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Planners Given 6 Months To Come Up With New Traffic Scheme For Dorchester

Dorchester Town Centre

7:44am 27th February 2014

It's back to the drawing board for Dorset County Council after plans for a radical shakeup to the road network through Dorchester were abandoned.

An idea to create a one way system through the town was heavily criticised by businesses and residents.

Cabinet have now given project officers 6 months to come up with new ideas to reduce congestion and pollution.

Leader of Dorset County Council Spencer Flower told us they've listened to public feedback and will look at what they can do to improve initial designs;

"What we've agreed at Cabinet is that we should look at all the public options, investigate and analyse that and assess around those amendments to see of they'll impact on the scheme at all."

"There were concerns around one way systems and there always are. We will have an open mind here about how we take this forward. We will have to wait and see what that holds when it comes back to Cabinet inn September."

Leader Flower said money spent on the original plans was not wasted, but they needed to ensure they get it right second time round;

"There's a package of funding available for a project but what we need to make sure of is, that at the end of the day, that whatever we take forward, if indeed we do take it forward, needs to have tangible benefits to the community that it's supposed to be helping."

"Plans haven't fallen through yet. We need to analyse the outcome of the recent public consultation and look at the original intentions of the scheme and see if they can be fulfilled."

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