TELL THE WORLD WHAT WENT WRONG AND HOPEFULLY THE WORLD WILL GET BETTER
Always Happy to Help
Directorate of the Urban Enviroment
3 St James’s Road
Parkway Road - Dudley
One Way Street System
Dudley Council finally scrapped their One Way Street system and re-opened the road
in both directions but imposed a NO RIGHT turn at the Himley Road exit which was
a sensible decision as this is virtually a blind bend which makes it difficult to
see the cars coming down the Himley Road.
At last we were back to square one, the residents were happy and the Council had
wasted 1000’s of pounds in rate payers money, which could have been avoided, had
they consulted the residents and the motorists earlier and not just listened to a
handful of the mainly Asian residents in Parkway Road.
About 4 weeks ago I noticed that the cars coming out of Parkway Road were turning
right again into Himley Road causing delays in Parkway Road at peak times and when
I looked closer I found that the NO RIGHT TURN sign had disappeared.
I use this road every day in both directions and I had not seen a planning application
in the street or in the papers for this change and I consequently wrote to the Council
and asked them when and why they made that change when it was obvious that this would
cause delays in Parkway road and could also be quite dangerous, especially with cars
parked on both side of the Himley road which, in itself, is already causing congestions.
FOUR weeks later I am still waiting for a response as and I have just written them
another letter requesting their reply.
Here is a copy of my letter which they have ignored to-date:
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
A few years ago your department imposed a one way street system in Parkway Road which
became the focus of a large number of complaints from the residents living around
this area as it clogged up all the roads during peak traffic times.
Following consultations you accepted that the entire scheme was irrational and illogical
and it was eventually scrapped and the road was reopened as a two way traffic flow.
You did, however, quite rightly restrict the right turn into Himley Road, as was
not only dangerous, considering the right hand curve of Himley Road at this point,
it also lead to long queues at peak times in Parkway Road as cars leaving Parkway
Road were unable to turn right due to the heavy traffic on Himley Road.
It was a sensible and rational thing to do and it greatly improved the traffic flow.
However, to my utter astonishment I have noticed that this restriction has now been
removed without any consultation and that cars are yet again turning right blocking
the traffic in Parkway Road and slowing the traffic on the Himley Road which is already
substantially narrowed and restricted due to parked cars on both side of Himley Road.
Please let me know why and when you have made this illogical and dangerous decision
to allow the traffic to turn right and once again cause hold-ups and most likely
accidents in the future.
This letter was dated the
3rd October 2013
and today is the
19th November 2013
and Dudley Council
have not had the common courtesy to reply
I refer to your correspondence regarding the absence of a previously introduced
‘no right turn’ sign from Parkway Road, Dudley, near its junction with Himley Road.
This matter will be referred to my Street Lighting/Electrical Section colleagues,
together with a request that the missing sign be replaced as part of a future illuminated
sign maintenance programme.
Signed PETER VANGEERSDALE - GROUP ENGINEER, TRAFFIC & ROAD SAFETY
So here we are -
Not a word of an apology for not responding to my letters for EIGHT WEEKS
Not a mutter of an explanation as to why this sign is ‘absent’ or who has or may
have removed the sign
No clarification as to when this sign will be replaced
IS THIS THE BEST DUDLEY COUNCIL CAN OFFER FROM A DEPARTMENT APTLY CALLED
TRAFFIC AND ROAD SAFETY
LET’S SEE HOW LONG IT TAKES HIS COLLEAGUES TO REPLACE THE ‘ABSENT’ ROAD SIGN
AND HOW SERIOUS THE COUNCIL CONSIDERS TRAFFIC AND ROAD SAFETY
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR AN UPDATE
On the 28th November 2013 I finally received a letter from PETER VANGEERSDAELE which
is printed on below
Early January 2014 the illuminated NO RIGHT TURN signs have actually been installed.
Regretfully I have noticed that a number of cars are completely ignoring it and are
still turning right despite the new signs and that the drivers of these cars are
mostly the residents who live on the Himley Road who want to park their cars outside
their houses and who would have to drive down Himley Road and come back up again.
The young Asian ‘Lady’ who was the last one I encountered turning right stuck up
her fingers and told me to ‘fuck off’ when I pointed out to her that this was a left