Each year, the County Council’s “Local Highways Initiative” funds road improvement schemes up to £10,000 which are proposed by local residents and councillors, and this year a whole range of proposals in Queen Edith’s are set to be given the go-ahead. The proposals from all over the city were ranked in order, after scoring them on:
- Persistence of the problem
- Road safety benefits
- Benefit to the community
- “Added value”
The council then goes down the list until the budget (this year £102k) is accounted for. About 75% of the proposals made the cut, including all of those from our area. They are:
- £8300 for a mobile vehicle activated speeding sign for Queen Edith’s Way between the Long Road junction and the Mowbray Road roundabout;
- £500 for a bus stop area painted on the road to prevent cars parking at the bus stop outside 238 Lichfield Road;
- £2000 for double yellow lines to maintain access on Topcliffe Way;
- £3000 for double yellow lines on the junction to prohibit parking on Godwin Way, and fencing or posts on the grass outside the school;
- £1500 for single and double yellow lines on Chalk Grove and Netherhall Way;
- £2500 for parking restrictions in Cavendish Avenue to improve access from Hills Rd and along the street;
- £2000 for extension of the double yellow lines in Beaumont Road at the Queen Edith’s Way junction;
- £2000 for double yellow lines on both sides of Lichfield Road where the road bends sharply to the right;
- £1000 for Access Protection Markings at the nine dropped kerb locations in Lichfield Road where the car parks serve multiple residents.
Well done to all the residents who suggested and presented the ideas, and councillors Amanda Taylor (Queen Edith’s) and Noel Kavanagh (Coleridge) for helping see them through.