A303 traffic highlights lack of sensible planning

First published in Postbag

THURSDAY was a big day for us in the Stonehenge area, as our now famous A303 hit the headlines and was quoted as being the worst road in the country.

The Journal also announced that it had been decided by a government official that Amesbury, Bulford and Durrington would have to build 300 houses on top of those already in the system.

Both Durrington and Bulford have already gone through recent plans to accommodate more than 450 houses in the area.

Amesbury has been building houses like a steam train for some years, with two more phases to go.

Durrington has also just completed a fair sized estate on the last remaining free site.

For those not familiar with Durrington, on the north and east sides of the village, with only yards to spare, the River Avon flows.

To the south and part of the west we have the heritage site of Durrington Walls.

And one part of the south has a green field area that also has the Avon flowing there and there is no way of access to it that would not affect the Heritage site. Even infilling along the south side of the Larkhill road has never been allowed by even the most modest of plans.

Bulford would find it most difficult to find space; since the new modifications of the A303, the owners of property in Salisbury Road, Bulford Village cannot even get out of their driveways of late because it is continually blocked by cars from Amesbury, most trying to avoid the Countess roundabout. This congestion of traffic also fills the Larkhill road at Durrington.

Perhaps it is time we adopt the system the Channel Islands have to control building and land space - without that control they would not have land enough to feed themselves because it would have run out years ago.

They also control house and land sales to allow affordable housing. You cannot just go and live in the Channel Islands either - workers are accommodated in purpose-built housing.

All over the country we are building at insane levels, and for who? Why have we not schools for our children? What about the infrastructure that has to back up this increase in population? It seems our governments of all parties, need to come down to ground level and talk to real people.

John Wigglesworth, Durrington

I SAW the article in last week’s Journal about the blockage on the A303 and the new Visitor Centre at Stonehenge being blamed.

Have the ‘planners’ who granted permission for the monstrous building being built at Solstice Park given any thought to the amount of extra traffic which will be generated by its opening?

There will be a lot more HGVs plus many other smaller delivery vehicles and private motor cars being used by people using the shop which is going to be opened there as well.

When Asda wanted to put a supermarket on the site they were told that shops were not allowed as the land was for offices.

I think that this just reinforces the idea that Wiltshire Council does not consider us as part of the county, to be treated fairly like their part of the county.

VG Rowse, Amesbury

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