Royston residents ‘disheartened’ by council response vow to continue access route campaign

PUBLISHED: 16:45 07 March 2018

Resident Sue out drumming up support for a gate, rather than a Traffic Regulation Order in Garden Walk. Picture: Courtesy of Pete Chalk

Resident Sue out drumming up support for a gate, rather than a Traffic Regulation Order in Garden Walk. Picture: Courtesy of Pete Chalk

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Residents fighting the proposed access down the narrowest part of a busy Royston road to a new 330-home neighbouring development are feeling “disheartened” at the way the application is being handled by North Herts District Council.

‘Say No to TRO’: Residents, pictured at the proposed access point in Royston's Garden Walk, say a gate should be installed instead. Picture: Pete Chalk‘Say No to TRO’: Residents, pictured at the proposed access point in Royston's Garden Walk, say a gate should be installed instead. Picture: Pete Chalk

Neighbours Pete Chalk and Mike Cummins live in Garden Walk, where a TRO and ANPR cameras are proposed to control access to the new Linden Homes development.

Mr Chalk said: “We have contacted members on numerous occasions and we still have not heard back, which is disheartening, as we know they have worked hard over the years to help the road safety efforts of Garden Walk.”

Letters went out saying the case would be heard at the district council’s planning meeting next Thursday, March 15 – but Councillor Tony Hunter has confirmed to the Crow these were sent in error, and it is not on the agenda for next week.

An NHDC spokesman said: “The application referenced 17/02627/1 is currently under consideration by the planning team. There is no set date for the case being presented to committee. Comments can be submitted by email to planning.control@north-herts.gov.uk, or by post to PO Box 10613, NG6 6DH, ensuring you include the application reference number as well as your name and address. We are unable to respond to comments individually regarding the application, however they will be included and inform any future recommendation on the application.”

The view looking down Garden Walk towards the access point at the end of the road. Picture: Pete ChalkThe view looking down Garden Walk towards the access point at the end of the road. Picture: Pete Chalk

The application regarding phase 2 of the development is on the agenda for next week’s Royston Town Council meeting on Monday at 7.30pm at Royston Town Hall.

Mr Cummins said: “We will continue with what we’re doing and would appreciate public support at the meeting.”

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