Falmouth councillors support Union Roundabout plans in spite of concerns

Falmouth Packet: Falmouth councillors support Union Roundabout plans in spite of concerns Falmouth councillors support Union Roundabout plans in spite of concerns

While doubting the positive impact a proposed new roundabout would have on traffic congestion at Union Corner in Falmouth, local councillors have agreed to support the scheme, but only if nearby residents are given safe access onto the new road lay-out.

Cornwall Council has submitted plans for a larger, single roundabout to replace the existing double mini-roundabout as part of a scheme aimed at relieving congestion in the area. The upper end of Trescobeas Road would also be stopped up as part of the project and extra traffic lanes created on the approaches to the new roundabout.

While several people have voiced concerns over the proposals, only Martyn Rosevear, who lives at Woodman’s Corner, addressed members of Falmouth’s planning committee on Monday evening. He described the scheme as “dangerous and ill-conceived” claiming he would have to cross two lanes of traffic to exit his property.

“At present I can drive straight onto the mini-roundabout, but the new arrangement requires I cross two lanes of south flowing traffic,” he said. “This will be extremely difficult and |potentially dangerous. The situation is clearly unsatisfactory and unacceptable.”

Mr Rosevear has suggested to Cornwall Council that the new roundabout be moved further north to alleviate his problem, or that a new access road be created at the rear of his property directly onto the new link road leading to the roundabout.

Councillor Steve Gray said: “This gentleman should have a safe access and egress from his property and planning should look at one of the things he has suggested in order to make it safer.”

Councillor Steve Eva added of the scheme: “I don’t think this is a bad idea, but saying that I live in Trescobeas Road and it is only bad two times a day – at 5pm and at school time – apart from that it’s not too bad.

“The only way I would support this is if they put a lane in behind Mr Rosevear’s home so he and his neighbour could come out safely onto the road. If they are spending £1.8 million, I’m sure they can put in 15 to 20 metres of tarmac at the back.”

Councillor Oliver Cramp said: “There is undoubtedly congestion at the roundabout at certain times of the day, but there is at most roundabouts when people are going to and from work.
“I have some doubt that this will make much difference at all. I believe it will be a huge amount of money spent for not much gain.”

The committee unanimously agreed to recommend Cornwall Council approves the application, but with a condition that the problems over access to Mr Rosevear’s are addressed and resolved.

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4:37pm Wed 2 Jul 14

victoriameldrew says...

well what a surprise - the councillors have not listened to public opinion again!!! Can they not see that the by-pass which was supposed to ease congestion along with the hill head roundabout, has not worked? Have they seen the congestion there in the mornings? Not only at Hill Head but at Asda and Treliever - an absolute nightmare on school mornings. Me thinks something should be done to alleviate these problems before tackling a non-existent one!!!
well what a surprise - the councillors have not listened to public opinion again!!! Can they not see that the by-pass which was supposed to ease congestion along with the hill head roundabout, has not worked? Have they seen the congestion there in the mornings? Not only at Hill Head but at Asda and Treliever - an absolute nightmare on school mornings. Me thinks something should be done to alleviate these problems before tackling a non-existent one!!! victoriameldrew
  • Score: 9

5:17pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Mark Porthleven says...

Who's on your local planning committee oh yeah Alan Jewel? Who voted the Tory in?
Who's on your local planning committee oh yeah Alan Jewel? Who voted the Tory in? Mark Porthleven
  • Score: 9

10:04pm Wed 2 Jul 14

victoriameldrew says...

Mark Porthleven wrote:
Who's on your local planning committee oh yeah Alan Jewel? Who voted the Tory in?
not me!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Mark Porthleven[/bold] wrote: Who's on your local planning committee oh yeah Alan Jewel? Who voted the Tory in?[/p][/quote]not me!!!! victoriameldrew
  • Score: 6

5:28pm Thu 3 Jul 14

seacom says...

A unanimous decision by the committee means they are all not listening how many i wonder attended the public consultation held at Falmouth school? Whilst i was there not one person agreed with the scheme most expecting slower traffic and longer delays due to the larger roundabout.Comments slips were available, did the committee have access to those completed i wonder as this may well have given a different decision?
A unanimous decision by the committee means they are all not listening how many i wonder attended the public consultation held at Falmouth school? Whilst i was there not one person agreed with the scheme most expecting slower traffic and longer delays due to the larger roundabout.Comments slips were available, did the committee have access to those completed i wonder as this may well have given a different decision? seacom
  • Score: 7

4:00pm Fri 4 Jul 14

juwhite says...

The only problem occurs when people try to take their little darlings to school needing to park as close to the school as possible - Im sure they think their kids don't have legs!! Maybe that's why there is such an obesity problem in the country. We had to walk and it was a mile walk for me and my friends to the secondary school. Maybe if the parents parked further away or just let their children walk then there wouldn't be any need to spend all this money on the roundabout. It wont solve the problem until parents learn their children have legs and can walk and don't need to be dropped virtually in the school!!! Manor Crescent and the area around here is a virtual no go zone when it is picking up time with parents getting their at 2.30 onwards in order to get a space with no consideration for other road users or residents as often their drives are blocked. Until this problem is solved there is no point in doing the roundabout and as I said in fact if this problem is solved there would be no need to do the roundabout!! Presume the councillors all have little darlings that they have to drop at school hence why they approved the scheme!! Bet they don't get voted in next time.
The only problem occurs when people try to take their little darlings to school needing to park as close to the school as possible - Im sure they think their kids don't have legs!! Maybe that's why there is such an obesity problem in the country. We had to walk and it was a mile walk for me and my friends to the secondary school. Maybe if the parents parked further away or just let their children walk then there wouldn't be any need to spend all this money on the roundabout. It wont solve the problem until parents learn their children have legs and can walk and don't need to be dropped virtually in the school!!! Manor Crescent and the area around here is a virtual no go zone when it is picking up time with parents getting their at 2.30 onwards in order to get a space with no consideration for other road users or residents as often their drives are blocked. Until this problem is solved there is no point in doing the roundabout and as I said in fact if this problem is solved there would be no need to do the roundabout!! Presume the councillors all have little darlings that they have to drop at school hence why they approved the scheme!! Bet they don't get voted in next time. juwhite
  • Score: 10

