Objection to Safer Streets Healthier Neighbourhood's planned road changes for Rushey Mead.

Objection to Safer Streets Healthier Neighbourhood's planned road changes for Rushey Mead.

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Akshay Patel started this petition to Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester City Mayor) and

The Safer Streets Healthier Neighbourhood's scheme for Rushey Mead will reduce access to and from residents homes and force them to take longer journeys using busier, frequently congested and more dangerous roads/junctions which will greatly affect the families, elderly and working populace of the area while doing almost nothing to meet the schemes desired goals.

It will also force local Leicester traffic, normally able to pass through Rushey Mead easily, on to these aforementioned already congested/dangerous roads as well making the situation worse and putting the lives of these other Leicester residents, many of who are likely to be friends and family of Rushey Mead residents, at risk and in the end actually lead to an increase in pollution.

All cars on the school run now will also be forced to find somewhere to turn around as they complete their drop off/pick up, putting pedestrians further at risk, in order to make their way back out of the schools area via the same route they arrived on.  This will also again lead to their journeys being longer, more dangerous and polluting if they actually need to reach a different side of Rushey Mead.

The scheme will also restrict certain residents from using vehicles on their road completely during suggested peak times which will unfairly limit their way of life greatly, unless an agreement is reached with them that provides compensation.

The changes will already lead to increased congestion on the major roads in the area and difficulties for local residents reaching/leaving their homes due to the suggested single points of entry/exit but they will only be made worse when you factor in accidents, road works or events taking place at or near these entry/exit points, which in turn will affect emergency services reaching residents who need them and locals being able to make urgent emergency journeys.

The scheme does not appear to take into account the large number of essential workers (such as school teachers, medical centre employees, pharmacists, care home workers, domiciliary carers and grocery/takeaway shop staff) that need to travel into Rushey Mead to perform their already difficult roles and who will experience significant problems due to the planned barriers being put in place on their regular journeys, making their roles even more challenging and untenable.

The scheme also stated it aimed to put the detailed measures in place every day of the week for the entire year despite schools being closed over weekends/holidays and residents having no serious issues with traffic at those times.  The scheme was also designed without the input of the community, its implementation decided with no prior notice of the plans to the public and its communication was only supplied in English despite this being a second language for many Rushey Mead residents who would therefore struggle to understand the document and changes that would be severely impacting them.

In summary, the suggested road changes detailed in the scheme will actually cause an increase in pollution, lead to greater risks in public safety and needlessly cause great difficulties to Rushey Mead and Leicester residents in general if they are implemented so we urge the council not to proceed with them and instead look at discussing alternative options with the community.

 

 

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