Agenda item

Questions from Members of the Public


To receive questions from members of the public who wish to ask a general question in respect of matters within the Council’s area of responsibility or influence.


Subject to the Chair’s discretion, members of the public may ask one question and one supplementary question, which should relate to the original question and answered received.


Councillors may also ask questions under this agenda item.


Councillor Ball explained that there had been another death on Cumwell Lane and that he had been to Cabinet in December 2021 following a death on the road to ask for more safety measures. An e-petition had been launched on the same day as the recent accident and Councillor Ball asked whether the lengthy processes outlined in response to his previous question to improve road safety on Cumwell Lane could be sped up as a matter of urgency?


Councillor Beck offered his condolences to the friends and family of the individual who had passed away. As details on the incident were scarce, work was ongoing to ascertain what had happened. Regular sweeping of the road continued to take place along with regular engagement with the landfill site. Medium to long term plans were being looked at in the form of Traffic Regulation Orders or changes to the speed on Cumwell Lane along with any other available options and those conversations were happening at pace. Councillor Beck offered his reassurances that this matter was being treated seriously.


The Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment explained that immediate actions included the placement of temporary road signs. The matter had also been escalated to South Yorkshire Police and the Safer Roads Partnership in terms of enforcement action. In terms of road safety there were three E’s: Enforcement which was undertaken by the Police; Education and Engineering. It was explained that it was the engineering solution that took the most time. Officers had been looking at the data which would feed into a series of options that could be looked at in further detail. These options could include lowering the speed limit, narrowing the road, creating crash barriers etc. It was confirmed that the matter was at the top of the list in terms of bringing forward long term solutions.