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  1. Hi, A suitable DJ is wanted urgently for a disco on Saturday night in Dronfield. The occasion is a 16 year old end of term celebration. The equipment is all set up, just a DJ is required with a lap top and phono jack connections to back of mixer. Please call me on: 07706186726 (ask for David) Thank you. ---------- Post added 13-07-2018 at 16:23 ---------- Please call on the number provided please rather than in a private message. Thank you.
  2. Goldenfleece do you happen to have the link to the Vintage Hallam recording thread that you mentioned you would be putting up containing separate URL's and details....streaming mp3 Would like to listen to that Martin Kelner rare vintage stuff that you found in your attic. Did you get round to putting a thread up? P.S Is Goldenfleece the same person as Vinyl Kat at the Dove & rainbow??
  3. Chantrey Arms, Woodseats, Sheffield Come on in and join us for our regular Tuesday night general knowledge quiz, which also includes 10 music questions too! There are prizes to be won, from beer vouchers for the winners of the quiz, plus other prizes too, such as boxes of chocolates and even CHAMPAGNE!!! Hic! We generally begin just after 9pm and after the quiz, we have a spot of bingo too (usually two games). Whatever we take in money for the bingo is won back in prizes. We also have a few nibbles on the bar at half-time for you to savour, so why not come on in!? Everyone is welcome!
  4. Just received a response from Newham Borough Council in London in regards to whether they enforce bus lane restrictions on Christmas Day. This is their response : - Although legally enforcement can take place on Christmas Day, Newham Council does not enforce bus lane moving traffic contraventions on Christmas Day.
  5. Planner1 , the info I received back from my freedom of information requests do show a 30% increase in bus lane contraventions on a Bank Holiday, compared to a normal working day Monday. These figures prove that the signs are NOT necessarily "clear and understandable", as the Council and yourself continue to affirm. The roads in general would also be less busy on Bank Holidays, compared to a normal working day. Thank you for offering to speak to the relevant department that operates the Matrix system. I have noticed that Council websites could be far more informative and clear in regards to enforcement on Bank Holidays etc. Sheffield City Council does state this, but could go further making it absolutely clear what their policy is on Christmas Day, so that there is no ambiguity.
  6. I have responded within your 'Quote'. All I wish to achieve with my efforts is to help motorists in the city to become more aware of when bus lanes are in operation, to raise awareness ie many motorists possibly don't realise that you can be penalised for partially entering a bus lane even at the end. The Council should wish that nobody ever gets caught and bus lanes etc were there whether or not they generated any money. That would be the ideal scenario. I have mentioned the Matrix system maybe being utilised more to advise motorists when bus lanes are in force, especially during public and bank holiday periods. If there are areas where drivers are unwittingly making errors, not deliberately, the Council should show willingness to investigate and make motorists more aware rather than sitting back and allowing penalties to continue. After all, bus lanes are not there to make money, but to "keep the city moving, allowing buses and trams to move more freely."
  7. Planner1 I shall respond to your further comments, but not now, as I am a little busy. You make some interesting comments. I shall respond hopefully tomorrow, as I have many answers to the points you have made. I am quite well versed on the subject of bus lanes. You are certainly not the only one here to come across as that. Because YOU say so, does not mean it is correct.
  8. No, but I am planning to do. With an average of 26 contraventions issued with a PCN for a normal working day Monday, simple mathematics conclude that is 5.7 vehicles per hour of bus lane restrictions at Moore St. (Almost one every 10 minutes) After my further look at this particular bus lane and a further Freedom of Information request to the Council, I will be in a better position of accurately determining how these contraventions are being made. As the saying goes: your sins will find you out!
  9. I refer to Moore Street into the city at the bottom of Ecclesall Rd going into the city after William St. There is a camera pointing directly up from the roundabout. The average amount of PCNs issued for a normal working day Monday at the bottom of Ecclesall Rd is 26. When I went down to witness how violations were being committed, EVERY one, was vehicles moving in just a little too early, many following the vehicle in front, to turn left up Hanover Way. I saw none that had ventured the full length of the bus lane. I therefore concluded that probably most contraventions were for vehicles partially entering at the end of bus lane at that bus lane.
