How is any of this go­ing to im­prove chil­dren’s safety?

Grimsby Telegraph - - Viewpoint -

RE­GARD­ING the Toll Bar round­about, I can’t be­lieve the head­lines: End of the road for Toll Bar round­about, Grimsby Tele­graph, Oc­to­ber 22.

How can the coun­cil to­tally dis­miss the op­po­si­tion to re­mov­ing the Toll Bar round­about and re­plac­ing it with lights? I re­alise that the “fi­nal de­ci­sion” is sup­posed to be de­cided at a Cab­i­net Meet­ing to­day, but it looks as if the de­ci­sion has al­ready been made and it is just go­ing to be “rub­ber stamped”. The amaz­ing peo­ple, led by Roger Breed, who have worked so hard and given up their time to save the round­about, ap­pear to have been treated as a joke by the pow­ers that be at the coun­cil, as was shown when the pe­ti­tion was thrown out on a tech­ni­cal­ity.

These peo­ple have not just been fight­ing for the res­i­dents of New Waltham, but all users of Toll Bar round­about.

I thought we lived in a democ­racy, but ap­par­ently not, we are liv­ing in a dic­ta­tor­ship! Coun­cil­lors are sup­posed to rep­re­sent the elec­torate and our views and wishes, not the other way round.

As well as the pro­posed lights at the Toll Bar Round­about, there are also the ad­di­tional lights planned for out­side Toll Bar School at the junc­tion for the en­trance/exit of the new hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

At peak times, there is a queue at the Waltham side of Sta­tion Road which stretches way passed the school. So how will the lights work here? If the lights at the junc­tion turn green, mo­torists will then have to join the queue at the lights at Toll Bar round­about, if they are lucky and the traf­fic is mov­ing. This will also be dif­fi­cult for mo­torists ex­it­ing the new de­vel­op­ment who wish to turn right. How is any of this go­ing to im­prove chil­dren’s safety?

Chil­dren from all over the area at­tend Toll Bar School, so this also in­volves par­ents who live in other ar­eas. Toll Bar School is also against the re­moval of the Round­about and re­plac­ing it with Traf­fic Lights, as they also re­alise that this will not help safety for the chil­dren or the mo­torists and the stand­ing traf­fic will cause pol­lu­tion.

A fi­nal de­ci­sion on whether Toll Bar Round­about should be re­moved and re­placed by Traf­fic Lights should be made by the full Coun­cil. The de­ci­sion should then be made tak­ing into ac­count all the is­sues that have been raised and by us­ing com­mon sense and not per­sonal agen­das.

S Sar­gent, ad­dress sup­plied.

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