As part of Sheffield’s response to the COVID-19 crisis a number of new Social Distancing Measures have been introduced in the Broomhill area.
Changes include temporary alterations to roads and pavements to allow for widened footpaths. A number of parking spaces will also be removed.
The main roads affected are Fulwood Road and Glossop Road.
“We have been working hard to introduce social distancing measures in local communities to ensure the safety of residents as the lockdown restrictions ease and businesses reopen.”Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability
Social Distancing Measures on Fulwood Road, Broomhill
One of the biggest measures is the removal of parking outside the run of Fulwood Road shops (including Sainburys and Morrisons).
Parking in eleven bays has been suspended, with two disabled spots remaining unaffected. Additionally two new disabled parking bays have been introduced on Spooner Road and Taptonville Road.
This change allows for pedestrians to be able to social distance whilst using the local amenities.
“This scheme is being introduced to temporarily to support people access their local shops safely and to help give the confidence to do so. We have worked with local councillors to develop the plans and we understand that the removal of these parking bays may cause inconvenience for some drivers.
Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability
“We did not take the decision lightly, however protecting the health of our residents and taking precautions to minimise the risk of Covid-19 must be our priority, and we believe these measures are an important part of this.”
Parking Bay removals may be made permanent
Whilst the changes to Fulwood Road parking bays are currently temporary, they may be made permanent in future.
“These measures are temporary and we welcome your feedback on them.
“If they work well, and local businesses and residents are happy with the changes, we may look at making them permanent in the future.
“But please be reassured that before any decisions are made on permanent changes, we would undergo a full consultation process and would work with local businesses and residents to ensure they work well for everyone.”Sheffield City Council
Plenty of alternative parking is available nearby. Drivers can utilise Spooner Road Car Park and the spaces above the shops.
Social Distancing Measures on Glossop Road, Broomhill
Additional footpath widening will take place on Glossop Road.
Footway space will be extended by 1.5m between Fulwood Road and Peel Street, and between Peel Street and Westbourne Road.
Timescales for Broomhill Social Distancing Measures
- Monday 3 August: 2 new disabled bays marked out on Taptonville Road and Spooner Road.
- Sunday 9 August: Footpath widening on Glossop Road. Will be operational by 16 August.
- Monday 17 August: Parking bays on Fulwood Road closed. Fencing will be erected to prevent access to the area.
- Monday 24 August: Working arrangements require access to the footway in front of the shops. There will be some distruption: access arrangements will be worked up in detail once on site.
- Saturday 29 August: Works complete.
These social distancing measures follow similar schemes introduced in the City Centre, Kelham Island area and Attercliffe Road.
For more information on these and other Sheffield City Council COVID-19 Social Distancing Measures, visit the council website.
UPDATE: Friday 21 August
Work will begin this weekend to temporarily widen the footpath outside of Broomhill shopping precinct to create space for social distancing and opportunities for active travel in the area.
The parking area outside of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons has been temporarily suspended to ensure there is space for residents to social distance more easily. Amey, on behalf of Sheffield City Council, will begin work this weekend on the new widened footpath.
As all parking is currently suspended whilst the work is completed, two new disabled bays have been created on Spooner Road and Taptonville Road whilst the work is taking place. Once the work is complete, two of the original bays will also be reopened, doubling the disabled parking provision in the area.
“As businesses begin to reopen, it’s essential that we put measures in place to keep our residents as safe as possible. The creation of a traffic-free area outside of the shopping precinct will create more space for people to social distance and get back to their usual daily routines with additional safety measures in place.
“Although these changes may take a while to get used to, they are in place to benefit everyone and minimise the risk of Covid-19.”Councillor Angela Argenzio, Councillor for Broomhill and Sharrowvale
The scheme is set to be completed by the bank holiday weekend (30th August) and is part of the Council’s active travel measures, which uses emergency government funding to make temporary changes to highways to create space for social distancing, as well as increased capacity for walking and cycling.
“The recent lockdown gave a lot of people the opportunity to incorporate walking and cycling into their daily routines in a way that they wouldn’t usually do. It’s really important that we now introduce changes to our communities that make it easier and safer for people to continue making these healthy choices in the future so that they can benefit from the long term positive effects of this scheme and others in the city.
“The results of this temporary scheme will give us insight into what works well for Broomhill and what we could improve, which is vital to successfully planning ahead for the area.”Councillor Kaltum Rivers
Recent active travel measures in Sheffield have included pedestrianising areas in the city centre such as Pinstone Street and Division Street, as well as pop-up cycle lanes, footpath widening and low traffic neighbourhoods in Kelham Island.
The Council has worked with local councillors to develop the scheme and identify locations in communities that could benefit from the new measures.
“It has been incredibly useful to work with local opposition councillors in developing this particular scheme so they can help to shape how it is implemented for their area. We will continue to work with them to develop this project and identify any opportunities for further schemes that could benefit the community.”Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability
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6 August 2020 at 13:48
Please don’t make this permanent. Parking on the car shop require the number plate.
6 August 2020 at 17:28
I will shop online as the council makes access more & more difficult!
9 August 2020 at 12:47
The affected businesses on the Broomhill esplanade should be withhold their rates. The Council is indulging in anti-capitalist gimmicky. This has nothing to do with public safety.
19 August 2020 at 17:00
With respect, if the proposals are for temporary changes, but they may be made permanent, they are potentially not temporary are they? Or is this the latest form of SheffieldCouncilSpeak?