Developer accused of 'cavalier attitude' towards residents affected by £29m Cycle Superhighway

Developer accused of 'cavalier attitude' towards residents affected by £29m Cycle Superhighway

Michael Blackburn is opposing plans to put a cycle path on Bradford Road, Pudsey.

Michael Blackburn is opposing plans to put a cycle path on Bradford Road, Pudsey

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Developers of a new £29 million Cycle Superhighway between Bradford and Leeds have been accused of taking a "cavalier attitude" to the concerns of residents and businesses affected by the scheme.

Councillor Andrew Carter, who represents Calverley and Farsley and is leader of the Conservative group on Leeds City Council, said the Thornbury to Stanningley section of the 14-mile route would cause major safety issues and a negative impact on trade.

Stuart Andrew, Conservative MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough, has echoed the concerns, but CityConnect, the organisation heading up the project, said the scheme had been "carefully considered" to accommodate parking and loading facilities for local businesses and residents.

The proposals, submitted by Bradford Council, Leeds City Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, include largely segregated cycle provision which will see the route take over part of the carriageway in areas such as Bradford Road in Thornbury.

Half metre sections of kerb between the cycle track and road are designed to increase safety for cyclists, but Cllr Carter said there was an "obsession with moving the scheme forward" despite major issues for residents and business owners.

"From Stanningley to the Bradford boundary there are a whole string of issues," he said. "Residents and businesses need parking spaces on the highway and are understandably really concerned.

"We were assured these concerns would be addressed, but we are getting more complaints from residents on a daily basis.

"Residents will have to park outside of the cycleway and further into the road, which is just not safe.

"They are taking a cavalier attitude to small businesses, but we are not prepared to accept a single job being placed in doubt through lost trade."

Michael Blackburn, who has lived on Womersley Place, just off Bradford Road, for the past 30 years, said: "It's not just about not being able to park, it's unsafe.

"They've said the restrictions are for our safety and benefit, but people will end up parking and trying to get out of their cars in the full lane of the carriageway."

Malcolm Dytor, postmaster at Woodhall Park Post Office on Bradford Road, said: "It's bound to have an effect on the business if people can't park.

"Some of our customers are in their 70s and 80s, and for them to be trying to get out onto to a three-lane highway from essentially the middle lane of the traffic will be horrendous on this road.

"It's an accident waiting to happen."

Mr Andrew said he had requested a meeting with City Connect to discuss the concerns, and had not ruled out referring the matter to the Secretary of State.

Ginny Leonard, communications and engagement project manager for CityConnect, said that while it was understood there was a level of local opposition to the project, 16 consultation events had been carried out on the Thornbury to Stanningley bypass section, with 78 per cent of residents said to be in favour of the scheme.

"We are unaware of concerns over any major safety issues," she said. "We have had two independent safety audits, neither of which have flagged up major issues.

"Any objections to the scheme have largely been associated with parking.

"The CityConnect scheme was successful in demonstrating a new approach to cycling in Leeds/Bradford, and consequently it is important that the scheme reflects a safe, segregated facility."

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1:56pm Thu 31 Jul 14

llos25 says...

I am an avid cyclist this scheme was not thought out by cyclists but idiots in city halls who have no idea about anything to do do with cycling.
I am an avid cyclist this scheme was not thought out by cyclists but idiots in city halls who have no idea about anything to do do with cycling. llos25
  • Score: 18

5:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

justjustice says...

llos25 wrote:
I am an avid cyclist this scheme was not thought out by cyclists but idiots in city halls who have no idea about anything to do do with cycling.
Cycle Highway?

Let's just paint a white line on the side of the road which all drivers will ignore.

Well that's my work done, that'll be £29 million please.
[quote][p][bold]llos25[/bold] wrote: I am an avid cyclist this scheme was not thought out by cyclists but idiots in city halls who have no idea about anything to do do with cycling.[/p][/quote]Cycle Highway? Let's just paint a white line on the side of the road which all drivers will ignore. Well that's my work done, that'll be £29 million please. justjustice
  • Score: 5

10:22pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Wanna Have says...

