It affects Mount Road for a distance of 350 metres in a south easterly direction from the canal. And it will be over by the 2nd March or such time as "the footpath construction and traffic calming measures" have been completed.
So at long last the final part of the Whitebridge estate jigsaw will be put in place! Let me explain.
|The hole in the hedge - soon to be opened up!|
Gradually Whitebridge estate was built. Various developers came and went. But nothing happened in Mount Road. I understand that there were enormous legal disputes about who was responsible for the road works. About ten years ago, the last developer built a footpath between Navigation Loop and the hedge. Indeed, initially part of the hedge was removed and for a few days it was possible to get out of the estate onto Mount Road. But it was lethal. Cars travel along that stretch at high speeds and it was obvious to everyone that there was an accident just waiting to happen. As a consequence, I and other councillors called for the 'hole in the hedge ' to blocked up until the traffic calming measures were installed. So a fence was put up to block up the hole in the hedge and it's been like that for many years.
Despite numerous demands for action, nothing has happened for years. But now it looks as if the problem is to be solved! Opening up the estate and installing the new footpath and the calming measures will be a great benefit to residents, cyclist and walkers. It will be worth the road being closed for a couple of weeks just to see the scheme finished! Well done, Staffs County Council!