Residents from the Mount Pleasant in Coventry will meet with City
Council officials tonight to learn what measures are being taken to deal with traffic
problems in their area.
The meeting, at 6.45pm in St Marys Church Hall, comes a month after 12-year-old
Kayleigh Parker was killed in Brade Drive, Walsgrave. Kayleigh's 13-year-old sister,
Simone, was also seriously injured in the same incident.
Residents demanded action at a public meeting on 7 September and the council is now in
the process of closing the controversial road.
Chief Planning Officer James Russell said the council was now considering several other
options to improve traffic in the area.
"The road will be closed on 12 October. We have moved pretty quickly in terms of
the legal procedures. We have to put notices in the Coventry Evening Telegraph before we
can close the road.
"It is only on a temporary basis and it will be closed for 18 months which will
give us time to complete our investigations so see what measures should be taken right
across the Mount Pleasant Estate.
"The reason we have closed the road is to respond to public concern at the meeting
three weeks ago.
"It is not by any means certain that all the residents want the road closed and we
want to test out how many want it to be closed permanently because there will be
implications for other roads."
Mr Russell said the council was considering general traffic calming measures, making
the estate a 20-miles-an-hour zone and controlling the flow of heavy goods vehicles to and
from the Asda store and other businesses in the area.