Why not just put it on the pavement it's not like many people walk now.that would then allow folk like the guy in the yellow shirt in the article with the big gut, who probably never walks anywhere to park right next to his house.
Why not just put it on the pavement it's not like many people walk now.that would then allow folk like the guy in the yellow shirt in the article with the big gut, who probably never walks anywhere to park right next to his house. Wanna Have
  • Score: 0

7:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

PTN says...

Its badly thought out. i will not be using the cycle lanes on Church Bank and Barkerend Rd when i can use Leeds Rd which has a much gentler slope as opposed to the steep inclines on the proposed route.
Its badly thought out. i will not be using the cycle lanes on Church Bank and Barkerend Rd when i can use Leeds Rd which has a much gentler slope as opposed to the steep inclines on the proposed route. PTN
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Wed 6 Aug 14

activew says...

Further to our various emails and “Consultations” which clearly stand for nothing!

We need answers as to what is happening and when as I need to know whether to move my business out of the area or not.

I have had comments from WYPTE to ignore the fact that LCC highways are saying the road has shrunk and I have comments from LCC that WYPTE are not to be believed, who is telling the truth.

The upshot is parking or lack of it.

There is also the fact that LCC/Metro are offering no compensation during the works for loss of business and neither will LCC with regards to rates….I find both utterly scandalous.

I have had my business here for 14 years and can say categorically that in 10 of those 14 years we have had major roadwork’s and disruptions at some point on this section of road, and whilst these disruptions have greatly affected all the businesses along this stretch we have received not one penny from either contractors or LCC.

The gas pipes and I believe the water pipes are apparently due for renewal and this will cause MAJOR headaches once again. Will the pipes be laid before this farcical super highway or after it? More disruption and chaos will no doubt ensue.

This scheme is apparently already over budget …what is the point in it for a legacy for 20 cyclists to get knocked down on…..? It’s an ill thought out jobs worth “Brownie point” collection for the “do- gooder’s and bleeding hearts” involved, nothing more and nothing less.

What is/was the justification of the scheme that was laid out when the funding bid was made for this ludicrous and rushed project?

Who gets to deal with the upkeep and maintenance of the scheme when all the jobs worth’s have left to bigger and better maniacal schemes?….. it will be a complete joke and will be forgotten about not long after its forced implication when they have all patted each other on the back and drunk the bottles of free fizz having no doubt received bonuses and pay rises for forcing this through!!.

The scheme will kill off what remains of as you like to term it “Stanningley centre “. There is no Stanningley centre, just the floundering remains of the heavy commercial area, not an area where trees should be planted.

And as for the comments of “you never know Mike in 5 years’ time you may be having a picnic in Stanningley bottoms” ……..Well what a load of tripe, would any of you sit at the side of Stanningley Road eating your cucumber sandwiches as a 40 tonne artic rolled past, I think not.

Clearly the overpaid London planners and the Cycle team are a bunch of self-serving, self-opinionated jobs worth “lovies” with no concern for the existing local businesses which will fail or move. If the latter then no doubt the area will turn into a more run down slum haunted by misguided youth and alcohol swilling Eastern Europeans!!

Why on earth would anyone in their right mind think that Stanningley could be become an area of café bars and restaurants is beyond me and to be told that Stanningley bears a strong resemblance to York is just pure cuckoo land dreaming.

The consolations have been utterly worthless, and many of my emails have gone unacknowledged and seemingly ignored. Even the clown at the public consultation event at Pudsey Civic Hall thought it was funny and laughed at the fact that I was being ignored, hardly a professional attitude and certain not one that I warmed to at the time.

I am lead to believe that the government money has to be spent before the end of next year, so this clearly shows that the scheme is being “railroaded in” despite the objections of right minded people and local politicians.

Could it be that the residents and businesses are simply being paid lip service by the cycle team and to some degree the politicians whilst the scheme is introduced under the radar so that Leeds can obtain the posterity for spending millions of pounds on another white elephant?

