Central Bedfordshire Council's Traffic Management Committee has decided to defer a decision on the proposed waiting restrictions for Red Lion Close, Cranfield

Proposal was to introduce various no-waiting restrictions

Central Bedfordshire Council‘s (CBC)Traffic Management Committee decided at today’s meeting (5 November 2019) to defer a decision on the proposed waiting restrictions for Red Lion Close, Cranfield.

Red Lion Close is a residential road which includes Holywell School. Residents have been highlighting the issues with inappropriate parking and traffic congestion at school peak hours for a number of years.

Cllr Sue Clark told the Committee that these concerns have centred around the safety of the school children and not any inconvenience suffered by the residents. Central Bedfordshire Council officers have attended site and held several meetings with councillors and residents to revise the design.

The proposal was to introduce various no-waiting restrictions:

  • No-waiting at any time
  • No waiting on Mondays – Fridays 8:00am to 9:30am and 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Parking bays without restrictions were also part to the scheme.

It was advertised by a public notice in 15 July 2019 and concluded on 08 August 2019. This received nine representations; one respondent expressed support for the proposal, two were in partial support and six objected.

Two Red Lion residents spoke at the meeting to share their objections.

Cllr Clark said:

“Given that it is the residents that have been asking us [CBC] to come up with a solution, to impose a scheme that is to the detriment of the residents, ie having full-time no-waiting, would be wrong.”

Cllr Kevin Collins, the Committee Chair, said that he was getting two clear, but contradictory, messages. One from the officers who feel that the proposal is the only acceptable compromise. The other is from the Parish Council, ward members and residents that say that the scheme wouldn’t work.

Cllr Collins deferred the decision for two cycles (the next two meetings) to enable the officers and residents to reach a solution acceptable to all.

The final part of the proposal was to implement a footway buildout at the junction of Walk House Close and the High St. This was accepted by the Committee without any objections.

Red Lion Close Traffic Management Proposal Image:Central Bedfordshire Council
Walk House Close Traffic Management Proposal Image:Central Bedfordshire Council