanics, signage, highway maintenance and arboriculture, the new trainees have already attended a welcome event where they were able to meet each other and get stuck into some team building activities.

During their time on the project the apprentices will gain experience in their chosen trades, in addition to undertaking NVQ training at Sheffield College. They will also work towards gaining the Duke of Edinburgh’s Business Gold award.

The appointments continue Sheffield City Council’s commitment to tackling unemployment in the city, by training young people and supporting them to gain qualifications and long-term career prospects.

Sheffield City Council Leader, Julie Dore said: “Not only is the Streets Ahead project making the streets of Sheffield better and safer, it’s creating jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for young people across the city.

“The young people who are taking on these apprenticeship roles are the ones that will deliver our future highway services and therefore investing in them now and putting them on the road to success is beneficial to both them and Sheffield.”

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “As a city we need young people with the right skills and apprenticeships are a key part of creating a workforce for the future. That’s why we are so pleased to welcome these 12 young people to the Streets Ahead project.”

What the apprentices think:

Joe Poulton, 18, Arboriculture, said:

“I was attracted to an apprenticeship in Arboriculture as it’s a good industry to be in and really good for progression. It’s also an outdoor role which I like. I’m already learning a lot and I’m looking forward to a long-term career in Arboriculture; the more I learn the more I enjoy it. I like that I can learn the skills that I need whilst on the job, but the theory behind it all at college.”

Kyle Leach, 16, Signs, said:

“An apprenticeship in signs interested me as I have a passion for engineering and an interest in graphics. I also wasn’t interested in staying at school; I liked the idea of learning on the job and starting on the road to my career, whilst getting paid at the same time.”

Lewis Oxley, 21, Business Administration, said:

“I am really enjoying working as a team and I like that I have the opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. Amey is a great place to work and build a career. I can already see opportunities to move up the career ladder in the future.”

World Sight Day: Taking Part in Blindfold Walk and Holding Special Surgery





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Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind is pleased to welcome Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling & Streetscene, Sheffield City Council to experience some of the problems caused by “street clutter” that blind and partially sighted people regularly encounter walking around in Sheffield.

On Thursday 9th October which is World Sight Day, Cllr Scott will be taking a blindfold walk with a guide cane, setting off from Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind’s (SRSB) Mappin Street Centre for a walk on West Street.

Cllr Jack Scott said: “I’m really pleased to be able to do this on World Sight Day. I know street clutter can be a real problem for blind and partially sighted people across the country. I want to make sure we are removing unnecessary signs, poles and masts as part of the Streets Ahead project.

“I’m looking forward to the surgery afterwards too, which will give people the opportunity to let us know what we’re doing well and also where we need to take more action.”

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The walk will take place at 11:30am followed by Cllr Scott holding a surgery for blind and partially sighted people at SRSB’s Mappin Street Centre from 12noon to 1:30pm, giving people the opportunity to raise any concerns or compliments regarding Sheffield City Council services and how they impact upon blind and partially sighted people, particularly issues such as highway clutter, street furniture and animal welfare.

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Streets Ahead Celebrates Second Birthday

Streets Ahead is two years old! Listen to my interview here:

 

From Ewden in the North to Totley in the South, Tinsley in the East to Bradfield in the West, Streets Ahead is transforming and improving Sheffield’s roads, pavements and streetscene.

 

The 25 year programme has celebrated its second anniversary with the announcement that nearly 250 miles of road have been resurfaced along with more than 300 miles of pavements and footpath and that over 22,000 pot holes have been repaired.

 

In addition, street cleaning teams routinely empty 3,334 bins each week, 14,322 new LED streetlights have been installed and 64 new traffic signal schemes have been completed.

 

Cllr Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene, said: “We are very proud of the Streets Ahead project and delighted to be celebrating our 2nd anniversary. Over the past two years we have seen what a huge difference the project is making across the city. We can see better lighting; smoother roads and pavements and an improving streetscene.

 

“We have experienced some challenges on the way but we never expected this project to happen overnight. We are working hard to address some of the challenges and are confident that the city will continue to see their streets improving for the better.”

 

Rob Allen the Streets Ahead Business Director said: “These figures give some idea of the scale and scope of the Streets Ahead project which was launched in August 2012 to provide Sheffield with a highways network that is second to none.

 

“It is the biggest, most ambitious project of its kind in the UK and as such, has provided us with some big challenges.

 

“Looking at highways alone, we have committed to bringing Sheffield’s roads up to standard by August 2017, from the heavily used main routes that carry the bulk of the city’s commuters to side streets choked with parked cars.

 

“In order to achieve this we have to send out hundreds of thousands of letters to residents, closed roads, manage traffic, put  diversions in place, worked at night and ask residents to move their cars.

 

“Our work does cause people inconvenience but once the first five years of the contract are over, the city and its residents will be able to enjoy the benefits of smooth roads and pavements, brighter and more energy efficient LED lighting and improved road drainage.”

 

Key achievements by Streets Ahead include:

 

  • Resurfaced roads: 246.5 miles
  • Resurfaced pavements: 302 miles
  • Numbers of reported potholes repaired: 22,682
  • New street light lanterns installed: 14,322
  • Street cleaning: 3,334 bins are emptied every week, 500-600 tonnes of litter are collected every month and street cleaning teams have responded to 23,127 reports of litter, flytipping and graffiti.
  • Grass cutting: More than 25 million square metres of grass verges have been cut, the equivalent of 5050 football pitches.
  • 141 Structures repaired, strengthened and restored: from bridge strengthening schemes to culverts.
  • Number of drainage gullies replaced: 1,349, and 131,901 cleaned.