Outcry over Kendleshire road closures puts trial on hold

May 02 2018

Outcry over Kendleshire road closures puts trial on hold

EXPERIMENTAL road closures were due to come into effect in Moorend as Frome Valley Voice went to press to stop drivers using several roads as a rat-run.
But similar planned closures in Kendleshire were not put in place after an outcry from local residents and those running businesses.
South Gloucestershire Council said requests from residents had led to its decision to keep restrictions that were put in place around Moorend while the Bromley Heath Viaduct works were carried out.
The experimental closures that affect Bromley Heath Road north of the ring road, Bury Hill and Cuckoo Lane will now continue for 18 months before being assessed to see if they should become permanent.
The council will examine whether the roads become safer and traffic levels fall as a result of the closures.
However, a new road closure proposed for Coalsack Lane and Ruffet Road in Kendleshire led to complaints over the lack of consultation and the sudden planned implementation of the scheme. Those running Kendleshire Golf Club said they had been “alarmed” at the proposal, which would have affected its business and those people using the roads to reach the clubhouse.
They also raised the potential of increased fly-tipping on redundant stretches of road.
Local councillor Claire Young said the proposal for Coalsack Lane and Ruffet Road would have turned the cluster of houses at the Badminton Road end of Ruffet Road into a cul-de-sac, with the householders’ only route out being straight on to Badminton Road.
She organised a site meeting with highways officials, residents and golf club representatives and the council agreed to put the scheme on hold to allow for consultation.
Councillor Young said highways officials believed the closures would improve safety at the notorious A432 Kendleshire crossroads.
But she said: “Whether they agreed with the closure or not, people were unhappy about how this has been done.”
She said residents felt if there was to be any road closure, it should be the short section between the Coalsack Lane/The Hollows junction and Westerleigh Road, which they said would stop rat running, while still allowing all parts of Henfield and Kendleshire to remain connected.