This has been a long running issue. The entrance from New Road to New Street is narrow and hazardous for pedestrians. But is also a vital parking space for residents’ cars.

Would double yellow lines solve the safety problem?

Shropshire highways have drawn up a scheme. The map is below.

We are currently conducting a limited survey of the residents most affected. The town council is being consulted. Depending on the results of that, we will decide whether to propose the scheme formally and consult more widely.

Let me know your views. Many of you already have.

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Update 3 August

This is one I got wrong. I didn’t conduct enough investigation before beginning a small consultation on yellow lines at the hospital end of New Street. I’ve had a lot of calls, a lot of letters and emails, almost none in favour. Many were hostile, some abusive.

This scheme will not go ahead. Given the contentious nature of the scheme, it would have been better to call a community meeting to try to find a consensus on solutions rather than put forward the scheme we have now rejected.

We are still looking at ten metres of lines at the New Road junction. We have also been asked for similar lines at the Hucklemarsh Road junction. We are drawing up plans for a couple of bollards to give greater protection for people coming out of Chapel Row. There will be a full consultation across the area once I have received the detailed plans for these minimal schemes if we think they should go ahead. But let me know your views at any time.

Update 28 September

In July, I proposed a scheme of yellow lines at the New Road. As I said at the beginning of August, this scheme will not go ahead.

We were looking at a smaller scheme but I can’t get any consensus between among residents. Nothing will now happen, no yellow lines, no bollards. If I had taken a different approach, we might have got consensus, but frankly I doubt it. I have learnt lessons from this.

I’ll write to residents explaining matters in more detail.

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