St Peter's Parish Council to keep tabs on controversial Ketch island revamp

Parish council to keep tabs on controversial traffic island revamp

Parish council to keep tabs on controversial traffic island revamp

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A PARISH council has vowed to keep tabs on a controversial £8 million revamp of the A4440 Ketch island.

The work is due to start by April and will see the roundabout off the A38 Bath Road double in size but St Peter's Parish Council's vice-chairman, councillor Mike Johnson, says they will seek clearer information about exactly what the project will involve.

He also wants to know what its impact on Power Park, off Broomhall Way, and local residents will be.

Cllr Johnson, who is due to meet the contractors again on Fariday, said: "We need to try and find out how we can mitigate the impact of the scheme."

He added the council's contractors had laid out a number of different markers on the land to indicate where the future carriageway would be and the amount of access the workers would need to the green space.

"Importantly, if we can get an agreement with county and the landscapers of what they need to do, we could mitigate some potential impacts of the scheme. Hopefully we can come out with a scheme that's better for everyone."

The project, which will take a year to complete, will also see the creation of a new slip-road for drivers turning left to head up the A4440 Southern Link Road towards Norton island, as part of plans to part-dual the route by 2018.

In total the work will cost £38 million.

Worcestershire County Council has already said it is considering creating an acoustic fence to ease noise congestion from the extra lane, while plans to remove a grassy bank by Begonia Close have been criticised.

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9:03am Thu 6 Feb 14

CJH says...

They've only got to look at the roadworks at the Bath Road/St Peters Drive island to see the chaos it's going to cause. They're about 2 weeks into a 12 week schedule. We can only hope they finish before anything else starts...
They've only got to look at the roadworks at the Bath Road/St Peters Drive island to see the chaos it's going to cause. They're about 2 weeks into a 12 week schedule. We can only hope they finish before anything else starts... CJH
  • Score: 6

12:57pm Thu 6 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

"The project, which will take a year to complete, will also see the creation of a new slip-road for drivers turning left to head up the A4440 Southern Link Road towards Norton island, as part of plans to part-dual the route by 2018. "

I wish WN would get the facts correct for once, and I don't suppose anybody on the staff reads their own stories, but..... NO IT DOES NOT!!!

There is no slip road on the circulated consultation plans. Unless they've changed again?
"The project, which will take a year to complete, will also see the creation of a new slip-road for drivers turning left to head up the A4440 Southern Link Road towards Norton island, as part of plans to part-dual the route by 2018. " I wish WN would get the facts correct for once, and I don't suppose anybody on the staff reads their own stories, but..... NO IT DOES NOT!!! There is no slip road on the circulated consultation plans. Unless they've changed again? I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: -4

7:43pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Jadeyy says...

As we live off Primrose Cresent we have been sent lots of paperwork. On the final plan at the back it does show a slip road going towards Norton Island but if it is like the monstrosity they created when you come from the motorway it will just be a waste of time and money! The plans we have been given also state that the Park will not be touched. But we keep reading so many different things in different places that you begin to wonder how much of a mess this process is going to be!
As we live off Primrose Cresent we have been sent lots of paperwork. On the final plan at the back it does show a slip road going towards Norton Island but if it is like the monstrosity they created when you come from the motorway it will just be a waste of time and money! The plans we have been given also state that the Park will not be touched. But we keep reading so many different things in different places that you begin to wonder how much of a mess this process is going to be! Jadeyy
  • Score: 0

10:55am Fri 7 Feb 14

I'm_not_bitter says...

Jadeyy wrote:
As we live off Primrose Cresent we have been sent lots of paperwork. On the final plan at the back it does show a slip road going towards Norton Island but if it is like the monstrosity they created when you come from the motorway it will just be a waste of time and money! The plans we have been given also state that the Park will not be touched. But we keep reading so many different things in different places that you begin to wonder how much of a mess this process is going to be!
Unfortunately, I am also local. What do you mean by "final plan at the back"?

This does not appear in the Public Engagement Exercise document that was circulated by the council and it was not on the same plans shown and discussed at the exhibitions held at St Peter's and Norton in January. These just show a standard roundabout where all traffic would approach on the same carriageway and stop at the island, as it does now.

There WAS a slip road on the plans that the County Council used to force the City Council to hand over the land without even notifying local representatives, but that is not what is being proposed now.

Do you have other documents?
[quote][p][bold]Jadeyy[/bold] wrote: As we live off Primrose Cresent we have been sent lots of paperwork. On the final plan at the back it does show a slip road going towards Norton Island but if it is like the monstrosity they created when you come from the motorway it will just be a waste of time and money! The plans we have been given also state that the Park will not be touched. But we keep reading so many different things in different places that you begin to wonder how much of a mess this process is going to be![/p][/quote]Unfortunately, I am also local. What do you mean by "final plan at the back"? This does not appear in the Public Engagement Exercise document that was circulated by the council and it was not on the same plans shown and discussed at the exhibitions held at St Peter's and Norton in January. These just show a standard roundabout where all traffic would approach on the same carriageway and stop at the island, as it does now. There WAS a slip road on the plans that the County Council used to force the City Council to hand over the land without even notifying local representatives, but that is not what is being proposed now. Do you have other documents? I'm_not_bitter
  • Score: 0

12:09pm Fri 7 Feb 14

saucerer says...

Information on the changes to the roundabout can be found at: http://www.worcester
shire.gov.uk/cms/tra
nsport-and-highways/
transport-schemes/wo
rcester-transport-st
rategy/a4440-and-ket
ch-junction.aspx

Having read the webpage, there seems to be a lot of very important details missing, almost deliberately so to perhaps keep the public in the dark while they steam roller through these changes which are not only mis-guided, but will cause chaos and not help matters one jot. We'll have another Whittington roundabout on our hands.

Well done incompetent highways department!
Information on the changes to the roundabout can be found at: http://www.worcester shire.gov.uk/cms/tra nsport-and-highways/ transport-schemes/wo rcester-transport-st rategy/a4440-and-ket ch-junction.aspx Having read the webpage, there seems to be a lot of very important details missing, almost deliberately so to perhaps keep the public in the dark while they steam roller through these changes which are not only mis-guided, but will cause chaos and not help matters one jot. We'll have another Whittington roundabout on our hands. Well done incompetent highways department! saucerer
  • Score: 4

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