George Lane resurfacing: access to car parks, GPs, businesses & homes will be difficult to manage
The resurfacing of the full length of George Lane is to be carried out during the day from Tuesday, April 3 to Wednesday, April 11 - 'approximately'. The George Lane work coincides with the school Easter break.
The London Road resurfacing will be along the stretch of the road from the double mini roundabout at the end of George lane to The Roebuck. This work will be done during evenings and nights (7pm to midnight) from when the George Lane work is finished until Friday, April 20 - 'approximately'.
Marlborough's Town Mayor, Councillor Mervyn Hall, and the Town Clerk have met with Wiltshire Highways and the contractors, Atkins. They were told that the new surfaces will to be 100mm or four inches deep - the same standard as was used for the recent resurfacing of the High Street.
The Mayor and Town Clerk stressed the need to keep the entry to Ducks Meadow and to the George Lane car park open for as much of the time as possible. The latter is especially important for access to the GPs' surgery and for deliveries to Waitrose, the Hilliers Yard building site, Travis Perkins and other businesses.
People will be encouraged to enter the car parks from the High Street access. The Mayor understood that this was not an easy undertaking to manage: "They will do their best to keep access open."
But he emphasised that while the London Road work was carried out, the east of the town including St Margarets, would be cut off from the town centre during the evenings. The diversion route will be a very long one - via Burbage.
The contractors will make a letter drop explaining the work and provisions for access to all households directly affected by the resurfacing. Councillor Cooper said there should be as much communication and information as possible about the disruption the work will inevitably cause. This will be especially true of the necessary temporary re-routing of buses and changes to bus stops. There will also be the knock-on disruption in the High Street as school busues, cars and commercial vehicles are diverted from George Lane along the A4.
The Mayor had raised the issue of Marlborough St Mary's pupils crossing George Lane near the police station. He asked that "...long overdue signage, road markings and flashing lights" could be installed as part of the work. Wiltshire Council's Principal Highways Engineer said she would look into this being included in the work. Otherwise road lining would be replaced on a like for like basis.
A Protection Notice will be issued by Wiltshire Council stopping utility companies digging up the newly laid surfaces for five years - unless an emergency arises.
A decision on the resurfacing of The Parade will not be made until Wiltshire Council's new budget is announced in March: "It would be sensible for Marlborough's Unitary Councillors to lobby for it."