Email forces postponement of mooted ‘quiet lanes’ trial

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Lisa Smith Walker, a long-time campaigner on traffic and speed issues at Kenwyn, with Tom Mainwaring-Evans and city councillor Stuart Roden

14th April 2021

By Matt Davies

A controversial plan to trial a “quiet lanes” scheme on a network of lanes in Truro has been put on hold.
Cornwall Council has devised the idea which would prevent traffic travelling on ten miles of back roads often used as short cuts between the A390 and Shortlanesend.

It was due to come into force for a year starting at the end of this month, but the council has done a temporary U-turn.

City councillor Stuart Roden, who is opposing the scheme, told the Voice: “Truro City Council has had no consultation, despite the fact that some of the lanes are within the council’s boundary.

“My concern is that it will displace traffic to an already busy area on Kenwyn Hill and traffic going to Threemilestone will whizz down Comprigney Hill and up Dobbs Lane.”

The lanes are also popular with staff at Treliske Hospital, who can avoid dropping into Truro by turning off in Shortlanesend and taking the back roads to Treliske Lane and on to the A390 past the golf club.

Cllr Roden added: “It’s all well and good leaving these lanes for bikes and walkers but unless you’re a Tour De France cyclist you’re not going to be able to make it up New Mills Lane.

“Where is anyone actually going to cycle along there – and who is going to cycle it?”

Following a meeting of the city council’s planning committee on Thursday, an email was sent to Cornwall Council requesting more detail of the scheme.

It said: “Many people in the Kenwyn/Hendra area currently use the lanes to travel to Threemilestone and Chacewater.

“It was recently suggested to a councillor in an email (who lives in Threemilestone) that they could continue to visit their elderly parents who live on Hendra and that they could continue to use the lanes, because that could be classed as ‘access’ even though the starting and finishing point of the journey would be outside the restricted area.

“Some clarity around this and what potential penalties and enforcement might be in place – would it in practice be ‘advisory’ as opposed to active enforcement?”

The email also highlights concerns over the displacement of traffic and whether there would be any electronic monitoring of movements.

Cornwall Council has since responded to the concerns about the original notification letter, which was sent to 1,300 households in the area.

The response said the feedback has identified the need for further communications and the trial has been postponed for a few weeks.

It added: “The advantage of this delay is that we will have an opportunity to brief newly elected members after the election on the proposed trial and garner their views before proceeding.

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