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I REALISE there is a serious conflict with reality and the world that local councillors live in but isn t it time that Cllr Knight actually realised why more traffic is passing her door? Subsequent bad

I REALISE there is a serious conflict with reality and the world that local councillors live in but isn't it time that Cllr Knight actually realised why more traffic is passing her door?

Subsequent bad planning decisions made by the council that she is now part of allowed developers to overdevelop sections of the town whilst failing to provide adequate infrastructure to cope with the huge increase in traffic volume generated by it.

Yes, the traffic light situation, approved by that same council, added to the problems but the double parking by residents and local workers also adds to the problem as does the fact that the road runs parallel to the increasingly busy High Street.

Several other roads have the same problem, Station Road traffic has increased by a much larger percentage than Slade Road and ironically a large part of that problem has been the influx of parents taking or collecting their children from the primary school. Ironically that is traffic that once used Slade Road prior to the schools relocation.


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Personally my opinion is that road tax permits any vehicle to use any road and I have used Slade Road as an easier option to bypass the High Street for the past 30 years and will continue to do so if and when it makes my journey more practical.

Maybe it's time that double yellow lines were painted down one side of the road to ease the flow of traffic because the plans put forward for the temporary trial of roundabouts is still not going to stop drivers legally using Slade Road. If that is so unthinkable then make the road one way so that traffic no longer pulls out at the bottom of Avon Way.

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Sadly the reality is that the once tranquil back streets of Portishead are a thing of the past and you can't blame drivers, you can only blame that overdevelopment and the bad planning decisions based on short term gain that have created the increase in traffic flow around the town. The problem is not unique to Slade road Mrs Knight, it's part and parcel of living in a town nurtured on short term profit and short-sighted council decisions.

S MERIDITH

Station Road, Portishead

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