Surprisingly for an area of narrow streets mainly on a hillside between two good main roads, the Back Garden is used as a through route and short cut by lorries and cars. Often the lorries are too big and the cars travelling too fast or in the wrong direction on one way streets.

The lorry issue affects Western Street and Cross Street, but it is often most visible on Prospect Hill. If you have examples from other streets please add a comment below.

Lorry stuck on Prospect Hill

The lorry problem

The plan for Prospect Hill is to
(a) extend the residents parking towards Cross Street on both sides of the Hill where possible to make it obvious the Hill is narrow;

(b) placing narrow street signs at the bottom of the Hill

(c) replacing the vandalised tree at the bottom of the Hill to further make it clear that this is a residential area and visually narrow the approach.

North Street seems to be most afflicted by speeding cars and by cars travelling down it in the wrong way. Disturbingly if a vehicle is going the wrong way along North Street it most likely has ignored the one way system elsewhere in the Back Garden.

Please add a comment below if you have experienced speeding cars or cars ignoring road signs. Or get in touch


3 responses to “Traffic

  1. A helpful reply from the Borough over Biffa’s use of Swindon Road/Cross Street and Prospect Hill.

    “Your email dated 27 July 2010 to Customer Services has been passed to me.

    I have contacted the Company BIFA via their website on the general issue of how the obtain access to their customers in this area. I expect to hear from them sometime next week.

    Any other information you can provide that enables me to contact a company whose vehicles are using these roads with a view to finding a practical solution to this matter would be very useful.

    Bob Sanders
    Traffic Management”

  2. Just yes another anecdote which illustrates the issue: Today we’ve had a mini traffic jam on Prospect hill when an AA van towing a car got stuck at the top of the street. His tow-gear didn’t fit between the parked cars, the car he was towing was an automatic so he couldn’t reverse (as dodgy as that would have been) – so all traffic stopped (and had to reverse back down) for half an hour whilst he unlimbered the car, drove it and the van up onto Union, then re-limbered and got back on his way…

    The driver was not a happy bunny – there was nothing on his sat nav to show how narrow the street was, and of course (as he mentioned) – no signage to warn him either.

  3. Great to have Peter Greenhalgh’s support restated in public at the Planning Committee meeting on the College site development.

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