REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has called on highways bosses and developers to implement traffic alleviation measures following concerns from residents about the impact of the Eastern Gateway development.
Residents fear juggernauts and other vehicles travelling to and from the Eastern Gateway site by Winyates Green will dramatically increase the amount of traffic on roads in the local area.
Mrs Maclean is now working with local councillors to understand how best to mitigate the impact of this development on the town’s roads.
She recently joined Councillors Juliet Brunner, Antonia Pulsford and Roger Bennett at the Eastern Gateway site to discuss efforts to ensure the road system will be able to cope with the increase in traffic.
And she is calling on highways bosses at County Hall and developers to listen to residents’ concerns and implement better traffic alleviation measures when the development is fully operational.
“I know how concerned residents are about the potential impact the Eastern Gateway could have on roads in our town, especially the increase in traffic we could see with HGVs travelling to and from the development,” she said.
“I have heard your concerns, I share your concerns and I’m acting on them. That’s why I’m now calling for a high-level meeting with highways bosses, developers and local councillors to discuss these.”
The Redditch Eastern Gateway, hailed as a ‘Game Changer’ development by Worcestershire County Council and former MP Karen Lumley, lies on land in Bromsgrove and Stratford Districts with just a sliver in Redditch.
Outline planning permission was granted by all three local authorities, however only Stratford insisted that developers Stofords come up with a viable HGV routing plan. This has yet to be approved.
Stratford also insisted that a steering group made up of local residents and councillors be formed to oversee the development.