Council rejects motion to oppose Aylesbury gyratory closure

The section of the gyratory that would be closed
The section of the gyratory that would be closed
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District politicians have claimed there is no point getting into a public spat with the county council over plans to partially close the gyratory should a housing development get the green light.

Opponents to the closure say it was included in plans for 3,000 new homes without any consultation and that it will cause further traffic problems in Aylesbury.

They wanted Aylesbury Vale District Council to write to Bucks County Council asking the authority to withdraw its support for the partial closure. The motion also asked the district council to object to any traffic regulation order for the closure.

However, councillors opposing the motion said it would make no difference, arguing that the county council would not change its mind at this stage.

The proposed Hampden Fields scheme, which would see development between Bedgrove and Weston Turville, is currently being discussed at a planning appeal, having originally been rejected by the district’s planning committee.

Proposals to close the northern arm of the gyratory by The Aristocrat pub were submitted during the inquiry after the county council agreed to drop its transport objections to Hampden Fields in light of the idea.

Councillor Phil Yerby, head of the Hampden Fields Action Group, said there was ‘no doubt’ where the people of Aylesbury stand on the issue.

Speaking at the full council meeting Mr Yerby, who represents Aston Clinton, said: “We have a choice - support the wishes of the people of Aylesbury Vale or run scared of developers.

“The reason the gyratory is so important is because there is so much traffic that comes into Aylesbury and it all clogs up at the gyratory.”

Another opponent of Hampden Fields, Councillor David Thompson, said developers had not looked at the wider effects the gyratory proposals would have.

Council leader Neil Blake said the authority is still opposed to Hampden Fields but that there would be no point objecting to what is still a ‘speculative’ proposal for the gyratory.

Councillor Brian Roberts, cabinet member for civic amenities, said if the development is given the thumbs up at the ongoing appeal there will then be a public consultation.

Mr Roberts said: “That is when this proposal will be debated.”

The motion was defeated by 25 votes to 17, with all cabinet members voting against it.

After the vote, Mr Yerby tweeted that those who had not supported it were ‘completely out of touch’.