Do you care about the volume of traffic in Lydiard Millicent?
Do you want to prevent Washpool/Common Platt from becoming more of a rat run?
Do you want to see fewer HGVs using the parish as a short-cut to Swindon?
Do you want more traffic calming?
If the answer to any of these questions is Yes, then please take a minute to respond to Wiltshire Council’s consultation on proposed changes because of Ridgeway Farm. Even if you think the proposals are good, please say so. Because there is no guarantee that they will be implemented.
You can access the proposals through Wiltshire Council’s website or by clicking on this link.
You must make your comments by 14 May 2018.
Very briefly, the main proposals (as they affect Lydiard Millicent) are
- Closure of part of Purton Road only, from Swinley Drive to Mead Way.
- Extension of the weight restriction to limit use by HGVs on the Washpool Road.
- Reduction in speed limits, including along Purton Road and Washpool Road.
These proposals are as shown on the indicative maps, which I have set out below.
By and large, feedback I have received on the proposals is broadly positive. The proposals reflect what was agreed when Taylor Wimpey made its application for approval of reserved matters and various infrastructure applications. There was always concern about the impact of increased traffic on Washpool and Purton Road, which are narrow country lanes, built more for horse and carts than HGVs and 60 seat buses. The original intention was that the main traffic should be channelled through the new estate road which, in theory, at least, could be built using modern construction principles and be better designed.
Not everyone is happy with the end result. Some residents at Ridgeway Farm aren’t keen on the prospect of being on a main road. Understandable, not withstanding the old adage caveat emptor. And it’s not inconceivable that those proposals could change – I guess that’s the point of a consultation. I don’t know what any changes would look like – that’s definitely crystal ball territory – but I do know from speaking to residents in Common Platt and Stone Lane that traffic and HGVs are a big issue for them and have a knock-on effect for the rest of the parish. Personally, I think the evidence speaks for itself – with the number of road “safety” signs that have been hit in recent years, and cars ploughing through residents’ fences and back gardens. How many times have I heard the phrase “accident waiting to happen?”
I will endeavour to put views forward at next PC meeting. But the more comments Wiltshire Council get, the better. So please do respond to the consultation.
Please also feel free to let me have any comments or observations.