HCC are carrying out a consultation and survey on the improvements to White Dirt Lane. The consultation presentation was held at Jubilee Hall a short while ago but you can still give online comments until the closing date which is Friday 14th November. Thank you to County Councillor Marge Harvey for getting this on the agenda and hopefully we can press for further local reviews very soon on other roads.
There are a number of aspects here that need to be considered.
1 – The home owners on White Dirt Lane are a very key factor and it is their one shot opportunity to get an improvement for them. Whatever happens needs to be most effective for them.
2 – The road is a key access route between local services such as the school and Downs Ward, so it would be good to make improvements that help safer pedestrian and cycle access to benefit the whole community.
3 – If White Dirt Lane were closed off then the alternative routes by Drift Road or Five Heads Road (already a narrow and busy lane) are lengthy and just displace traffic elsewhere. It is important to consider if this will also affect the businesses either site of the lane by displacing customers so the view of local residents is also important.
4 – The White Dirt Farm development becomes more viable in the event White Dirt Lane is closed as part of an argument against White Dirt Farm is the existing road and its unsuitability. This though is not a good reason in itself and the right decision needs to be made based on long term road safety, and not considering this one issue.
As part of the survey respondents are asked to enter their postcode so the location of the responses can be mapped. It is important that you only respond if you live in the area and are a regular user of White Dirt Lane. Giving comments on the views is also important for HCC.
Click HERE to go to the HCC page where the survey details can be found and how to vote.
When HCC announce the poll results and final decision I will of course post the results here.
I have not put a poll here for this because I am concerned this might get confused with the HCC poll and do not wish to affect the voting with results that can be seen between now and the closing date.