Crofters Drive residents rejoice as proposal to allow two-way access is refused


By Kerri Stevenson

Residents of Crofters Drive, Leicester rejoiced on Wednesday evening after a proposal to allow two-way access to the street’s bowling club was refused by Leicester City Council.

This decision was made during a tense council meeting in which objecting residents put forward emotionally charged arguments and the applicant, Goodwood Bowls Club secretary Andrew Ward, defended the scheme.

The proposal was refused by the council’s Planning and Development Control Committee on the grounds of the effect on the amenity of local people, despite Mr Ward putting forward an argument focusing on road safety and the welfare of cyclists and pedestrians.

Resident Elaine Bussey told the meeting: “My main concern with the proposal is safety being compromised due to increased traffic entering and exiting, which would affect not only those living on Crofters Drive but also the members of the bowling club.

“You cannot endanger residents in the area by allowing two-way vehicular access.”

Mrs Bussey was one of 14 objectors raising concerns about the proposal regarding the highway safety and amenity issues that may arise if it was approved.

She also put forward suggestions for other minor changes to be made, including placing double yellow lines on the road to make it safer for local children on their way to and from school.

Councillor Teresa Aldred further reinforced Mrs Bussey’s argument by putting forward her own opinions on the matter, saying: “Families moved onto Crofters Drive knowing that it was a safe and quiet area to live in.

“Residents have raised many concerns that they have about the safety issues the proposal might bring and these concerns need to be addressed.

“What I want to say is: what is the reason for changing things when what we have works so well already?”

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