Feedback on last night's meeting re Traffic proposals
There was a special meeting of the Bransty & Harbour neighbourhood forum last night to discuss the county council's proposals for traffic management in Whitehaven Town Centre.
About 30 people attended: I think the meeting could have been better publicised. However, for those who were there the discussion was quite constructive and the County council representatives present did genuinely appear to be listening.
This meeting was at an early stage of developing proposals: any changes which are agreed as a result of these proposals will not be implemented for several years and there will be another consultation on the refined proposals first.
The meeting divided into four groups of about half a dozen to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the proposals. In the group which I attended the main conclusions were
* The proposed junction improvements in Option One were strongly welcomed
* The other three proposals, Options, 2, 3, and 4 are extremely similar
* In these three proposals, the idea of a clockwise gyratory system in the north of the town centre including Tangier Street, George Street, and Duke street was broadly welcomed, as were the junction improvements
* However, there were serious concerns about the implications of closing Strand Street to most traffic (except for access) and the risk of serious congestion on what would become the main two-way route through and around the centre, Irish Street, Scotch Street, and Duke Street.