COWICK NEWSLETTER [Winter 2015] | #CowickBuses – The P Bus

We’ve been a bit quiet on the matter of the P bus of late.

All 3 Labour Councillors have met with senior management of Stagecoach SW.

At those meetings, we were told that the current routes from Exwick were seeing 2m a year whereas the P serive carried “only” half a million. So, Stagecoach managers think it doesn’t make commercial sense to alter an of the routes.

Commenting on this view , Paul Bull said: “Of course, we are disappointed with this view. We will continue to monitor the situation and press the case on behalf of our residents.”

The case of the P bus has been raised with local MP, Ben Bradshaw and he has responded:
“Labour is committed to giving communities the stronger legal powers they need to take control of their local bus networks. We want to have real powers devolved so that communities can protect socially important routes and use resources in the best interests of local people. Anything less will fail to do justice to what the bus can offer every one of us.”

But the route the P service takes isn’t the only concern we hear on the doorstep.

We keep hearing about problems over reliability.

“Train services have to publish details of their reliability and I will be asking Stagecoach SW if they have any plans to do likewise over the bus services in Exeter”

COWICK NEWSLETTER [Winter 2015] | #CowickPNSL

In Cowick , part-night street lighting (PNSL) has been in operation since April 2014

Over those 9 months, your Labour team have heard your comments: the street lights have  been on during daylight hours; they were coming back on at 6am rather than 05:30; and that you were worried about an increase in crime.

Paul Bull said: “Since PNSL started, you Labour cllrs have been getting regular updates from PC Mark Oliver of the local neighbourhood team. These show that there has been NO increase in reported crime. but we will continue to keep a close eye on this data and act if we feel the situation is changing”

On the opertional matters, cllrs called for a meeting with Devon County Council officers responsible for street lighting in Exeter and that meeting finally happened just before Christmas

Paul summarises what happened at that meeting. “We highlighted your experiences and concerns over part-night street lighting, and in return DCC officers acknowledged that the introduction of the policy hadn’t gone as smoothly as they had hoped.

“They were problems but we were told that these had been sorted. DCC have also promised to do more to inform the public about PNSL – about both the problems and the progess.”

At the final Council Council meeting of the year,  Cllr Roy Hill asked a series of questions about PNSL and in what circumstance the streetlights would be switched on.

Roy asked if the street lights could be left on throughout the night following Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, when many more residents would be out and about on the darkened streets.

Unfortunately this most sensible this request was turned down as ‘against the PNSL policy’.

In addition, Roy asked if the lamps could be turned on during adverse weather conditions (such as snow) and he highlighted the concerns of those people who had to go to work whilst the lights are

The answer to those people out and about at that time was “carry a torch”

To which Paul would like to add: “I remember from my youth a jingle that told people to ‘wear something bright at night’. It seems that good advise in back in fashion!”

Cllr Paul Bull appropriate equipped in Cowick during PNSL hours
Cllr Paul Bull appropriate equipped in Cowick during PNSL hours

 

#COWICK NEWSLETTER [Winter 2015]| #PavementParking

Now that the major utilities works being carried out by Wales & West are over, it seems that the streets of Cowick are less congested. But some pavement parking remains.

Now there are 2 conflicting issues in play here.

If drivers didn’t park on the pavement, roads would be narrow for traffic. This is of immense concern on Barley Farm Road where inappropriate parking often delays the P bus on its journey to the city centre.

Yet parking on the pavement means pedestrians often have to walk in the road as there is no room for them to pass on the footpaths. This becomes even more of a problem for residents with visual impairments, parents with buggies and wheelchair users.

There are debates currently happening in Parliament where they are discussing the issue of pavement parking.

But these may not resolve the conflicts in Cowick. But Cllr Paul Bull has an idea that might help.

“A recent meeting of Exeter Highways and Traffic Orders Committee HATOC] was discussing if there was an progress on re-instating the old ban on pavement parking,” says Paul “and I asked if they would consider a scheme for those roads that need it – painting a line on the pavement that allows drivers to park on the pavement but ensures there is enough space for pedestrians to pass by on the footpath.”

What do you think of Paul’s suggestion? Please contact your Labour team and let them know.

Cllr Heather Morris behind a P bus delayed by pavement parking in Barley Farm Road
Cllr Heather Morris behind a P bus delayed by pavement parking in Barley Farm Road

#COWICK NEWSLETTER | Autumn 2014

Time for a newsletter to be delivered around Cowick

Hot topics

  • My introduction as the candidate for Cowick in #ECC15 local elections in May 2015
  • Update on part-night street lighting
  • Petition calling for resurfacing of Dorset Avenue
  • News update from Ben Bradshaw MP
  • St Thomas Festival
  • Recent community meetings West of Exe

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COWICK NEWSLETTER | Do you park on the pavement?

Except for specific exemptions such as Sussex Close and Wiltshire Close, under the Exeter Act you are not meant to park on the pavement.

This law prevents pavement parking which can block passage for wheelchair users, others with mobility difficulties and parents with buggies, as well as causing damage to the pavement and the utilities below.

There are some issues to do with city-wide signage that Devon County Council, as the highways authority, need to resolve but it is the intention to issue penaty charge notices from the autumn.

On a recent ward walk, Cllr Paul Bull noticed a possible flaw – people parking their cars over a dropped kerb access to their own driveway.

Investigations have revealed that parking here will not lead to a fine.