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Bus Lane in Llantrisant Road? PDF Print E-mail

Are you aware that Cardiff City Council is planning to remove both grass verges from Llantrisant Road in the vicinity of the BBC in order to install a bus lane?  Danescourt resident Stewart Burgess has written to the council expressing his alarm at the proposal.  

 

"Sir,
 
I am alarmed at the damage to the flow of traffic which will result from the implementation of this proposal.
 
I cannot see what possible benefit this proposal could make to the passage of buses along Llantrisant Road during the morning peak period and for the remainder of the day it will certainly serve no useful purpose whatsoever. During the morning peak period, two long lines of inbound traffic queue on the approach to the roundabout at the junction of Bridge Road with Llantrisant Road and this static traffic will effectively prevent any bus leaving the end of the proposed bus lane, unless the driver of the vehicle elects to 'force' a way out, which is hardly conducive to road safety. This would of course affect the already slow progress of the other traffic when the bus makes such a manoeuvre.
 
The proposed bus lane would be approximately 340 metres in length, or about the length of 50 cars, but it does not follow that the bus would be able to pass these almost static cars in the morning peak because of the problem the bus will experience at the exit to the bus lane.   
 
At this point I should also advise you that I believe the proposal could be illegal. Section 16 (1) of the Traffic Management Act 2004 states It is the duty of a local traffic authority to manage their road network with a view to achieving, so far as may be reasonably practical having regard to their other obligations, policies and objectives, the following objective(s)- (a) securing the expeditious movement of traffic on the authority's road network. Note here please the use by the Act of the word 'duty'. 
 
Notwithstanding the above, Llantrisant Road is served by two inbound buses travelling within one minute of each other at 20 minute intervals. It necessarily follows that this proposal could only be of benefit to about 6 or perhaps 8 bus journeys each day if it worked. If it did work, which I doubt, this hardly represents a valid cost benefit when compared to the cost of its construction. 
 
In summary I believe this proposal represents (1) a misuse of public funding and (2) is probably an illegal proposal. 
 

S M Burgess MBA BSc CEng CEnv FICE FCIHT MCMI."

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:28
 
Planning Application for 48 Houses at The End of Radyr Court Road PDF Print E-mail

We are pleased to report that the planning application has been rejected.  However, we understand that the applicant will appeal this decision.

The following is a letter to our local councillors from Stewart Burgess on behalf of Danescourt Community Association regarding the OUTLINE APPLICATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF 48 DWELLINGS on LAND AT RADYR COURT ROAD, DANESCOURT, CARDIFF.  You can see more details on the council website here.

 

Dear Kirsty & Gareth,

I am dismayed by the analysis of the highway objections presented in the report to the Planning Committee in respect of the above application to the Cardiff Council for Planning Permission.

In particular, whilst the report correctly states at 8.13 that "Manual for Streets" outlines guidance on the specific subject of shared surface streets, it fails to point out that "Manual for Streets" does not say is that such shared surface streets can be provided with narrow carriageways where pedestrians will have to do battle with two way traffic of all types. The report makes no mention of the clause contained in "Manual for Streets" that indicates that the minimum width of carriageway for two way delivery traffic is 5.5 metres, which does not compare favourably with the available carriageway width of as little as the 4.38 metres width quoted in the Transport Statement that accompanied this application. The analysis has also made no mention of the dangers to the potential visually impaired future users of this proposed shared surface or that the Royal National Institurte for the Blind and the Guidedogs Association for the Blind both have severe reservations about such proposals. I note that neither of these organisations have been consulted about this proposal.

There is also the height problem at the railway bridge that the report fails to mention. The available headroom is stated within the Transport Statement to be only 3.73 metres or 12'-3". The allowable maximum height of road vehicles is currently 15'-0" and the standard headroom under a bridge is 15'-6". This one is therefore significantly substandard. Anything having less than this 15'-6" clearance has to be signed. A large furniture van is in the order of 13'-6" tall and a normal delivery van can be of the order of 12'-9" tall, so neither of these vehicles would be able to pass under the railway bridge. For assistance I include a link to a website giving typical vehicle dimensions, which shows a delivery vehicle 12'-0" tall, but also states that dimensions are only approximate.  A 12'-0" tall vehicle should not attempt to pass under anything having a vertical clearance of less than 12'-6". 
dorsetvehiclerentals.co.uk/vdimen_details.php?id=21

The report also fails to mention the consequence of any large vehicle that has failed to pass under the bridge having to reverse some distance along Radyr Court Road before reaching a location where it could turn around in order to depart. Such events will cause considerable difficulty to any other road users present at the same time.

In addition the report fails to mention the statutory duty placed on all Highway Authorities by the Traffic Management Act 2004 to ease the flow of vehicular traffic on its roads. Clearly if this proposed development goes ahead, it will contribute further traffic to Bridge Street which is already severely congested at peak periods.  The report fails to recommend any measure to overcome this situation.

Please feel free to forward this as you may think appropriate.    

Kind regards

S M Burgess
BSc MBA CEng CEnv FICE FCIHT MCMI
Danescourt Community Association

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 June 2013 14:15
 
Toddlers Group Success PDF Print E-mail

The Parent and Toddler Group at St John's Church Hall is proving so successful that a second session on Wednesday afternoons is now running. You can find details of the group on our What's On pages.

You may remember that the DCA made a donation of £100 towards the setup costs of the group. This money has been used for play rugs which the toddlers are enjoying so much they are getting their friends to come as well!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 20:19
 
Chairman's Christmas Message PDF Print E-mail

As 2012 comes to a close it is a good time to reflect. We have had the Queens Jubilee where neighbours got together for street parties. Now we are in a situation where there is a proposal for developing 7500 houses on our doorstep. Everyone I have spoken to is against the proposal. The DCA has reacted to this and produced Q&As, a flyer and a model form on the website, to help with the difficult process of consultation. These are two examples of the community in action. As Christmas approaches it is the time of goodwill within the community.

With the recent cold weather, people are being reminded to look out for each other, especially our elderly residents, to help keep them safe and warm throughout the winter months. If you have any elderly neighbours please check up on them daily to ensure they are keeping warm and give them that extra bit of support.

When roads and footways become icy, some of our elderly residents will struggle to get supplies from the local shops. If you can help get supplies, or assist them back and forward to shops, please do, they will greatly appreciate your help.

Likewise, if you have some spare time, help the elderly residents by making sure their pathways are clear of ice and snow, and if possible help clear some of the public pathways.

Not sure about clearing paths? Here's a very useful link to Cardiff Council Snow Code 

Throughout the year the DCA has been involved in a number of issues and we will continue through 2013. If you would like to play a part in our community, please come and join us at the meetings on third Monday of every month at St John's Hall at 8pm. You do not have to join the committee, but if you feel you could offer your time then this would be welcomed.

Finally I would like to extend my best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year.

 
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