There seems to be a lot of talk from and about local politicians voicing their concerns on behalf of residents and businesses alike but I have seen no action to date.

Clearly Metro run Leeds not the publicly appointed Councillors and the Council if this is the case then it is a very sad indictment on the state and ethics of Leeds City Council and the County as a whole

This begs the question why spend tax payers money (millions of pounds) on worthless consultations and redrawing pretty plans and schemes when Metro will go ahead and implement this “Legacy” fallacy regardless of what the local residents, businesses and local politicians think.
Further to our various emails and “Consultations” which clearly stand for nothing! We need answers as to what is happening and when as I need to know whether to move my business out of the area or not. I have had comments from WYPTE to ignore the fact that LCC highways are saying the road has shrunk and I have comments from LCC that WYPTE are not to be believed, who is telling the truth. The upshot is parking or lack of it. There is also the fact that LCC/Metro are offering no compensation during the works for loss of business and neither will LCC with regards to rates….I find both utterly scandalous. I have had my business here for 14 years and can say categorically that in 10 of those 14 years we have had major roadwork’s and disruptions at some point on this section of road, and whilst these disruptions have greatly affected all the businesses along this stretch we have received not one penny from either contractors or LCC. The gas pipes and I believe the water pipes are apparently due for renewal and this will cause MAJOR headaches once again. Will the pipes be laid before this farcical super highway or after it? More disruption and chaos will no doubt ensue. This scheme is apparently already over budget …what is the point in it for a legacy for 20 cyclists to get knocked down on…..? It’s an ill thought out jobs worth “Brownie point” collection for the “do- gooder’s and bleeding hearts” involved, nothing more and nothing less. What is/was the justification of the scheme that was laid out when the funding bid was made for this ludicrous and rushed project? Who gets to deal with the upkeep and maintenance of the scheme when all the jobs worth’s have left to bigger and better maniacal schemes?….. it will be a complete joke and will be forgotten about not long after its forced implication when they have all patted each other on the back and drunk the bottles of free fizz having no doubt received bonuses and pay rises for forcing this through!!. The scheme will kill off what remains of as you like to term it “Stanningley centre “. There is no Stanningley centre, just the floundering remains of the heavy commercial area, not an area where trees should be planted. And as for the comments of “you never know Mike in 5 years’ time you may be having a picnic in Stanningley bottoms” ……..Well what a load of tripe, would any of you sit at the side of Stanningley Road eating your cucumber sandwiches as a 40 tonne artic rolled past, I think not. Clearly the overpaid London planners and the Cycle team are a bunch of self-serving, self-opinionated jobs worth “lovies” with no concern for the existing local businesses which will fail or move. If the latter then no doubt the area will turn into a more run down slum haunted by misguided youth and alcohol swilling Eastern Europeans!! Why on earth would anyone in their right mind think that Stanningley could be become an area of café bars and restaurants is beyond me and to be told that Stanningley bears a strong resemblance to York is just pure cuckoo land dreaming. The consolations have been utterly worthless, and many of my emails have gone unacknowledged and seemingly ignored. Even the clown at the public consultation event at Pudsey Civic Hall thought it was funny and laughed at the fact that I was being ignored, hardly a professional attitude and certain not one that I warmed to at the time. I am lead to believe that the government money has to be spent before the end of next year, so this clearly shows that the scheme is being “railroaded in” despite the objections of right minded people and local politicians. Could it be that the residents and businesses are simply being paid lip service by the cycle team and to some degree the politicians whilst the scheme is introduced under the radar so that Leeds can obtain the posterity for spending millions of pounds on another white elephant? There seems to be a lot of talk from and about local politicians voicing their concerns on behalf of residents and businesses alike but I have seen no action to date. Clearly Metro run Leeds not the publicly appointed Councillors and the Council if this is the case then it is a very sad indictment on the state and ethics of Leeds City Council and the County as a whole This begs the question why spend tax payers money (millions of pounds) on worthless consultations and redrawing pretty plans and schemes when Metro will go ahead and implement this “Legacy” fallacy regardless of what the local residents, businesses and local politicians think. activew
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