Traffic ban plan for Helston hill

First published in News

A public meeting is likely to be held over a bid to close Helston's Penhellaz Hill to traffic.

Led by a group of residents of Cross Street, a petition by Steve Stewart has been signed by 50 people from all parts of the town in favour of the proposal.

Last week Helston's town councillors were asked for their support, with James Buchanan - who has lived in Cross Street since 2006 - saying it was “not appropriate” to allow the current volumes of traffic.

Mr Buchanan said: “It's not acceptable to expose our children to current dangers involving traffic and pollution near Parc Eglos Primary School and Helston Community College,” adding that the damage to the conservation area was “obvious.”

He said the current setup encouraged people to bypass the town and not stop to spend their money.

Satellite navigation systems were blamed, but he believed the problem was drivers who know “exactly where they're going.”

“Cross Street traffic is anti residents and represents a very real danger to children who live here and never get to play safely outside their homes,” added Mr Buchanan.

Tom Suddes, who also lives on Cross Street, said the group had “grave concerns” about the pedestrians using the street, with an estimated 2,000 children heading to and from school each day.

“Encouraged to walk or cycle to school, the traffic on Cross Street and Church Hill is often fast and furious. A serious accident is waiting to happen”, he said.

Mr Suddes said heavy traffic connected with the Water-ma-Trout industrial needed to be highlighted, adding it should be routed “in a more sensible direction” around the town.

Michael Jay, who owns Lismore house and gardens on Cross Street, said the fact it was legal for vehicles to park on the kerbside after 6pm was adding to the problem.

When cars were parked on both sides of the road it was “impossible” to get an emergency vehicle down the road.

Councillor Niall Devenish believed the issue was part of a wider problem in Helston, which needed a “cohesive traffic management plan”.

He added that the town now had so many roundabouts it was “mimicking Milton Keynes.”

Mr Devenish feared relocating traffic from Cross Street was “likely to move the problem somewhere else.”

Councillor Mike Thomas, a teacher and former governor of Helston Community College, said: “I think we should be encouraging people to really think about whether they need to drive down through Cross Street or can think of other ways to reach their destinations.”

Members backed Councillor Sue Swift's proposal that town clerk Chris Dawson write to Cornwall Council's highways officers asking for a public meeting, while at the same time worked towards “a holistic traffic plan” for Helston.

Would you like to see Penhellaz Hill closed to traffic? Have your say by commenting below or emailing editorial@packetseries.co.uk.

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11:33am Wed 23 Jan 13

ronedgcumbe says...

I would love to see this happen. Traffic and parking is having a negative effect on many parts of the town. I was very surprised with the councils budget for the new transport group set at £2500. Way to low for such an important problem.
I would love to see this happen. Traffic and parking is having a negative effect on many parts of the town. I was very surprised with the councils budget for the new transport group set at £2500. Way to low for such an important problem. ronedgcumbe
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12:49pm Wed 23 Jan 13

KernBear says...

Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town.
It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two..
Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions….
Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town. It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two.. Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions…. KernBear
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6:33pm Wed 23 Jan 13

victoriameldrew says...

KernBear wrote:
Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town.
It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two..
Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions….
what camera in the centre of Falmouth? News to me. There are CCTV's but these, as far as I am aware, are not there to stop traffic going through unless someone can enlighten me and prove me wrong.
[quote][p][bold]KernBear[/bold] wrote: Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town. It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two.. Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions….[/p][/quote]what camera in the centre of Falmouth? News to me. There are CCTV's but these, as far as I am aware, are not there to stop traffic going through unless someone can enlighten me and prove me wrong. victoriameldrew
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8:06pm Wed 23 Jan 13

KernBear says...

victoriameldrew wrote:
KernBear wrote:
Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town.
It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two..
Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions….
what camera in the centre of Falmouth? News to me. There are CCTV's but these, as far as I am aware, are not there to stop traffic going through unless someone can enlighten me and prove me wrong.
Perhaps they are not then, I was under the impression they were using that technology in Falmouth main street as a way to combat the 'traffic problem'? Perhaps I know that from hear-say.
[quote][p][bold]victoriameldrew[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]KernBear[/bold] wrote: Ok, reading this article makes it sounds like it is London Rush Hour traffic!! I don’t think so! Granted, it is a very confined piece of road, and I know many a people who have lost a wing mirror around that area. I avoid the area, as it’s not an efficient bypass from town. It will be interesting to see how they can stop traffic going onto Penhellaz Hill. Perhaps a sign saying ‘no through road’, just like at Mabe Burnthouse! We all know that works wonders!! So, let’s be honest here. The only real way to stop the traffic are CCTV traffic cameras with number plate recognition which fine motorists, such as the system used in Falmouth Town centre. However, such a thing costs serious money. Perhaps enforcing a strict “one way” system. Perhaps a speed camera limiting the speed to 10mph. If they did that, people will stop using the road because people don’t like going at 10mph and of course will reduce the chance of any incidents involving pedestrians. The money raised from capturing the countless boy racers (or other offenders) with the camera could be used to build some pieces of art for our roundabouts (haha)This brings me onto rant two.. Do people really think that stopping traffic access will move the problem somewhere else! NO! And what is all this about too many roundabouts!! ooooo perhaps we should put traffic lights back in so we are not like Milton Keynes, but more like Plymouth.. oh the decisions….[/p][/quote]what camera in the centre of Falmouth? News to me. There are CCTV's but these, as far as I am aware, are not there to stop traffic going through unless someone can enlighten me and prove me wrong.[/p][/quote]Perhaps they are not then, I was under the impression they were using that technology in Falmouth main street as a way to combat the 'traffic problem'? Perhaps I know that from hear-say. KernBear
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