Let’s leave our options open, says Labour Councillor Steve Lydon
With a decision due on Tuesday 29 November over whether to allow traffic lights to replace the roundabout at Sandpits in Dursley, the County Councillor for Dursley, Steve Lydon, is calling for the decision to be delayed at the very least. The decision will be considered as part of the outline planning permission being sought for 450 dwellings and 10.7 hectares of employment land, at North East Cam - behind Draycott.
“There’s absolutely no need to commit ourselves at this stage,” says Councillor Lydon. “Let’s do the sensible thing and leave our options open.” Councillor Lydon has suggested that the Stroud District Council committee votes to set aside a sum that can be used at the right point over the next 5 years. “This will give us a chance to test the projected traffic levels and how the roundabout is coping but we can also see if extra land can be acquired to provide a larger roundabout if needed. If at some stage it becomes clear that traffic lights are needed, then that decision could still be made.”
The decision about whether traffic lights will be installed at this stage will be made at a meeting of Stroud District Council’s Development Control Committee on the 29 November - when they consider the outline application for 450 more homes in Cam. However, responsibility for traffic issues remains something for which Gloucestershire County Council has the chief advisory role.