Plans for link road in Stir­ling

Pro­pos­als to change city travel plans

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Plans to trans­form the trans­port net­work con­nect­ing Kings Park and Stir­ling South via a long pro­posed link road have been un­veiled by Stir­ling Coun­cil.

Pro­pos­als to change the way peo­ple can move around the Tor­brex, King’s Park and Brae­head ar­eas of the city ei­ther by foot, bike or ve­hi­cle were pre­sented to coun­cil­lors on Mon­day be­fore a se­ries of road­shows, start­ing next week.

Cen­tral to the wider plans are pro­pos­als for the new link road through the coun­cil’s ex­ist­ing View­forth site, which houses the au­thor­ity’s head­quar­ters, with an in­crease in the ca­pac­ity for walk­ing and cy­cling also form­ing a key part of the scheme.

The pro­posed route through the Stir­ling Coun­cil-owned site has been a hot topic for sev­eral years and linked to the plans is the fu­ture of listed build­ing Lan­garth House.

In Oc­to­ber, 2015, it was thought the link road plans could be scrapped in a re­view of the View­forth site master­plan af­ter a pre­vi­ous of­fer for Lang­garth House was with­drawn.

Green Party ac­tivists have con­sis­tently op­posed plans for the link road ar­gu­ing it would in­crease con­ges­tion and make the View­forth site un­nat­trac­tive for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

In 2014, coun­cil plan­ners ad­vised that noise, traf­fic and im­pact on listed build­ings were among po­ten­tial is­sues which would have to be as­sessed if plans for the link road were to progress.

They said the site was also within a Con­ser­va­tion Area with both res­i­den­tial and busi­ness prop­er­ties, and a num­ber of ma­ture trees and a pond could be af­fected, there­fore a num­ber of doc­u­ments would have to ac­com­pany any plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion in­clud­ing a noise as­sess­ment and as­sess­ments of dust and air qual­ity, listed build­ings, Kings Park Con­ser­va­tion Area and ecol­ogy such as great crested newts, bad­gers and bats.

Stir­ling West coun­cil­lor Neil Benny, said this week: “It is re­ally im­por­tant that peo­ple make their voices heard dur­ing this con­sul­ta­tion. These pro­pos­als are not straight­for­ward and will have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the whole city.

“The pre­sen­ta­tion I saw showed that there is real po­ten­tial to link up the paths and pave­ments across St Nini­ans, Kings Park and Tor­brex to make it nicer and eas­ier to walk into town, but the link road is­sue must be prop­erly thought through. It is an ex­pen­sive and very high im­pact pro­posal and we need to make a de­ci­sion based on the best ev­i­dence and a wide set of views.”

En­vi­ron­ment and hous­ing con­vener Coun­cil­lor Jim Thom­son said: “We have been dis­cussing plans for a new road on the View­forth site for a num­ber of years.

“Now we hope to take it for­ward as part of an ex­cit­ing pack­age of mea­sures to make the city cen­tre and the neigh­bour­hoods to the south of it, places for peo­ple, as well as traf­fic.

“A key part of this will be en­gag­ing with the pub­lic, show­ing them our pro­pos­als and get­ting feed­back on these plans.

“The drop-ins will be open to ev­ery­one and we’re ask­ing the com­mu­nity to come along and talk to us about these pro­pos­als.”

The coun­cil say walk­ing and cy­cling play a big part in the pro­ject and will be made pos­si­ble here by the de­crease in traf­fic in the city cen­tre and neigh­bour­ing ar­eas brought about by a new link road through the View­forth site.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said: “These pro­pos­als will in­volve big changes to the area if they go ahead so now is the time to get in­volved and make your voice heard.”

●■Drop in ses­sions run from: Tues­day and Wednes­day Nov 13 and 14, 3.306pm, Brae­head Pri­mary School; Fri­day Nov 16, 3-7pm Coun­cil Cham­bers, Old View­forth; Satur­day Novem­ber 17, 12.30-4pm Coun­cil Cham­bers, Old View­forth.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the View­forth Mas­ter Plan is avail­able on­line at: https://my.stir­ ser­vices/coun­cil-and-gov­ern­ment/ con­sul­ta­tions-com­plaints-and­com­pli­ments/con­sul­ta­tion/past­con­sul­ta­tions/view­forth-mas­teplan.

Con­sul­ta­tion Pro­posed roads strat­egy will also in­clude other city cen­tre routes such as Port Street

Look­ing for com­ment Coun­cil leader Scott Farmer (left) with coun­cil­lors Thom­son (cen­tre) and Gib­son

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