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Pig Lane pair hope to put the brakes on Bishop's Stortford South development

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Two Pig Lane residents have cast doubt on traffic reports relating to the proposed Bishop’s Stortford South (BSS) development.

For the past 11 months, Colin Arnott and Roger Halford have been trying to obtain a meeting with Herts County Council’s (HCC) highways department to discuss the knock-on effect that the 750-home estate would have on traffic levels on Pig Lane, London Road and other Stortford streets.

Pig Lane runs between London Road and Hallingbury Road and is frequently used as a rat-run between the M11 and Thorley.

According to traffic flow diagrams prepared as part of the transport assessment into The Bishop’s Stortford High School’s planning application to relocate to the BSS site, no extra traffic is predicted to use Pig Lane once the development is completed. Colin and Roger believe this is incorrect.

Roger said: “This suggests that while all other existing and future traffic would continue to pass through the junction, vehicles accessing the new development, including all schools traffic, would somehow be prevented from using Pig Lane?”

The pair finally had the chance to flag up their concerns last Tuesday (Oct 22). Roger said: “Local community town planner Colin Arnott and myself attended a two-hour meeting with HCC and East Herts Council representatives. This long-delayed meeting, which was arranged by Mark Prisk MP, addressed these concerns which we had tried to raise with county highways since December 2018.

“This serious situation was brought to their attention and did not appear to have been previously flagged up in HCC’s scrutiny.”

The duo are calling for the report to be reassessed before any further decisions relating to the BSS development are passed.

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