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Planning and Development (Essex)

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

The Petition of Gwen Hall, residents of Hadleigh, and others,

Declares that the local council’s plans to destroy part of the grassed tree lined verge between Tattersall Gardens and Hadleigh on the A13 to provide a bus lane is not reasonable, would not improve traffic flows significantly, would destroy the open and green entrance to Hadleigh village and would therefore, on balance, be a waste of public resources; further notes that councillors should consult residents properly on all such issues and listen to them more seriously.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to make it clear to Essex County Council and Castle Point Council that they should put this development on hold until they have properly consulted the public, and that they should listen to public opinion.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Bob Spink, Official Report, 24 March 2009; Vol. 490, c. 276.]

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Observations from the Secretary of State for Transport:

Essex County Council is the strategic highway authority for all local roads within the County of Essex, the provision of traffic management on these roads is for them to consider. The Government have responsibility for the strategic highway network which is managed through the Highways Agency.

With regard to consultation, Essex County Council consulted on the Basildon to Hadleigh A13 Improvements Scheme and this closed 27 March 2009. Castle Point Borough Council outlined the proposal in their Core Strategy Proposed Publication Consultation which closed 20 March 2009.

As part of its role however central government does provide a range of guidance to local authority’s including Traffic Advisory Leaflets, Local Transport Notes and Good Practice Guides. These are regularly updated based on ongoing monitoring of the performance of engineering schemes that are put in place and can be viewed on the Departments website: www.dft.qov.uk.