  10. I also wish to say that I feel that the Matrix systems could be used better to inform and advise motorists when bus lanes are in operation in the city, especially to remind drivers of their operation on Bank or Public holidays. As I have said earlier, there is a 30% increase in bus lane contraventions on a Bank Holiday Monday compared to a normal working day Monday in the city. If bus lanes are not there to generate profit, then everything should be done to advise motorists of their operation and the Matrix signs are ideal. They are already utilised to warn not to drink and drive. Would Planner1, know who operates these and how I would be able to contact them? ---------- Post added 28-12-2017 at 09:54 ---------- I know, because I have visually witnessed the scene.
  11. Just wish to add, and thank everyone for their comments to this thread. Some posts have queried why would you want or wish to use a bus lane anyway on Christmas Day, when the roads are quiet? Well, there is a bus lane on Boston St, which does not allow you to turn left onto London Rd, as one example of using that bus lane, and I wish to remind everyone that many PCN's are issued to motorists who just merely 'partially' enter a bus lane not deliberately. This occurs a lot at the end of the bus lane on Moore St, when vehicles wish to get in the left lane to turn onto Hanover Way, at the roundabout. These slight infringements are being penalised on a daily basis and I would go as far as to say that most violations at Moore St are related to vehicles partially entering the bus lane at the end. A wheel may just clip the bus lane, but the Council will class it as a partial enter and a PCN's is therefore issued.
  12. You know, that is great you mention Liverpool City Council, as they responded to my Freedom of Information request the quickest, in about 24hours. Most other Councils took roughly 20 working days to reply. I was exceptionally pleased with Liverpool and surprised too. ---------- Post added 26-12-2017 at 19:13 ---------- The signs could easily include "inc. Public or Bank Holidays." Funnily you mention the Department for Transport, as I made contact with them and their attitude or response to Bus Lanes was not to venture into them at any time, then you wont get caught out. The problem with this lame response is that bus lanes are not there not to ever travel in them, unless they are 24 hour and that is another argument. My findings show that Councils although their Traffic Regulation Order may permit them to do something ie enforce 365 days a year, many take it on themselves to not enforce on Christmas Day. Now why is that? Why do some Councils have it in them to take a pragmatic approach and not to enforce when they clearly could do. Councils are their own boss and so long as they work within the law, there is nothing wrong in them choosing not to enforce. Glasgow City Council choose not to enforce on both Christmas Day and New Years Day; Edinburgh chooses not to. Are you from the Council, by the way, as you sound like you are.
  13. It is certainly NOT a mole hill to the Council. Bus Lane enforcemnet rakes in a lot of cash for the Council on Public or Bank holidays. I am not against bus lanes etc, but, I feel the signs are not clear or understandable enough to warn drivers during holiday periods, that the restrictions do still apply. If the signs were "clear and understandable", as the Council say they are, then there would not be bus lanes generating far more PCN revenue on holiday periods compared to say a normal working day week. The roads on a bank holiday will be quieter especially during the early part of the days restriction period, so the number of violations should really drop. What we have is a 30% rise in contraventions during holiday periods in Sheffield, compared to a normal average working day week.
  14. But, if they just happened to use one or venture into one, even partially, which can and does happen, then they could well be fined, when there is no public transport in operation. ---------- Post added 26-12-2017 at 15:01 ---------- What are they called? They are called Bus Lanes or Gates, or Tram Lanes or Gates... NOT Traffic Management Lanes. And, anyway, what kind of traffic management would you need to manage on say Christmas Day, when the roads are extremely quiet?
  15. Bromley Borough Councils response was: "Although the Traffic Management Order permits enforcement action to be undertaken on Christmas day the Authority takes a pragmatic approach in not enforcing as no London Transport services will be operating and therefore maintaining priority routes on Christmas day is not a requirement." Many Councils responded by stating that although it was within the Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) to enforce restriction on Christmas Day, they chose not too enforce.