6:19pm Fri 4 Jul 14

victoriameldrew says...

juwhite wrote:
The only problem occurs when people try to take their little darlings to school needing to park as close to the school as possible - Im sure they think their kids don't have legs!! Maybe that's why there is such an obesity problem in the country. We had to walk and it was a mile walk for me and my friends to the secondary school. Maybe if the parents parked further away or just let their children walk then there wouldn't be any need to spend all this money on the roundabout. It wont solve the problem until parents learn their children have legs and can walk and don't need to be dropped virtually in the school!!! Manor Crescent and the area around here is a virtual no go zone when it is picking up time with parents getting their at 2.30 onwards in order to get a space with no consideration for other road users or residents as often their drives are blocked. Until this problem is solved there is no point in doing the roundabout and as I said in fact if this problem is solved there would be no need to do the roundabout!! Presume the councillors all have little darlings that they have to drop at school hence why they approved the scheme!! Bet they don't get voted in next time.
my sentiments exactly. I grew up in Penryn and walked to the junior school which was on the terrace in my time. I lived near the convent which is now the sprawling university at Tremough (don't get me started on that!) so the distance to school was quite a way for little legs!! Secondary school was all uphill from where I lived and we walked, sometimes carrying PE stuff and cookery stuff, because it usually took place on the same day. We walked in all winds and weathers there and back home again. We were a lot fitter than the kids of today I am sure of that.
[quote][p][bold]juwhite[/bold] wrote: The only problem occurs when people try to take their little darlings to school needing to park as close to the school as possible - Im sure they think their kids don't have legs!! Maybe that's why there is such an obesity problem in the country. We had to walk and it was a mile walk for me and my friends to the secondary school. Maybe if the parents parked further away or just let their children walk then there wouldn't be any need to spend all this money on the roundabout. It wont solve the problem until parents learn their children have legs and can walk and don't need to be dropped virtually in the school!!! Manor Crescent and the area around here is a virtual no go zone when it is picking up time with parents getting their at 2.30 onwards in order to get a space with no consideration for other road users or residents as often their drives are blocked. Until this problem is solved there is no point in doing the roundabout and as I said in fact if this problem is solved there would be no need to do the roundabout!! Presume the councillors all have little darlings that they have to drop at school hence why they approved the scheme!! Bet they don't get voted in next time.[/p][/quote]my sentiments exactly. I grew up in Penryn and walked to the junior school which was on the terrace in my time. I lived near the convent which is now the sprawling university at Tremough (don't get me started on that!) so the distance to school was quite a way for little legs!! Secondary school was all uphill from where I lived and we walked, sometimes carrying PE stuff and cookery stuff, because it usually took place on the same day. We walked in all winds and weathers there and back home again. We were a lot fitter than the kids of today I am sure of that. victoriameldrew
  • Score: 9

7:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

molesworth says...

Sorry, but how does this proposed roundabout, any roundabout, even begin to solve the problem of too many people in too many cars dropping off and picking up their children at school?
Or have I missed something?
For half an hour a day traffic can get a bit heavy up Hillhead bypass. So what? It's not a problem worth spending millions on.
Sorry, but how does this proposed roundabout, any roundabout, even begin to solve the problem of too many people in too many cars dropping off and picking up their children at school? Or have I missed something? For half an hour a day traffic can get a bit heavy up Hillhead bypass. So what? It's not a problem worth spending millions on. molesworth
  • Score: 7

9:34am Sat 5 Jul 14

reevey2010 says...

I dont see why they dont get the priority jobs sorted first..I.e Potholes....changing the roundabout system will change nothing as the same volume of traffic is going to pass through. Its just what happens at peak times!
The questions I have are.
Why after so long they decide they now want change the roundabout system?
and
Is this a pre planning job for another project that will eventually happen i.e more housing?
I dont see why they dont get the priority jobs sorted first..I.e Potholes....changing the roundabout system will change nothing as the same volume of traffic is going to pass through. Its just what happens at peak times! The questions I have are. Why after so long they decide they now want change the roundabout system? and Is this a pre planning job for another project that will eventually happen i.e more housing? reevey2010
  • Score: 5

10:58am Sat 5 Jul 14

seacom says...

School wants new sports facilities to do so must sell existing sports pitches to housing developer to fund purchase of former hospital site next to school for new sports facilities.Luckily Falmouth has no need for a larger hospital or for local authority housing to be built so therefore a new roundabout is required.
School wants new sports facilities to do so must sell existing sports pitches to housing developer to fund purchase of former hospital site next to school for new sports facilities.Luckily Falmouth has no need for a larger hospital or for local authority housing to be built so therefore a new roundabout is required. seacom
  • Score: 4
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