Here is my little bit towards trying to get something done.
The contact details are from the notice issued by our wonderful council.
Highway Network Management
To whom it may concern.
I wish to protest in the strongest possible terms at the disproportionate and damaging proposals relating to road closures around the Hillsborough stadium.
The stadium has been there for well over 100 years operating with crowds much higher than currently experienced, and suddenly there is a need for a “Chernobyl” type exclusion area around the ground on the grounds of safety and emergency vehicle access.
One study, with questionable data and motives, started this by closing Leppings lane access to Sheffield (the voters) football fans. I immediately wrote to the authorities pointing out the obvious, to everyone with any ability for joined up thinking, which was this would then cause safety issues on Penistone road as that was the only way out from the Kop and the North Stand.
Others made similar comments creating a reactive, and over the top response from the council by stopping the sale of additional tickets to the North stand and closing off Penistone Road. A clear case of causing a problem and then creating another to “solve” it.
80% of the time there are negligible numbers of away fans which makes the situation even more ridiculous.
I have seen with my own eyes the impact it has had on some local, not multinational, local, businesses. A friend of mine, with a heart condition now has to walk twice as far from his home to his seat, and twice as far on the way back. Many more people will be suffering the same way if this order is implemented.
My family cannot get to our estate without driving past the Wednesday ground, what are they supposed to do? Drive up to Grenoside and then do a rat run through Oughtibridge?
Why none of this is necessary in a football ground near the city centre surrounded by similar, if not worse, traffic constraints can only be imagined…..
This is making Sheffield, and the council, and in particular its officers, look like a set of amateurs with at best naivety, and at worst, an agenda, and these proposals should be scrapped immediately. I suspect the strategy is that these draconian plans will be watered down to something that is still way over the top but seem better than this mess.