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  1. They don't tend to start incubating the eggs until they 've laid the next to last one. This ensures they all hatch at about the same time. See: https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/peregrine-faqs/question-sitting-on-eggs-or-not/
  2. SCC don't use devices of that type as far as I know. I used their system for quite a few years until recently and had a VASCO token for remote access, which was a small keypad which generated a one time password. They always had capacity issues when lots of people needed to log on and work from home (like when it snowed), so its not surprising they are having problems in the current conditions.
  3. It’s down to money as usual. No-one has been able to come up with a solution that is affordable. The motorway cameras are owned by Highways England ( ie the government), not the Council.
  4. The council of course. The old server was just something they used to post images for public viewing. Taking the server out of use did not affect the councils use of the cameras.
  5. Utter nonsense. Public access only ceased because Capita ( the councils IT contractor) took out of use the old server that was used to give that access. No affordable solution was ever found to restore the public images. The Police could see the images anyway.
  6. Its still a tunnel, the method of construction might be cut and cover instead of boring. Again it would still be a significant and costly underground structure and an ongoing maintenance liability. Also might not be the easiest thing to construct without causing major disruption to traffic flows. Any buried services, sewers, culverts would need to be dealt with, again, potentially extremely expensive. Moving the road around the back of the station is preferable from a placemaking point of view, which is what this masterplan is about.
  7. The reality of major projects like this is that the local council normally won't have the resources to plan, design and construct it from their own labour force. The planning and design (and probably the project management) will be done by private sector consultants and the construction will be done by a private sector contractor. The Council do still have some staff who were around and involved in the supertram project, but the council didn't plan, design or construct that, it was done by the private sector. The council's staff were heavily involved in the project, but they did not run it. (Remember the tram system is owned and run by SYPTE. They are the public transport authority.) Since then SCC have successfully delivered a number of big highway projects, like the inner relief road and the bus rapid transit scheme at Meadowhall. Difficulties, constraints and delays on major infrastructure projects are often beyond the control of the council or whoever is promoting the scheme, they are just a factor of the physical environment and the great difficulty of promoting that level of change. Tunnelling is ruinously expensive and leaves the highway authority with a major maintenance liability. I'd suspect that the business case for the scheme would not work with a tunnel.
  8. The idea of this masterplan is to regenerate an area and include it in the city centre. Building new tram lines to outer areas, however desirable they may be, won't achieve that.
  9. If you want to be picky, the current layout of Sheaf St is a 4 lane wide single carriageway. Dual carriageway implies two separate carriageways. Looks a nice idea though. Brings the station area properly into the city centre.
  10. I think everyone sympathises with this, but there's nothing that can be done without a change to the legislation. As I understand it, the number of Hackneys is already diminishing and the CAZ may well accelerate this, so perhaps it might actually mean more work for PHV's?
  11. If you're insinuating that all this is being done to generate income from the cameras, you are very wrong. It's being done because of requirements from the government and courts., nothing more than that. The income from charges should decrease over time as more and more compliant vehicles come into use, so it is certainly not an income stream the government or councils can rely on long term. You're right that there are good and bad drivers of every type, but, because taxis/PHV's are an easily identifiable group, they attract greater scrutiny. In my experience, ordinary drivers often feel (perhaps without any great justification) that taxi/PHV drivers are getting away with things that a normal driver wouldn't. People also see older taxis with smoking exhausts and drivers sitting with engines idling for long periods, so they also perceive them as being significant polluters. Therefore the public don't tend to have a lot of sympathy with the taxi/PHV community when they are complaining about being more tightly regulated. Because the public don't have great sympathy for them, they are an easy target politically. Political parties won't lose many votes by being firm with them. However political parties would lose votes if they charged car drivers, so no cities outside London are looking to do that if they can possibly avoid it.
  12. Not all that effective though. (especially when you consider it will cost them £35m a year in lost revenue) They are expecting mode share of car drivers on commuting trips to fall by 8% over the next five years, down to 65% from 73%. That kind of reduction in the peak hours wouldn't make a huge difference to traffic congestion. (school run traffic is probably a quarter or more of the cars during peak hours and we do notice that when the schools are off) The experience in Tallin, Estonia, where they have also made public transport free is somewhat similar. It appears they found that even though public transport usage went up 8%, car trips increased too. See this report I'd say that if you want cars off the road, the only way to do it effectively is by price ie a congestion charge and/or significant increases in parking charges.
  13. People are people, they will push their luck if they think they can get away with it. The council get a lot of different pressures for enforcement and they have to prioritise. City centre is always a priority as are major routes. School entrances too. They have a limited amount of enforcement officers and they can’t have one permanently stationed at every location where people say there’s a problem. People accuse them of not enforcing certain areas, but from my own experience, I can tell you that is not true. If you ask them, they will be able to give you stats on how many tickets have been issued on any street. You can also report issues you see and ask for enforcement action. They have mobile teams who can respond, or they can schedule visits. Tel 0114 2734567 email pakingservices@sheffield.gov.uk
  14. I don't believe that is the case in most instances. The new materials are said to last just as long as the inlaid patches that used to be the norm. I've seen plenty of the modern repairs that are still in place years later. I've also seen plenty of inlaid patches that had to be redone as they failed. The cost and difficulty of doing the more traditional repairs is so great that it means that they can afford to do the new type repair more than once and still save money. Remember that Amey do not get paid any more to do the same repair multiple times. They get paid a fixed amount every year to maintain the highway network to an agreed specification.
  15. That’s how pothole repairs are done nowadays. They use special materials that are designed to be used exactly as you describe. The big cost involved in pothole repairs is the traffic management setup required. By using this type of repair they avoid having to put out cones, signs, temporary signals etc and having to obtain licenses to work in the road, so it’s a faster, lower cost operation.
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