It has split a community... but Withington's controversial traffic calming scheme could be coming to an end
10.02.2024 - 17:17
Councillors have called for an end to a controversial traffic calming scheme which has split a community in south Manchester.
In August, nine junctions on the Hartley estate in Withington were fitted with plant filters as part of a six-month trial to improve road safety and encourage walking and cycling.
However, Manchester City Council is facing growing calls to remove the scheme amid claims it ignores businesses, disabled people, taxis and working people who require vehicular access - as well as increasing response times for emergency services.
It comes after the M.E.N reported in January how a mum slammed the so-called 'low-traffic neighbourhood' (LTN) scheme after an ambulance was blocked from reaching a home during a baby's seizure.
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Parents were also concerned that it led to more traffic around two local primary schools. Now three Withington councillors, Chris Wills, Becky Chambers, Angela Gartside, and Withington MP Jeff Smith have said the scheme should be brought to an end following the trial period.
In a joint letter to residents, they said: "The scheme came about as a result of residents calling on us to take action over the many road safety issues, car accidents and sadly some fatalities that were taking place on or around Parsonage Road. As your local councillors, we called on the council's highways department to do something to make our area safer and this scheme is the solution they proposed.
"We have received extensive feedback from residents and businesses across the sceme area since the trial was launched in August 2023. Some have told us they support the scheme, others oppose it completely, while some support the premise but feel that
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