Cirencester Ring Road changes

7th September 2017

In Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP’s acceptance speech following his General Election victory in June, the MP said that he would work with all authorities to try to steer the future of Cirencester in a more coherent direction.

There are a number of matters at the present time which require sensible policy decisions and will shape the future of the town for many years to come. These include the modifications to the Market Place, traffic flow, additional car parking, a new bus station and critically, the Section 106 agreement for the Chesterton development.

This agreement will, as part of the planning process for the new Chesterton development, inject many millions into the town and yet there has been no public debate on some of the far-reaching changes that this money is likely to bring to the town. Once agreed to by the District Council it cannot be altered.

Whilst the details haven’t been made public, it is rumoured that large parts of the Cirencester ring road will be controlled by speeds limits and traffic lights along with alterations to the roundabouts.

Commenting on these changes, Mr Clifton-Brown said:

‘It is not good enough for Cotswold District Council to decide far-reaching changes for the town behind closed doors without any public consultation. I am therefore calling on the District Council in the strongest possible terms that at the meeting on 26 September, when the application is considered in principle, to delay the decision on the Section 106 so that more public debate can take place.

‘This is common practice elsewhere and there is no reason why this can’t be done for the Chesterton development.’

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