The map shows in red color the travel diversion if the South Glos Council plan goes ahead. The markup in green colour shows the current entry/exit route.
Children turned out in large numbers to support the campaign. They were very creative in drawing excellent map of the affected areas! Well done little stars!
The launch of the ‘Keep Charlton Boulevard Open’ Campaign took place on Saturday 7th April 2018.
The campaign is in response to a growing concern of local Residents against the proposed closure of their current entrance to the Charlton Boulevard on the Hayes Way, Concord roundabout for car traffic.
The change is due to take effect next year when Patchway Highwood Road and Chartlon Boulevard (Filton) will be connected. Under current plans, any Resident who wishes to access their property, by car or van, along Charlton Boulevard (or surrounding roads) will have to travel much further via Highwood Road and Patchway roundabout. The net additional distance is expected to be about 1 mile.
“We, the citizens of the Charlton and Cribbs ward, petition the South Gloucestershire Council to keep Charlton Boulevard open to Hayes Way Concord roundabout for car traffic. “The South Gloucestershire Council is planning to convert this into a bus only lane, and direct the traffic via Patchway Highwood road. This will add over 1,500 car traffic to Patchway roundabout on top of existing 4,000+ car traffic, which is already heavily congested. If it is allowed then it will aggravate the problem for existing Patchway residents as well as Charlton Hayes residents.
“Therefore, I demand South Gloucestershire Council to stop plan to convert Charlton Boulevard Hayes Way entrance into a bus only lane, and provide a better traffic management solution.”
The campaign has been built and lead by a resident Sanjay Shambhu and affected team of tweleve local volunteers.
Sanjay said “This issue has been growing in my community for some time. Whenever I speak to people locally, this is one of their key concerns”.
He continued “Residents recognise and support the Bus service, which will help people move around a lot easier and will give us all more options for travel. However, we all believe that closure of the entrance is a step too far against the interests of over 1,500 residents in Charlton Hayes. There are many other options for traffic calming which would not be detrimental to the Community, especially along Charlton Boulevard”.
The campaign team organised the launch event to highlight the matter to South Gloucestershire Council. Speaking about the launch, Sanjay said “I knew I had to take this to South Gloucestershire Council for them to reconsider their options. I have sent around a petition which has a growing number of concerned Residents (both on paper and online). I raised this matter with my MP, Jack Lopresti. Mr Lopresti backed me and my neighbours in this campaign and agreed to attend the launch”.
Sanjay concluded “We had over 100 concerned local Residents who attended the launch event in support of the petition. I was very pleased to see Jack Lopresti MP attend and even present a letter of support to the Campaign. I feel that with a growing number of Residents and the MP behind this issue – we can persuade South Gloucestershire Council to pursue a more suitable outcome”.