Keighley one-way system work to go ahead

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Work on a one-way system aimed at easing Keighley town centre’s chronic traffic congestion WILL start next year.

The top-level pledge was given exclusively to the Keighley News this week following concerns that the jam-busting project could be forced off the road.

Highways boss Val Slater has confirmed that Bradford Council has ring-fenced the budget for the £1.5 million initiative.

She admitted there had been complications with the plans to create a one-way triangle in Hanover Street, Cavendish Street and East Parade.

But she said the council’s highways engineers were currently drawing up blueprints ready for public consultation.

Coun Slater spoke to the Keighley News after concerns were raised about the scheme at Keighley Town Centre Association. District councillor Andrew Mallinson said he was “absolutely appalled” at the lack of information coming from Bradford Council.

He said. “I’ve heard of no meetings, no discussions, and the project seems to be completely derailed.

“What we need is clarity. This scheme could bring huge benefits, but if it’s done wrong it will be a nightmare for the town.”

Coun Slater, who is responsible for transport and planning on Bradford’s ruling executive, this week told us: “We’ve certainly got the money. We are aiming to start in 2015.

“The next thing will be to come out and consult people, especially businesses who are going to be affected.

“The situation is very complicated because it’s very much tied in with other schemes.”

Some funding for the one-way scheme is due to come from the company behind plans to build the Worth Valley Shopping Centre in East Parade. The site has been prepared for construction but no start date has been announced.

The one-way system will also tie in with plans to turn Hard Ings Road into a dual carriageway, once government approval is given.

Coun Slater said that although the Hard Ings Road scheme would be constructed the year after the one-way system, highways engineers would design them in tandem.

She said preparation work on all of Bradford’s major schemes have been affected by a reduction in highways engineers caused by government spending cuts.

Steve Seymour, chairman of Keighley Town Centre Association and manager of the Airedale Shopping Centre, said association members were looking forward to hearing a date for the consultation.

He added: “We’ve offered to put the information in the shopping centre, with a shop window display and space on the mall for council officers to talk to people.”

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4:23pm Sun 23 Mar 14

abh59 says...

Surely the best way to ease the traffic congestion in the town centre would be to remove all the through traffic from it namely as proposed before by extending the bypass through parkwood to Halifax road enabling local people to move around the centre more easily, were at present all the through traffic is funnelled along skipton road,north street to Halifax road or Bradford road ,east parade,worth way to Halifax road,
I hear the doubters say what about the site of scientific interest that was raised last time the route was proposed, not a lot been heard about it since,so lets look at the facts maximum fuel economy is quoted at 57 point something mph just below the national speed limit 60 mph this is the speed the traffic would hopefully be travelling on the extended bypass therefore improving fuel efficiency reducing travel cost for people and above all reduce toxic emissions that are produced by the stop start nose to tail traffic flow that is typical in the town now that is choking us all and the mysterious rare toad or newt that makes parkwood bypass a no go area.
Taking this into account the reduced flow of traffic along Bradford road the lights on that roundabout could be re phased to allow for this speeding up the flow along that stretch of road, with a little help from the police having a zero tolerance approach to the idiots that ignore the keep clear sections of the roundabout and restrict smooth flow of traffic I am sure a few on the spot fixed penalty charges would soon cure this behaviour
Surely the best way to ease the traffic congestion in the town centre would be to remove all the through traffic from it namely as proposed before by extending the bypass through parkwood to Halifax road enabling local people to move around the centre more easily, were at present all the through traffic is funnelled along skipton road,north street to Halifax road or Bradford road ,east parade,worth way to Halifax road, I hear the doubters say what about the site of scientific interest that was raised last time the route was proposed, not a lot been heard about it since,so lets look at the facts maximum fuel economy is quoted at 57 point something mph just below the national speed limit 60 mph this is the speed the traffic would hopefully be travelling on the extended bypass therefore improving fuel efficiency reducing travel cost for people and above all reduce toxic emissions that are produced by the stop start nose to tail traffic flow that is typical in the town now that is choking us all and the mysterious rare toad or newt that makes parkwood bypass a no go area. Taking this into account the reduced flow of traffic along Bradford road the lights on that roundabout could be re phased to allow for this speeding up the flow along that stretch of road, with a little help from the police having a zero tolerance approach to the idiots that ignore the keep clear sections of the roundabout and restrict smooth flow of traffic I am sure a few on the spot fixed penalty charges would soon cure this behaviour abh59
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9:33pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Stevo54 says...

