by Ruth, Marlene, and Steve on 28 January, 2019
We got a good response to this consultation, with 45 people taking the trouble to reply – which is a good figure for a consultation of this sort. You will recall that the Council proposals included:
The purpose of the proposals is to reduce the speed of traffic, help to enforce the ban on heavy vehicles, and make the road safer for parents taking their children to Westbourne School.
There was majority support from those who responded to all the proposals, with strong support for the raised junctions, improved walking route to the school and better signage and road markings.
There was concern from a few about the width restrictions, and changing the traffic flow in Anton Crescent. Also comments that width restrictions would take away parking – however they are generally sited where there are already yellow lines or traffic islands so parking is not currently possible. The detailed design will look to minimise parking loss further; and any loss has to be balanced against the improved road safety. There was also concern about the double yellow lines in Anton Crescent, and what the arrangements for dropping off children will be.
Some of your responses:
‘Really pleased with the proposals – it will make a big difference to me as I have been one of the complainants about noise and vibrations from speed cushions. I think it will discourage large vehicles and general cut through traffic. Thank you for listening to my concerns.’
‘Due to the priority give ways these will take away our on street parking spaces as parking is difficult enough as it is we need to keep those spaces for residents and residents visitors.’
‘I am really happy with all the proposed changes and hope that they will be implemented as soon as possible.’
‘Big improvement on current arrangements. Particularly pleased about speed cushion removal as these have been a real nuisance. If budget allows, I would suggest one of those signs that measures speed and shows it back to you (or smiley/sad face one). Hope this gets implemented soon and that overall road surfaces will also be improved at the same time.’
‘When double lines are placed on Anton Crescent, where will parents park their cars to drop off kids? This will result queuing on Anton Crescent, and people stopping in the middle of the road, dropping their kids, and blocking all the road.’
‘I hope this goes ahead it’s so dangerous in Collingwood Road no one does 20 miles it will be so much better and safer it needs to be done before someone is hurt or even killed.’
We want to encourage more parents to walk their children to school, but this is not possible for all, and a layby for drop off outside the school is proposed. We will look at whether the double yellow line can be scaled back to a restriction during schools opening and closing times only.
Some have asked for a traffic light controlled crossing for Collingwood Road, but the count carried out last year showed that there are not enough people crossing to justify this.
We have listened to what residents have said, and will work hard to ensure the scheme quickly moves to the next stage. There needs to be a formal consultation on those proposals which need it, while we hope that the footway widening on Anton Crescent, width restrictions and refuge islands removal on Collingwood Road can start early.
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