Consultation results for Westgate Towers traffic scheme are 'reassuring'
The city council has given the strongest indication yet
that the controversial Westgate Towers traffic scheme in Canterbury
is here to stay.
It follows the publication today of the results of a public
consultation which it says shows 52% are in favour of making it
permanent, albeit with modifications.
Transportation manager Richard Moore said he had been
"reassured" by the comments which, given the public outcry, he
thought would have shown far more people against it.
Council executive member for transport Cllr Peter Vickery-Jones
added: "I think we can draw some comfort from the cold statistics
that there is not overwhelming opposition to it."
But the figures also show most people thought the
trial had failed in five of six of its key
objectives, including reducing the impact of traffic
and improving air quality in streets around the towers and trade in
The eight-week consultation prompted 2,688 responses - by far
the highest for any survey by the city council.
The council says it is still awaiting the results of traffic
counts at blackspots around the city and air pollution tests.
Council leader John Gilbey said: "We have to deal with the
increase in traffic which is only likely to get worse with the
increase in housing. We would like to get it to work."
He said the full results of all the data would be put to council
committees in March and the executive would then make a
recommendation to the county council which is a partner in the
But he also said the trial would not come to an abrupt end in
March at the conclusion of the 12 months scheme.
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