HS2 draft environmental statement for Bramley published

HS2 Ltd have published more information about the likely impact of the development on our area in the form of a Draft Environmental Statement.

You can find the full 226 page document as a PDF (6 MB) by clicking here and supporting 88 page “map book” (59MB PDF) by clicking here.

In the document, HS2 continue to assert that there will be only a small number of property demolitions required in our area – they say two commercial properties and five other buildings between Bramley and Ulley. The report also sets out in more detail some of the things previously reported, including changes to numerous footpaths in the Wickersley / Bramley area, alterations to the far end of Morthern Road and the extension of the M18 roundabout to make space for the railway.

It reports requirements for significant amounts of work to take place to provide embankment and “cutting” to put the line on a more level surface, as well as “accoustic screening” to reduce the noise impact on the area.

Large “satellite compounds” are planned for building works, perhaps most notably on the fields between Bramley Grange and the M18, but also (outside our ward) off Slacks Lane, and towards the far end of Morthern Road. A significant area of land between the M18 and Hellaby Industrial Estate is planned to be a “temporary material stockpile”.

And for the first time, HS2 have provided details of how long and when they think the works will take place; in Bramley this covers nearly five years between the last quarter of 2024 and the end of 2029.

There is the oportunity to ask questions and put points to HS2 at Hellaby Hall on Tuesday 30th October any time between 2pm and 8pm (click here for info about this on the HS2 website).

We continue to oppose the proposed route, which will clearly have a substantial adverse impact on our area without bringing any of the economic and transport benefits that other areas will enjoy.

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Supporting additional youth outreach work

Residents tell us that they regard activities for children and young people to be a priority for our ward devolved budget, so we are pleased to be able to confirm that we have secured additional activities on the evenings of Monday 29th October and Wednesday 31st October. Youth workers will be engaging children around the Flanderwell Park area.

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Brook Lane speed sign installed

Local residents living on The Copse and Stonely Brook told us in our Big Survey last year that they were worried about traffic speeding along Brook Lane between Bramley and Ravenfield Common.

We recently organised a community speed watch with our local PCSO, and we were joined by residents to discuss what might be done.

We’ve already been able to use our devolved ward budget to pay for a new speed activated sign which has now been installed. Last year a pedestrian refuge was installed following our campaigning. Lines of sight from the junctions will be improved soon when grass and foliage are cut back.

We are also looking at what we can do to improve signage, so drivers are clear that the stretch of road between the mini roundabout and Stonely Brook is a 30mph limit.

Beyond this, though, it is clear to us that too many cars coming into Bramley down the hill are traveling too quickly. The current 40mph limit doesn’t help. So we are asking the council to look again at the speed limit from the top of the hill. If this was changed it would then be possible to improve signage to slow down vehicles coming into Bramley – possibly including another automated sign, which isn’t possible with the change in speed limit and road layout at the moment.

Whilst that work is underway, we would urge drivers: please drive with care.

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Community skip next Saturday

Our latest community skip will take place next Saturday, September 29th, outside The Joker pub off Sycamore Avenue, from 9.30am. If you live in the area, please feel free to use the opportunity to dispose of bulky household or garden waste.

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Wickersley roundabout resurfacing works

Resurfacing works will be undertaken to Wickersley roundabout and the stretch of Bawtry Road outside the library next month as part of the 2020 Roads programme. They are expected to last up to four weeks, with the works taking place overnight and a contraflow system in place to try to minimise disruption. Signs advising drivers are now in place.

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