Petition calls for road closures to be reversed

September 30 2020

Residents Simon Storey, Michelle Beck, Sian Morgan, Colin Reynolds and Chris Evans

Residents Simon Storey, Michelle Beck, Sian Morgan, Colin Reynolds and Chris Evans

MORE than 130 people have signed a petition drawn up by residents in Teewell Hill and surrounding streets against the closure of two roads nearby.
South Gloucestershire Council introduced the closures in Signal Road and Charnell Road in July to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists accessing the nearby Bristol and Bath Railway path. They have since become subject to an 18-month experimental traffic order while the council consults on making the scheme permanent.
But Teewell Hill resident Chris Evans claims the consultation, which is hosted on the council's website, has excluded people who are not online, particularly elderly residents.
She said: "The petition gives everybody the chance for their voice to be heard – it's also a chance to link up with neighbours and find out how it is affecting everybody."
Chris and fellow campaigners say the closure has split residents in the area between those who have benefited from quieter roads and those who now have more traffic outside their homes.
She said: "We were quite a community in lockdown – now we're feeling there's a big division down the middle."
The petition has been taken to homes in Teewell Hill, Teewell Avenue, Shipman Court, Station Road, Gloucester Road, Charnell Road, Signal Road, White Lodge Road and William Page Court, and as the Voice went to print, 131 people had signed.
The petition claims the closures have led to a "significant increase" in traffic on Teewell Hill and Teewell Avenue, made accessing homes more hazardous for residents and says the increase in traffic mounting the pavement is "a serious accident waiting to happen".
It also raises concerns over access to homes in Charnell Road and calls for "more effective and acceptable measures" to be found.
The petition states: "The changes have brought not just inconvenience to many local residents but distress and increased concerns for the safety of all.
"While we appreciate the need for safer road usage by cyclists we believe that there are more effective and acceptable measures that could improve the area for all, rather than for a few at the expense of many."
Chris says these could include traffic calming, one-way systems and a weight limit.
A council spokesperson said the authority would review the petition when it was received. Asked if the scheme could be altered, he said residents could suggest alternative schemes via the council's Local Transport Priority List, which can be found on its website.
The spokesperson said the council had reviewed the sequencing of the Teewell Hill traffic lights and "made some minor adjustments to encourage traffic flow".
He added: "Our officers make regular visits to the area to understand any issues and we also receive feedback through the public consultation on the scheme."