Debate on double yellow lines opens up to residents
THE jury is out on double yellow lines that have been painted on the Kingsway estate.
Even though the lines have already been painted, residents are only now being given the chance to have a say on whether it was a good idea to have them in Thatcham Avenue and Valley Gardens.
Some like the trial scheme because it has cleared the roads for the new bus route through the estate.
Others dislike the idea because it has left residents scrambling for car parking spaces on an estate which already struggles with inadequate parking.
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Quedgeley parish councillor Barry Kirby said planners had planned to stick notices on lampposts to tell people about the trial.
But after he and county councillor Jackie Hall (C, Quedgeley) intervened, every resident is receiving a letter asking for their views.
Mr Kirby, who is also chairman of the Kingsway Residents' Association, said: "We have worked really hard to get people on the estate to talk to each other and get people involved with what's going in the community.
"Sticking notices on lamp posts is another example of someone saying 'let's just do it anyway'.
"I'm angry about this because there is no parking on Thatcham Avenue now and people are speeding down there.
"Myself and Jackie Hall have called for more public consultation."
Speeding fears have also been raised now that the road is clear of parked cars.
Mr Kirby is encouraging residents to put sticky speed limit signs on their wheelie bins to warn motorists.
He also wants people to join a new speed watch scheme where residents will be armed with speed guns.
For more information on joining the anti-speeding campaign call Mr Kirby on 07951 330534.