Road safety measures approved after councillor’s fight

Cllr. Laurie Harrison with local resident Tracy Auty, calling for a lay-by to be built outside Northfield school, South Kirkby, to help ease traffic chaos.'h4156a102
Cllr. Laurie Harrison with local resident Tracy Auty, calling for a lay-by to be built outside Northfield school, South Kirkby, to help ease traffic chaos.'h4156a102
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A COUNCILLOR’S fight to secure the safety of children in South Kirby has been won.

Coun Laurie Harrison has fought for a layby to be added to plans to develop 79 new homes on the land off Northfield Lane to ensure youngster’s parents have a safe place to drop their children off for school.

And it was agreed at last Thursday’s Wakefield Council planning meeting to amend the plans and include a parking area, suitable for seven vehicles.

Original plans had included the designated parking, but had been scrapped by the council to try and encourage children and parents to walk as part of the School Travel Plan.

Coun Harrison argued at the last planning meeting on January 13 that families do not have the time to walk every morning as they have to get to work to pay for their homes.

The South Kirkby and Moorthorpe town councillor said he was happy with the decision, but felt that plans should also have included a mini round-about to further ease congestion.

He said: “Cars are going to have to do three-point-turns on Northfield Lane causing more traffic.

“But a fifty per cent success is better than a 100 per cent failure. I just hope that it does not cause a catastrophe due to their not being one.”

A Wakefield Council spokeswoman said: “The planning and highways committee visited the site and were aware of the local feeling that both a layby and roundabout were needed to alleviate congestion in the vicinity of the school.

“The council’s highways officers did not support a case for a roundabout and the matter was then debated by the committee. Their decision was that a layby should be provided but that a roundabout was not necessary.”

The development also caused controversy with local residents who were worried about traffic and possible flooding if the houses are built.