Nailsworth leader's plea for slice of £10k Gloucestershire County Council money for A46 crossing
TOWN leaders are pleading with the man who has £10,000 to splash out on roads to get the most from it.
Every county councillor has the money to spend as they see best in their division – and Nailsworth Town Council fear some of it may be spent on a minor road that leads to a small number of homes.
Town mayor Steve Robinson said county councillor Stan Waddington (C, Minchinhampton and Nailsworth) told them he was considering committing some of the money to Barton Close in Nailsworth.
The town council wants to see at least some of it put towards a fund for a pedestrian crossing on the A46 at Inchbrook instead.
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"It used to be a farm track and leads to a small number of houses," said Mr Robinson. "It's always been like that because it led to a farm. There are many areas which need attention.
"If he paid say £5,000 of it into a fund for a crossing at Inchbrook, then the town council could contribute and we could look for other sources of money as well to pay for that."
Some 11,000 vehicles a day travel along the A46 at Inchbrook and data collected by the county council showed 22 per cent broke the 40mph speed limit.
Residents at Dunkirk Mills and Cottages are writing to Mr Waddington, urging him to consider their plea for a crossing.
They will be collecting names for a petition at the next Nailsworth Farmers' Market on Saturday.
Mr Waddington said he used Barton Close as an example.
"I am not opposed to a crossing in principle but the survey concluded that one is not warranted, and it would have to be pedestrian controlled, so would cost at least £40,000," he said. "There are many areas I am looking at. Barton Close is an example but there are others.
"There are problems with the traffic calming on the Cirencester Road, and roadworks needed in and around Minchinhampton."