Local Senedd Member for Monmouth, Nick Ramsay, recently visited Usk to see for himself the proposed temporary one way traffic system to be introduced around the town. The new traffic system is intended to help pedestrians maintain safe social distancing when visiting the main street.
Nick took the opportunity to chat to local residents in Mill Street as well as business owners in Bridge Street, and heard their concerns about the problems the proposed new traffic scheme may cause.
Speaking today Nick said: “ I have written to Monmouthshire County Council to explain that having seen the route for myself, and spoken with the Mayor and a former Mayor, this does seem a bit like a “sledgehammer to crack a nut”.
“During my visit to Usk’s Bridge Street on Saturday afternoon there were no more than a handful of people in the street - the footfall in the street does not seem anywhere near enough to warrant these level of changes.
“Business owners are particularly worried about the loss of the passing trade they have come to rely on.
“Meanwhile residents living along the route of the proposed diversion are extremely worried about the effect of increased traffic including HGVs on quiet, narrow streets.
“The diversion will also make social distancing outside the shop in Maryport Street extremely difficult/dangerous, which seems counter-productive.
“I have asked that the Council reconsiders the proposals..”