A 93-signature petition opposing the proposed implementation of a scheme that would see traffic banned from turning left of the A38 Gloucester Road into Shellmor Avenue has been handed to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC)
The move comes just a week before the end of a public consultation on the traffic regulation order for the £15,000 scheme, and follows an earlier consultation where residents were asked to choose between five alternative proposals, ranging from completely blocking off Shellmor Avenue at its junction with Gloucester Road to doing nothing.
The petition was handed to SGC Highway Engineer Mark Parry at last week’s meeting of the Patchway Safer and Stronger Community Group, where several residents of Stoke Lodge voiced their concerns about the effect the scheme could have on other roads in the area, particularly Stoke Lane.
Opponents of the scheme complained that earlier consultations by Stoke Lodge ward Councillors had been restricted to residents of Shellmor Avenue.
Stoke Lane will have to bear the brunt of the extra traffic that previously accessed Shellmor Avenue from Gloucester Road and increased congestion will occur at the Stoke Lodge mini-roundabout if the scheme is implemented, claim the objectors.
Opponents also pointed out that several accidents have occurred in recent years along Stoke Lane and on the slip road leading off the A38, whereas there had been none in Shellmor Avenue itself.
Should the scheme go ahead, some residents of Stoke Lane who oppose it warned that they would demonstrate their anger by parking their cars on the road (rather than on their drives), in order to disrupt the flow of traffic.
Labour Patchway Town Councillors attending the meeting pointed out that there had been no overall majority (>50% of opinions expressed) for any of the proposed schemes, with the selected ‘option 1′ attracting 41% – only slightly ahead of ‘option 4′ (introduce traffic calming) at 32%.
Cllr Chris Mills proposed that the Town Council organise a residents’ meeting, as was done for the recently resolved Hempton Lane waiting restrictions issue, in the hope of finding a consensus that could be put to SGC on behalf of all residents in the area. Other Councillors agreed that the idea should be discussed at this week’s meeting of the Town Council’s Planning Committee.
SGC also has plans in the pipeline to improve the junction of Stoke Lane and Shellmor Avenue junction, following complaints about the difficulty experienced by vehicles turning left into Shellmor Avenue. The November 2011 meeting of the Southern Brooks Area Forum allocated £5,000 for investigatory work and this has now been supplemented with an allocation of a further £10,000 in SGC’s 2012/2013 Local transport Capital Programme to cover the implementation of a scheme.
Photo: Junction of Shellmor Avenue and Gloucester Road, where it is proposed that the left turn into Shellmor Avenue be prohibited.