Air Balloon plans slammed as 'ridiculous' by parish chiefs
OPPOSITION to controversial plans for the Air Balloon roundabout could see parish councils work together in their battle to stop it.
Members of Leckhampton with Warden Hill parish council have vowed to speak to other authorities in the fight to prevent the proposals.
The Highways Agency has a planned a trial later this year which would stop motorists travelling from Cirencester to Cheltenham from turning right at the junction.
Parish councillors representing Leckhampton with Warden Hill fear it could cause many people living in Leckhampton to have to make a major detour. The authority has agreed to write a letter to the Highways Authority, expressing its anger at the proposal.
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Chairman Paul Ryder described the plan as tomfoolery.
He added: "Why would I want to drive down the hill to the Air Balloon roundabout then drive all the way down Shurdington Road to get to where I live, when I can just go straight down Leckhampton Hill to get home?
"If I had to do that every day, that would mean travelling an extra 30 miles a week.
"It is ridiculous. Whoever thought this one up is a jobsworth. "We are looking to form an alliance with the other parish councils.
"We have got to stand up against this."
In its letter to the Highways Agency, the council warned that residents would be severely impacted by the "horrendous" scheme.
They have now called for a full consultation.
Charlton Kings parish council has also objected to the Air Balloon roundabout proposals while the Echo has received numerous letters complaining about the plans.
People living along the new route have warned that the area will become a traffic blackspot if the scheme goes ahead.