Residents’ victory over council’s redway plan

Residents protest about location of new redway at Marloborough roundabout V7 / H7
Residents protest about location of new redway at Marloborough roundabout V7 / H7
0
Have your say

MEMBERS of a residents’ association are celebrating after staging a protest to force the council to re-think plans for a new redway.

The Bradville Residents Association objected to a new redway along the V7, claiming children would not follow the path but instead be tempted to cross the busy V7, which runs just six feet from it.

Residents protest about location of new redway at Marloborough roundabout V7 / H7

Residents protest about location of new redway at Marloborough roundabout V7 / H7

The group had asked Milton Keynes Council to consider upgrading nearby Barry Avenue to create a redway which they claim would be safer.

Spokesman Margaret Burke said: “We first heard about the proposals in February.

“We saw a map that had been outlined on one of the council agendas but heard nothing else.

“Then last Wednesday I went to the council and heard work was going ahead, so I went home, got on Facebook and set up a demonstration group.”

The next morning 13 adults, one child and two dogs turned up to show their support with some sitting on the pathway and on piles of chippings where diggers were due to commence work.

Eventually, two planners were sent from the council with Margaret taking them on a walk of the proposed route and suggesting how it could be better planned. The work has now been postponed to allow for more consultation and Margaret will meet with council officials to talk through a number of options.

Margaret added: “This is definitely a victory for us, and what a victory as well.

“We weren’t asking for the plans to be scrapped, but we were looking for them to be postponed.

“With the nights drawing in and the council having switched off the street lamps it is very dark along stretches of the V7, whereas Barry Avenue is permanently lit during the night time.

“It would make so much more sense for the redway to run through there.”