THE MP who represents Barton under Needwood has given his backing to plans to make the village safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, announced his support for Barton under Needwood Parish Council’s ‘bold and innovative’ proposals to improve and enhance Main Street and Station Street as part of a new scheme entitled ‘Better Safer Barton Centre’.
He said: “Barton under Needwood suffers from heavy trucks trundling through the village.
“Often they mount the pavement and more than once have clipped pedestrians with their wing mirrors.
“The council’s bold and innovative plans will if implemented, I hope, deter trucks from using the village as a rat run while at the same time enhancing the village environment for tourists and locals alike.
“With Barton Marina attracting more and more visitors, local businesses in Barton are beginning to suffer.
“These proposals would reinvigorate the village.
“This scheme will work alongside plans I and Andrew Griffiths, MP for Burton, have discussed with Philip Atkins, leader of Staffordshire County Council, regarding the need to restrict heavy trucks using villages like Barton, Yoxall and Kings Bromley as an inappropriate short-cut.
“I congratulate the parish council on getting these plans off the ground.”
An exhibition of the plans is being held in Barton’s village hall in Crowberry Lane until Saturday, March 22 and, after viewing the proposals, residents will have the opportunity to make comments before final plans are drawn up.
Graham Hughes, chairman of Barton under Needwood Parish Council, said: “For many years residents of Barton have become more and more concerned about the volume and speed of traffic travelling through the village.
“We want a village where pedestrians and cyclists can feel safe on the village roads and not feel that the traffic dominates. This is the chance everyone has been waiting for to see how real positive changes can be made to the centre of the village.”