Stopping speeding through Up Hatherley remains a priority
STOPPING A40 traffic speeding on the streets of Up Hatherley is the priority of the parish council.
The message comes after the public rejected plans Gloucestershire Highways put forward to slow motorists down in the area.
Highways bosses secured £600,000 to put traffic calming measures in place when permission was granted to build the Asda supermarket, which opened last September.
However, a scheme is yet to be agreed and a public meeting last month saw around 60 residents of the area complain about the proposals being drawn up.
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Up Hatherley parish council has not formalised its response to the consultation by Gloucestershire Highways, which ended on Friday.
Councillor David Hall said: "The route off the A40 via Hatherley Lane and Hatherley Road in both directions which is taken by motorists wishing to avoid queuing along Gloucester Road (A40), both at night and in the morning is a continuing major cause of concern.
"This problem has been growing over the last 40 years and is, consequently, not all to do with the recent Asda development. The Asda development has simply exacerbated the problem from a very high starting point.
"Nevertheless, we are calling upon the county council to take steps to alleviate the problem."
Chairman of the parish council Stuart Fowler wanted to see something to stop motorists – including the park and ride bus – using Up Hatherley as a cut through.
The parish council has put forward proposals of priority build-outs being introduced along Hatherley Road, near the entrance to the Bacon Theatre, and on the incline between Heron Close and Windermere Road.
It wants to see the same installation at Hatherley Lane between Asda and the Redgrove Park roundabout.
The council has also called for a pedestrian crossing to be built between the church and village hall in Cold Pool Lane.
It ruled out the highways' teams suggestions of build-outs between the Hatherley Inn and Wards Road, speed cushions at either side of the bend in Hatherley Road at the Hatherley Road and Coombe Glen Lane junction and a mini-roundabout at the Hatherley Road and Coombe Glen junction.
The council also requested flashing speed awareness signs to be installed along Hatherley Road. It said it would also support a 20mph limit throughout the village, providing it was mandatory and not advisory.
But Councillor Paul Thomas said it could lead to traffic being diverted through The Reddings.