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‘Waste of money’ cycle route on hold

CONTROVERSIAL plans for new cycle routes in Knowle have been put on hold by Solihull Council.

CONTROVERSIAL plans for new cycle routes in Knowle have been put on hold by Solihull Council.

The proposals, aimed at getting more children into the saddle, were criticised by many local people. At a meeting last Thursday, a decision was made to defer the cycle routes to allow further consultation with residents.

But the council will press ahead with other elements of the Arden Safer Routes to School project - namely traffic calming along Station Road.

The cycle routes - which would run through Knowle Park - had earlier been branded a waste of money by Councillor Jeff Potts (Con, Knowle).

In July, Coun Potts presented two petitions to Full Council. The first, signed by 1,144 people, called for the scheme to be rejected on the grounds that a large number of pupils were already walking and cycling to school.

The second petition, which had 713 signatures, raised concerns about the safety of pedestrians walking through the park.

By contrast, a majority of local people appear to be in favour of the part-time speed restrictions in Station Road. Once introduced, drivers will have to observe a 20mph speed limit between 8-9am and 3-4pm on weekdays.

Not quite so popular, but also given the nod, were proposals for table top humps and a speed bump.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “We are committed to encouraging more children to walk and cycle to school and to making sure they are safe to do so.”

* What do you think about this decision? Is the scheme a life-saver or a waste of the tax payer’s money? Email solihull_news@mrn.co.uk or write in to the usual address.

 

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