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Letter: Baldrick Would Have a Better Plan

Published on: 7 Apr, 2019
Updated on: 7 Apr, 2019

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From Harry Eve

I enjoy reading the apt quotations at the top of the Dragon’s News pages and I was amused by the “Even Baldrick had a plan” quote recently.

But I don’t think Baldrick would have come up with a Local Plan that goes to such great lengths to park cars, with engines idling, outside a primary school. But that will be the outcome for a primary school in Send as a result of the excessive growth in car journeys planned for the north-east of the Borough.

In a vain attempt to mitigate traffic issues arising from the proposed developments, Guildford’s local planners were forced to plan for north-facing slip roads at the junction of the A3 and A247.

The slip roads will channel a significant volume of current traffic onto the A247 – in addition to the enormous growth in local traffic that will be generated by the many housing site allocations in the vicinity.

The extra traffic heading towards Woking will have to queue at traffic lights in Send – tailing back right in front of a primary school.

I understand that even existing traffic levels can cause the queue to tailback to the school, so the increase will make the queue last for much longer.

It is ironic, to say the least, that this is the approach taken by the draft Local Plan when fines for leaving engines idling outside schools are, quite rightly, being proposed.

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  1. Jules Cranwell Reply

    April 7, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Baldric would certainly not have included in his plan a school at Wisley, to cater for the 3,000 new homes. This is at the confluence of the A3 and M25, where pollution levels are already amongst the highest in the UK. Nitrous Oxide levels are now well above the permissible limits.

    This will be the case at many areas as a result of Guildford’s ruinous Local Plan.

    The people of Guildford need to wake up. This plan will result in 50,000 new cars driving to and through already polluted local areas and is a serious threat to the health of our children.

    The GBC leadership’s answer to this? “Get on yer bike”, as part of “modal shift”. Hardly anyone would risk their lives cycling from small villages, such as Wisley.

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