Local Issues

The KRA Committee is currently working on all of the following:

Traffic Lights – Junction of Glebe Road & Milnthorpe Road                                    We have been asking Cumbria County Council (CCC) Highways to give serious consideration to installing traffic lights at this busy junction as a means of improving both queuing traffic and the resultant pollution for nearby residents. We consider that these traffic lights are long overdue and the new Stainbank Green and Lower Underbarrow Road housing developments will undoubtedly lead to an increase in traffic using Kirkbarrow as a rat-run, thereby making the long-standing traffic problems worse. CCC have judged traffic lights to be feasible but we were told that there is a shortage of funding for such projects.

However, after KRA having written to SLDC to request that these traffic lights be a condition of any subsequent planning permission for new housing developments in the area, it has been suggested that monies should be available from the Community Infrastructure Levy imposed on new developments.

KRA has therefore now written to CCC Highways to ask that this Infrastructure Levy Fund be used to install traffic lights.

 

‘Bus Stop and Shelter – Top of Echo Barn Hill                                                      Following concerns raised by residents and ‘bus drivers, this ‘bus stop was moved towards the junction with the roundabout and has been marked out as such so as to prevent the obstructive parking that had been going on there, which made it difficult for the ‘buses and dangerous for their passengers when boarding/alighting.

KRA has now looked into the possibility of  installing a shelter, so that passengers have somewhere covered to stand while waiting but, whilst we may be able to access funding for a shelter, one is not allowed to be installed until CCC can be assured of its future maintenance.

As Kendal Town Council has now agreed that it may consider maintaining new ‘bus shelters, provided that they are well used, KRA is currently circulating a petition to provide this needed evidence.

 

Road Safety: Ghyllside School Entrance on Greengate Lane                                   In January 2018, together with both the school and our County Councillor, Geoff Cook, KRA attended a site meeting with Cumbria County Highways, the Police and Traffic Enforcement Officers to discuss possible solutions to the dangers posed to pedestrians and school children in particular when trying to cross this section of road, which becomes very busy during school drop-off and collection times. Suggestions included a marked, safe crossing point; a marked, vehicle drop-off/collection zone; and a zebra crossing.

In Spring, a further site meeting was held between Geoff Cook, KRA and Highway Engineers, who then produced a set of initial proposals for consultation with affected residents, with a response date of 20th July.

All feedback from this will be considered by Highways this Autumn, following which a revised set of proposals will be published for wider consultation in October, before the final scheme is agreed (or not) by the Local Committee in January with a view to implementation before 31st March 2019.

Please note that anyone can report:

Potholes and/or uneven pavements to:
CCC Highways Hotline: 0300 303 2992; or e-mail: contact@cumbriahighways.co.uk; or online at: www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/highways-pavements/reporting-problem-on-highway

Dog Fouling, Fly-Tipping, Excess Litter to:
SLDC Contact Centre: 01539 733333 or PCSOs