Saturday, 27 April 2013

Matlock Rd- gets the hump over proposal

Residents in Matlock Road and Bury Road are massively opposed to a Sefton Council plan to place nine road humps in the area, according to Birkdale Ward Liberal Democrat councillors.
The proposal was advertised earlier this month (in Champion of 10 April) because of concerns about the increase in traffic to be expected as a result of the enlargement of Birkdale Primary School, due for completion by September.

Last week Cllr Iain Brodie Browne and Cllr Simon Shaw (pictured) carried out a survey of people living in the area.  They found that, by a margin of more than three to one, those responding to the consultation were against the idea of road humps.
Opinions on the other Council proposal, to make Matlock Road one-way between Bury Road and Upper Aughton Road, were more evenly balanced.
“It is quite clear that residents are strongly against the idea of road humps, which is what we expected,” said Cllr Iain Brodie Browne.
“We have received responses from over two-thirds of the houses affected, which is an excellent response rate.  Of those who had a view, over 75% were opposed to humps and barely 25% in favour.”
Councillor Shaw confirmed that the Lib Dem councillors for the area would be proposing rejection when the matter comes back to the Southport Area Committee in May.
“Residents have had to endure months and months of traffic chaos while building work is carried out at Birkdale Primary School.  The Council has just introduced a 20mph Zone in the area, which we strongly support, but the idea of road humps was clearly a non-starter,” he added.

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