abh59, I don't want to appear pedantic here but have you ever considered using full stops and commas in your sentences? this is a tough one to flow through.
abh59, I don't want to appear pedantic here but have you ever considered using full stops and commas in your sentences? this is a tough one to flow through. Stevo54
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11:17pm Sun 23 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

Having driven (although I could have pushed the car faster despite it being Sunday) through Keighley today I propose a new system - make all the roads from the centre of town one way, heading outwards! Works for me :)
Having driven (although I could have pushed the car faster despite it being Sunday) through Keighley today I propose a new system - make all the roads from the centre of town one way, heading outwards! Works for me :) Little Green Man
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3:36pm Tue 25 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

A great deal of money was paid for consultants to prepare a one-way road network for Keighley town.

We had thought that this money had been wasted, but it now appears that it has not.

I welcome the plan and look forward to when we as the public will be shown how this new scheme is to work in practice. An exhibition is needed in either the Civic Centre or a local library.

Of course we also need the dual carriageways, the A629 and A650, linked together, by making a new dual carriageway of Hard Ings Road between the two large roundabouts north of the town centre area.

Here's hoping it all works out?
A great deal of money was paid for consultants to prepare a one-way road network for Keighley town. We had thought that this money had been wasted, but it now appears that it has not. I welcome the plan and look forward to when we as the public will be shown how this new scheme is to work in practice. An exhibition is needed in either the Civic Centre or a local library. Of course we also need the dual carriageways, the A629 and A650, linked together, by making a new dual carriageway of Hard Ings Road between the two large roundabouts north of the town centre area. Here's hoping it all works out? pjl20
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11:49pm Tue 25 Mar 14

samuels david says...

My assertions that the KTC Walter Mitty types, have in my view, problems of mental health issues I think is justified by comments by, King Chaser, who with another of his blatant lies has asserted I have stated Keighley Town Council are Nazi's.

I believe the Walter Mitty character, King Chaser, and the ‘doppelgangers’ in his mind, deliberately chooses to totally ignore facts and figures’, or even debate the issues of transparency, as it is, I believe a concept unknown to him and his friends within KTC.

Keighley Town Council is I believe, most certainly at fault in many of the fifty four cases before the Audit Commission, one way or another, minor or major!
As such I’m suspicious and astounded, that when basic financial analysis suggest KTC has not followed correct procedures, or indeed, still insist on following its policy of denying full and open transparency, as demanded in a free society, such as abolishing the sham of committees, committees its hierarchy controls, insults are delivered by the storm troopers of KTC .

One has come to expect lies and gross insults to be directed at those members of the public, who simply require explanations, without KT council ‘bull’, but bringing ‘Nazi’s’ into your argument King Chaser is a typical KTC ploy!

However, leaving your insults to one side, and trying to get to get back to the nitty gritty of the KC reality, may I suggest Graham Mitchell stands down as a prospective Mayor of Keighley and leave it to somebody who was never involved in creating the situation this town now finds itself involved in, for whatever reason.

Graham Mitchell had his shot once before at being Mayor, and I’m of the opinion he lead Keighley into a situation that now involves the British Parliament etc, and I believe could create more unnecessary tensions within the town.

All of us, of whatever race, religion or political dogma we espouse, I believe, simply require the truth of the facts and figures provided the Council for inspection to the Audit Commission.

I have watched and listened to Cllr Pedley in and out of Keighley Town Hall, and he seems to have a grasp of what is needed to solve the transparency problems of KTC and possibly able to bring back some semblance of democracy. Cllr Rogan also seems an able candidate for the job, but for heaven’s sake, not a candidate who I and members of the public have no faith in, and especially when he was reported to have stated that some members of the public were ‘swivel-eyed-loons
’.

