Conservative-run South Gloucestershire Council has been forced to put on hold experimental road closures in Ruffet Road and Coalsack Lane, Kendleshire due to start today after protests from residents.
Residents reacted angrily when the closures were announced on 17th April, less than two weeks before they were due to come into effect. Over 600 people signed a petition started by the Kendleshire Golf Course for the closures to be put on hold while the community was consulted.
Local Councillor Claire Young (Liberal Democrat, Westerleigh ward) said:
"People agree that something needs to be done to make the notorious Kendleshire Cross Roads safer and stop unsuitable traffic using the narrow country lanes. I have long championed the Quiet Lanes Scheme in this area but there has always been proper consultation with local people before any changes are made. Introducing such drastic measures without talking to the community first is a big mistake.
"Around 30 local people attended the meeting on Ruffet Road that I arranged with officers. It was unfortunate that the Cabinet Member had to leave before he heard all the points of view. I am delighted however that he has now recognised local concerns and paused the plans so these can be investigated.
"I also secured a promise from officers that they would hold a face-to-face consultation event locally, rather than relying simply on people sharing their views online. They need to make sure everyone can have their say."
If you would like to take part in the online consultation, you can do so here.