Death on Bradford's roads is under ‘scrutiny’

CRASH SCENE: A report into fatalities on Bradford’s roads is being finalised

CRASH SCENE: A report into fatalities on Bradford’s roads is being finalised

First published in News

Deaths on the roads, fuel poverty and the training of school governors are just some of the hard-hitting topics to be investigated at City Hall this year.

Bradford Council’s five powerful Overview and Scrutiny Committees, which hold its departments to account and examines issues in-depth, have set out their plans for the next 12 months.

The Environment and Waste Management overview and scrutiny committee has been carrying out an in-depth investigation into the number of people being killed or seriously injured on the district’s roads. A report into their findings is now being finalised.

The same committee may also look at the problem of fuel poverty, amid concern over rising bills.

Meanwhile the Children’s Services overview and scrutiny committee is set to examine the training scheme for the district’s school governors – the Council’s School Governor Service.

The committee also hopes to look at the Government’s reform of GCSEs, which will see new, tougher classes introduced in 2015 and 2016.

The issue of welfare reform is set to be tackled by the Health and Social Care overview and scrutiny committee.

The committee is filming people who have been directly affected by changes to the welfare system talking about their experiences.

Outgoing chairman, Councillor Mike Gibbons (Con), said: “The various highlighted issues will be commented on in due course.”

The Corporate overview and scrutiny committee is keen to start two detailed investigations into domestic violence and poverty.

A report setting out these plans will go before the Full Council on Tuesday, when committee chairmen will be reappointed.

The report also sets out the achievements of the past year, which include the Children’s Services overview and scrutiny committee’s 16-point action plan to improve the district’s schools, many of which were adopted by the Council.

Committee chairman, Councillor Malcolm Sykes (Con), said another matter they had looked at was the death of tragic tot Hamzah Khan, whose mummified remains were found in his house nearly two years after his death.

He said: “It wasn’t on my agenda at the time but clearly when it happened, I brought it immediately to a special scrutiny meeting.”

The meeting interviewed key council figures about what lessons could be learned from the tragedy.

The Regeneration and Economy overview and scrutiny committee’s recommendations for the council’s allotments service brought about great improvements, the report said.

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8:31am Thu 5 Jun 14

bluebluerobin says...

In the best traditions of City Hall I'm sure all these reports will be a whitewash.
In the best traditions of City Hall I'm sure all these reports will be a whitewash. bluebluerobin
  • Score: 43

8:49am Thu 5 Jun 14

angry bradfordian says...

No doubt the results of the 'death on the roads' report will be even more speed humps throughout the city.

I'd hope they might try and persuade the police to deploy a few more traffic cops on the streets. No number of speed cameras will stop incidents like the one on Thornton Rd pictured above.
No doubt the results of the 'death on the roads' report will be even more speed humps throughout the city. I'd hope they might try and persuade the police to deploy a few more traffic cops on the streets. No number of speed cameras will stop incidents like the one on Thornton Rd pictured above. angry bradfordian
  • Score: 25

8:52am Thu 5 Jun 14

alive and awake says...

WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!
For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done.
It's about time the owners were brought to task.
WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done. It's about time the owners were brought to task. alive and awake
  • Score: 23

8:53am Thu 5 Jun 14

sorrow&anger says...

These reports, however well intentioned will end up as unread sagas of self-congratulatory nonsense written by officials desperate to avoid having to actually do something.

Where are the reports on the issues that actually affect Bradford most, population growth, economic stagnation, unemployment, housing, congestion, health?
These reports, however well intentioned will end up as unread sagas of self-congratulatory nonsense written by officials desperate to avoid having to actually do something. Where are the reports on the issues that actually affect Bradford most, population growth, economic stagnation, unemployment, housing, congestion, health? sorrow&anger
  • Score: 58

9:04am Thu 5 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

alive and awake wrote:
WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!
For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done.
It's about time the owners were brought to task.
Yes it's always a shame the T&A doesn't let us choose our own topics.

