One way traffic system plans backed

Arncliffe Gardens.
Arncliffe Gardens.

PLANS to introduce a one way system in four streets have been approved.

Hartlepool Borough Council is to make Arncliffe Gardens, Belmont Gardens, Eamont Gardens and Wansbeck Gardens all one way roads after the plans were approved by Mayor Stuart Drummond.

It follows 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.

Transport chiefs say all the streets have a high number of parked vehicles along either side of the road, making it difficult for cars to pass.

Plans were originally passed back in May but the council received two objections following the placing of legal orders.

A report by Alastair Smith, assistant director (transportation and engineering), said: “The proposals arose due to the number of parked vehicles along both sides of these streets, which creates problems with oncoming traffic flows, drivers unwilling to give way to others who are travelling towards them.

“This has led to ‘stand offs’ between drivers, abusive language and threatening behaviour, along with damage to residents vehicles due to motorists getting too close to parked cars.”

A total of 401 letters were sent out with 207 people responding, or 51 per cent.

Of the 207 responses, 154 were in favour of the proposals and 39 against with 14 indicating no preference either way.

Mr Smith said the volume of parked vehicles makes it virtually impossible at times for drivers to pull in and allow others to pass through.

He added: “Residents have raised safety concerns with the current situation and also with the abusive language from arguing motorists in the street.

“The consultation exercise for the proposals had shown that there is clear support from residents, for both the overall scheme and each individual street.”

The plans were discussed at a meeting of Mayor Drummond’s regeneration and neighbourhoods portfolio.

Mayor Drummond said: “I support it 100 per cent.”

He did ask officers if they were sure the one-way system was in the right way in the right roads to which they replied there was no obvious benefit of doing it the other way.

Mayor Drummond added: “This is a scheme that I wholeheartedly support and have been pushing for a while now.

“I note the two objections but the consultation is overwhelmingly in favour of it.”

Officers say the plans will cost no more than £5,000 and will be funded through the local transport plan.

The scheme will see illuminated signs to identify the four streets plus no entry signs at the opposite ends of the road.