ECHO COMMENT: Time to speak up on how to improve Up Hatherley's roads
THE arrival of a new supermarket always brings concerns as well as opportunities for local residents.
The impact a new store will have on their lives – and particularly on the roads in the immediate area – are always high up the list of concerns.
The fact that many of those residents also have the opportunity of using the supermarket as their shopping destination of choice – and take it – is often forgotten in the ongoing furore.
The biggest problem is often getting the funding in place to get proper work done to improve the road system.
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In Up Hatherley, however, that is not the issue. Some £600,000 is in place, but how to spend it is causing great controversy.
The new Asda store in Arle Court opened almost a year ago. It was a major change for the area and the traffic going to and from the store was always going to have an impact.
But the proposals Gloucestershire Highways has put forward seem to have been given an almost unanimous thumbs down by the local community.
Everyone seems to want the traffic to slow down, but not by using the mini-roundabouts, speed bumps and chicanes that the county is proposing. There are valid concerns that work of this kind could simply lead to rat runs elsewhere
Give them a 20mph speed limit throughout and they'd be happy – but that is not included in the county's proposals.
What the residents must do, however, is have their say while they can.
The consultation into the proposals ends on Friday. As well as telling the council what they don't want, they need to make it clear what they do want – before it's too late.
SPENDING a night in hospital is not something that many of us would do out of choice.
But it's good to know that efforts are being made to make the experience as comfortable as possible.
Noise at night has been raised as a major issue at Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal hospitals.
Now a scheme on two wards is alerting people when noise levels get too high.
And the clever thing? It's made clear to staff and visitors alike. Everyone can clearly help to ensure patients get the rest they need