A road’s future will go in two directions, councillors have decided.
On Monday (September 23) Sandy Town Council’s community services and environment committee discussed whether East Road should be turned into a one way street.
After debating the matter councillors said they would leave the residential road as it is for the present.
East Road is off St Neots Road, which is one of the town’s main roads. The adjacent road, Longfield Road currently has a no entry sign from St Neots Road but it is not one way so anyone who is already in the street can go either way.
The suggestion was for traffic to flow along East Road away from St Neots Road only – eastwards.
Longfield Road would be made one way going towards St Neots Road – westwards.
The traffic would then circulate around these roads.
Nearby Glebe Road would have remained two way.
There would have been more on street parking because drivers would not have had to leave passing places. Additionally the dangerous access off East Road on to St Neots Road would have been eliminated.
But there would have been more traffic exiting Longfield Road next to the corner shop and near the busy junction of West Road and the zebra crossing.
Councillor Sharon Walsh said: “My experience of this road, which is considerable, is that 95 per cent of vehicles do exactly what we are discussing. Very few people go the other way on East Road. My view is that it makes far more sense for it to be one way. It’s quite a narrow road with far more cars parked around it than there used to be.”
Councillor Martin Pettitt said: “If you live at the top end of Longfield Road you would no longer be able to go into Glebe Road, however short the distance.
“When Central Beds Council comes to consider this at the end of the day there needs to be an enforcement regime.
“It may only be five yards but for a brief second they would be transgressing.”
But Councillor Aldis pointed out that there is always someone who is only just inside the one way system.
Councillor Will Jackson proposed that the streets be left as they are. This motion was approved with three votes to two so there will be no further action.
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