Council commits £12,500 after Elmdon Liberal Democrats campaign for action on Valley and Rangoon Roads
In the early months of 2020, before lockdown, we spoke with many residents on the doorstep about the traffic issues on Valley Road, Rangoon Road and the roads in the surrounding area. We have been campaigning for years for these issues to be addressed and decided to run a petition so that the council could see the strength of feeling in the area.
Many local residents kindly signed our petition asking for the council to urgently review the situation and to take action and it was then submitted at Full Council by Cllr Glenis Slater.
On the evening of the 5th January 2021, this petition was reviewed by council officers at the Environment and Highways Decision Session and a decision was made to allocate £12,500 within the 2021/22 Community Liveability Programme to enable a study and preferred costed solution to be identified. A decision was also made to escalate the issues with the Wheatsheaf junction to the West Midlands Combined Authority.
This means that the council will be investigating ways to improve the traffic situation on Valley Road, Rangoon Road and the surrounding area, just as we had asked them to do in the petition.
We know that solving these traffic issues is an ongoing process, but we are glad that the council officers are taking onboard the concerns of Elmdon residents.
You can read the council report here: http://eservices.solihull.gov.uk/mgInternet/documents/s86753/Petition%20Summary.pdf
You can watch Cllr Laura McCarthy's deputation and Cllr Kathryn Thomas' comments here (starts at 21:43): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61K4qRqi_QA&t=1486s
We will keep you updated on our progress and will continue to press for action from the council.
If you ever need help with an issue please do get in contact and feel free to respond to this email. Your local Lib Dem Councillors and campaigners are available and happy to help all year round.