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Jo McCarron helps residents have their say over parking and traffic problems

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Jo McCarron, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Kingswood, set up a meeting for residents with traffic officers from South Gloucestershire Council to discuss concerns about parking and traffic problems on Tower Road North and Station Road. The traffic officers agreed to amend proposals for a new residents parking scheme so it includes Tower Road North, to help reduce the number of cars blocking the flow of traffic while making it easier for residents currently struggling to park on their street.

A number of residents who Jo met with before Christmas raised concerns about the difficulty vehicles have on Tower Road North and Station Road when cars are parked on both sides of the road. There are new yellow lines at the ends of both roads, but not at the narrower parts of the roads where parked cars can be difficult to pass, causing significant queues and delays, especially because these are busy roads used by large numbers of lorries. With limited spaces it can also be very difficult for residents to park.

Jo arranged the meeting on site and invited local residents so the traffic officers could see the problems and speak to the residents about possible measures to improve the situation.

The residents agreed a residents parking scheme could help by reducing the number of parked cars, particularly during the day when more of the cars trying to park belong to non-residents, and when the most lorries use the road. The residents parking scheme will now be on the list of potential schemes local councillors can choose to implement at the Kings Forest Area Forum meeting on 23rd February. Residents will attend the meeting to speak about their concerns and how the scheme could help.

Residents also want something done to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles using the roads – this in itself would ease the problem caused by parked cars, and the noise and pollution from the lorries is a longstanding concern.

Siston Parish Council has consistently raised this issue, calling for a “lorry routing condition” which would mean lorries have to use the ringroad instead of residential roads. But Parish Councillors have been told they don’t have the power to put that requirement on planning applications, and the traffic officers claimed at the meeting with residents that the number of heavy goods vehicles is not a problem based on the latest count carried out, which reported around 100 lorries per day.

Jo said, “It’s encouraging that the traffic officers came to meet with residents to discuss these problems, and that there is now a practical measure on the table that could help. I do, however, completely understand residents’ frustration about the number of lorries using the road. Their Parish Councillors know it’s a problem but are told they don’t have the power to deal with it – then Council officers tell residents there isn’t really a problem. Tower Road North is an important hub for local employment and trade and no-one wants to undermine that – residents just want more lorries to use the ringroad instead of relatively narrow residential streets. I will continue working with them to help make sure they have their say, and am helping to organise a new count of heavy goods vehicles on both roads.”

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