I am delighted there are plans to calm traffic in Westward Road, Ebley, but I have just written to the current consultation on them, to note my concerns about the specifics of those draft plans.
Photo: Pic of Ebley Mill (just off Westward Road) yesterday
I welcome the proposed wider pavements and narrow roads that slow traffic but would prefer build outs or other methods rather than the proposed speed cushions. Yes I know speed cushions do slow traffic and have been shown to reduce casualties - but they are unpopular. Indeed I know the Parish Council, who I've emailed, is also unhappy about speed cushions.
I would much prefer a Shared Spaces approach to be developed. See my report, "Better Streets for Stroud District" from a long while back here. Indeed if you accept a Shared Spaces approach then cushions can be viewed as counter-productive, as people look at the cushions and not at the child about to run into the road.
I have asked about what work has been done to consider alternatives to cushions in view of the local objections. I hope improvements to the draft plans will be possible or is this just a meaningless consultation?