News today that the Conservative administration at Gloucestershire County Council has been persuaded to abandon support for the controversial Highways Agency plans to stop vehicles turning right at the Air Balloon pub roundabout has been welcomed.
The plans drafted by the Highways Agency were – until now – supported by the County Council, following a meeting last Spring between County Council Leader Mark Hawthorne and Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown.
Under the plans, vehicles travelling along the A417 from Cirencester would be forced to turn left down the hill towards the A46 Shurdington Road cutting off direct access to the A436 and Leckhampton Hill.
Cotswold District Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Churn Valley) has led the campaign against the proposals in the Cotswolds, “I’m glad the County Council has seen sense at last. Many Cotswolds residents will be relieved to hear that the campaign against the trial taking place has made a difference but what is so worrying is that those running the County Council had such little thought for our area when they agreed to back this silly idea.”
“Why did we need to go through all this trouble in the first place? The Council should never have agreed to the proposal nor should it ever have put money towards it.”A
“Now, the Highways Agency need to bite the bullet and drop the scheme. I’m meeting them on Friday February 22 in Bristol and will tell them this in no uncertain terms.”