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One Way System For Dorchester To Be Considered

Dorchester Town Centre

7:50am 21st January 2014
(Updated 5:36pm 21st January 2014)

Public feedback on radical plans to transform Dorchester's main through road into a one way system are being studied by the Council.

Their controversial proposals for High West and High East Street have been met with stiff opposition.

Dorset County Council's Cabinet will look at the public feedback and decide if the DTEP scheme gets the go ahead, is revised or scrapped next month (February). In total over 500 people filled out and returned questionnaires about the scheme to the local authority. Nearly 80 sent in emails and letters.

If councillors opt to take the scheme forward, further traffic modelling and air quality testing will take place in September. A further report would then be taken to the Cabinet in the autumn to decide whether to proceed with the scheme or not.
 
The results show that while the majority of respondents agree with the objectives, only 17% agree with the scheme as currently proposed.

Chief Engineer for Highways Improvements at the Council Tim Norman explains the main objectives of the plan;

"To improve the air quality, preserve the historic centre of Dorchester and to bring forward a lot of environmental improvements. They could be widening footpaths, making it better for pedestrians to cross the road and making cycling facilities."

Spencer Flower, Leader of the county council, said:
 
"The results from the consultation will take some time to analyse, but once we have a clear picture of what people liked and disliked about the scheme we can move forward. The whole point of consultation was for us to get an accurate understanding of public feeling for the scheme and we will ensure that the suggestions of local people are considered."

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