  16. Absolutely spot on! The Council have stated the reasoning for bus/tram, lanes/gates, so when there is no public transport in operation, the bus lane restrictions should not be in operation. If not, then they are really there for the purpose of generating revenue. The Council or any council for that matter, cannot have it both ways. I am a cyclist by the way and do not drive.
  17. Bus lanes are not there to simply "avoid" at all times. I refer you to the Councils interpretation or reasoning for what the purpose of a bus/tram, lane/gates is... ie "To keep the city moving" and "allowing buses or trams to move more freely." It is the only day that there is NO public transport in the city. So, what are they actually "keeping moving"? ---------- Post added 26-12-2017 at 14:49 ---------- An interesting response I had from Bromley Borough Council in Greater London reads: Although the Traffic Management Order permits enforcement action to be undertaken on Christmas day the Authority takes a pragmatic approach in not enforcing as no London Transport services will be operating and therefore maintaining priority routes on Christmas day is not a requirement. I think this is what EVERY Council should adopt.
  18. I am not a motorist, but I find it totally unacceptable for any Council to decide to enforce bus lane restrictions on Christmas Day. Sheffield City Council state on their website that bus lanes, gates & tram gates are there to "keep Sheffield moving", allowing "buses and trams to move more freely." As Christmas Day is the only day in the year where there are no buses or trams operating in the City, how can enforcing restrictions on this day be keeping Sheffield moving? It cant be to allow buses or trams to move more freely, as there aren't any on the road! So, why do they choose to enforce? Enforcement is also carried out on Boxing Day and New Years Day, even though this year only a 'special' bus service is in operation. Many motorists get caught out on Public/Bank Holidays in the city. Moore Street (bottom of Ecclesall Rd), Mansfield Road and London Road, showing steep increases on these days compared to a normal working day. Boxing Day, 2016, saw a 400% increase in bus lane contraventions at Moore Street, where normally 26 motorists on average get issued with a PCN on a normal working day Monday; this is compared to 130 getting caught on Boxing Day last year, 2016. The Council say that the signs are clear and understandable, but why such a difference in violations? I have contacted 16 City Councils throughout the UK to find out what their policy is to enforcement on Christmas Day about half choose not to enforce, even if the Traffic Regulation Order gives them power to enforce contraventions on that day. I have also contacted ALL the local authority district borough Councils within Greater London, including the City of London Council, and also Transport for London, who operate the Red Route system. Only around 20% of London borough Councils choose to enforce on Christmas Day. Transport for London does not enforce. City of London Council does not enforce. There really isn't any consistency on Christmas Day enforcement and it is really down to each Council, whether they choose to enforce or not. If the purpose of a bus lane is to help buses etc to move more freely and to keep a city moving, then why enforce on the only day when there is no public transport in operation? Here is the list of City Councils contacted re their position on Christmas Day enforcement 2017: The Good Guys: Birmingham Leeds Glasgow Liverpool Manchester Bristol Sunderland Nottingham The Bad Guys: Sheffield Bradford - 24 hr bus lanes only Edinburgh Leicester Newcastle Derby Southampton Cardiff
  19. I have an old Alpha 240 X boiler that has a few problems. The burner repeatedly reignites every 20-25 secs. If the thermostat control is set high then the burner keeps firing on and off every 20-25 secs If the thermostat is turned down the burner stays alight longer and doesn't fire on and off as much but then doing this only allows warm radiators. The higher we turn the thermostat the hotter the radiators but the burner then repeatedly fires on and off every 20-25 secs non stop!!! any gas engineers out there that would diagnose the fault and kindly comment? Its already had a new thermocouple fitted !!!!! SHOW MORE
  20. Which Wikipedia editors, for strange reasons, do not find as a 'reliable source.'
  21. Just to inform anyone who may be interested, that there is currently a Wikipedia Dispute Resolution Notice request (DRN) at the following link, in regards to 'Notable Presenters' not Wikilinked and being removed from the NP section of the Hallam FM Wiki article. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard#Talk:Hallam_FM
  22. Many thanks, and thanks to all who have responded. I will pass on the suggestions given, to my friend. He will be pleased.
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