Traffic Issues in the area

Potholes.

A Highways issue but concern has been again expressed about the state of the Hednesford Road, Heath Hayes outside the Constitutional Club. The current position (2/07/2019) is that County Councillor J. McMahon has set aside funds to expedite repairs to the potholes at this location as it is considered a priority owing to the amount of traffic on the road, the depth of the potholes and the tendency of vehicles to use the pavement to avoid the potholes causing danger to pedestrians.

Speeding in the area.

There are reports of speeding in the area, in particular Heath Way and Wimblebury Road. The matter was discussed at length at the County Council Surgery on 2nd July and various options were considered.

Schools.

There are ongoing problems at Five Ways, Gorsemoor and Heath Hayes about parking and speeding.

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School Crossing Patrols – Current Position.

Following consultation, the County Council will continue to fund existing School Crossing  Patrols.

There are two vacancies at Five Ways School. If you are interested, please forward your details to clerk@heathhayes.staffslc.gov.uk (last updated April 2019).

Agenda Item – December 2018. The Council decided it could not justify a 22% rise in the precept and would press for the County Council to continue funding the posts. It was later agreed by the County Council that funding would continue.

Community Funded School Crossing Patrols.Consideration of making an expression of interest to the County Council to fund school crossing patrols at a cost of £4,000 per patrol per year.

Report to Council : The following has been received from the County Council. There are up to four patrols to consider. Five Ways (2), Gorsemoor (1), Heath Hayes (1). This could cost up to £16,000 a year and this is on the agenda for an overall decision. Our precept at the moment is £73,000. A £16,000 rise would be a 22% rise in the precept.

 Email from County Council:

Community Funded School Crossing Patrols

The county council is asking communities to look to fund their local school crossing patrols from September 2019, as part of proposals to close a £35m shortfall in our budget next year.

Legally we have to balance our books and are now facing some very difficult decisions in order to bridge the gap left by funding the soaring costs of adult social care and looking after increasing numbers of children in our care.

As a result, we are proposing to still employ, train, manage and provide uniforms for patrols, but would look to communities, businesses and local organisations to fund their salaries. This would be approximately £4,000 per year.

We are also gathering feedback and asking for suggestions. You can find out more and have your say at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/patrols

The patrols all do a wonderful job and I am hoping that as many patrols as possible can become community funded.

Our final budget will be presented to Full Council in February and we asking for expressions of interest by the February half-term, with funding needing to be in place by the May half-term.

If your organisation is interested in funding a local patrol then please do contact scp@staffordshire.gov.uk

Kind Regards, Helen Fisher. Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Staffordshire County Council

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