Stroud Against The Gyratory

Posted on 08. Feb, 2012 by in Environment & Nature, Featured, News, Politics & Campaigns

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It was back in October 2010 that  residents, schools, businesses and interest groups launched Stroud Against Gyratory (SAG) in protest at County Council plans for the new Merrywalks road system in Stroud. This video is some of the voices at the protest on 28th January 2012 calling on the County Council to not reopen the Wallbridge road – the consultation is open 6th February to 17th February 2012 at the Canal Centre by the bridge. Option 2 is the way to go because:

  • It works! And traffic leaving town via Rowcroft isn’t a problem
  • Easier and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists going to/from town
  • Larger area of public space
  • Better environment for Canal Trust Visitor Centre and Lockkeepers Café
  • More welcoming gateway to Stroud

With the new Merrywalks Bridge and canal there is a once in a generation opportunity to create a beautiful entrance into Stroud whether on foot, by bike or by car. However, local decision makers are once again going for the simple option of more roads – under the misguided assumption that this will lead to more footfall in Stroud – rather than thinking creatively about how the thousands of people who live locally in Rodborough, Cainscross, Bath Road and Merrywalks can access the centre safely and in style.”   Rachel Lyons, SAG founder.

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