Following today’s announcement, motorists, local residents and businesses in the South West are invited to take a look at the preferred route for the A303 Stonehenge scheme this month.
On Thursday 31st 140 people attended the Traffic Forum at the Social Club arranged by Cllr Darren Henry. Speaking were: Cllr Darren Henry, Shrewton resident and Wiltshire Councillor for Till and Wylye Valley Division; Cllr Graham Wright, Wiltshire Councillor for Durrington and Larkhill Division; Lt Col David Penniall, Garrison Management Team and Deputy Garrison Commander, Royal Artillery Barracks, Larkhill; Lt Col Stew Andrews, Senior Training Safety Officer SPTA, DIO SD Training, Westdown Camp, Tilshead; Insp Nick Mawson, Wiltshire East Community Policing Team. Also in attendance was Cllr Bridget Wayman, Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Waste, Wiltshire Council.
The forum was focused on the current issues resulting from the road closure of The Packway at Larkhill, while wider issues of: traffic routing through London Road and High Street; overweight vehicles using those roads; military vehicles using that route; speeding and the A303 improvements. Each speaker updated the forum on their particular area.
- Army Basing – The works being carried out by Lovell to construct 444 homes and supporting works were on target and The Packway would reopen to westbound traffic (possibly two way light controlled) at the end of September and would be fully open by the end of October.
- Traffic will be able to continue using Fargo Road/Wood Road – the information that Fargo Road would be closed ‘could have been communicated better’.
- Improvements to Rollestone Crossroads and traffic calming on Shrewton’s roads would cost in the region of £95,000. Application for funding had been made.
- Drivers of military vehicles were instructed not to use London Road/High Street – but do not follow this order or are directed by Sat Nav to that route. Registration number of vehicles seen on local roads should be reported to the Complaints Help Desk on 01980 620819.
- The police do not have the funding or resources to enforce traffic issues. Cyber crime and child protection are higher priorities.
Following the presentations those attending were invited to ask questions.
There has been a lot of speculation in the media recently regarding the A303 past Stonehenge with various bodies expressing their opinions about which route the road should follow. The Parish Council wrote to our MP, John Glen, asking if any updated information was available. He replied on 16th August 2017 as follows:-
Thank you for your letter.
As you know, Highways England has been consulting on options through the early part of this year and an announcement on their preferred route is due soon (I would certainly expect within the next 6-8 weeks).
At that point, detailed scrutiny of the preferred option will begin with a view to commencing what people would recognise as a more conventional planning process (this would begin in autumn 2018 for 20 months leading to sign off by the Secretary of State in March 2020).
I know it feels as though things have gone quiet but, in all of my conversations with Highways England, I am assured that the background work is on schedule and proceeding as expected.
Very best regards
Cllr. Darren Henry will be chairing a Traffic Forum at Shrewton Social Club on Thursday 31st. August starting at 7:15pm.
Shrewton United Football Club have submitted a plan and planning application to construct a stand for 50 spectators at the Recreation Ground.
Many residents may not be aware of this but may be interested and have a wish to comment on the application.
The time frame for comments on the application to build a soccer stand on the Rec has been extended until 25th August. The application number is 17/04239/FUL – click the application number for full details.
Please join us at The Amesbury Area Board meeting on Thursday 27th July at 7.00pm at Shrewton Recreational Hall, The Hollow, Shrewton.
Members of the public, local groups and organisations are welcome and we look forward to meeting you.
Information about Amesbury Area Board
Area Boards support Wiltshire Council’s objective of developing stronger and more resilient communities across Wiltshire through:
- Efficient, transparent and accountable decision making;
- Effective collaboration with public, voluntary and private sector partners locally to meet the aspirations of local people;
- Shaping the delivery of local services;
- Addressing local issues; and
- Building community leadership and local engagement.
The details for this meeting are available from this link.
Previous agendas and minutes are available from this link.
An evening of singing and dancing, with Route 66 Karaoke Disco.