Local residents have just one more day to submit comments about the controversial closure of Highwood Road to South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
The council’s public consultation on the “experimental” closure of a section of the road between Durban Road and Coniston Road ends tomorrow (Friday 19th April).
SGC decided in July 2012 to press ahead with proposals to close the road, despite receiving a 4,137 signature petition calling for it to be kept open to general non-commercial traffic, subject to a 20mph speed limit.
The only concession made to the petitioners was to implement the closure for a trial period of 18-months, to allow “a full evaluation of the impact of the scheme upon the adjoining highway network and local community to be fully considered”.
The Highwood Road ‘linear park’ scheme is a key feature of SGC’s plan to integrate the new Charlton Hayes development, on one side of Highwood Road, with the existing town of Patchway on the other.
Opponents of the scheme say it makes it difficult for some residents to access local facilities and claim it has led to a increase in traffic on Coniston Road.
SGC initially insisted that all consultation replies be submitted by post, but it is now allowing them to also be made by email, sent to:
Respondents are asked to:
- Include reasons for any comments made.
- Quote the relevant reference number of the experimental order. These are (click number to read MS Word document):
- Mark correspondence “for the attention of Dean Shepherd”.
Related link: Highwood Road Linear Park (The Journal)