Residents to stage rally in bid to stop road being closed to traffic
A TOWN councillor has declared "Patchway is not an island" as residents make one last ditch attempt to stop a dual carriageway being closed to traffic.
A new £6-million link road has been built between Cribbs Causeway and the A38 to replace Highwood Road, which is due to close to general traffic – though not buses or bicycles – next month.
But town councillors and residents, who recently launched a petition as a last-ditch attempt to stop the move, are trying to get 500 more signatures so the issue will be debated by South Gloucestershire Council.
They will hold a demonstration on Saturday at the road and want as many residents as possible to join them.
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The group wants non-commercial traffic to be allowed to join buses and bicycles on Highwood Road, which is being changed from dual to single carriageway.
Protesters previously gathered to show their support for the petition, entitled Keep Highwood Road Open.
Town councillor Dave Tiley told the Post: "As part of our final push towards the 2,500 signatures needed to trigger a debate at South Gloucestershire Council there will be a demonstration held on Saturday in Highwood Road at the junction with Sycamore Close.
"To all those residents resigned to it being a done deal, we say don't accept that – come along and express your views and let South Gloucestershire Council know how you feel – Patchway is not an island!"
A South Gloucestershire Council spokesman said: "The long-standing proposal to close Highwood Road to general traffic is essential to ensure the integration of the existing and new communities in the Patchway area and to significantly enhance the visual amenity of the immediate area whilst ensuring the maximum benefit to the local community from the new Linear Park.
"If Highwood Road remains open to general traffic, it will continue to be a very busy road which will inhibit local people using the park and create a physical barrier to movement across the two communities.
"The council is working with local members to address issues being raised by the local community as a direct result of the works being undertaken and will continue to monitor the impact of the changes."
The petition can be found at many shops in Rodway Road, Patchway Autoparts and the newsagents in Chelford Grove, Stoke Lodge or online at http://bit.ly/keep-highwood-road- open.