TELL THE WORLD WHAT WENT WRONG AND HOPEFULLY THE WORLD WILL GET BETTER
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Directorate of the Urban Enviroment
3 St James’s Road
Parkway Road - Dudley
One Way Street System
Several weeks ago driving back home I found my way blocked by a new sign telling
me that I no longer could turn left from Grange Road and that I had to continue up
to the grid locked roundabout at Eve Hill before I could join the Himley Road where
I live. At first I thought that there must have been an accident as the queue of
traffic stretched right down to Russells Hall Road and was hardly moving and it was
not until I actually got there that I realised that they had closed Parkway Road
to the traffic.
It did not make any sense to me. Why would anyone intentionally and purposely close
a road and force the traffic into an overloaded gridlocked roundabout? Surely this
could not be possible, but sadly it was.
Dudley’s Directorate of the Environment, headed by Peter Vangeersdaele had closed
the road and, in doing so, had caused mayhem and misery for all the motorists heading
home after work and for all the residents living along and around Grange Park Road.
I was furious and I was curious as to why they should have decided to do so and consequently
I wrote a letter to the Council and asked for an explanantion.
Q: Who approached Dudley Council and requested this change
A: A petition was received from residents of Parkway Road on the 7th November 2007
Q: How many residents of Parkway Road have supported this change
A: 27 residents signed the petition
Q: Why have the residents of Himley Road who are directly affected by this scheme
never been consulted or notified
A: Legal Public notices were displayed on the street on the 8th July 2009 for 21
days and appeared in the public notices section of the Express & Star
Q: How much has Dudley MBC spent to-date to implement the One Way operation of this
A: The costs were as follows: £291.55 for the legal advertisement and £ 3712.12 for
the physical costs
Q: Has Dudley MBC verified that the signatures of the petition are genuine and that
all individuals who signed the petition are residents of Parkway Road
A: Dudley Council Officers have not verified that the signatures are genuine. It
is not normal practice for traffic engineers to check whether the signatories of
a petition live at the address that they have indicated.
Q: Has Dudley MBC actually carried out an independent survey to confirm that the
reason given on the petition were factual and accurate
A: Site observations by Council Officers at peak traffic time indicated that long
traffic queues formed in Parkway Road at the beginning and end of the working day
and Officers on site observed Parkway Road motorist’ poor view of traffic proceeding
along Himley Road from Dudley Town Centre. This affected drivers’ ability to turn
Parkway Road into Himley Road.
Following my further request for a copy of the petition they have sent me this copy
but blacked out the name of the applicant.
The petition submitted to Dudley MBC is as follows:
We, the undersigned, being residents of PARKWAY ROAD in St. James Ward, Dudley present
this petition to demonstrate our great concern with the danger presented by the large
and increasing volume of wheeled traffic in our road.
PARKWAY ROAD is increasingly being used as a short cut between Grange Road and Himley
Road especially in late afternoon, to such an extent that the traffic is often nose
to tail from one end of the road to the other.
This growing problem is exacerbated by vehicles parked on both sides of the road
by patrons of the recently opened Hair Salon and the Doctors’ practice – the entrance
to both being in Grange Road. This is despite the fact that both have their own parking
for their clients.
In addition Parkway Road is frequently used as a race track by cars accelerating
to dangerous speeds.
Whilst we appreciate that road traffic is increasing everywhere as more and more
people drive cars, we feel strongly that it is both possible and highly desirable
that measures been taken to mitigate as far as possible the deleterious effects of
this increase to enhance the safety of this road.
1) ROAD HUMPS NEED TO BE CONSTRUCTED AT BOTH ENDS OF THE ROAD AND ALSO AT LEAST TWO
AT APPROPRIATE DISTANCES IN BETWEEN
2) A SPEED LIMIT OF 20 MPH SHOULD BE ENFORCED
3) THERE SHOULD BE NO RIGHT TURN AT THE DANGEROUS JUNCTION WITH HIMLEY ROAD, AS ONE
VEHICLE WAITING TO TURN RIGHT INTO HIMLEY ROAD FREQUENTLY BLOCKS THE PATH OF ALL
THE OTHER VEHICLES BEHIND
4) THE DOUBLE YELLOW LINES AT EACH JUNCTION SHOULD BE EXTENDED TO CONTROL CONGESTION
So here it goes:
27 people signed a petition which did not request a ONE WAY road scheme – this was
invented by Dudley Council.