David Samuels
My assertions that the KTC Walter Mitty types, have in my view, problems of mental health issues I think is justified by comments by, King Chaser, who with another of his blatant lies has asserted I have stated Keighley Town Council are Nazi's. I believe the Walter Mitty character, King Chaser, and the ‘doppelgangers’ in his mind, deliberately chooses to totally ignore facts and figures’, or even debate the issues of transparency, as it is, I believe a concept unknown to him and his friends within KTC. Keighley Town Council is I believe, most certainly at fault in many of the fifty four cases before the Audit Commission, one way or another, minor or major! As such I’m suspicious and astounded, that when basic financial analysis suggest KTC has not followed correct procedures, or indeed, still insist on following its policy of denying full and open transparency, as demanded in a free society, such as abolishing the sham of committees, committees its hierarchy controls, insults are delivered by the storm troopers of KTC . One has come to expect lies and gross insults to be directed at those members of the public, who simply require explanations, without KT council ‘bull’, but bringing ‘Nazi’s’ into your argument King Chaser is a typical KTC ploy! However, leaving your insults to one side, and trying to get to get back to the nitty gritty of the KC reality, may I suggest Graham Mitchell stands down as a prospective Mayor of Keighley and leave it to somebody who was never involved in creating the situation this town now finds itself involved in, for whatever reason. Graham Mitchell had his shot once before at being Mayor, and I’m of the opinion he lead Keighley into a situation that now involves the British Parliament etc, and I believe could create more unnecessary tensions within the town. All of us, of whatever race, religion or political dogma we espouse, I believe, simply require the truth of the facts and figures provided the Council for inspection to the Audit Commission. I have watched and listened to Cllr Pedley in and out of Keighley Town Hall, and he seems to have a grasp of what is needed to solve the transparency problems of KTC and possibly able to bring back some semblance of democracy. Cllr Rogan also seems an able candidate for the job, but for heaven’s sake, not a candidate who I and members of the public have no faith in, and especially when he was reported to have stated that some members of the public were ‘swivel-eyed-loons ’. David Samuels samuels david
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6:45am Wed 26 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

Wrong thread Dave you numpty!
Wrong thread Dave you numpty! Little Green Man
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3:06pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

Time for the bickering over Keighley Town Council to end. How?

Proposals have now been made which are supported by both Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP, to form a new district council for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate and distinct from Bradford MDC.

This would also lead to several parish councils being disbanded and discontinued, with elected district councillors to sit on this new council.

The council boundary to include the areas of Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, and several other smaller locations.

We require a council with complete control of our council taxes and how these are being spent on local services, amenities and facilities. Not to support Bradford city centre. Council taxes are not a charity, they are to be used for the benefit of the residents who live in this area, as given above.

We will then also have control over decisions such as a one-way road system in Keighley town and the building of an improved link road - Hard Ings Road - between the A629 and A650 dual carriageways.
Time for the bickering over Keighley Town Council to end. How? Proposals have now been made which are supported by both Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP, to form a new district council for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate and distinct from Bradford MDC. This would also lead to several parish councils being disbanded and discontinued, with elected district councillors to sit on this new council. The council boundary to include the areas of Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, and several other smaller locations. We require a council with complete control of our council taxes and how these are being spent on local services, amenities and facilities. Not to support Bradford city centre. Council taxes are not a charity, they are to be used for the benefit of the residents who live in this area, as given above. We will then also have control over decisions such as a one-way road system in Keighley town and the building of an improved link road - Hard Ings Road - between the A629 and A650 dual carriageways. pjl20
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3:23pm Wed 26 Mar 14

MarkPullen says...

pjl20 wrote:
Time for the bickering over Keighley Town Council to end. How?

Proposals have now been made which are supported by both Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP, to form a new district council for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate and distinct from Bradford MDC.

This would also lead to several parish councils being disbanded and discontinued, with elected district councillors to sit on this new council.

The council boundary to include the areas of Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, and several other smaller locations.

We require a council with complete control of our council taxes and how these are being spent on local services, amenities and facilities. Not to support Bradford city centre. Council taxes are not a charity, they are to be used for the benefit of the residents who live in this area, as given above.

We will then also have control over decisions such as a one-way road system in Keighley town and the building of an improved link road - Hard Ings Road - between the A629 and A650 dual carriageways.
You mention "several other smaller locations" - does this include the upper Worth Valley?
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: Time for the bickering over Keighley Town Council to end. How? Proposals have now been made which are supported by both Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP, to form a new district council for Airedale & Wharfedale, separate and distinct from Bradford MDC. This would also lead to several parish councils being disbanded and discontinued, with elected district councillors to sit on this new council. The council boundary to include the areas of Keighley, Ilkley, Shipley and Bingley, and several other smaller locations. We require a council with complete control of our council taxes and how these are being spent on local services, amenities and facilities. Not to support Bradford city centre. Council taxes are not a charity, they are to be used for the benefit of the residents who live in this area, as given above. We will then also have control over decisions such as a one-way road system in Keighley town and the building of an improved link road - Hard Ings Road - between the A629 and A650 dual carriageways.[/p][/quote]You mention "several other smaller locations" - does this include the upper Worth Valley? MarkPullen
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4:36pm Wed 26 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents.

As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency.

Further debate has yet to take place.
The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents. As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency. Further debate has yet to take place. pjl20
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4:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

MarkPullen says...

pjl20 wrote:
The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents.

