When plans were put forward last year for a one-way system on Crews Hole Road, Labour councillors on the St George Neighbourhood Partnership listened to concerns raised by local residents and road users at meetings, in letters and online. As a result, they decided to scrap the planned one-way system on Crews Hole Road.
But now there are new proposals, considered by the Mayor of Bristol and his Cabinet at the Cabinet meeting on 4th March, which could also result in a new one-way system on Crews Hole Road.
Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, said:
“I am extremely disappointed that plans for the one-way system appear to be resurfacing.
“I’ve spoken to lots of local residents in Hanham about the original proposals for the one-way system. I know how relieved they were when the plans were eventually scrapped. And I know how let down they will feel if the decision made by the St George Neighbourhood Partnership is overridden by these new plans sprung upon us as part of new Local Enterprise Zone investment.
“The new proposals that affect Crews Hole Road are only a small part of the £20million Local Enterprise Zone investment, but it’s clear they will provoke very strong feelings locally. Before the plans go any further, residents and road-users need to be given a proper opportunity to raise their concerns. I’ll be doing all I can to stand up for local residents to make sure they have their say.”
The new proposals are part of a £20million investment into road, pedestrian and cycling links to promote jobs growth in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. This planned investment includes a new cycle lane around Crews Hole Road, but in order to provide the necessary road-width for a cycle lane, a one-way system would also be needed. The reason given in the original proposals for a one-way system was precisely that it was the only way to provide the necessary road-width for a cycle lane.