FOLLOWING the fiasco of Solihull Council’s proposed Safer Routes to School Project in Knowle, I would like to inform your readers about the lack of such plans for Hobs Moat in Solihull.
Lyndon School Humanities College is situated in Daylesford Road, Hobs Moat, and Daylesford Infants School can be found just around the corner in Lyndon Road. Neither road benefits from any traffic calming measures, although there are small steel barriers to prevent children running into the road, several no parking markings outside the main gates and some kerbs have been raised in Lyndon Road
Both roads can be extremely busy, and are a well-known shortcut to avoid the Wheatsheaf crossroads. Many staff from the nearby Land Rover factory use this route as there are no speed bumps or pedestrian crossings, even though many hundreds of children and parents have to cross both mornings and afternoons.
Local residents often witness motorists and motorcyclists driving well above the 30mph speed limit, and sadly feel it is only a matter of time before somebody is injured or killed.
We have spoken to the school authorities and they are as keen as us to see the introduction of traffic calming measures. To this end (with the support of Lib Dem councillor Irene Chamberlain) we discussed the matter with a Solihull council officer several times and I am saddened and angry to report we have been badly let down.
Project Manager Taj Chagger promised us in 2008 he would be bringing forward detailed proposals to implement traffic calming measures in this area.
However, he then put us off several times and did not get back in touch by April of this year as agreed.
You can imagine our surprise upon discovering Mr Chagger and his colleagues were putting forward proposals to spend over £220,000 on a scheme unwanted by Knowle residents, when we urgently need traffic calming measures to be implemented in this area.
Residential roads in some of the more affluent areas of the borough had bumps and other devices installed years ago. Many people are left wondering if SMBC has one policy for the wealthy areas and another for ordinary folk.
Coun Irene Chamberlain has today told me of a consultation exercise for this area to take place on November 10 from 2pm to 8pm at Solihull Ice Rink. Can I urge all residents of Hobs Moat and Olton to attend and make their views known to SMBC as we urgently need some action to reduce speed and make the area safer.
Dave Ewer, Daylesford Road, Solihull.