Last night at the Traffic committee Green Party councillor Rob White argued that the Park Ward, East Reading permit parking scheme and Crescent Road road safety scheme should be fast tracked to consultation. Unfortunately other councillors on the committee wanted to keep the order suggested by Councillor Page. This means progress will be slower than it could have been.
The large Park Ward scheme, bordered by Eastern Avenue, Whiteknights Road, Church Road and Wykeham Road, is currently 4th in the queue (Battle large area scheme, Caversham large area scheme, Minster small scheme, Park large area scheme followed by the other small schemes).
This is clearly disappointing as Rob highlighted road safety issues from the police, fire service and Crescent Road schools at the meeting, such as fire engines not being able to get down Hamilton Road, but the committee voted to progress the schemes in the order that they were received.
However, when Rob met with senior transport planner Simon Beasley ahead of the meeting Simon indicated that we would be able to get going on some of the ground work for this scheme in the next month or so. Councillor Page also wanted to set up a council subcommittee to progress the scheme – although he didn’t provide any detail on this at the meeting.
Thanks to everyone who emailed the Council on this and provided information. Green Party councillors continue to share your frustration on the slow progress towards consulting on a scheme to tackle the issues you have raised with us. We will keep lobbying and working to improve road safety and tackle parking issues.
Rob White, Josh Williams and Brenda McGonigle
Green Party councillors, Reading