Kingsbury Street residents tell councillors their traffic & parking problems are safety issues

Written by Tony Millett on .

It is not just those juggernaut trucks trying to squeeze into Silverless Street that worry people living along Kingsbury Street.  They are worried too about other traffic issues - and about safety.

Mrs Denise Foy of Kingsbury Street has conducted a consultation among local residents asking for comments about speeding, heavy traffic, residents' parking, dangerous driving as well as damage to Dormy House from HGVs.  And residents have written to Wiltshire Council about the problems.

Residents believe there are major safety issues involved in the way traffic uses the street and that sooner or later there will be a disaster.  Mrs Foy told councillors: "Truly it's time for Kingsbury Street to become safer."

A number of residents came to the meeting of the Marlborough Town Council planning committee (November 21) to put their concerns and ask what steps could be taken to improve the situation.

The residents have put forward a number of possible solutions from a weight restriction to speed humps and a 20MPH restriction.  Their list also included having parking on the Common - which is a red rag to most councillors.

Councillors Mervyn Hall and Justin Cook, who lead the Neighbourhood Plan process, reassured the residents that Marlborough's town-wide parking problems were high up on their agenda.

Committee chairman Councillor Hall let the residents down gently, but had to tell them that solutions to their problems were the responsibility of Wiltshire Council's highways department and not in the remit of the town council.

However councillors did agree to support the installation of a 'metro count' to record the speed at which cars and lorries are travelling along Kingsbury Street.  This is an essential preliminary to an application for a 20MPH speed limit.

The 'metro count' may take some time to appear as there is a queue of places wanting for Wiltshire Council to install them - and councillors were told they cost £3,000 each, which is paid by Wiltshire Council, who are currently trying to fill a black hole in the annual budget.  Councillors also backed a request for another 'metro count' for Herd Street.

Councillors will also urge Wiltshire council to put 'Unsuitable for HGV' signs at the top of Kingsbury Street - at present there is only one at the bottom opposite the Town Hall.  At least that sign is illustrated with a pictogram of a crossed out truck - as well as the message in English.