TRAFFIC, TRANSPORT & PARKING
How will these important issues be considered in the future to ensure the Parish develops in a sustainable manner?
The present and future needs of residents, traders, shoppers and visitors have to be accommodated if the unique character of Minchinhampton is to be retained.
From the survey results it was very clear that the threat to the safety of pedestrians, riders, cows on the Common and cyclists due to the speed and volume of traffic using roads throughout the parish was one of the biggest current concerns.
It was also recognised that the current arrangements for parking (or lack of them) was having an adverse effect on traders, residents and the efficient movement of traffic through Minchinhampton town, Amberley and Box.
The poor public transport links to and from Minchinhampton parish to employment and shopping opportunities in the surrounding towns of Nailsworth, Stroud, Cirencester, Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon are seen as contributing to local traffic and parking issues because residents and those working in the parish have to rely on their own transport due to the very few bus routes available and the infrequent service of even those routes.
The other significant issue universally raised was the very poor state of the roads and pavements within the parish which also has an effect on driver and pedestrian safety.
It is intended that, as part of the NDP process, a Transport Study is to be conducted to get expert transport advice on the above issues and how they might be mitigated and reduced in the present and for the future as the parish develops.
Some potential solutions are in the suggestions below - do you have any other ideas?
Top 5 Concerns