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Worries that club will snooker traffic
THE 147 Snooker Club at Sheppard Street is due to relocate to Gypsy Lane despite protests from residents.
The 500 member family operated club is aiming to renovate part of the Crowood building to give their customers a better home. But people living on the street have raised concerns with the council regarding the potential increase in traffic on the problem road.
The club want to move away from the Station Trading Estate to provide a more welcoming and safe environment for some of their elderly members.
Karl Paul, of the 147 Snooker Club, said: “Our intention is to relocate to a more suitable area. At present we are in the middle of an industrial estate where many lorries pass outside our entrance per hour, causing a risk to our members and staff.
“There is also limited parking at our current venue and poor external lighting in the evenings.
“This has caused some older members worries when leaving later in the evenings through the winter months.
“Our current venue has just 10 parking spaces whereas the Crowood building has 92.
“We feel the general area of the current premises does not promote our family venue as best we can, and we feel Crowood will offer a more open and safe location.”
But residents want to see more safeguards for any increase in traffic, and feel disappointed their objections fell on deaf ears.
Colin Bluett, of Gypsy Lane, said: “This is a busy road anyway. We have traffic going down here doing 40 or 50 miles an hour in a 30 mile an hour zone. This will affect everyone on the street, particularly the EMR scrapyard, because extra traffic at the club will park outside the building and have to circle through EMR’s yard.
“There will be 92 parking spaces which belong to the whole building, and there will be a provision for six extra spaces to be put in, but we do not see where they will go.
“The council have taken no heed of our objections. They have not been in contact with us about it, and gone ahead with it anyway.
“I would like to see a better slow down in traffic before we bring more here. We have an issue with this road anyway, as when we have severe rain the whole thing floods, and a heavier traffic flow will not solve that problem.
“I would just like to see a bit more of the council being proactive and contacting the people who have put in complaints, not just registering them on the website.”
Simon Lymn, major projects engineer for highways and transport at Swindon Borough Council, raised concerns over the shared use of the car park.
“The six space increase is small over the existing permitted use,” he said.
“The applicant has stated there are 92 spaces available within the site, however I am not convinced they are all in complete control of the applicant as the location shares a number of uses, including offices, so there may be an element of double counting.”
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