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Town centre road revamp axed due to public concerns

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

Ashby de la Zouch High Street.

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A PROJECT to improve road safety and parking in Ashby is being reconsidered after overwhelming public opposition.

Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet will next week consider the results of a consultation which asked for public views on a £55,000 proposal to alter the town centre road network.

The scheme was designed to reduce the number of people injured in road accidents, particularly pedestrians, as well as improving parking/loading facilities along Market Street.

Peter Osborne, cabinet member for highways for the authority, spoke to the Mail.

He said: “While public consultations are not referendums, they are an important way for us to gauge the public’s opinion on any proposals.

“Officers brought these proposals to our attention in November last year because they had concerns about the number of injuries sustained by pedestrians and road users on Market Street.

“What is abundantly clear from the consultation is that a sizeable amount of people who responded don’t want the improvements in this version of the scheme.”

Subject to cabinet approval, highways officers will now review the proposals ‘with a view to identifying a suitable scheme to improve road safety and parking along Market Street’.

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