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Queensfield traffic ban could force me to close

Swindon Advertiser: Jeyam Anthony says takings at Costcutter in Queensfield have fallen by as much as £400 a day Jeyam Anthony says takings at Costcutter in Queensfield have fallen by as much as £400 a day

RESIDENTS living in Queensfield could lose their newsagent if a controversial diversion stays in place, a shopkeeper has warned.

A 12 month traffic order preventing motorists from turning into Queensfield from Cricklade Road between 7.30am and 9.30am Monday to Friday and turning out of Queensfield on to Cricklade Road between 4.30pm and 6.30pm Monday to Friday started in February.

But since it was put in place, Jeyam Anthony, who has been the owner of Costcutter in Queens-field for three-and-a-half years, has seen takings fall by as much as £400 a day.

“My customers can’t come and go as they could. If my profit is less I don’t mind but I am losing my own money,” he said.

“If the ban continues the shop cannot stay open.”

In April, the council decided to keep the experimental ban in place until at least July despite a petition from nearby residents to stop it.

The council is inviting residents to comment on the diversion before July 20.

They will then review the comments and data with ward councillors to decide whether to lift it or keep it in place.

Mr Anthony said the afternoon part of the ban had damaged his business most.

“When the local people of Penhill come they can’t go back out,” he said. “If I close down I don’t think anybody else would open there. They would lose money. I have been doing my best.

“The area is good and everyone is nice. They support me 100 per cent.”

Mr Anthony, who lives in Queensfield, said the ban also affected him when he takes his children to Isambard Community School and Catherine Wayte Primary School.

“It takes 40 minutes to drive all the way round in the morning,” he said.

Residents say they have been campaigning for years for action, and they believe traffic has worsened because of the opening of Honda, the closure of the exit from A419 into Hyde Road, building in the north of the town and the opening of B&Q. They fear it will get even busier in the future.

Councillor Joe Tray (Lab, Penhill and Upper Stratton) will be one of the ward councillors helping the council to make a decision about the future of the ban.

“The diversion appears to be a positive step. The residents who have approached me have been in favour,” he said.

“I haven’t been approached by many people who are against it. I would say it has been by far a positive approach. My feeling is it is working but it is a democratic society and we will see how everybody feels.”

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “Residents have until July 20 to comment on the trial. Council officers will then review the comments and the data from the trial in consultation with ward councillors so an informed decision can be made. Officers will then prepare a report for consideration by the council’s committee system.”

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9:16am Fri 22 Jun 12

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

Remove most passing trade and the local shops that rely on this passing trade cannot survive. Wow, didn't see that coming.

For the sake of a few selfish local residents, businesses are in danger of closing.

Of course, we'll all be laughing at them when the shop closes and these same residents can't drive to another shop to get their odds and ends because their road is closed so they're not allowed to...

And they'll be the same people that complain about not having a local shop!

It's a shame our council is working against local business though, you'd have thought they'd be doing everything they can to help them...
Remove most passing trade and the local shops that rely on this passing trade cannot survive. Wow, didn't see that coming. For the sake of a few selfish local residents, businesses are in danger of closing. Of course, we'll all be laughing at them when the shop closes and these same residents can't drive to another shop to get their odds and ends because their road is closed so they're not allowed to... And they'll be the same people that complain about not having a local shop! It's a shame our council is working against local business though, you'd have thought they'd be doing everything they can to help them... The Artist formally known as Grumpy Old Man
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10:53am Fri 22 Jun 12

swindondad says...

I used to divert of the cricklade road to get my paper etc on my way to work each morning as it was safer than parking at the side of the road to use either of the newsagents at Clive Parade.
Since I can no longer do this I just do without so not only has the shop lost money so have its suppliers as they do not even get my business elsewere.
Let us hope that this stupid ban is lifted next month and things can start to return to normal.
I used to divert of the cricklade road to get my paper etc on my way to work each morning as it was safer than parking at the side of the road to use either of the newsagents at Clive Parade. Since I can no longer do this I just do without so not only has the shop lost money so have its suppliers as they do not even get my business elsewere. Let us hope that this stupid ban is lifted next month and things can start to return to normal. swindondad
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12:27pm Fri 22 Jun 12

themoonraker says...

swindondad wrote:
I used to divert of the cricklade road to get my paper etc on my way to work each morning as it was safer than parking at the side of the road to use either of the newsagents at Clive Parade.
Since I can no longer do this I just do without so not only has the shop lost money so have its suppliers as they do not even get my business elsewere.
Let us hope that this stupid ban is lifted next month and things can start to return to normal.
you are not the only one, but hey, who cares about a business and it's livelihood, as long as the residents have a quiet road used by whomb they want and when they want it used!
They bark on about safety for them and their children and yet think nothing of double parking on the roadside....hmmm, very safety conscious and responsible behaviour.
We have traffic using our estate as a thoroughfare, there are times that i wish for less traffic, but hey I use roads that pass through other peoples estates, so i guess I shall have to put up with it........unless, of course, a local councillor who is seeking his ten minutes of fame happens to move onto the same estate as me!
Perhaps the council could 'unadopt' the roads through Queensfied and make it a private road, that way the residents could have the roads exclusively for their own use, pay for their upkeep and at the same time relieve us Council Tax payers and Car Tax payers of the cost of its upkeep etc....just a thought for the relevant local councillor and his cronies!
[quote][p][bold]swindondad[/bold] wrote: I used to divert of the cricklade road to get my paper etc on my way to work each morning as it was safer than parking at the side of the road to use either of the newsagents at Clive Parade. Since I can no longer do this I just do without so not only has the shop lost money so have its suppliers as they do not even get my business elsewere. Let us hope that this stupid ban is lifted next month and things can start to return to normal.[/p][/quote]you are not the only one, but hey, who cares about a business and it's livelihood, as long as the residents have a quiet road used by whomb they want and when they want it used! They bark on about safety for them and their children and yet think nothing of double parking on the roadside....hmmm, very safety conscious and responsible behaviour. We have traffic using our estate as a thoroughfare, there are times that i wish for less traffic, but hey I use roads that pass through other peoples estates, so i guess I shall have to put up with it........unless, of course, a local councillor who is seeking his ten minutes of fame happens to move onto the same estate as me! Perhaps the council could 'unadopt' the roads through Queensfied and make it a private road, that way the residents could have the roads exclusively for their own use, pay for their upkeep and at the same time relieve us Council Tax payers and Car Tax payers of the cost of its upkeep etc....just a thought for the relevant local councillor and his cronies! themoonraker
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7:04am Sat 23 Jun 12

stu2010 says...

I love Swindon, full of NIMBY's. Why don't they just close all the roads so the locals can roam around till their hearts content with their pitchforks and bags of squirrel furs
I love Swindon, full of NIMBY's. Why don't they just close all the roads so the locals can roam around till their hearts content with their pitchforks and bags of squirrel furs stu2010
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