Air Balloon critic in bid to stop plan
A LEADING critic of plans to make changes to the Air Balloon roundabout in Gloucestershire is set to meet Government officials to press his case.
The Highways Agency wants to introduce a no-right turn at the A417 junction for motorists travelling down the hill from Cirencester.
The move, which is aimed at cutting congestion and air pollution, is set to be trialled later this year despite protests from residents who claim it will put undue pressure on surrounding routes and creating a glut of village 'rat-runs'.
Cotswold district councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Churn Valley) will meet the Highways Agency next week.
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He said: "I'm going to the Highways Agency offices in Bristol next Friday to meet Ed Halford who is looking after the project for the experimental change at the roundabout.
"I have been contacted by 150 people, all but three being against the proposal. I've had emails and letters from the Cotswolds, Stroud and Cheltenham. I will be sharing all this feedback with Ed Halford and telling him that, on behalf of residents in Gloucestershire, I want the scheme cancelled due to the adverse impact it will have on the area."