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Valley Gardens ©Google 2018
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Lots of good work has been done on the Valley Gardens project, and phase 3 is no exception. There are four options on the table for this phase, and they were presented to the Environment, Transport, and Sustainability Committee (ETSC) on Tuesday 9th October 2018. There are some interesting ideas, However the Conservative Group have expressed some concerns.

Forty Second Penalty

Cllr Wares - Environment Spokesman
Cllr Wares – Environment Spokesman

Cllr Lee Wares (Conservative Group Deputy Leader & ETS Spokesman) had previously asked for general traffic timings, and sadly many were not included. However Cllr Wares has highlighted a worrying figure that is included in the document. Westbound traffic on the A259 will be travelling 40 seconds slower, even after optimising, and the knock-on effects of this will be far reaching and cause a great deal of frustration for residents and visitors to our city.

The Matrix Is Flawed

Cllr Wares explained that the matrix upon which the decision to choose option 1 is flawed. Just a few slight ‘tweaks’ of this matrix result in a roundabout option coming back in to play (options 2 & 4). Bus companies, the taxi trade, buswatch, and cyclists throughout the city remain unconvinced. Cllr Wealls said “The Conservative Group cannot support  option 1 in its current form.”

Cllr. Lee Wares
Cllr. Lee Wares

Cllr Wares also highlighted that information for a public consultation (on option 1 for the scheme) is already prepared without the benefit of this committee’s decision. Cllr Lee Wares (Conservative Group Deputy Leader & ETS Spokesman) described this state of affairs as “unnerving”.

Lack Of Future Proofing

With a desire to build a conference centre at the Eastern end of our seafront the plans for Madera Drive, contained within option 1, show a complete lack of foresight regarding the impact of traffic around that area. Cllr Wares said “In its current form, option 1 would be a noose around the neck of future development.”