Council Traffic Officers observed long traffic queues at peak times and decided to
push that traffic into the grid locked Eve Hill roundabout causing misery for the
motorists and residents. They either did that deliberately to please the handful
of people who live in Parkway Road or they are totally incompetent and not fit for
It is a fact that vehicles who tried to turn right into Himley Road caused traffic
delays. A simple NO RIGHT TURN sign would have stopped this.
One of the residents claim was the parking of visitors to the Doctors’ surgery was
clogging the road, yet the surgery moved 12 month ago and the building is now occupied
Dudley Council are claiming that they observed Parkway Road motorists’ poor view
for traffic proceeding along Himley Road from Dudley town centre, yet there has never
been an accident or a hold up as nearly all motorist leaving Dudley along the Himley
Road allowed the cars to feed in from Parkway Road.
Dudley Council claimed that large traffic queues formed at the beginning of the working
day. This is total nonsense as there are no queues in the morning and a ONE WAY
street system would not have changed that anyway.
This road scheme is totally crazy and stupid as it causes misery for 1000’s of motorist
and residents and has brought no advantage or improvement to the people living in
The two local Labour ward councillors are sitting on the fence and have done nothing
to help the people affected. They should be thoroughly ashamed and the only councillor
who has come out on the side of the people is Malcolm Davis the UKIP councillor
who has pledged his support.
PETER VANGEERSDAELE PLEASE RECONSIDER THIS STUPID AND CRAZY ROAD SCHEME YOU HAVE
IMPLEMENT WITHOUT PROPER CONSULTATION AND WITHOUT HAVING BEEN REQUESTED BY THE RESIDENTS
OF PARKWAY ROAD.
THE ONE WAY STREET SYSTEM IN PARKWAY ROAD SERVES NO PURPOSE BUT CAUSES MISERY TO
ALL THE MOTORISTS WHO WANT TO GET HOME FROM WORK AND ALL THE RESIDENTS AROUND GRANGE
ROAD WHO HAVE TO ENDURE LARGE TRAFFIC QUEUES DURING THE AFTERNOON PEAK TIME.
Let me conclude this webpage with a quote from Stephen Mitchell’s modern translation
of the Tao Te Ching, in homage to Lao Tzu (ca. 500 B.C)
A great nation is like a great man: When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having
realized it, he admits it. Having admitted it, he corrects it. He considers those who
point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers.
99 Himley Road
Telephone: 01384 251746
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Telephone: 07973 349632
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Telephone: 01384 866634
On the 21st July 2011 the Express & Star informed us
END OF ROAD FOR SCHEME MAY BE DUE
A controversial one-way system which sparked hundreds of complaints could be scrapped
if there is enough publish support we are told by the Council.
The Council’s traffic manager PETER VANGEERSDAELE said
“Councillors and officers recently met on the site to discuss the issues relating
to PARKWAY ROAD and they will now discuss possible courses of actions with officers.”
Whilst this is welcome news for all the residents around Grange Road and for all
the motorists who have endured substantial delays over the last few months I fail
to see the logic of the Council to claim that they now have to hold yet another consultation
and waste even more rate payers money.
27 people complained and the Council turned this street into a one-way system. 400
residents have objected and yet the Council thinks it needs another consultation
to reverse it. Had they done the job right in the first instance and consulted the
residents who were affected by this crazy road scheme then it would have never been
So please stop messing about and put things back where they were in the first instance.
Nobody, apart from a few selfish and self-centred residents in Parkway Road wanted
it in the first instance and if you are serious that you are happy to listen to residents
concerns then scrap this scheme without wasting more time and more money.
Whilst we try to ensure that the complaint is truthful and factual we cannot accept
responsibility for the complaint. If you are affected by the complaint and if you
think that the complaint is inaccurate or misleading then please contact us with
supporting details of your objection and we will gladly remove any erroneous part
from this page
The Complaint Shop
Today is the 15th March 2012 - 8 month after being told by Dudley Council that the
road scheme would be reversed and nothing has been done.
Mr. Vandeersgaele are the residents of Dudley just being fobbed off by the Council
or have you told us all a deliberate lie to shut us up?
The Parkway ONE WAY road scheme has finally been reversed and the road is nearly
back as it was.
Quite sensibly the Council has opted to restrict the RIGHT TURN into Himley Road
which now means that the traffic is moving smoother and is not held up by cars trying
to turn right.
Surprise Surprise - without warning the NO RIGHT TURN restriction has disappeared
and I have written to the Council and have asked them for an explanation.