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  1. The road planners here use the same measures as they do in all significant towns and cities. They use traffic management measures to deter through traffic, in order to make the city centre a more pleasant place to be. When city centre parking was free on Sundays, all the most convenient parking spaces got taken up by the people who work in the shops, or overnight visitors, because they arrive before the shoppers. Introducing a charge encourages them to park further out, where it is free on Sundays. Perhaps you should ask the people who live in and do business in the areas around the edges of the city centre what they think of the permit parking and pay and display arrangements. Those people are literally begging the Council to introduce more of these zones due to all day commuter parking clogging those areas and making life difficult for residents and businesses. All areas of government and local government policy are pointing to the need to reduce car use, so expect to see more restrictions, not less. The Council do allow businesses to have seating areas in the street if it is an appropriate place for it. There are lots of places in the city centre where this happens. Interestingly, there is a city centre Business Improvement District (BID) where the businesses work together with the Council to improve things. It has a budget of around £1 million a year if I recall correctly. They can use it any way they like, they could subsidise parking prices if they thought it would help. They don’t. However they have mounted a publicity campaign advertising how cheap parking is in Sheffield.
  2. How would they make it any easier to access by car? Come in from the ring road along Carter Row or Eyre St and pick from the four multi-storey car parks which are immediately adjacent to the Moor, or park on street close by. How much easier do you want it?
  3. Is it permanent signing or is it temporary? Permanent signing will be responsibility of SCC. Follow this link to report it online: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/forms/af/roads-pavements/report-problem-with-road-sign-street-name-lit-bollard.html or use Fix My Street: https://www.fixmystreet.com/
  4. Cross Turner St from it's junction with Tuner St, towards the station is railway land, as are the taxi rank, drop off area and short stay car park. So, any enforcement of restrictions is down to the station operator or British transport police.
  5. If you're referring to the Clean Air Zone, all the major cities are being mandated by the government to introduce them. That's because the government are being threatened with huge fines from the courts if they don't. Do you think any other political party is going to be able to change that?
  6. I rather doubt that. Blue badge holders can park on any council controlled pay an display space, as well as on any single or double yellow line where a loading restriction is not in force. I visited that area yesterday and my friend, who is a blue badge holder, found parking in several places near the Hallamshire. Regarding your issue on Northumberland Rd, you've been told why that particular stretch is now restricted for blue badge holders, because of safety concerns about drivers parking half on the footway and that large vehicles could not get past the vehicles perked by blue badge holders. Of course badge holders can also park in the two multi storey car parks in that area. So, I think describing finding a space as "impossible" is more than a bit of an exaggeration. Hardly a credible statement when there are approximately 10,000 car parking spaces within the city centre.
  7. I think you will find that most blue badge holders who want to go to the Moor Market park on Earl Way, which is very convenient for the side entrance and offers a variety of free parking for blue badge holders, including yellow lines that don't have loading restrictions. There's also a multi storey car park right next to the market for those who don't mind paying. There are also several disabled bays on Rockingham Gate, which isn't far away on the opposite side of the Moor.
  8. The Council listed the reasons for introducing the restrictions as: Road is too narrow to have carriageway parking on north east side Footway parking causes difficulties for pedestrians (blue badge holders apparently tended to park part on the footway) Large vehicles frequently egress from Wellesley Road and parking opposite the junction causes obstruction The traffic regulation order was advertised as required in 2018 and people had the opportunity to object. The reasons stated are safety and traffic management related, so are valid reasons for introducing a restriction. Blue badge holders have plenty of other locations they can park in the area as they can park for free on pay and display bays, so there doesn't appear to be a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities. As the Council will have told you, you can make a formal complaint, which they will respond to. You might also raise a complaint with the hospitals as they don't appear to offer much dedicated disabled parking off street.
  9. A yellow line isn't a disabled parking space though, is it? Blue badge holders just get an exemption to use them where no loading restrictions are in place. The Council only normally apply the loading restriction where it's necessary for safety and traffic management purposes. Blue badge holders can also use Council pay and display parking spaces on and off street for free, so there are actually quite a few spaces available to badge holders around the hospitals (although demand is of course high).
  10. Sheffield Council have been prosecuting blue badge abusers in court for some time now. There are regular court cases and reports in the press. Worth remembering that misusing a blue badge is a criminal matter and cases come to magistrates court. With a maximum fine of £1000, plus costs and a penalty charge notice, offenders will be faced with a very large bill and having a criminal record (that they might have to explain to their employer, which might impact on their continued employment) Just guessing, but there is a new, very large construction site (new university building) on the old university playing fields off Northumberland Rd. It is often necessary to introduce new waiting restrictions around large construction sites, so that deliveries can safely be made. It might be something to do with this.
  11. What the scheme is actually doing is trying to improve the situation where the major ahead movements are blocked by traffic queuing to turn. A friend of mine uses the junction daily and says that in his view the proposed improvements are exactly what is needed. The council isn't pouring all its transport budget into road widening. Larger schemes like this are funded at city region level. The local allocation of money for smaller transport projects in Sheffield is relatively small and due to government austerity cuts, is about half of what it used to be a few years back. They spend it on all sorts of projects, including ones which improve facilities for walking and cycling. Larger schemes like this have to go through a business case development process and the benefits are calculated according to the Department for Transport (DfT) methodology for transport assessment "WebTAG" See: this page Unfortunately the main benefits for highway schemes in this methodology are time savings for motorists, so capacity improvement schemes fare best. I don't think this is true. The measures and types of schemes you see here are very similar to those done everywhere. What would you like to see that is different?
  12. It might be worse than that. The income from parking currently covers all costs and returns a surplus. The surplus is used to part fund the Amey maintenance contract. If the income stream was much reduced because parking was free, its entirely possible that other services might need to be cut to continue to fund parking services enforcement activities (the service costs circa £4m per annum to run) and the money that goes into the Amey contract would need to be found elsewhere, presumably by cutting other council activities. How is using a bus service that already runs going to generate more fumes? Carrying the odd extra passenger isn't going to make any appreciable difference.
  13. So you can't mount any rational counter argument to anything I said and have to resort to petty insults? You still haven't provided any detail of how you think parking "harms" the theatres.
  14. How does Sheffield "harm" the theatres with car parking? If you want to drive to the theatre, you go round the inner ring road, turn off onto Eyre St / Arundel Gate, which takes you straight to the theatres, passing FOUR multi-storey car parks on the way and you can turn off a short distance away and park on-street or in a council car park for a whole £2 for the WHOLE evening if you want to save money. How is any of that unfriendly to cars?
  15. You said cheaper, I included "free" as it's something that gets raised quite often as a factor that would attract people to the city centre. Council controlled parking in Sheffield is pretty cheap anyway compared to other large cities. Manchester charge £3 per hour all day every day. Leeds is similar. The £2 for the period from 4.30 to 8.30pm (free after that) applies to all the Council's parking on and off street, so it's not that difficult to find. Visitors who haven't been before often look up parking locations before they come and there is info on the Council website and various utilities like Parkopedia.
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