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midway
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13/10/2018 : 22:39:38      reply with quote


Silsden has serious traffic problems, but building a costly bypass is not the answer. New roads are proven to generate more traffic, not less - especially when they create new development and infill. The Local Authority has not yet tried out any alternative solution to lessen congestion and pollution. The measures they should now take include:
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weight restriction on the river aire bridge.
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main road widened outside Aldi.
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restricted parking on kirkgate.
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14/10/2018 : 09:04:15      reply with quote


i agree middy,a few more maybe
4 restricted parking on bolton rd
5 pelican crossing at dale view for new school
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14/10/2018 : 10:16:40      reply with quote


Weight restriction is absolutely the way to go. Its the hgv’s from a couple of local firms that cause the main road to jam up. There should be signs at steeton roundabout and addingham sending heavy traffic along the existing roads around the back of skipton
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14/10/2018 : 11:24:41      reply with quote


There should be no parking from the old post office down, HGV’s should not be allowed to use Silsden as a short cut to likely and beyond. Signs won’t make any difference but as our every movement seems to be monitored it must be possible to track any large vehicle not requiring access to Silsden properties. Another major contribution to the gridlock is the busses entering Elliot Street, if Elliot street was one way except for busses , the jams caused by the busses waiting whilst car after car turns right would be removed.
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14/10/2018 : 12:55:18      reply with quote


They will only stop HGV's on Kirkgate after the bypass is opened.They won't remove a "A" road from the traffic network for lorries.
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14/10/2018 : 14:21:55      reply with quote


they banned hgv's before it was great made a massive difference to traffic
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14/10/2018 : 20:14:51      reply with quote


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they banned hgv's before it was great made a massive difference to traffic
Only for a short period they wont get a traffic regulation order to impose it permanently until the bypass is built
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15/10/2018 : 09:09:35      reply with quote


Was I the only one to notice that when the beck walls were being rebuilt, when the parking was removed from the old post office down, that the congestion was reduced?
Also place a 7.5 tonne limit on the roads in and out of Silsden.
These 2 suggestions are a LOT cheaper than a bypass
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15/10/2018 : 11:24:15      reply with quote


Spot on Jolly Bob, why there is any parking in Kirkgate is beyond me, but no one will do anything about it. Some people think it's good to slow traffic down to a halt, not keep it moving at a steady rate through the town. However welcome it would be to get a bypass, it will take years to build, some measures need to be taken now.
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midway
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16/10/2018 : 14:38:05      reply with quote


And this one has been hit twice in one day.

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16/10/2018 : 14:41:53      reply with quote


Station Road at Steeton has a 7.5t limit once you go past the junction for Damart, and this is effectively the same road as Keighley Road. if a limit can be applied there then why not through Silsden?
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16/10/2018 : 16:47:48      reply with quote


A post from 2007
: silsden.net/forum/philboard_read.asp?id=476
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16/10/2018 : 20:22:15      reply with quote


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Station Road at Steeton has a 7.5t limit once you go past the junction for Damart, and this is effectively the same road as Keighley Road. if a limit can be applied there then why not through Silsden?
It was the same road, the A6034 which ran from the junction with the A65 by the Craven Heifer in Addingham to A629 at Steeton Top.
The Addingham bypass became the new route for the A65 and the Aire Valley Trunk road became the A629. So now the A6034 starts at Addingham roundabout and ends at Steeton Roundabout.
So it used to be the same road but now its not. Opening the Trunk Road allowed the road past Damart become weight restricted.
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18/10/2018 : 08:52:00      reply with quote


A 7.5 weight limit is fine upto a point, silsden is still a rural community and, whether we like it or not, trucks, tractors and other kit has got bigger...on the continent they cater for rural roads by producing ‘narrow-track’ vehicles, everything from bin lorries to fire engines. In this country we just seem to be going the yank-way ‘bigger is better’
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18/10/2018 : 11:56:37      reply with quote


From an article in the Keighley News by David Knights

https://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/16990147.no-current-plans-for-a-town-bypass/

‘No current plans for a town bypass’

Bradford Council this week said it had no active plans to build an eastern bypass for Silsden........

In its statement this week, the council also clarified the position regarding its target for 1,200 new homes to be built in Silsden by 2030, as part of the Unitary Development Plan. The council admitted that although it had agreed a minimum target of new houses, this would not prevent further housing development in the area........

..... and in the comments section

The Unitary Development Plan no longer exists and hasn't since 2012 when the National Planning Policy Framework came in. UDPs were an initiative of the Labour Government which set housing targets for Local Authorities. The NPPF scrapped those targets. On top of this the Local Plan done under the NPPF was accompanied by an Infrastructure Plan which, if my recollection is correct, included a bypass for Silsden to enable the village to cope with traffic from new development. The NPPF is quite clear that new homes shouldn't be built without the proper infrastructure.

It's also worth noting that the vast majority of the 1200 homes the Council is planning for Silsden would be in greenbelt and that Government Policy states that greenbelt should not be built on except in exceptional circumstances. What are the exceptional circumstances the Council thinks apply here? According to the latest Government figures the number of households across the district is likely to grow by about 750 per annum in the coming years. That's just 9000 between now and 2030. Are over thirteen per cent of them expected to be in Silsden. If so, why?

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25/10/2018 : 13:10:42      reply with quote


Road Safety was a focus of a walkabout in Silsden by local councillor Rebecca Whitaker and a Bradford Council highways officer.

news.silsden.net/news/road-safety-was-a-focus-of-a-walkabout-in-silsden-by-local-councillor-rebecca-whitaker

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