Council backs call to solve A417 gridlock

Following the tragic deaths of 3 people 2 weeks ago, a call was backed today to solve the traffic problems at a notorious Cotswolds junction.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson called for urgent action over the Air Balloon rounadabout

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson called for urgent action over the Air Balloon rounadabout

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson (GCC, Bourton & Northleach) has been campaigning to get a solution to the pollution, gridlock and accident record around the Air Balloon roundabout on the A417 Today he proposed a motion at the Gloucestershire County Council meeting and received overwhelming backing for it.

Paul told us, “I was looking to bring the whole council together to take a lead in finding an urgent solution to these problems. We must face the facts and demand from Government real action before any more tragedies occur.”

The text of the motion, seconded by Cllr Iain Dobie, was: “This Council calls on the Department of Transport and the Highways Agency to take urgent action over the increasing traffic gridlock and pollution around the Air Balloon Roundabout (A417). The lack of a long term solution is harming the economy of the region and Gloucestershire and is blighting the lives of nearby residents. This Council should take a lead on this long running issue by bringing together other local authorities and agencies to reach a rapid solution. This is particularly pressing following the dreadful loss of life at this location recently.”

Cllr. Paul Hodgkinson said: “I now look forward to seeing the various organisations, other local authorities and agencies coming together in finding a long-term solution to this problem road. If we are serious about building a stronger economy, reducing air pollution and cutting accidents and breakdowns, this is the way forward.

“Only a proper, long term solution will do.”

The vote was 45 for the motion, 1 against and 2 abstentions.

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