|Strength of feeling demonstrated by over 50 gathering|
to protest with just a couple of hours' notice
However RBC’s report admits that “This option does not change the visibility problem and relies on Albert Road drivers obeying the stop signs and giving way to crossing drivers from Highmoor Road...it has its limitations and does not meet the wider concerns of the original petition”.
|View north up Albert Road. Photos by Tell Tails Photography|
The Highmoor Albert Road Campaign (HARC), formed by local residents, is calling on RBC to improve safety of this dangerous junction. They’ve carried out a survey of over 100 local households close to the junction to find out from a choice of 5 alternatives whether there is a popular option. The result is 90% of 134 households are in favour of option 1: A raised table designed to slow down the approaching traffic from all four directions.
RBC’s preference to change the priority of the traffic dates back to January 2015 when officers first made the proposal. Back then residents, local Thames Ward Cllr Ed Hopper and I (Mapledurham Ward) all spoke against it. A survey I took had 84% of households opposed to a change of priority.
I am canvassing opinion again (see my post detailing the outcome of January 2015 meeting) and would be grateful for feedback before tomorrow evening’s meeting so that I can speak up on behalf of my electorate. Please email me: Isobel.Ballsdon@reading.gov.uk mobile: 07717 292003 or drop a letter through my door: 10 Fernbrook Road. Thank you.