Jo McCarron and representatives from the residents’ campaign group calling for improved traffic calming measures on Craven Way spoke to councillors at the Council’s Planning, Transportation and Strategic Environment Committee meeting on Wednesday 3rd September.
They presented their petition, signed by more than 400 people so far, along with written statements from local residents about the problems they experience with traffic on Craven Way.
Jo and the residents’ group will also be speaking at the Kings Forest Area Forum meeting on Monday 15th September at 7pm in the Civic Centre. The Forum’s list of potential traffic schemes now includes improvements to the traffic calming on Craven Way – residents will be pressing the case for this scheme to be finalised and implemented as soon as possible.
Below is the text of Jo’s statement at the meeting on Wednesday:
“My name is Jo McCarron and I am Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood. I am here today because I’ve been working with local residents to try and make sure their concerns about traffic on Craven Way are listened to and acted on – and to urge councillors to read their statements about the problems they experience.
“Although there is speed calming along most of the stretch of Craven Way, there is not any, and has never been any, at the Tower Lane end. Residents do welcome the news that the chicanes are due to be removed, and in their petition – signed by more than 400 people – they have put forward practical suggestions as to what scheme should replace them.
“Residents have been extremely concerned about this issue for a number of years and say they do not want to wait until a serious accident before action is taken. They contacted me earlier this year, and told me they had been calling for action since 2010, but feel they have been ignored by their local councillors and the current Conservative MP. I am keen that residents in Kingswood have a say on matters that are important to them, so I met with the concerned residents and I helped them to build their campaign.
“Since we started building pressure on this issue, there has been some progress. I know council officers have now put together a draft scheme which incorporates the residents’ suggestions, this is on the Kings Forest Area Forum’s list of potential transport projects.
“This is encouraging, but we are here today to try and make absolutely sure that from this point onwards, residents’ concerns are taken seriously, that councillors and officers do all they can to deliver the most effective possible traffic calming measures along the whole of Craven Way, and that residents have a say in the future changes to Craven Way.”