I believe that we can make our town centre a pleasant place to be in despite the amount of traffic that flows through the town. We can shorten travel time for motorists, increase trade for our shops, and make the roads safer for our children and the elderly. Enable more people to cycle, which will itself also reduce congestion. Allow people with disabilities and the infirm to navigate their way through the traffic and reduce their stress. We can not only save but improve the heritage represented by our conservation areas in the Quadrant and Monument Green. We could even save the London plane tree in Monument Hill.
Conventional safety experts will tell you that we need traffic lights, roundabouts, tactile bubble paving and a vast array of signs but it is simply not true.
The following video shows what can be done with the will and the imagination. We have a great opportunity to make this happen by taking advantage of new developments in the town. If the main road is to be remodelled let us make sure that it is designed to the highest standards. Don’t let the naysayers sell us short.
If Poynton can achieve these excellent results then surely Weybridge can do so too. What are your views?
One of the advantages that Poynton had was that the highway authority and the planning authority were the same – Cheshire East Council. Our planning authority – Elmbridge – and our highway authority – Surrey – are separate but that does not mean that they cannot work together to provide the outcomes we need.
The problems can occur when changes are proposed and there is no discussion between the relevant parties – at the same time.