Residents working with the council are being consulted on plans for extra road closures in The Groves residential area to stop through traffic.
The Council claims it will improve the community’s air quality. However no figures on the impact on the volume and speed of vehicles displaced onto the rest of the network have been provided.
Slower moving traffic generally results in increases in pollution levels.
There are also concerns about the impact that the scheme will have on emergency service vehicles. Some use the streets to access the York hospital.
The council considered and approved the principle of road closures in October 2019, subject to design.
Now, the Council says local people are being invited to a drop-in session to look at proposals to create four new road closures – in addition to two existing ones – to be introduced this spring.
“These will redirect drivers from The Groves’ narrow streets and on to the main road network in the area. Bikes and pedestrians will be able to get past the blocks and there will be space provided for turning vehicles at the closure positions”.
Local residents are invited to a drop-in session to chat to senior and ward councillors and council officers about the plans on Monday 17 February 2020, 6.30-8:30pm at Park Grove School.
Local residents can share their thoughts and ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or posting them to City of York Council, The Groves Trial Team, West Offices, Station Rise, York YO1 6GA