Road Safety in Darton , Mapplewell & Staincross

We get more calls about road safety on our village roads than for anything else.
Our roads are getting busier and traffic is getting faster.
Cllr Steve Hunt has repeatedly taken these inquiries to the Council but so far he is being told that due to limited financial resources action will only be taken where there has been a history of serious incidents.

We find it unacceptable that there would need to be a serious injury or even worse a fatality BEFORE action is taken here in Darton East Ward.

We are looking at different problems such as speeding and obstruction on different roads across the ward and asking for your input.
If you have any views on this issue can you email myself at

After a request from residents we ran a petition to get the 30mph speed limit extended on Stainross Common to Windhill Lane.
Almost 300 people supported this and we submitted it to the council.
It was considered at a cabinet meeting for 17 seconds and then rejected.
Clearly this is not acceptable and I have written straight back to the council to pursue this further.
The full details of the 30 mph limit on Staincross Common is here.

Following a road safety survey across the ward residents highlighted some further hotspots:

Darton Lane outside the Primary School was an issue that came up many times as a problem as a combination of the bend in the road, the narrow causeway and the busy school. I have put together a petition here to ask the council to reduce the speed limit to 20mph outside the school. 20mph limits are quite common now across the country and it seems like a common sense and straight forward way to make this a safer area. 

Paddock Road was an area that came up time and again as a problem with it being used a high speed short cut by motorists cutting out the crossroads at the Turnpike garage. I have put together a petition here to ask the council to look into this issue to implement some form of speed or traffic controls.
The situation on this road is likely to deteriorate if the proposed 1000 house development goes ahead on Lee Lane. 

Carr Green Lane has been raised by many residents and our local neighbourhood policing team are also worried.
The problem is in relation to the bend up the hill from the new housing development. A combination of increased traffic volumes and resident vehicles parked around the bend are causing the problem. We have heard of accidents and near misses in the location.
We are calling on the council to visit the location and put in place measures to make the situation safer for motorists and residents.
I am asking you to support our petition for road safety improvements on Carr Green Lane which I will submit to Barnsley Council.