Housing developer's plans to revamp Chard crossroads will cause "chaos", it is claimed

Housing developers plans to revamp Chard crossroads will cause

Housing developers plans to revamp Chard crossroads will cause "chaos", it is claimed

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A “CRAZY” scheme to cope with extra traffic from proposed housing developments north of Chard has come under fire.

Developers Mactaggart & Mickel are in talks with a planning inspector to build 350 homes and sporting facilities east of Mount Hindrance Farm.

As part of their plans to manage traffic in Chard town centre as a result of the extra homes they propose changes to the Convent Link traffic lights junction linking the A358 and A30.

In their traffic regulation order plans to Somerset County Council they include:

  • No left turn from Convent Link/ Millfield into Fore Street.
  • No left turn from Furnham Road into East Street.
  • No right turn from Fore Street into the Convent Link/ Millfield.

There is currently no right turn from East Street into Furnham Road, but Cllr Tony Prior, who chairs the planning committee on Chard Town Council, said the plans will cause traffic chaos throughout the town.

This is The West Country: MEMBERS of Chard Town Council have responded to Cllr Tony Prior's claims.

Cllr Tony Prior

He said: “Bluntly, it’s madness – you’ll have large lorries from Numatic driving around narrow streets in Chard by St Mary’s Church.

“We want people in Chard – councillors, residents and businesses – to oppose these proposed changes.”

Town councillors are due to discuss the plans on Monday, June 16, in the Guildhall during their planning and highways committee meeting.

Cllr Dave Bulmer, one councillor representing Chard on South Somerset District Coun-cil, said the crossroads are key to traffic movement in Chard.

He said: “The proposal being put forward will do nothing to improve the flow of traffic, and without doubt will add additional pressure on many other roads and junctions.

This is The West Country: Cllr Dave Bulmer.

Cllr Dave Bulmer

“I can see motorists being forced down East Street and around Victoria Roundabout just to get access to Fore Street or the Convent Link.

“There will also be pressure on people living in Jocelyn ward to find an alternative route via Old Town/Church Street junction into Holyrood Street.”

The Avishayes ward is also likely to bear the brunt of any changes to traffic movement.

Town councillor Cathie Morrison said: “This idea will have a major impact on the lower part of the town.

This is The West Country: MAYOR of Chard Cllr Cathie Morrison.

Cllr Cathie Morrison

“Victoria Avenue has huge problems already with large vehicles coming through and parked cars being damaged – a bigger volume of traffic will have a major impact.”

The News asked Mactaggart & Mickel for a comment on Friday and Monday, but the company was yet to respond as the paper went to press.

What do you think of the plans? Do you think it would make traffic better or worse in Chard?

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9:31am Wed 11 Jun 14

mollydog2 says...

firstly reopen the loony bins again, this is going to make a bad road set up impossable. my feeling are, that the developer should put roundabouts at ether end of cuttifords door road and take out the lights at the furnham road junction all together they cause very long tall backs and never speed up the safe flow of trafic.
firstly reopen the loony bins again, this is going to make a bad road set up impossable. my feeling are, that the developer should put roundabouts at ether end of cuttifords door road and take out the lights at the furnham road junction all together they cause very long tall backs and never speed up the safe flow of trafic. mollydog2
  • Score: 1

10:13am Wed 11 Jun 14

coolasice says...

I think it's a ridiculous idea we live up joceyln way so would cause havoc
I think it's a ridiculous idea we live up joceyln way so would cause havoc coolasice
  • Score: 3

10:25am Wed 11 Jun 14

Loopylou1978 says...

The developers want a quick fix to get their permission to build,they don't live here and won't be affected when it all goes wrong. Chard simply cannot cope with the amount of housing proposed. It's all well and good to offer things like playing fields etc as an incentive (bribery?) but it's then up to the town council to maintain them and they get no more budget to do so. Chard needs to concentrate on making improvements to what it has, not exacerbate existing issues and making more by allowing this to happen
The developers want a quick fix to get their permission to build,they don't live here and won't be affected when it all goes wrong. Chard simply cannot cope with the amount of housing proposed. It's all well and good to offer things like playing fields etc as an incentive (bribery?) but it's then up to the town council to maintain them and they get no more budget to do so. Chard needs to concentrate on making improvements to what it has, not exacerbate existing issues and making more by allowing this to happen Loopylou1978
  • Score: 8

1:39pm Wed 11 Jun 14

timbotail says...

