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Fears over road proposals
TRAFFIC calming measures in a village will make matters worse and could cause accidents, according to a worried resident.
John Williams lives opposite where a proposed built-out pavement would be in front of Orchard House in Stratford-sub-Castle.
He says the plan will cause real problems for him and his neighbours who will have to pull out on to the road in the middle of a pinch point system, where cars drive too fast and the curvature of the road will make it difficult for them to see.
The village has two stretches on Stratford Road leading to the local primary school where there is no pavement and Wiltshire councillor for the area Mary Douglas says the work is needed to ensure the safety of schoolchildren and other pedestrians.
She said: “I’ve been a councillor there for nine years and ever since I have wanted, and the school has wanted, a pavement from one end of the village to the other.”
Mr Williams says the road by his house is already narrow and is used a lot by big vehicles such as buses and lorries.
He said the wall and fence in front of Orchard House could be removed so the pavement could continue on the same line without affecting the road.
Cllr Douglas said: “In no way do I want to impose on the people of Stratford-sub-Castle; I want to give them what they want. That’s why we’re doing a consultation so people can tell us what they want.”
The other point where there is no pavement is in front of Prebendal House and Mr Williams says this is an even more dangerous spot because the road is wider so cars park in front of the house, meaning parents and schoolchildren have to go right out into the road to get past the parked cars.
“I think they applied for money to do this in both positions but can only do one and they’ve decided this one was more important. But that’s a very subjective view and I think they are putting their money into the wrong project.”
But Cllr Douglas said the school is happy with either location so she asked the public at the start of the year and the feedback indicated that outside Orchard House was preferred.
Mr Williams said some believe the pinch point will solve the speeding problems of people using the road as a rat run to Salisbury but he doesn’t think this is the case.
He added: “It’s not a traffic calming measure and it’s not proven that these one-way systems actually cause traffic speed to reduce.
“People who have the priority tend to speed up to get through.”
The proposal has been put forward by the local community area transport group after local residents raised the issue with Salisbury’s area board, and people can have their say on the plans until the end of October by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01722 434325.
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