A ONE-WAY traffic order for a Mossley side street still has not been implemented more than a year after receiving the green light from Tameside Council.
Initial proposals for the change to Roughtown Road took place in April 2020.
The scheme – that has already divided residents’ opinions – was recommended for approval and ultimately agreed at a Speakers Panel (Planning) meeting on October 21, 2020.
‘No entry’ signs were erected at Roughtown Road’s junction with Manchester Road earlier this year and a ‘no left turn’ sign was installed on Manchester Road. Both were then covered up by plastic until it could be implemented.
Due to bad weather, the Roughtown Road covering has partially blown off, leaving motorists confused as to its legitimacy.
Now a Tameside Council spokesperson has said “The one-way signage for Roughtown Road is still due to come into effect.
“The electric connection to the one-way sign – for illumination purposes – has proved difficult as it cannot be hard wired to a nearby lighting column.
“We are therefore looking into alternative solar or photovoltaic solutions.”Roughtown Road, which leads from Carrhill Road to Manchester Road, is currently two way and directly serves approximately 70 properties.
There are three almost 90-degree bends with a carriageway width of approximately five metres.
The local authority previously stated it had been approached on many occasions by residents of Roughtown Road and Higher Newtons regarding the volume and speed of traffic using the route, deemed inappropriate for a large amount of traffic.
There were eight formal objections (one outside of the 28-day objection period), six representations in favour, including the MP for the area and a petition holding nine signatures also in favour of the scheme.
Six of the objectors raised concern the proposals are in the ‘wrong direction.’
Two objections came from Mossley Fire Station informing Tameside MBC that by making Roughtown Road one way in the proposed direction, ‘on call’ fire fighters in the borough may struggle to meet the time constraints set by the fire station.