ROAD: Safety work would help

Road safety near to the bus stops on the A192, just south of Stobhill roundabout, has been a hot topic of late.

I understand that a proposal has been made to fill in the gap in the hedgerow that is used by residents of Stobhill Manor, particularly children to access the bus stops. Filling in the gap would cause quite a diversion for people.

When I heard this proposal, I wondered whether a more sensible option might be to formalise this access as a public footpath as part of a wider scheme of improvements to road safety.

Barratt did itself no favours locally by starting construction work without discharging its pre-commencement planning conditions, making noise before 8am and using an access off the A192 in a 60mph zone.

The county council also failed to place obligations on it to make significant contributions towards local schemes, despite the considerable size of the development.

Funding a comprehensive scheme of much needed road safety improvements would go some way towards restoring the confidence of local people.

For example, this could comprise of a central island to aid pedestrians crossing near the bus stops, extending the 30mph zone well beyond the stops, and perhaps formalising the informal access from Stobhill Manor.

Local Conservatives would like to hear the thoughts of residents on this topic as we would not like a vocal minority to secure something that a silent majority does not want.

Johnny Wearmouth

Morpeth Conservatives