Controversial traffic light proposals for Burton officially scrapped by county council

Controversial traffic light proposals for Burton officially scrapped by county council

CONTROVERSY: Traffic passing under the railway bridge at Stony Lane

DELIGHT: Judy Jamieson

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to install traffic lights on a busy Christchurch road have been abandoned after criticism from community leaders.

It’s been confirmed that the £140,000 proposal from Dorset County Council to put traffic lights either side of the railway bridge on Stony Lane in Burton will now not go ahead.

It was due to start on March but was postponed earlier this year and has now been officially called off.

Protests had been made by Burton Parish Council as well as borough and county councillors, with a petition set-up by residents in opposition to the Three Towns Travel project.

Now, engineers are looking at merely widening the existing path, which they believe will also deal with surface water on the carriageway to keep the road under the bridge clear.

Burton Parish Council chairman Judy Jamieson said: “We’re just delighted that the county council have listened to the residents of Burton and completely shelved the idea of the unnecessary traffic lights.

“Hopefully the pavement will be widened and that will help the recurrent flooding issues in that part of Stony Lane.”

County councillor David Jones said the decision was a “tremendous victory for common sense”.

“This reflects the philosophy not of telling people what they need, but asking them what they want”, he added.

“I am very grateful for the support of the parish council and the borough councillors not just for Burton but for the neighbouring wards and I am delighted that this wasteful and irrelevant scheme which would have caused massive disruption has now been abandoned.”

A Dorset County Council spokesman said: “We have responded to concerns from the local community and have decided to abandon the traffic light scheme on Stony Lane.

“Instead we are looking to marginally widen the existing path to allow pedestrians to go under the bridge safely and for two non HGV vehicles to pass, without the need for signal controls.”

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7:04pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Western Sunset says...

Result.
Result. Western Sunset
  • Score: 7

7:24pm Thu 17 Apr 14

billy bumble says...

I have the greatest admiration for Mrs Jamieson ( much much less so for her husband though ) - she does fantastic work for Burton
I have the greatest admiration for Mrs Jamieson ( much much less so for her husband though ) - she does fantastic work for Burton billy bumble
  • Score: 3

10:48am Fri 18 Apr 14

scrumpyjack says...

Good effort by the locals and (for once) well done to the council to actually listening.

Traffic lights here would be a nightmare and totally unnecessary.
Good effort by the locals and (for once) well done to the council to actually listening. Traffic lights here would be a nightmare and totally unnecessary. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 3

11:45am Sat 19 Apr 14

SUZIE001 says...

I am so pleased the council have listened to the residents of Burton. I ran the petition and want to thank not only the people of Burton but to everyone who signed the petition.
I am so pleased the council have listened to the residents of Burton. I ran the petition and want to thank not only the people of Burton but to everyone who signed the petition. SUZIE001
  • Score: 2

9:10am Sun 20 Apr 14

Crank says...

It is a great credit to you all. Well done. But when we ll bust our guts opposing matters such as the Druitt Gardens massacre of trees and the demolition of historic buildings, and the refusal to retain and allow the rebuild of Druitt Hall, very vocally, in vast numbers, why aren't we listened to on such matters as these?
It is a great credit to you all. Well done. But when we ll bust our guts opposing matters such as the Druitt Gardens massacre of trees and the demolition of historic buildings, and the refusal to retain and allow the rebuild of Druitt Hall, very vocally, in vast numbers, why aren't we listened to on such matters as these? Crank
  • Score: 1

6:41pm Sun 20 Apr 14

agp1337 says...

Well done Councillor Jones. You said that, 'This reflects the philosophy not of telling people what they need, but asking them what they want.' The truth is that the local people who have to live with it know what is appropriate more than administrators (within reason): that, surely, is what democracy is about.
Well done Councillor Jones. You said that, 'This reflects the philosophy not of telling people what they need, but asking them what they want.' The truth is that the local people who have to live with it know what is appropriate more than administrators (within reason): that, surely, is what democracy is about. agp1337
  • Score: 1

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