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Public Ideas Considered To Cut Traffic In Dorchester

Dorchester Town Centre

8:03am 18th June 2014

Councillors behind a scheme to improve traffic flow and ease congestion through Dorchester are to consider over a dozen proposals from a public consultation.

200 suggestions were handed in on the DTEP scheme last year and leaders have picked out 14 responses to consider in more detail.

Creating a controversial one way system through Dorchester was one of the original plans outlined by the County Council.

The new ideas will be put before a panel of town councillors and local residents for consideration.

Councillor Andy Canning, chairman of the group leading the way forward for DTEP said:

"We are determined to listen to the people of Dorchester and surrounding areas to create a scheme that will succeed in making Dorchester better. Some good suggestions were put forward through the consultation process and there are four top areas of concern that we are hoping to address".

Dorset County Council Cabinet member for Environment and the Economy, Peter Finney said:

"We must get this right. This scheme, if it goes ahead, will have a direct impact on the residents of Dorchester which is why it is important that we listen to their feedback. The Citizens Panel will have a major say in which of the proposals for change end up in the final plan". 

Following a report which will go to Cabinet in September, subject to approval, further traffic modelling will be carried out to make sure the proposals work. The new proposals will then go forward for full public re-engagement in 2015.

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