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Residents' views welcome on Baddow bus gate proposals

19 April 2018

Ambitious plans for vital infrastructure that could slash congestion in Chelmsford will be showcased to residents in a second round of engagement events.

Residents can share their views and concerns for the Great Baddow bus gate after Essex County Council set up two new events following a meeting with local business leaders and representatives from the Great Baddow East Neighbourhood Association.

The events will give residents more time to learn about the proposals and share their views or concerns with council officers, either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups.

Cllr Kevin Bentley, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Infrastructure, will be present at the events.

He said: “We know there have been concerns about these proposals which is why we’ve committed to a second round of engagement events to give residents an opportunity to find out exactly what’s planned and to allow people to have their say.

“It’s crucial that we hear from the whole community and these events provide a platform for people to do just that in a constructive way.

“The city’s roads are just 4% from capacity at peak times, so the bus gate is one of 16 ambitious schemes that will keep Chelmsford moving for years to come, by tackling congestion and reducing air pollution.

“However, residents must remember that no final decision has been made on the bus gate and the earliest date work could begin is in 2020 and it would be introduced on a 12 month trial basis.

“Therefore there is lots of time to ensure we have listened to people’s views and taken them all into account.”

GBENA’s public meeting had to be cancelled when the 200-capacity venue could not safely accommodate the large number residents who attended on the night.

Cllr Bentley added: “GBENA have rightly organised another public meeting and we hope people are able to share their views safely and constructively.
 
“We have decided not to attend after the safety issues in January, but have organised two further ticketed events of our own so that we can ensure the public’s safety. 

“These events will be ticketed in order to manage numbers and will be held on Thursday 31st May – 2pm till 8pm, and Tuesday 5th June – 3pm till 9pm with a venue in Great Baddow still to be confirmed. If demand dictates that further engagement events are required we will organise more.

“These events will give people a chance to learn about the proposals and share their views with council officers, either on a one-to-one basis or in groups.”

Further information, including how people apply for free tickets to attend, will be available on our website www.essex.gov.uk/BaddowRoadBusGate