I agree that it's the owners not the dogs, we have a neighbour who has an Akita and you couldn't wish for a gentler more well behaved animal.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done. It's about time the owners were brought to task.[/p][/quote]Yes it's always a shame the T&A doesn't let us choose our own topics. I agree that it's the owners not the dogs, we have a neighbour who has an Akita and you couldn't wish for a gentler more well behaved animal. Grumpygirl
  • Score: -33

9:05am Thu 5 Jun 14

Grumpygirl says...

Isn't it typical of City Hall that there response to all these problems is to write a report, rather than actually doing something. As any manager/politician knows commissioning a report is a great way of looking busy without having to do anything. Procrastinated action is the Council's forte.
Isn't it typical of City Hall that there response to all these problems is to write a report, rather than actually doing something. As any manager/politician knows commissioning a report is a great way of looking busy without having to do anything. Procrastinated action is the Council's forte. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 42

10:12am Thu 5 Jun 14

They only do damage! says...

Training for govenors?, lets just keep the Islamists out of schools, and save the training for the teachers.
Training for govenors?, lets just keep the Islamists out of schools, and save the training for the teachers. They only do damage!
  • Score: -35

10:53am Thu 5 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

"hard-hitting"? Doubt it. We can look forward to the usual pap. The Council has never truly addressed the issues facing Bradford. If they had, we wouldn't be in the state we are today.
"hard-hitting"? Doubt it. We can look forward to the usual pap. The Council has never truly addressed the issues facing Bradford. If they had, we wouldn't be in the state we are today. FinlandStation
  • Score: 50

11:26am Thu 5 Jun 14

cliftonmike says...

The title is the result of being a third world city with all the baggage that it brings.
The title is the result of being a third world city with all the baggage that it brings. cliftonmike
  • Score: 34

11:51am Thu 5 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

sorrow&anger wrote:
These reports, however well intentioned will end up as unread sagas of self-congratulatory nonsense written by officials desperate to avoid having to actually do something.

Where are the reports on the issues that actually affect Bradford most, population growth, economic stagnation, unemployment, housing, congestion, health?
Shhhh.... we don't talk about that...
[quote][p][bold]sorrow&anger[/bold] wrote: These reports, however well intentioned will end up as unread sagas of self-congratulatory nonsense written by officials desperate to avoid having to actually do something. Where are the reports on the issues that actually affect Bradford most, population growth, economic stagnation, unemployment, housing, congestion, health?[/p][/quote]Shhhh.... we don't talk about that... Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 48

11:57am Thu 5 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Grumpygirl wrote:
alive and awake wrote:
WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!
For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done.
It's about time the owners were brought to task.
Yes it's always a shame the T&A doesn't let us choose our own topics.

I agree that it's the owners not the dogs, we have a neighbour who has an Akita and you couldn't wish for a gentler more well behaved animal.
I wonder if you'd leave your or anyone else's kids with it ?
[quote][p][bold]Grumpygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: WHAT ABOUT YET ANOTHER INCIDENT, YES ANOTHER, INVOLVING DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!! For heavens sake enough is enough. Nothing gets done. It's about time the owners were brought to task.[/p][/quote]Yes it's always a shame the T&A doesn't let us choose our own topics. I agree that it's the owners not the dogs, we have a neighbour who has an Akita and you couldn't wish for a gentler more well behaved animal.[/p][/quote]I wonder if you'd leave your or anyone else's kids with it ? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 30

12:38pm Thu 5 Jun 14

mr-dog says...

You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford. mr-dog
  • Score: 17

12:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

mr-dog says...

Time to ban the Japanese Akita.

Please sign the epetition below:

http://epetitions.di
rect.gov.uk/petition
s/55225
Time to ban the Japanese Akita. Please sign the epetition below: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/55225 mr-dog
  • Score: 6

1:04pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Robin of Loxley says...

mr-dog wrote:
Time to ban the Japanese Akita.

