Stoke & Staffordshire

Leek campaigners oppose 'shared space' traffic scheme

Leek roundabout
Image caption The roundabout in the the centre of Leek will disappear as part of the plans

Campaigners are calling for a public inquiry into plans by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to introduce new traffic measures in Leek.

The proposed "shared space" scheme in the town centre features a junction where neither pedestrians or vehicles have right of way.

Supporters say it would improve traffic flow and make drivers more cautious.

Opponents believe it would lead to more accidents and would not be safe for the elderly and people with disabilities.

£350,000 donation

The final design will be shown to Leek Public Realm Steering Group - the group overseeing the project - later.

Last month, Pam Wood, a representative of the Royal British Legion, resigned from the steering group, saying she could not possibly support the scheme.

She said the RBL was concerned about reports of pedestrians being involved in collisions on similar road schemes in other parts of the country.

Local residents have urged for a public inquiry and presented a 11,000 signature petition to county councillors.

The revamp of the area around the Nicholson War Memorial and along Derby Street will be paid for by Sainsbury's.

The supermarket chain donated £350,000 towards road alterations after it won planning permission for a new supermarket in the town.

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