Fears ‘piece­meal’ plans could in­crease grid­lock and pol­lu­tion

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Dreadful Secret Of Reed Pond - By Gerry War­ren gwar­ren@thek­m­group.co.uk

A ‘piece­meal’ ap­proach to traf­fic man­age­ment and hous­ing schemes in Wincheap and Than­ing­ton will lead to fur­ther grid­lock and pol­lu­tion in the area.

That is the fear fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of two sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tions for a fourth Wincheap slip road and the first phase of 105 homes of the 1,150 planned in Than­ing­ton.

The Wincheap So­ci­ety and ward city coun­cil­lor Nick EdenGreen be­lieve they must be as­sessed to­gether as part of a com­pre­hen­sive scheme for the area, be­cause each will im­pact on the other.

They are also ques­tion­ing the de­sign of the new ‘prob­lem­atic’ £4.4 mil­lion slip road – drawn up by high­way con­sul­tants for Pent­land Homes – which they fear could lead to even longer de­lays on the A28 at the Wincheap junc­tion traf­fic lights.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal screen­ing sub­mis­sions have come from de­vel­op­ers ahead of full plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions.

But Cllr Eden- Green said: “They should have been sub­mit­ted as part of a sin­gle com­pre­hen­sive plan for the new Wincheap A2 junc­tion with full de­tails of the re­place­ment park and ride, pedes­trian and cy­cle ac­cess routes, a Wincheap re­lief road and its junc­tion onto the ring road.

“Piece­meal ap­pli­ca­tions of this sort are de­lib­er­ately de­signed to ob­scure the cu­mu­la­tive im­pact of these pro­pos­als.”

Than­ing­ton Par­ish Council branded the slip road de­sign ‘a joke’ and also has se­ri­ous con­cerns about the ef­fect on traf­fic on the A28.

Cllr Eden-green says the traf­fic lights sys­tem will have to be weighted to­wards traf­fic com­ing off the A2, lead­ing to longer red lights hold-ups on the A28.

He is also dis­put­ing the ap­pli­cant’s claim that ‘the devel­op­ment is not likely to give rise to sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects ....or sig­nif­i­cantly im­pact on the air qual­ity man­age­ment area’.

He said: “Wincheap is al­ready known to be an air qual­ity black spot, reg­u­larly fail­ing stan­dards yet there are no de­tails of how the junc­tion will func­tion or the ef­fects on traf­fic flow on the A28.”

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