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Last year, Oswestry BID was approached by a number of businesses with traffic safety concerns on Mile Oak Industrial Estate.
And now, Oswestry BID’s work has paid off with the introduction of new parking regulations.
The changes were needed because of vehicles parked along both sides of the carriageway making it very difficult for anyone accessing business premises. This was especially difficult for HGVs making deliveries/collections, and potentially dangerous for all drivers and pedestrians having to navigate their way through, with very poor visibility of oncoming traffic due to parked vehicles. As one business put it “it was an accident waiting to happen”.
The BID set up a meeting with businesses from the area and representatives from Shropshire Council’s Highways Dept. All the issues were discussed: parking, access, loading bays etc and ideas put forward on how to resolve this pressing matter. Shropshire Council drew up a number of options and the BID organised a meeting to review and agree on a final option. This then went through a consultation period, which was extended due to the pandemic but closed in June.
With no objections raised, it seemed that it was just a case of getting the new signage in place and lines painted.
However, due to COVID, there have been many other priorities for Shropshire Highways, which was understood. BID have continued to push for this vital work to be completed and we are pleased to say that work commenced this week!
This just shows what can be achieved working as a ‘team’, how the BID brought the Oswestry businesses and Shropshire Council together to find a solution, and then made sure that the work got completed.
‘I would like to thank the businesses for their contribution during his process,’ said Adele Nightingale, Oswestry BID Manager, ‘and have already had several emails from Mile Oak businesses to say how much this has been appreciated, and how this will make a real difference to their operations. A success story!’
Next steps are turning our attention to Maes-Y-Clawdd where we have already started the process to review the traffic regulation orders there.