Gravel Hill closure to be permanent
Written by: Matt
Here are the full minutes of the meeting.
Of interest here is Item 6, which comprises four separate parts: Gravel Hill – Experimental Closure, Objections (main document), Appendix A (Expressions of Support, Objections & Comments), Appendix B (Road Closure Report – Executive Summary), and Appendix C (map).
The outcome of the meeting is summarised (from the main document above) as follows:
That the following recommendations be made to Cabinet:
- That in consultation with the Chair of the Advisory Panel, Lead Councillor for Planning and Transport and Ward Councillors the Head of Legal Services be authorised to make the Borough of Reading (Gravel Hill) (Prohibition of Vehicles) (Experimental) Order 2009 permanent in accordance with the Local Authorities Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations.
- That the closure point is retained at the western end of the road and additional socked, removable bollards are installed as shown on Drawing No. NM/GH/TMAP/01/10. [Appendix C above].
Amongst the expressions of support and objection in Appendix A are numerous requests from some people on Gravel Hill and Rotherfield Way to open the bollards between Hunters Chase and Tredegar Road. Although not included in the recommendation (but mentioned in section 4.2.5 of the main document), for those living in that area it is worth paying attention to the progress of this issue.
If you are unfortunate enough to be inconvenienced by the closure of Gravel Hill, there are two suggested alternative routes that can address this, depending upon which direction you’re travelling:
- Rotherfield Way/Oakley Road. Using this route you can get onto Woodcote Road (A4074) or Peppard Road (B481) quite easily, for travelling north or south along either.
- Peppard Road (B481) – Kennylands Road – Reade’s Lane (past Chiltern Edge School) – Horsepond Road – Woodcote Road (A4074). It sounds complicated, but brings you onto A4074 at Cane End by what was until recently the Fox Inn at one end, and onto the B481 just south of Sonning Common at the other.
There are numerous other routes, but I would suggest you look at a map and note the locations schools (parents dropping off children and young pedestrians), turns across traffic, and so on.
The final point made by EGRA’s newsletter is that once the minutes of the meeting are ratified on 15 February, the closure will be made permanent and there will be no right of appeal or objection.