Cirencester’s County Councillor, Joe Harris has called for immediate action to address the number of vehicles driving down Cricklade Street after a boy has hit by a vehicle on Tuesday afternoon.
Since the recent redevelopment of Cirencester’s Market Place, many vehicles have stated using Cricklade Street as a shortcut due to the permanent closure of Castle Street.
Cllr Joe Harris commented saying: “It is awful to hear that a young boy was hit by a vehicle and thank goodness he wasn’t seriously hurt. For too many years now vehicles have been using our high street as a rat run and the enforcement by the Police and Gloucestershire County Council hasn’t been good enough.”
“We’ve seen a sharp increase in the number of vehicles driving down Cricklade Street since the Market Place redevelopment works, urgent action needs to be taken as soon as possible to stop a more serious accident happening. “
“It is also time to look seriously at the options available for Cricklade Street especially with the recent improvements to the Market Place. I will be writing to the police asking them to take a more proactive approach to enforcing the traffic restrictions as a matter of urgency. I’ll also start the process of bringing the County Council and Cirencester Town Council together to improve Cricklade Street and look at future options.”
Thousands of pounds has been secured by Cirencester Town Council from developers such as St James Place and Mcarthy and Stone to improve Cricklade Street.
Cllr Harris added: “I’m pleased the Town Council have secured this money and we must use it to improve the situation on Cricklade Street urgently. Nothing should be ruled out including pedestrianisation, I'd like to hear from local residents to see what they think should be done with the street."