Not content with aggravating Trafford residents by massively increasing their journey times on the A56 through closing off vehicle lanes on the main road through the borough, Labour-run Trafford Council has come up with another plan to further inconvenience residents.
The council wants to put barriers on certain roads in Stretford, Urmston, and Altrincham to prevent access to motor vehicles, including resident’s vehicles, and also take away resident’s parking on some roads too. The proposals have been put out to a flawed consultation which originally gave residents just over one week to respond to and was able to be completed by any person, as many times as they chose, irrespective if they had any connection to the road or not.
Stuart Donnelly a resident of Ashover Street in Stretford said “I first became aware of the proposal to turn my road into a cul-de-sac through the press as Trafford Council thought it was more important to tell the papers before writing to residents affected by the proposals. When I did receive the letter, it said that my road had been identified as suffering from rat-running traffic as evidenced through the Safe Streets Trafford engagement site. I have checked that website and no such evidence exists and I am quite appalled that Trafford Council is trying to hoodwink residents in this way.
“Ashover Street is a narrow single lane road with resident’s cars parked on both sides. The council’s proposal will result in vehicles having to perform dangerous U-turns on a narrow road to avoid the barriers. The proposals are illogical and I know that view is shared by other residents on the road too. “
Cllr. Dylan Butt, Shadow Executive Member for Environment, Air Quality, and Climate Change at Trafford Council said “These proposals are another example of this Labour-controlled council’s mismanagement and waste with a botched up delivery of letters to residents informing them of these proposals, resulting in some residents receiving two letters.
“Conservative representatives have been out to the affected streets talking to local residents to ensure they are aware of what is being proposed. The council has said that the measures could become permanent and I would encourage local residents to respond to the survey that Conservatives have delivered to their homes. Conservatives will speak up for local residents and stand up to this Labour council who believe it is acceptable to ride roughshod over Trafford residents.”