Calls to consult residents on reopening Saltford Station

Published on: 09 Nov 2012

Calls to consult residents on reopening Saltford Station

Campaigners behind calls for the reopening of Saltford Station have joined village councillors in urging B&NES Council to formally consult residents on the plans.

More than 200 people attended a meeting organised by the parish council to debate the issue with a panel representing a range of views.

As well as arguments for the station, some residents living near the site raised questions about the impact on traffic and parking.

Saltford councillor Francine Haeberling said:  “It was a very interesting meeting which revealed a number of concerns from residents in Saltford about the plans which have not so far been addressed, as well as highlighting the arguments in favour of reopening our train station.”

She added: “I believe that B&NES needs to undertake a full public consultation on the proposals with every household in Saltford, to assess the level of support among the village, how widely used the new station would be, and address any concerns people may have.

“This needs to be done sooner rather than later, to gauge support before proceeding further.”

The Saltford Station Campaign has made a request to B&NES Cabinet to provide more details on the facts and issues surrounding the proposal as well as backing calls for consultation.

Rob Taylor, a spokesperson for Saltford Station Campaign, said: “The Saltford Station Campaign wants residents to be as fully informed about the proposed new station as is reasonably possible and for all residents to have the opportunity to give their views to B&NES Council.”

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