In late 2019/early 2020, Albert Road was closed for essential works. Residents witnessed constant disruption and inconvenience for months on end.
Now the council wants to close the very same road, and also neighbouring Victoria and Church Roads, and is planning to do so without actively engaging with residents other than a few individuals from a local Residents' Association.
Rather than being a "rat run", Albert Road is a link road through to the main A308. Closing this, Victoria and Church Roads will force all traffic to queue along the Hawks Road and to move through the junction of Hawks/Cambridge Roads, which is already notorious for congestion.
We strongly dispute the notion that the Albert/Victoria/Church Road area is a good choice of location for a "trial period" of six months. Had the council asked households on Hawks/Villiers Roads, they would have received repeated accounts of the awful congestion caused by the previous Albert Road Closure, and it would have been instantly clear that this is not a viable area for a trial closure to take place.
Details of what was witnessed last time include:
Lengthy queues every day backing up along Fairfield South, over the junction of Hawks/Villiers Road, and along the entirety of Hawks Road.
The Hawks/Villiers junction gridlocked, with vehicles often blocking the junction, making it very unsafe for pedestrians who are trying to cross on the green man.
Extreme congestion caused a noticeable rise in air pollution (fumes could be easily smelt) along Fairfield Road, Hawks Road, and Villiers Road.
Extreme congestion caused a noticeable rise in noise pollution along Fairfield Road, Hawks Road, and Villiers Road.
Funeral vehicles trying to access Kingston Cemetery were frequently caught up in the congestion along Hawks Road, which must have been distressing to bereaved families.
Drivers stuck in the endless queues using nearby side streets off Hawks Road and Villiers Road as potential short cuts, thus causing a knock on effect for residents of these roads.
Drivers stuck in the endless queues attempting to three point turn on Hawks Road, Villiers Road and Fairfield South, thus causing additional, unnecessary hazards.
We do not want to endure another 6 months of this, we lived through it before and it was appalling. We do not believe that it is in any way appropriate to close Albert, Victoria or Church Roads for a trial period, or any other reason.
Please note that many residents of the three roads marked for trial closure were not aware of these plans, and should not have to live through this without having had a chance to share their opinions.
Please note that NO residents on Hawks/Villiers and surrounding roads were made aware of these plans, and should not have to live through this without having had a chance to share their opinions.
Started by: Bethany Calder
This ePetition ran from 03/08/2020 to 18/02/2021 and has now finished.
462 people signed this ePetition.