24/11/06 – Chance to air traffic views
From Swindon Advertiser, 24th November 2006.
RESIDENTS in streets plagued with traffic calming problems will have
the chance to speak to the council before new plans are made.
Public consultation meetings will be held in Covingham for people to have their say.
The borough councillor for the area, Glenn Smith, campaigned to have the meeting held following years of traffic chaos.
Speed humps were installed in Covingham in 2002, despite objections from residents.
In 2004 20 small humps were removed from Covingham Road and
speed-activated signs to mark the 20mph speed limit were installed
Despite the changes to some streets, others still have the controversial humps.
Residents say vibrations from cars going over them shake their homes and claim the humps themselves damage vehicles.
Coun Smith (Con, Covingham and Nythe) said: “It is vital that residents take this opportunity to come and discuss the scheme, telling
“Unlike the original consultation’ that occurred, this process I
“The idea is trying to get a compromise that is cost effective and that residents like.
“It is not going to be easy, but it has got to be better to decide now, than dig them up later.”
Swindon Council is reviewing traffic calming measures for the whole
town and plans to use Covingham as a case study to try to avoid future
Hugh Hamilton, of St Katharine’s Green, has been campaigning to have
a council-installed “speed table” removed from Kingfisher Drive for
Mr Hamilton said: “Three years ago we had a public consultation.
“People went down and the council said they were listening to our comments and taking note.
“Three years later, apart from digging up 20 humps again, nothing has happened.
“They are just going through the motions. It’s a charade.
“And how much money have they spend on this?”
“I will go to the meeting, but as I haven’t had any satisfactory
answers in the last three years, I’m not really expecting any now.”
After the consultations, a report will detail which traffic calming measures people like and dislike in the area.
People will also be asked for their view on the consultation process
and, if successful, a similar model could be used to solve speeding
problems across the borough.
Anyone who wants to speak to councillors and fill in questionnaires
with their views, should visit St Paul’s Church Hall tonight from 5pm
to 9pm or tomorrow from 9.30am to 4pm.