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The town council is to write to Dorset Council asking for a potential overhaul of pedestrian safety in Queen Street in Gillingham.

Members of the town’s general purposes committee agreed on Monday to ask Dorset for a ‘complete review of the pedestrian safety’ in the street.

This follows concerns over increased use by vehicles of the area because of roadworks on Le Neubourg Way, and the likelihood that this will increase when building work starts on the new ‘extra care’ residential homes planned for the area.

‘The traffic using Queen Street had increased substantially in recent months,’ councillors were told in a report from the council’s traffic management sub-committee.

‘With the planned build of a care facility on the old St Martins site, and the probability of extensive use of mobility scooters, it was even more important to deal with this issue,’ it said, raising the possibility of a ‘temporary one-way traffic arrangement’ for the street.

Magna Housing Association are planning to build 60 what are called ‘extra care’ residential homes for older people on the site where St Martins House stood before it was demolished late last year.

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