Heavy traffic ruins block paved areas

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I HAVE read with interest the response (News Guardian, February 2) to my Cullercoats toilets letter (January 26) and felt I must respond.

There was indeed a Cullercoats regeneration master plan with a budget of £1m to spend on the area, which included a suggestion by the council for a raised block paved area between Beaches & Cream to the Watch Tower bank seafront area, that would see large volumes of traffic drive over the said raised block paved area.

I talked about not having access for traffic, because as a qualified road passenger transport management certificate owner of professional competence, I am well aware of the mess that was created when block paving was placed in Whitley Bay in front of the Victoria public house in the 1980s.

And the worse problem that happened in Waterloo Road, Blyth, in 2009 that was removed in 2011 because of the volume of heavy traffic making it totally unsuitable.

I therefore merely suggested an alternative because I remember the droves of people who visited Cullercoats Harbour every Sunday from all over the north east creating memorable times for children enjoying the working beach.

I simply enhanced the tractor vehicle rights to go between the boat park and the beach on a vastly reduced public highway area of the village.

This would have, of course, required the re-establishment of the old major roadways of the village.

And had the photograph on page nine (News Guardian, Pictures of the Past, February 2) been widened just a little, it would have shown the width of Margaret Road, proving without a shadow of a doubt the major road status Margaret Road does hold because its wide area is easily able to cope with large volumes of traffic without congestion or parking problems for residents.

And it would not be hard to put a 20mph zone in place through the village for the health and safety of locals and visitors.

Some in the village would like a heritage centre dedicated to the old fishing villagers attached to the local community centre on land owned by the centre.

And the two bungalows next to the Queens Head upgraded to a standard for disabled people in the community to reside.

Therefore, perhaps if the subway was no longer needed if the pedestrian area of block paving was to be introduced, the subway would be surplus to requirement and could house the Homer Art Museum with disabled toilets and a café, meaning nothing is wasted and would all be priced within the £1m regeneration master plan.

I just wish I still lived in the village as I would stand for the village ward because I care about the old fisher folk and heritage of Cullercoats village and its community.

DAVID JOHN WALLS

Blyth