Dorset and Gillingham town councillor Valerie Pothecary has promised to take up the concerns of Church View residents about the new road layout following work to create cycle paths along Le Neubourg Way.
A number of people are worried that with the new traffic lights outside Waitrose and the cycle path they will find it very hard to turn right out of the estate.
Councillor Pothecary said that she would shortly be taking the matter up with the senior person in charge of highways at Dorset Council. ‘I’m obviously very concerned and I have a great deal of sympathy with the residents in Church View,’ she told a meeting of Gillingham Town Council on Monday 22 June.
Councillor Pothecary admitted it was a ‘difficult’ issue as efforts were being made to improve facilities in the town, including the provision of cycle lanes. ‘We are on the case,’ she promised residents.
Mayor Barry Von Clemens said the town council had no powers over the issue as it was entirely a matter for the highways department at Dorset Council. But he proposed that the town’s traffic management working party should monitor the situation and work with Councillor Pothecary ‘so that we have good lines of communication’. The move was passed unanimously by full council.
Earlier one of the residents who has led the campaign over the new road layout, Anne Kings, had told councillors that the current new layout was potentially ‘quite dangerous’.
She said: ‘We are going to find it extremely difficult to turn right as we pull it out of this area because the cycle path continues as a cycle path right in front of us. Even if we look out for cars, cyclists still have the right of way.’
She said that some of the elements that had been built in the current works had not been shown during the public consultation last year. ‘It’s a very poorly thought out plan,’ she said. ‘There’s quite a lot of things that need to be put in place to make this quite safe. It looks like Church View was totally forgotten.’