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COUNCILLOR STEPS UP LOBBYING ON TAYLOR ROAD DEVELOPMENT

Councillor Whitehouse analysing completed parking survey forms from a previous campaign

A campaigning Isle of Wight councillor is stepping up his efforts to oppose a new road opening into one of the busiest roads of his ward by meeting with the potential developer and with planning department officers.

Councillor Chris Whitehouse (Conservative, Newport West Ward) has already announced that he will fight ‘tooth and nail’ the plans for a new road to open into Purdy Road, Newport, because the traffic is so heavy at school run time that it is “a death trap waiting to be sprung”.

He has now arranged to meet personally with Isle of Wight Council planning officers and, separately, with the developers, Sovereign Housing, to remind them of the strength of local feeling on the issue.

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Speaking ahead of the meetings on Monday, Councillor Whitehouse says:

“My local residents are united in their opposition to a new road opening into Purdy Road. If this housing development must go ahead, the new road should open into Taylor Road at the Gunville end to take traffic away from the Purdy Road/Wellington Road area which is such chaos at school run time. I shall be pressing this point robustly with all those involved.”

Cllr Whitehouse will be accompanied to the meetings by local Newport Town Councillor, Pete Whiteman.

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