A resident of Shaftesbury’s Grosvenor Road says his neighbours are disappointed that Dorset Council won’t alter the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph.
Last July, Shaftesbury Town Council requested the speed reduction and a pedestrian-controlled crossing for the A350. But Dorset Council says there’s not enough traffic to warrant either.
Resident John Budden is concerned that Dorset Council made their decision during the lockdown, when many older residents who would benefit from a crossing would have been shielding at home.
Meeting chairman Cllr John Lewer felt that the construction of 170 homes at Littledown was a good reason for a new crossing. But he warned that ‘putting pressure on the highways authority is easier said than done’.
Mr Budden has also requested dropped curbs on Grosvenor Road, particularly at the Ivy Cross roundabout, to help disabled residents and parents pushing prams cross the A350. He also welcomed the news that the road will be resurfaced this spring.