Following a short consultation with members of the public, Cheshire East Highways has decided to rethink its temporary Active Travel Scheme for the Pownall Park area of Wilmslow.
The proposed measures included closing the road at Broad Walk and Carrwood Road and introducing a 20mph speed limit across the whole Pownall Park area. However, the plans have now been suspended and will not be implemented in its current format.
This temporary plan was intended to help encourage cycling and walking in the area and allow a safe walking route to the two schools there. It would have been fully funded by the Department for Transport and was designed to see if any permanent measures would be needed.
Cheshire East councillor for the ward, Cllr Mark Goldsmith said "I had hoped we could at least try this scheme, even for a week as it would help us find a solution to the different traffic problems in the area. However, we have a public consultation process for a reason, so we must consider the residents opinions too. We are supposed to be implementing this for their benefit, so if they clearly don't want it, then we must accept their view and rethink the measures.
"The 20mph zone was widely welcomed but unfortunately the legislation does not allow us to implement this on its own. Therefore, it is back to the drawing board. I hope our Highways Department can devise an alternative that tackles the road issues but in a way the residents can accept."
If an alternative scheme is proposed for this area, then it will be publicly announced and involve a short public consultation period to allow residents to help shape their town.