I can't see what the problem is. Once the relief road is built between Two Ash and the Chaffcombe Lane area most of the through traffic will miss this junction (and the town centre). Also why do people say the town can't cope with all the additional housing, they are going to build a lot more than this in the East of the town.
I can't see what the problem is. Once the relief road is built between Two Ash and the Chaffcombe Lane area most of the through traffic will miss this junction (and the town centre). Also why do people say the town can't cope with all the additional housing, they are going to build a lot more than this in the East of the town. timbotail
  • Score: -4

5:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

tabond007 says...

Have these Developers even tried to drive around Chard! It will cause havoc in Glynswood as people try to avoid East Street/Fore Street and around St. Mary's Church so you can access town centre off A358! People doing 'u' turns on an already chaotic Tesco roundabout, and people regularly ignore the 'no right turn' into Furnham Road now!. If passing traffic want to go into the town centre to eat or shop, they won't be able to do so if they can't turn left from Convent Link - isn't our town suffering already!

With regards to the relief road, been hearing about this for 20+ years now, wouldn't hold your breath!
Have these Developers even tried to drive around Chard! It will cause havoc in Glynswood as people try to avoid East Street/Fore Street and around St. Mary's Church so you can access town centre off A358! People doing 'u' turns on an already chaotic Tesco roundabout, and people regularly ignore the 'no right turn' into Furnham Road now!. If passing traffic want to go into the town centre to eat or shop, they won't be able to do so if they can't turn left from Convent Link - isn't our town suffering already! With regards to the relief road, been hearing about this for 20+ years now, wouldn't hold your breath! tabond007
  • Score: 6

7:19am Thu 12 Jun 14

wonderk says...

Relief road? I thought this was shelved a long time ago in favour of building more houses and creating a rat run. More money to be made i assume.

https://www.southsom
erset.gov.uk/media/1
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Relief road? I thought this was shelved a long time ago in favour of building more houses and creating a rat run. More money to be made i assume. https://www.southsom erset.gov.uk/media/1 62445/exhibition%20b oard%209.pdf wonderk
  • Score: 4

4:25pm Thu 12 Jun 14

David Pincombe says...

If Cllr Morisson is concerned about heavy lorries using Victoria Avenue and parked cars damaged, I suggest she urges the Council to request that the Police uphold and enforce the law and stop the illegal practice of parking on the pavement.

How can anyone in the area be fined for parking on the pavement when it is quite common to see dozens of vehicles illegally parked in Victoria Avenue
If Cllr Morisson is concerned about heavy lorries using Victoria Avenue and parked cars damaged, I suggest she urges the Council to request that the Police uphold and enforce the law and stop the illegal practice of parking on the pavement. How can anyone in the area be fined for parking on the pavement when it is quite common to see dozens of vehicles illegally parked in Victoria Avenue David Pincombe
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Sun 15 Jun 14

CaptainStable says...

I don't live in Chard, but I am a frequent visitor. I love the unique feel of the shops. If this goes ahead then I will find another town to spend my money in!
I don't live in Chard, but I am a frequent visitor. I love the unique feel of the shops. If this goes ahead then I will find another town to spend my money in! CaptainStable
  • Score: 3

11:42am Mon 16 Jun 14

QuillPen says...

Good luck.

The people of Ilminster were totally ignored and their wishes over-ridden when Ditton St was made one way to suit Tesco.

We who live in the place are merely ignorant people and those who live outside the town know better than we do.

(NB I have never set foot in the Ilminster Tesco, nor any other branch of that supermarket since then)
Good luck. The people of Ilminster were totally ignored and their wishes over-ridden when Ditton St was made one way to suit Tesco. We who live in the place are merely ignorant people and those who live outside the town know better than we do. (NB I have never set foot in the Ilminster Tesco, nor any other branch of that supermarket since then) QuillPen
  • Score: 1

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