Residents denounce plans to make road closures permanent in The Groves, York

This is how one resident feels as she and several others have spoken out against plans to permanently close the streets in her York neighborhood.

The Groves is part of a low traffic neighborhood trial introduced by York City Council designed to promote road safety, better air quality and reduce traffic.

The board executive is invited to approve the plan to become permanent.

Road closure points were introduced at the junction of Lowther Street / Brownlow Street, and on St John’s Crescent, Penley’s Grove Street, Neville Terrace and Earle Street, while Brownlow Street and March Street became one-way streets, except for cyclists and Penley’s Grove The street is now a two-way street to allow traffic to exit onto Monkgate from this part of The Groves.

York City Council Deputy Chief and Executive Member for Transportation Cllr Andy D’Agorne said years of consultation with residents of Groves have shown their ambition for a new approach.

But Tracy Ostle, who lives on Earle Street, is among those opposed. She said: “I have to say I am extremely disappointed. While I understand that in some streets of the Groves this has proven to be beneficial to residents in some areas, it has caused some distress.

“Delivery drivers and garbage cars have a hard time getting into Earle Street and other adjacent streets, they have big rollover issues that have caused permanent damage to one driveway, damage to parked vehicles.

“The constant beeping of turning vehicles drove me crazy. All the vehicles run in my house, so pollution for me is now a problem than it has ever been before.

“I know of a case, a lady who needed to go to the hospital, where an ambulance could not pass and therefore her trip to the hospital was delayed.

“I will contact the board again because I find their decision totally unacceptable. It seems that all of my concerns have been totally ignored.

David Deamer of Penley’s Grove Street is also against the plan. He said: “The problems have persisted from the start of the program and despite countless contacts with the local advisor, the problems have never been resolved.”

Matthew Laverack, another resident of Groves unhappy with the changes, said: “It was never an experience. It was a process anti-car fanatics had to go through to meet “consultation” requirements before imposing exactly what they had intended to do from the start.

“As a resident of Groves, I will be voting for those candidates who want these closures to be considered in the future with a more positive attitude towards the flow of traffic.

“In the meantime, isn’t it unreasonable to ask for a left-hand filter in Lord Mayor’s Walk from Clarence Street?”

The board executive is asked to approve the plan to become permanent this week.

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