Patchway’s Labour councillors are calling on South Gloucestershire Council to deliver on promises made to Patchway residents in the wake of its controversial decision to close Highwood Road.
Back in October 2013, Conservative and Liberal Councillors voted through the closure of Highwood Road to most traffic despite a 4,000 signature petition and dozens of local residents raising specific concerns about the impact of this decision on nearby residential streets.
In a bid to placate residents, the Council promised to assess their concerns that residential side streets had become a rat run as a result of the road closure. The Council has since consulted local residents on proposals to introduce various measures to improve safety and traffic speed in the area, including introducing 20 MPH zones, speed cushions, and road narrowings.
The decision on these proposals will be made by the council’s Planning, Transportation & Strategic Environment Committee on Wednesday (9 Sept).
Councillors Eve Orpen and Keith Walker (Labour, Patchway) have made a formal submission to the committee urging its members to get on with the work.
In their submission they say:
“This Council needs to show that it was serious in its promise to Patchway residents. As the local councillors our over-riding aim has always been to make Patchway’s residential streets safer and deter rat-running and speeding by drivers.
We are heartened by Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s consultation response that they support speed limits and we will be pressing them to implement these as a matter of routine.
We recognise that there have been a handful of objections and believe that the objectors should be informed of the benefits of the proposals as an overall package.
We continue to oppose the 2012 & 2013 decisions to close Highwood Road to most traffic, but feel that these promised mitigation measures should be implemented.”