Letter from Cllr. Whelan to Sittingbourne News Extra: Mill Way Roadworks

Cllr. Ghlin Whelan (Chalkwell)

Dear Editor,

Your front page accurately reflected the consequences to businesses of the present roadworks in Mill Way. I am amazed that the spokesmen from Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council have not  been more proactive because they were forewarned many months ago.

KCC is the Local Authority responsible for solving Highway problems and it was back in the planning stages concerns were expressed about pedestrian and vehicle movements between Mill Way and Morrisons and the Town Centre. Particular reference was made to the road junction at the entrance to the Retail Park.

When we expressed concerns at the Planning stage, we received a flippant response from the KCC Traffic Management Officer.

In fact Cllr Truelove obtained a verbal commitment in the early stages for a pedestrian flyover – but this remedy for pedestrians never made it to the drawing board. In the past three weeks I have had messages to and fro with KCC regarding inadequate provision for local residents, including broken promises about temporary pedestrian traffic lights.

It is no wonder that the Highways Agency is continuing to object to the Tesco Superstore because of inadequate infrastructure and the anticipated extra traffic.

The shortsighted  decision of the Conservative leadership of this council to continue to obstruct the completion of the Northern Relief Road is also unhelpful to say the least.

 

Cllr Ghlin Whelan

Labour Spokesman on Transportation and Highways

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