Please sign the epetition below:

http://epetitions.di

rect.gov.uk/petition

s/55225
Signed.
[quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: Time to ban the Japanese Akita. Please sign the epetition below: http://epetitions.di rect.gov.uk/petition s/55225[/p][/quote]Signed. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

alive and awake says...

mr-dog wrote:
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.
Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants.
[quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.[/p][/quote]Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants. alive and awake
  • Score: 4

2:18pm Thu 5 Jun 14

SurprisedByJoyce says...

alive and awake wrote:
mr-dog wrote:
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.
Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants.
Whilst my heart goes out to the people of Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, I'm not sure why this is supposed to make me feel any better about Bradford. This is not a very nice city, and the fact that there may be worse places, shouldn't be an excuse for the Council doing nothing.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.[/p][/quote]Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants.[/p][/quote]Whilst my heart goes out to the people of Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool, I'm not sure why this is supposed to make me feel any better about Bradford. This is not a very nice city, and the fact that there may be worse places, shouldn't be an excuse for the Council doing nothing. SurprisedByJoyce
  • Score: 23

3:37pm Thu 5 Jun 14

BaildonGuy says...

alive and awake wrote:
mr-dog wrote:
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.
Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants.
I never really understood the view that says things are all right as long as there's somebody worse off than you. Mind you I never really understood why eating my rice pudding would help the hungry in China.
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mr-dog[/bold] wrote: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than Bradford.[/p][/quote]Bradford is bad, but parts of Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham are much worse, and I don't mean the parts that are heavily populated with immigrants.[/p][/quote]I never really understood the view that says things are all right as long as there's somebody worse off than you. Mind you I never really understood why eating my rice pudding would help the hungry in China. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 18

7:47pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Simon4567 says...

"Death on the roads"...

Perhaps if they moved the traffic camera vans to more residential areas they might do a better job of reducing the deaths and injuries on the roads...

However this will obviously result in a reduction in revenue which in reality as we all know is what the camera van is for, parked up on primary routes in opportunistic spots where it can catch commuters doing a few mph over the limit.

There are several roads near me where idiots drive far far in excess of the speed limit but you never see a camera van or a copper, try walking along a country road with no pavements and hearing the sound of an engine as a car roars towards you and trying to figure out where you need to position yourself in order to have the best chance of survival. Trust me, it certainly gets the adrenaline going, probably as close as you get to experiencing what its like to be a rabbit caught in the headlights.

It's only when someone gets killed that something gets done, reactionary not preventative, that's all I see...
"Death on the roads"... Perhaps if they moved the traffic camera vans to more residential areas they might do a better job of reducing the deaths and injuries on the roads... However this will obviously result in a reduction in revenue which in reality as we all know is what the camera van is for, parked up on primary routes in opportunistic spots where it can catch commuters doing a few mph over the limit. There are several roads near me where idiots drive far far in excess of the speed limit but you never see a camera van or a copper, try walking along a country road with no pavements and hearing the sound of an engine as a car roars towards you and trying to figure out where you need to position yourself in order to have the best chance of survival. Trust me, it certainly gets the adrenaline going, probably as close as you get to experiencing what its like to be a rabbit caught in the headlights. It's only when someone gets killed that something gets done, reactionary not preventative, that's all I see... Simon4567
  • Score: 6

9:56pm Thu 5 Jun 14

mad matt says...

I happen to be one of those drivers who does obey the speed limit, to the obvious annoyance of a lot of the local drivers, professional drivers included.
I've got used to the fact that certain drivers think they have a special driving licence which allows them to go as fast as they like, wherever they like and overtake as soon as they spot the slightest gap no matter how many other road they put in danger. I'm so pleased that I've got servo assisted disc brakes on my car, because if there are three things you need to survive driving in this town, it's good brakes, good reactions and a crystal ball so you know which idiot is going to screw up next!
I happen to be one of those drivers who does obey the speed limit, to the obvious annoyance of a lot of the local drivers, professional drivers included. I've got used to the fact that certain drivers think they have a special driving licence which allows them to go as fast as they like, wherever they like and overtake as soon as they spot the slightest gap no matter how many other road they put in danger. I'm so pleased that I've got servo assisted disc brakes on my car, because if there are three things you need to survive driving in this town, it's good brakes, good reactions and a crystal ball so you know which idiot is going to screw up next! mad matt
  • Score: 4

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