As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency.

Further debate has yet to take place.
So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary?

The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation.
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents. As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency. Further debate has yet to take place.[/p][/quote]So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary? The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation. MarkPullen
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10:06am Thu 27 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

MarkPullen wrote:
pjl20 wrote:
The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents.

As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency.

Further debate has yet to take place.
So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary?

The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation.
The parish council in the area of Cross Road, Haworth and Stanbury will shortly be having a visit from the Worth Valley ward candidate for our party, who is also a well known local resident.

This will be an opportunity for questions and answers to be exchanged on this proposal to form a new district council.
[quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents. As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency. Further debate has yet to take place.[/p][/quote]So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary? The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation.[/p][/quote]The parish council in the area of Cross Road, Haworth and Stanbury will shortly be having a visit from the Worth Valley ward candidate for our party, who is also a well known local resident. This will be an opportunity for questions and answers to be exchanged on this proposal to form a new district council. pjl20
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10:30am Thu 27 Mar 14

MarkPullen says...

pjl20 wrote:
MarkPullen wrote:
pjl20 wrote:
The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents.

As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency.

Further debate has yet to take place.
So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary?

The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation.
The parish council in the area of Cross Road, Haworth and Stanbury will shortly be having a visit from the Worth Valley ward candidate for our party, who is also a well known local resident.

This will be an opportunity for questions and answers to be exchanged on this proposal to form a new district council.
But the proposals that you have referred to (and assume have viewed based on your comments) do not mention specifically the upper Worth Valley.
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MarkPullen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: The precise boundary of this proposed new council has to be established and finally agreed among the residents. As you may know, the Boundary Commission had itself proposed changing the constituency boundary of Keighley & Ilkley a while back, with the Worth valley area being included into a Calderdale constituency. Further debate has yet to take place.[/p][/quote]So the proposals made by Kris Hopkins MP and Philip Davies MP have yet to clearly define the boundary? The previous change that you refer to was dead in the water from launch - somebody somewhere was playing with numbers and not actually considering the actual real world situation.[/p][/quote]The parish council in the area of Cross Road, Haworth and Stanbury will shortly be having a visit from the Worth Valley ward candidate for our party, who is also a well known local resident. This will be an opportunity for questions and answers to be exchanged on this proposal to form a new district council.[/p][/quote]But the proposals that you have referred to (and assume have viewed based on your comments) do not mention specifically the upper Worth Valley. MarkPullen
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3:41pm Thu 27 Mar 14

pjl20 says...

The Upper Worth Valley may well be included in the proposal for a new district council, our ward candidate is in favour of this, but a process of consultation is required before any announcements are made concerning this specific area.

As far as anything being 'dead in the water'. Your remark concerning the earlier proposed changes put up by the Boundary Commission. I have no comment to make about that.

You should direct this to Kris Hopkins MP for the constituency who may know rather more about that.
The Upper Worth Valley may well be included in the proposal for a new district council, our ward candidate is in favour of this, but a process of consultation is required before any announcements are made concerning this specific area. As far as anything being 'dead in the water'. Your remark concerning the earlier proposed changes put up by the Boundary Commission. I have no comment to make about that. You should direct this to Kris Hopkins MP for the constituency who may know rather more about that. pjl20
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3:43pm Thu 27 Mar 14

MarkPullen says...

pjl20 wrote:
The Upper Worth Valley may well be included in the proposal for a new district council, our ward candidate is in favour of this, but a process of consultation is required before any announcements are made concerning this specific area.

As far as anything being 'dead in the water'. Your remark concerning the earlier proposed changes put up by the Boundary Commission. I have no comment to make about that.

You should direct this to Kris Hopkins MP for the constituency who may know rather more about that.
Kris was fully aware of the issues that the Boundary Commission failed to consider when the proposal was put forward.

Thankfully that plan did not progress beyond the draft stage.
[quote][p][bold]pjl20[/bold] wrote: The Upper Worth Valley may well be included in the proposal for a new district council, our ward candidate is in favour of this, but a process of consultation is required before any announcements are made concerning this specific area. As far as anything being 'dead in the water'. Your remark concerning the earlier proposed changes put up by the Boundary Commission. I have no comment to make about that. You should direct this to Kris Hopkins MP for the constituency who may know rather more about that.[/p][/quote]Kris was fully aware of the issues that the Boundary Commission failed to consider when the proposal was put forward. Thankfully that plan did not progress beyond the draft stage. MarkPullen
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