Local councillors have committed £millions to reduce Myton Road congestion by some 30%, improving air quality and adding major new community facilities.
The Warwick District Council cabinet last Thursday agreed to fund new infrastructure projects at Myton Green, Warwick. Councillor Andrew Day (Con, Bishop’s Tachbrook), Leader of the Council announced that all the proceeds from the sale of the Council HQ Riverside House and receipts from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be reinvested in new multi-million-pound facilities, including athletics track and major cycleway. Located at Myton Green behind the local schools, this new access route is projected to significantly reduce traffic congestion on the Myton Road during peak school drop-off periods.
Councillor Day said, “We are committed to a plan that delivers real change in Myton to help alleviate the long-term problem of congestion on the Myton Road and improve local community facilities. District Councillors Jacqui Grey (Ind, Myton & Heathcote), Neale Murphy (Con, Myton & Heathcote) and Mary Noone (Con, Myton & Heathcote), alongside County Councillor Parminder Singh Birdi (Con, Warwick South) have been persistent in their efforts to deliver a realistic plan to bust congestion. We have already funded feasibility studies to create a viable plan, which means that we’re now able to commit significant capital investment to implement the plan in full.”
Local District Councillors Mary Noone and Neale Murphy (Con, Myton & Heathcote) added, “We speak to our residents all year round. One of the biggest local issues is congestion on the Myton Road, which prevents them from easily travelling at times, and impacts on air quality in the area. As local ward councillors, we have worked hard over the years so that a realistic plan of action can be made that helps solve this issue for our residents. We are delighted that Warwick District Council have committed major funding to the scheme. These cycle routes and pedestrian footpaths will allow more people to walk or cycle to the schools safely, including from the Myton Green, Priors, and Beauchamp Park housing, and therefore reduce traffic going down Myton Road – by as much as 30%. In addition, we continue to work on plans for improved vehicle drop-off areas to Myton School”.
Warwickshire County Council had responsibility for roads and Highways. The local County Councillor Parminder Singh Birdi said, “Residents have been wanting a proper solution to congestion on Myton Road for years. Thanks to their support, and through working with the schools and local councils, as their local councillors we have been able to push forward ideas to create a realistic plan of action. With the funding agreed by Warwick District Council, we are now closer to reducing congestion on Myton Road, reducing the amount of inconsiderate parking and drop-off and pick-up times, and improving the air quality in the area.”
The news has been welcomed by residents in Myton. Gareth Dore who lives on Myton Green said, “It is great to hear that our councillors have secured more funding for a long-term plan to tackle congestion in Myton. Footpaths from the new houses of Myton Green, The Priors and Beauchamp Park would allow a safe way for children in the new housing to access the schools without the need for cars. This, along with well-designed safe cycle routes at the back of the school that link up with the national cycle route can help reduce the need for cars, improve air quality, and help general well-being by having an easy and safe route.