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School Road Safety Issues Come to Light After Accident.

November 27th, 2010 · Uncategorized

by Luke and Joel Beaumont
Issues with safety on Holtdale Approach have been brought to the attention of residents and officials after a recent accident.

On the 23rd of November one of our readers submitted a story about a boy from Ralph Thoresby High School being hit by a car. We are pleased to report the boy was not seriously hurt and was back at home later that evening with only minor cuts and bruises.

What this highlights however is the real problem regarding traffic congestion outside of the school. The road itself is considered a high risk area and to make the situation worse is part of a bus route

Ralph Thoresby High School head teacher Stuart Hemingway, and local councilors have previously campaigned for crossings to be situated in the area In order to reduce problems Mr Hemingway encourages the pupils to leave via alternative exits so they are not flooding out onto the road.

Mr Hemingway said: “At the moment students leave the school building via Farrar Lane to reduce pedestrian congestion on Holtdale Approach.”

“We have been told that a more formal crossing will be constructed early next year which will considerably help the situation.” he added.

This was reported by Holt Park today earlier in the year and can be seen here https://holtparktoday.com/2010/07/18/safer-roads-to-cross/

Residential Monitoring
Local Residents have been monitoring the area since the accident and have provided us with the following reports.

24th November
“It is fair to say people parking outside Ralph Thoresby on the day were very sensible. People were either using the parking bays opposite the main entrance, or parked away from the double yellow lines, or in street adjacent to the school. However, there were also a number of people who paid no attention to any highway code. Just prior to the parking bays is an area that has double yellow lines and white cross lines, an area where no vehicle should park, at least six vehicle used this area as a pick up point. At the opposite end the entrance to the community library was blocked on more than 15 occasions, and at one point a vehicle who had picked up a disabled library user could not gain access to Holtdale Approach.

Over 40 vehicles used the entrances of Holtdale Road, and Holtdale Gardens as turning points back onto Holtdale Approach after picking up their respective children. Although, this does not break any highway code, it does obstruct residents living in those streets from either entering or exiting.

Lastly, it is important to note that one day after a possible serious accident that there was no police in sight!”

25th November
“This morning there was approximately 72 traffic offences outside of Ralph Thoresby High School. There were cars parking with their engines off on double yellow lines. Most of these were either at the entrance of the community library, directly in front of the main entrance, or just beyond the parking bays. In addition, to this 5 vehicle stopped to let children out next to the barriers whereby their children had to jump the barriers. One vehicle did a u-turn directly in front of the main entrance halting traffic whilst the driver did a 4 point turn. Once again there was no police, patrolling this morning or evening This was even after a reassurance from Inspector Coldwell that patrols would be put in place.”

Local Concerns
The Holt Park Tenants and Residents Association have also been campaigning through their local councillor for some deterrents.

The Tenants and Resident Association said: “It is a traffic issue and therefore the traffic police should be called in for two mornings and two afternoons then if problems occur they can warn people about their irresponsible behavior.

“Two weeks later the traffic police should return to see if the same people have taken on the instructions or if the same people have not improved their behavior. If not a fix penalty notice, and possible 3 points on their licences should be issued.”

West Yorkshire Police said “It is the same at every school but that is not not a reason for not doing anything.

As a result of concerns from residents PC Parminder Lall along with PCSO Claire Salkeld will be patrolling outside the school for the next week.

At the bottom of this post is your chance to voice your opinions. HoltParkToday.com are looking to gather the opinions of local people. Please click on the comments section and give us your views on the current situation.

Do you think there is a traffic problem outside Ralph Thoresby?
Are the police being lax?
Is it a case of nothing gets done until someone gets hurt?
Are you finding it difficult to drop your children off at school due to other people’s inconsiderate behavior?
Are you a local resident who is experiencing the frustration of cars obstructing you entering or exiting your street?

