One way systems proposed

TRANSPORTS chiefs are set to decide whether to introduce a one way system in four streets.

Hartlepool Borough Council is considering making Arncliffe Gardens, Belmont Gardens, Eamont Gardens and Wansbeck Gardens all one way roads.

It comes after a request from residents over concerns about “stand-offs” between drivers, abusive language and threatening behaviour because motorists are unwilling to give way in the busy streets.

All of the streets have a “high number” of parked vehicles along either side of the road, making it difficult for cars to pass.

It was originally intended that only Arncliffe Gardens be proposed for a one way system, but the other three streets have similar problems and have now been included.

Mayor Stuart Drummond, who is responsible for transport and neighbourhoods, is due to discuss the issue at a meeting tomorrow.

If approved, the scheme will see illuminated signs to identify the four streets plus ‘no entry’ signs at the opposite ends of the road.

Transport chiefs say it should not cost any more than £5,000 in total.

A consultation exercise saw 114 letters sent out and only five residents responded to express their concern.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director (transportation and engineering), said: “Consultation letters and plans of the proposed area were distributed in November 2011.

“These show that there is clear support for the scheme from residents, for both the overall scheme and each individual street.”

Ward councillors were also consulted and the proposals have also been backed by the council’s traffic liaison group.

Group members recognised the potential for increased speeds, as drivers would be aware there would no longer be any oncoming traffic, but said they recognised the current situation was contributing to the speed issue.

The meeting will take place at 9.15am at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.