AN EVESHAM business owner has launched a campaign in a bid to improve the town’s ‘inadequate’ traffic system and solve motorists’ congestion woes.
James Fleck, who has lived and worked in the town for more than 17 years, believes his ‘Evesham- Streets Ahead’ plans will have the ‘greatest benefit’ in making it easier for residents to drive in and out of the town centre.
The proposals include creating a direct route from the High Street to Port Street via the Workman Bridge which will allow two-way traffic once again – reversing a decision made by council chiefs 20 years ago to make the route one-way up through Mill Street.
Under the plans, three mini-roundabouts would also be created at the junctions of Oat Street, Chapel Street and Mill Street, as well as Mill Street and Mill Bank, Mill Street and Bridge Street.
More than 300 residents have already signed a petition backing the businessman’s proposals which he first announced at a public meeting on the town’s traffic problems.
They will now be put forward to Worcestershire County Council as part of its £100,000 traffic model of Evesham.
Speaking to the Observer Mr Fleck said: “As a local resident and business owner for over 17 years, I too have been subjected to the increase in traffic congestion and share the same frustrations as everyone else.
“I decided to get involved and am happy to share the ‘Evesham – Streets Ahead’ proposal to improve traffic movements in the town centre.
“Central to my proposal is the introduction of a direct route from the High Street to Port Street via Workman Bridge; something which was in place over 20 years ago and which many people seem to agree should never have been taken away.
“However, this proposal is only one piece to a much larger problem which extends from the town centre to other specific areas of traffic congestion like the Evesham Bypass at Twyford and the Badsey Roundabout and along Cheltenham Road to the Abbey Bridge, among others.
“I am hoping to gather further support for this one specific element of the overall solution in a bid to get the ball, or cars, rolling.”
For more information on the proposals and to view them in full visit www.facebook.com/eveshamstreetsahead or go to www.change.org/p/eveshamstreetsahead to sign Mr Fleck’s petition.