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Snow and Icy Conditions on the Road

November 27th, 2010 · Travel

This article was originally published on http://adelcrag.wordpress.com/

Snow and icy conditions in some parts of West Yorkshire may mean delays & disruptions to bus and train services.

West Yorkshire Metro Logo
If you must travel over the next few days during this very cold spell, check Metro’s website at www.wymetro.com for information on service delays and cancellations, as reported to Metro by operators.

Take care if you’re out and about,

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Holt Park Crime Report from Your Local NPT
(Week Ending 21/11/10)

November 25th, 2010 · Uncategorized

PRIORITY HOLT PARK – ASB / Graffiti rear of ASDA Mall (school changing rooms, leisure centre and tennis courts)

PRIORITY HOLT PARK – Parking outside Ralph Thoresby School, drop off and pick up timesCrimeThere have been no burglaries this week and just 1 report of vehicle crime,
this is where a youth on Holtdale Avenue threw a stone at an unmarked
police vehicle causing damage. The suspect made off on foot but was located
a short distance away.

Parking at Ralph Thoresby is a new priority for this week. Asda continues
to be patrolled, on the 15th the police got called to an aggressive beggar but he
moved on of his own accord. The Library has been visited and they have been
fairly quiet but have noticed that Monday and Wednesday evenings seem to be
the most troublesome nights, PCSO ‘s will monitor this situation.

News received from the courts this week when a persistent ASB
offender has being evicted from a property on Holtdale Avenue after
the anti social behaviour unit were successful in obtaining a Rowdy House
Closure notice.

Speed indication device has not been deployed in Holt Park this week.

Anything Else of Note
On the 16th PCSO Howard attended the new drop in for parents and carers
sessions at the Leisure Centre, the local officers will all show their
support. On the 20th we attended a house fire on Holtdale View, we are
pleased to report that the occupant only suffered with smoke inhalation

North West Extended Services have organised a new drop-in at Holt Park
Leisure Centre in partnership with other local agencies.
Coffee, Chat and more! Calling all Parents, Grandparents and Carers of
children and young people aged 0 – 19!
Your opportunity to meet staff from Sports & Leisure, Parent Support,
Housing & the Children’s Centre to find out about activities for you and
your family.
You are invited to our friendly & informal drop-in information and advice
sessions at 1.30pm-2.30pm at Holt Park Leisure Centre on:

7th December 2010
11th January 2011
8th February 2011
8th March 2011

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Holt Park Walking Group

November 23rd, 2010 · Uncategorized

by Joel Beaumont
Holt Park Walking Group is on the lookout for new members.

The group is run by volunteers and open to anyone who would like to participate in short, gentle walks in North West Leeds.

The walkers head out of Holt Park to take in the sites of the countryside located right on our doorstep.

Holt Park Walking Group meets every Tuesday at the Asda in Holt Park Centre, by the benches at 10.30 am. It is advised that if you are a new walker to arrive at 10.15 am. Also to bring money or a bus pass for use on public transport.

So if you enjoy taking in great views whilst walking in the fresh air then why not join the Holt Park walking group.

For more information visit: http://www.wfh.naturalengland.org.uk/walkfinder/yorkshire-and-humber/leeds-holt-park-walking-group

Or contact Barbra Peel (Volunteer Walk Leader)
Tel: 07759823143
Email: barbarapeel@ntlworld.com

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Cookridge Primary School Flower Planting

November 22nd, 2010 · Uncategorized

By Joel Beaumont
Children at Cookridge Primary School have been out in the local area helping plant flowers.

Two groups of pupils helped Sam Perry from Groundworks Leeds plant bulbs on grass verges in Holt Park.

This had been organised by the “Bulb planting in the Community” project, involving Councillors Sue Bentley, Judith Chapman and Ben Chastney.

Despite the recent poor weather the children were in high spirits to create a brighter looking area.

The children were joined by Cllr Bentley who helped them with the planting.

The children had a great day and cannot wait to see the results in Spring.

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