Dead end for road campaign?

By Ross Findon

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Dead end for road campaign?

Chris Whitehouse (centre) and Cllr John Hobart present the petition to Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for highways Cllr Edward Giles.

UPDATED 14:35*

CAMPAIGNERS who called for a Newport street to be re-opened to two way traffic may have lost their battle with the Isle of Wight Council.

More than 3,000 people signed a petition calling for Chapel Street to be re-opened to traffic coming from New Street to St James’s Street, along with the introduction of one-way measures on bends to improve safety.

The campaign was backed by Isle of Wight Councillor for Carisbrooke Cllr John Hobart, as well as election hopeful Chris Whitehouse.

But in a report due to go before the economy and environment scrutiny committee on Wednesday, next week, the strategic director for economy and environment Stuart Love said he would not recommend a change to the current system.

He said in the report: "I could not recommend changing the traffic management arrangements here, which have been reviewed a number of times both by council officers and external consultants appointed to develop and review the Newport traffic model, all of whom have concluded that the current arrangements, although not ideal are the best that can be achieved with the existing highway infrastructure.

"There has been no material change in circumstance sufficient to justify revisiting the last decision in December 2010, which confirmed the prohibition of driving order here.

"A preferred officer solution to improve the cross town traffic movements would be to develop a link via the Morey’s site although that is dependent upon development being brought forward on that site by the land owner."

He recommended councillors note the campaigners concerns, but that no changes be made.

*Mr Whitehouse said: "The recommendation is not entirely unexpected, but we hope that, when the case is formally made to the scrutiny panel, the members will see the wisdom of what has been proposed on behalf of residents and we still hope that will result in support in principle to the removal of the no entry sign."



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by Richard White

30th January 2013, at 17:34:50

...because Elm Grove has had a gate across it for years?

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by Jake Wallace

30th January 2013, at 14:35:48

@peter - a boost to the nodehil commerce .. because you can always find parking down there

@ atkinson - if getting to the nodehill side is so important why not take nelson road & elm grove & come staright down st johns .. nodehill in an instant

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by V Atkinson

30th January 2013, at 12:53:12

I'd love to know if any of the people making the decisions on this actually live in the area?? I live one street away and the current one way is a nightmare for anyone wishing to get to nodehill side of Newport. To get to Nodehill it takes 5-10 mins to drive, should take 30 seconds...great for fuel economy and the enviroment, when if they just turned the one way end of Chapel street the other way (one way still) it would solve all the problems!!!! Try talking to the residents who pay their taxes and are the people being effected.

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by Jake Wallace

30th January 2013, at 10:56:04

Does anyone know of any benefits of it being opened to 2-way traffic again

Only one i can think of is to make a quick rat-run from the Carisbrooke area to St Georges Way -- other than that no real reason at all.

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by Chris Firth

30th January 2013, at 06:00:19

Civil disobedience? Take the signs down and make it 2 way by popular demand (with H&S warnings of course

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by Den Young

29th January 2013, at 23:18:46

sorry guys but did you really think council would listen to you or take any notice of any poll that was taken, they cant be proved wrong even when they are, never mind soon be May and then we can voteanother shower in who will do just the same.

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by Chris Firth

29th January 2013, at 21:53:46

Civil disobedience? Take the signs down and make it 2 way by popular demand (with H&S warnings of course

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by Colin Russell

29th January 2013, at 21:15:37

Thats right pam but he is still able to be sacked, no Council or Council worker is bigger than the electorate as will be shown on May 3rd

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by Pam Riddet

29th January 2013, at 18:26:24

Stuart Love is a paid employee - you can't vote him out!

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by Corrie Rayner

29th January 2013, at 17:55:48

Sorry, allegedly I had 7 letters left!
Here's the rest:
I conclude that the current situation is definitely not "the best that can be achieved with the existing highway infrastructure" - sorry, Mr Love.

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