Local residents have another chance to have their say on the proposed £102m North Fringe to Hengrove Package (NFHP) MetroBus scheme tomorrow (Tuesday 22nd July) when a sub-committee of South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) convenes in the town for a site inspection visit.
The plans, if approved, would see a number of sections of new bus lane constructed along Bradley Stoke Way, including a long stretch running from the end of the existing bus lane adjacent to the Willow Brook Centre up to Patchway Brook Roundabout (near Aldi). There would also be a major changes on the approach to the Aztec West Roundabout and reconfiguration of the Woodlands Lane junction.
The council’s Development Control (West) Sites Inspection Sub Committee is due to assemble near Patchway Brook Roundabout at around 2.20pm and members of the public will have a chance to give their views on the proposals during a public participation session at the start of the meeting
Anyone wishing to make representations in accordance with the published procedures should meet the committee at the junction of Bradley Stoke Way and Brook Way (adjacent to Pizza Hut).
Representations already received from residents and noted in a report prepared in advance of the meeting include:
- “Children crossing Bradley Stoke Way to the secondary school etc will have to negotiate a bus lane as well now.”
- “Impact on Savages Wood, a protected area, is contrary to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).”
- “Difficulties exiting The Worthies at the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way due to increased traffic flows and road widening.”
- “Inadequate provision for pedestrian safety at Webbs Wood roundabout on Bradley Stoke Way – children crossing to Primary schools and secondary school. A new crossing is needed as it will become more hazardous.”
Bradley Stoke Town Council has said it has no objection to the planning application, “subject to satisfactory negotiations with SGC regarding a piece of land owned by [the town council]“. This comment is believed to refer to a small parcel of land near Primrose Bridge, dubbed a “ransom strip” by one town councillor, which it is thought would need to be acquired by SGC in order to implement the proposed road widening scheme.
Town councillors did, however, raise concerns about “the impact on the traffic flow along the southern end of Bradley Stoke Way”.
More info: Agenda for the meeting on 22nd July (SGC)