We live on a rat run

We live on a rat run

We live on a rat run

First published in News

With regard to the Cepen Park Residents’ Association walk of protest. In your article on page 3, Thursday July 31, they have said that they are concerned about traffic and light pollution were their major concern.

I would like to make a point here, pointing directly to Cepen Park North residents.

We bought our property from new in 1992 before Cepen Park North was built. On the original plans we were not supposed to be living in a through road. After a lot of protesting with the council, the road was left open, so we have been living in a rat run ever since.

I say rat run because a large number of Cepen Park North residents use our road as a cut through instead of using the by-pass.

I ask a question - do any of these residents think when they are driving past our home that they are causing noise and pollution – I doubt if they even give it a thought.

The Range will give no more noise than they are giving to us daily.

We are in full support of the Range development, and it is in the perfect position, right on the M4 corridor, and bringing employment.

By the time the development is completed, the dual carriageway should also be completed, right down to Sainsbury’s roundabout. There will be no hassle regarding traffic.

Before people start protesting they ought to do a little more homework.

M G Pearce (Mrs), Willowbank, Chippenham.

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10:56pm Sun 10 Aug 14

rap says...

I agree, what this town needs is investment in jobs. the Council will also get a substantial business tax, the both of which will benefit all of us. I live very close to the bypass and I am also close to the proposed site, sometimes we have to accept some change to our comfortable lives. I also live in a street where during the rush hour/school run there is more traffic. These people are just like me trying to get on with our lives. It does not hurt me to be tolerant.
I agree, what this town needs is investment in jobs. the Council will also get a substantial business tax, the both of which will benefit all of us. I live very close to the bypass and I am also close to the proposed site, sometimes we have to accept some change to our comfortable lives. I also live in a street where during the rush hour/school run there is more traffic. These people are just like me trying to get on with our lives. It does not hurt me to be tolerant. rap
  • Score: 7

9:07am Mon 11 Aug 14

Paul Tucker says...

Does Mrs Pearce drive or is she driven? If so, does she ever venture out of Willowbank? Does she ever think that she is causing noise and pollution as she does so? I think we need to know.
Does Mrs Pearce drive or is she driven? If so, does she ever venture out of Willowbank? Does she ever think that she is causing noise and pollution as she does so? I think we need to know. Paul Tucker
  • Score: -10

10:21am Mon 11 Aug 14

kimcrawley says...

Well paid jobs at a retail/distribution centre - that will be a first then.
Well paid jobs at a retail/distribution centre - that will be a first then. kimcrawley
  • Score: -2

1:53pm Mon 11 Aug 14

wiltshireborne says...

Why take this out on the local residents? If you have a problem with the road layout, take it up with the local council.
Also, have you actually seen that all these cars come from Cepen Park North or are you just guessing? They are just as likely to be coming from Hollybush, Blackberry and Acacia Closes. Willowbank is too narrow and crammed full of bad parking to make it any quicker than going round the corner to the Bumpers Farm island.
Why take this out on the local residents? If you have a problem with the road layout, take it up with the local council. Also, have you actually seen that all these cars come from Cepen Park North or are you just guessing? They are just as likely to be coming from Hollybush, Blackberry and Acacia Closes. Willowbank is too narrow and crammed full of bad parking to make it any quicker than going round the corner to the Bumpers Farm island. wiltshireborne
  • Score: -1

2:37pm Tue 12 Aug 14

cepen north says...

The reason why cars park badly in Willowbank is to stop these drivers using the road. It is a nightmare at 0800 hours, a bit quieter now school holidays in force. Residents deliberately park awkwardly is for a reason, the Council will do nothing about it. It was a cul de sac when we moved here 23 years ago.
The reason why cars park badly in Willowbank is to stop these drivers using the road. It is a nightmare at 0800 hours, a bit quieter now school holidays in force. Residents deliberately park awkwardly is for a reason, the Council will do nothing about it. It was a cul de sac when we moved here 23 years ago. cepen north
  • Score: 0

8:14am Wed 13 Aug 14

Cyril Clunge says...

There are a few rat runs in Chippenham, Ladyfield Road is one of the worst, at least Willowbank has some traffic calming measures. Ladyfield Rd has none, the council refuse to install them, the road is in a dire state, and cars drive like maniacs down there.
There are a few rat runs in Chippenham, Ladyfield Road is one of the worst, at least Willowbank has some traffic calming measures. Ladyfield Rd has none, the council refuse to install them, the road is in a dire state, and cars drive like maniacs down there. Cyril Clunge
  • Score: -1

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