A consultation surrounding a proposed speed reduction in a Moorlands village has been extended. It is being proposed by Staffordshire County Council to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on approaches to the proposed roundabout at the existing junction of Uttoxeter Road and Cresswell Road near Draycott-in-the-Moors.
A consultation surrounding a proposed speed reduction in a Moorlands village has been extended.
It is being proposed by Staffordshire County Council to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on approaches to the proposed roundabout at the existing junction of Uttoxeter Road and Cresswell Road near Draycott-in-the-Moors.
It is understood that residents in the area received a consultation letter, regarding the proposal, around Tuesday, June 23, even though the latter was dated as being sent out on June 15, and were asked to make any comments by Friday, June 26.
Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, which did not receive any notification of any such consultation, has raised concerns with the county council regarding the short notice of consultation as well as lack of communication with them.
In a letter to Staffordshire County Council, parish clerk Denise Wheat, on behalf of Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council, said: “It has come to the attention of Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council that a consultation is being held in the village. Firstly, the parish council would like to know why they have also not been consulted?
“As clerk, I have received several complaints about the time scale in which the consultation has been conducted.
“The letter is dated June 15 and yet the letters did not arrive with any residents until Tuesday, June 23, giving them only three days to reply. Please can you explain if this deadline of June 26 is a mistake?
“The (parish) council could not arrange an extraordinary meeting to discuss this as a full council, because they have to notify the public with three clear days’ notice.
“I have been asked by the individual councillors to request that a consultation is also held with Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council.
“There have been other issues in the village of Draycott with speeding traffic, road collisions and fatalities and it would be in the interest of the whole community to get the speed reduced to 30mph.
“In particular taking in the residential areas surrounding the Draycott Arms Pub, including Cheadle Road from the farm to the pub and where the houses start at the top of the hill on the A522 before coming down into Draycott (towards the pub) towards your proposed start of the 30mph restriction. This junction has always been a problem area.
“The (parish) council would like to work with you towards including a larger area of 30mph zone.”
When asked by the Times & Echo for a response to the parish council’s concerns, Helen Fisher, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said: “Keeping our roads safe remains a top priority for us and our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country.
“Planning permission has been granted for a new housing development off Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge which now includes a 30mph speed limit on the approaches to the proposed roundabout at the existing junction of Uttoxeter Road and Cresswell Road.
“A further 30mph speed limit is being proposed along Cresswell / Sandon Road on the approaches to the proposed roundabout to provide access into the new development.
“These proposals are to make sure the surrounding area remains safe for both motorists and pedestrians.
“We are currently consulting on the proposals and have extended the deadline until July 14 so the parish council and local community can have their say.”
Anyone wishing to make comment about the proposals can do so by contacting Mike Smith by either calling: 0300 111 8000, emailing email@example.com, or sending a letter to Built Communities, 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH.
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