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Jo McCarron and local residents welcome Council’s decision to back Craven Way campaign

Jo McCarron has welcomed today’s decision by South Gloucestershire Council’s Policy & Resources Committee to allocate up to £150,000 towards improved traffic calming measures on Craven Way, in response to growing pressure from local residents who Jo has been working with over the last 10 months.

Jo joined with residents before plans for improved traffic calming had been drafted, and with the decision on whether to implement those plans – and exactly what those plans would involve – not due for another year. She and the local residents launched a petition, since signed by more than 400 people, calling for practical measures to address the traffic problems on Craven Way, and they submitted statements from residents about the traffic problems they experience on a daily basis.

Jo and the local residents are delighted that this pressure is paying off. The Policy and Resources Committee has now backed the campaign, enabling the Transport Committee to move ahead with the plans that have been drafted, and making resources available for it to do so.

The decision by the Committee today was seconded by Labour councillor Pat Rooney, leader of the Labour Group of Councillors, and was supported by Labour councillors on the Committee.

Jo McCarron said: “I have been working with residents in Barrs Court on this issue since early this year, building pressure firstly to make sure plans to replace the Craven Way chicanes actually address residents’ concerns, but also to make sure those plans ultimately get implemented. I’m really pleased that we’ve come a step closer today to that happening. I’d like to thank the Policy & Resources Committee for backing our call for improved traffic calming.”

Anne Sheppard, who has been leading the Barrs Court residents’ group, said: “I got in touch with Jo McCarron when it felt like very little progress was being made. We have been working together for many months now, getting more and more residents signed up to support the campaign and help deliver leaflets and get their views across in written statements, and it is great news that we are now a step closer to improvements actually being made. I’m very grateful to Jo for her help on the campaign so far, and to the councillors from both Parties who today backed the campaign.”

The Policy & Resources Committee voted in favour of the following motion:

“Policy and Resources Committee members agree in principle to allocate up to £150,000 towards improved traffic management measures on Craven Way , Barrs Court . The committee requests that the Planning, Transport and Strategic Environment Committee, if it is so minded, gives approval to this scheme on both the scheme details and for the scheme funding to be allocated from the surplus £600,000 corporate capital programme funding previously earmarked for the A4174 Wraxall Road roundabout signalisation.

The committee recognises the urgency of this scheme, noting that residents have flagged up numerous incidents of road rage, cars crashing into chicanes and the potential for local residents with visual impairments to be knocked down by cars, due to the lack of a suitable pedestrian crossing at the Tower Lane end of Craven Way.”

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