Road closed as school is built

This Is Wiltshire: Blunsdon Parish Council chairman Ian Jankinson in Tadpole Lane, which is being closed to allow construction traffic through to build a new school Blunsdon Parish Council chairman Ian Jankinson in Tadpole Lane, which is being closed to allow construction traffic through to build a new school

FROM today one of the major routes in North Swindon will be closed as it is upgraded in preparation for the building of a new primary school.

Tadpole Lane is expected to be closed for several months.

The school will be built as the first phase of the Tadpole Farm development and is due to open in September.

When the 1,700-home development was originally given the green light, one condition was that an access road was built from Ermin Street for construction traffic.

However, because of the need for school places it was agreed to build the school first even though the access road will not be ready – Tadpole Lane will be used by use by construction traffic.

While it is being upgraded to be made suitable for the extra vehicles, it will be closed to all traffic from Salzgitter Drive and Oakhurst Way, with drivers being told to use Thamesdown Drive instead.

The change of access has yet to be formally approved and will go before the council’s planning committee next week, but Blunsdon Parish Council are objecting to the proposal on safety grounds.

Ian Jankinson, the chairman, said: “It is a rural road which is not suitable for such regular use by lorries. There are sharp bends and it is not wide enough for two lorries to pass each other without one of them leaving the road.

“It would not be able to cope with massive lorries for a year.

“We have been contacted by one resident who was forced to step back off the pavement as two trucks tried to pass each other.

“I know many of the residents in Oakhurst are opposed to the plan.

“It was announced in March and so the developers have had all that time to build the access road and they have done nothing.”

A council spokesman said: “There is an urgent need to build a new primary school in North Swindon.

“To get the school built in time, we have to create a temporary access for construction traffic from Tadpole Lane. Once the school is built this road is intended to be shut, not later than December, because by then the original route for construction traffic, off Ermin Street, will have been completed.

“Tadpole Lane is closing temporarily to allow the access into the construction site to be created.

“As agreed with the developer, work has also been going on for some weeks to install traffic calming measures to slow all traffic along the road, which will be in place before lorries start to use it on the way to the school site.

“At the moment, 5,500 vehicles use the route every day, of which approximately 100 are HGVs. The school building work will only add another 20 HGVs to this daily total.”

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9:04am Wed 8 Jan 14

Robh says...

There is no guarantee that the Ermin street access will be built. I believe that this access is as originally intended and that the developers and SBC have been giving false information to the public.
There is no guarantee that the Ermin street access will be built. I believe that this access is as originally intended and that the developers and SBC have been giving false information to the public. Robh

9:14am Wed 8 Jan 14

The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man says...

I love how they call it "upgrading" the road, when in fact what that means is reducing the speed limit and putting chicanes along it.

The road has an 18 tonne weight limit so large lorries (HGV's) should not have been using it, interesting that the survey showed that 100 a day still do.
I love how they call it "upgrading" the road, when in fact what that means is reducing the speed limit and putting chicanes along it. The road has an 18 tonne weight limit so large lorries (HGV's) should not have been using it, interesting that the survey showed that 100 a day still do. The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man

3:47pm Wed 8 Jan 14

BCDR99 says...

So the road is being closed TODAY but the change of access has yet to be formally approved?

Interesting that the council take a dim view if you build an extension on your house without permission. Do as I say, not do as I do? I'm getting quite disillusioned with the planning process and all the alleged consultation and the supposed democratic process.
So the road is being closed TODAY but the change of access has yet to be formally approved? Interesting that the council take a dim view if you build an extension on your house without permission. Do as I say, not do as I do? I'm getting quite disillusioned with the planning process and all the alleged consultation and the supposed democratic process. BCDR99

4:08pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robh says...

BCDR99 wrote:
So the road is being closed TODAY but the change of access has yet to be formally approved?

Interesting that the council take a dim view if you build an extension on your house without permission. Do as I say, not do as I do? I'm getting quite disillusioned with the planning process and all the alleged consultation and the supposed democratic process.
Unfortunately the change of access has nothing to do with this work. It is a separate contract agreed by the developers to so called improve Tadpole Lane and make it more suitable for the development. It is still a breach of trust as it was started before approval was granted and HGV's have been using Tadpole Lane illegally for several weeks now. No police in sight.
[quote][p][bold]BCDR99[/bold] wrote: So the road is being closed TODAY but the change of access has yet to be formally approved? Interesting that the council take a dim view if you build an extension on your house without permission. Do as I say, not do as I do? I'm getting quite disillusioned with the planning process and all the alleged consultation and the supposed democratic process.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately the change of access has nothing to do with this work. It is a separate contract agreed by the developers to so called improve Tadpole Lane and make it more suitable for the development. It is still a breach of trust as it was started before approval was granted and HGV's have been using Tadpole Lane illegally for several weeks now. No police in sight. Robh

4:14pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robh says...

A council spokesman said: “There is an urgent need to build a new primary school in North Swindon.

“To get the school built in time, we have to create a temporary access for construction traffic from Tadpole Lane. Once the school is built this road is intended to be shut, not later than December, because by then the original route for construction traffic, off Ermin Street, will have been completed.

“Tadpole Lane is closing temporarily to allow the access into the construction site to be created.

“As agreed with the developer, work has also been going on for some weeks to install traffic calming measures to slow all traffic along the road, which will be in place before lorries start to use it on the way to the school site.

“At the moment, 5,500 vehicles use the route every day, of which approximately 100 are HGVs. The school building work will only add another 20 HGVs to this daily total.”

This is complete rubbish and I would like the Advertiser to give the name of the spokesman so they can dealt with when the truth comes out.
A council spokesman said: “There is an urgent need to build a new primary school in North Swindon. “To get the school built in time, we have to create a temporary access for construction traffic from Tadpole Lane. Once the school is built this road is intended to be shut, not later than December, because by then the original route for construction traffic, off Ermin Street, will have been completed. “Tadpole Lane is closing temporarily to allow the access into the construction site to be created. “As agreed with the developer, work has also been going on for some weeks to install traffic calming measures to slow all traffic along the road, which will be in place before lorries start to use it on the way to the school site. “At the moment, 5,500 vehicles use the route every day, of which approximately 100 are HGVs. The school building work will only add another 20 HGVs to this daily total.” This is complete rubbish and I would like the Advertiser to give the name of the spokesman so they can dealt with when the truth comes out. Robh

4:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robh says...

Also they will be building phase 1 of the housing using this access.
Also they will be building phase 1 of the housing using this access. Robh

4:53pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robh says...

Also Wilts CC have shut Cricklade Road, Purton for resurfacing.

WELL PLANNED EVERYONE
Also Wilts CC have shut Cricklade Road, Purton for resurfacing. WELL PLANNED EVERYONE Robh

10:28pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Empty Car Park says...

Come on Adver.
Give us news and facts, not just quotes from an anonymous spokesman
Come on Adver. Give us news and facts, not just quotes from an anonymous spokesman Empty Car Park

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